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The Training Institutes are back, and we are LIVE!

We are excited to announce the launch of a FREE monthly Training Institutes LIVE! virtual series. Each month, choose two from four virtual 90-minute workshops focused on integrating services and improving outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and their families.

Consistent with the premier convening of leaders in services for youth, these Training Institutes LIVE! workshops emphasize practical strategies that you can apply in your states, communities, tribes, and territories. Join us to discuss and share the latest policies, practices, resources, and research. Connect with experts and leaders from youth-serving systems across the nation.

Register for the kick-off event below and look for a full schedule of 2021 soon!

Join us for the first Thursday of every month following a special kick-off event on Thursday, January 14!


Mark Your Calendars!

February - August 2021
1:30 – 5:00 PM ET


 Register for the Kick-Off!

January 14, 2021

1:30-5:00 PM ET

Join us for the Training Institutes LIVE kick-off!

Plenary Session: 1:30-3:00 PM ET

Building A New Way, Together!

Dr. Amelia Franck MeyerFeaturing Amelia Frank Meyer, Ed.D., CEO and Founder of Alia Innovations

We understand more now than ever that children need an uninterrupted sense of belonging for healthy development; however, our systems are not based on this knowledge. The child welfare system is not “broken.” Rather, it is doing just what it was originally created to do -- rescue and remove children and separate families. We know this must change to a system designed to preserve and strengthen families. Together with families and communities, we can redesign systems toward a new way of working, one that keeps children safely with their families, not from them. Through this discussion, Dr. Frank will present mounting evidence for change and inspiring efforts to work together to build a better way.

Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer is the founder and CEO of the national nonprofit Alia innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma. Alia is building a Proof of Concept that public child welfare agencies can serve as primary prevention agencies with the redesigned purpose of keeping children safe with their families. Amelia and her team believe that all children need a sense of belonging that only their families can provide, and they work with leaders around the country to create this transformational change. Amelia has received numerous awards for work in permanency, wellbeing, systems change and innovation. She was designated as one of People Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” in 2018 and was named as a Bush Foundation Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow in 2015.

Concurrent Sessions | 3:30 - 5:00 PM ET

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend ONE of the sessions described below. Click the session title to learn more about each and for the registration links.


Rethinking Implicit Bias: Implications for Promoting Equity in Our Communities

Linda M. Callejas and Selena Webster-Bass photos and names

Linda M. Callejas, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Child & Family Studies, University of Southern Florida

Selena Webster-Bass, MPH, CEO/Lead Innovator, Voices Institute, LLC

The term implicit bias is widely used today in a variety of contexts to explain situations that lead to unintentional discriminatory outcomes. With regard to healthcare, implicit bias is used to explain the ways in which attitudes about diverse populations can result in disproportionately poor health and social outcomes for these groups, such as increased representation in more restrictive/coercive settings, disparities in access and quality of care, and reduced life expectancy. Implicit bias as a concept has many challenges that can limit efforts to more widely address unequal treatment of certain groups in our society and promote behavioral health equity. This workshop presents a critical view of the implicit bias concept and reviews recent research on the concept, the ways in which it has been operationalized, and how it has shaped organizational practices and the training of behavioral health professionals. Presenters challenge participants to consider the social aspects of bias and the implications for behavioral healthcare organizations serving young people and their families. Strategies for addressing broader social contexts and conditions are be also discussed as examples of addressing bias and discrimination in communities.

Strengthening Services by Using Evidence & Partnership

Jessie Watrous, Robert Franks, Suzanne Kerns photos and names  

Jessie Watrous, MPA, Director, Evidence-Based Programs, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work

Robert Franks, MD, President & CEO, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Harvard University

Suzanne Kerns, PhD, Research Associate Professor & Executive Director, Graduate School of Social Work’s Center for Effective Interventions, University of Denver

In this workshop you will learn about best practices to develop an evidence-based service array to better meet the needs of youth and families and improve outcomes. Presenters offer a framework for understanding evidence-based practices (EBPs) in today’s context and share strategies and tools to identify and address gaps in your existing service array and select EBPs that fit your system, community or agency. Specifically, presenters address the following topics: 1) assessing population strengths and needs; 2): identifying gaps in services and setting priorities to fill gaps; 3) selecting an EBP that “fits” and differentiating similar EBPs; 4) leveraging public funding to support priorities and develop your array of EBPs , 5) developing an infrastructure to support quality implementation of EBPs at scale; and 6) supporting “front-line” practice change to maximize use of EBPs. This session kicks off a webinar series on EBPs where each of these topics will be explored in depth.

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