Training Dates & Scheduled Sessions
Innovative presentations and in-depth workshops address data-driven policy, system design and implementation, and well-researched approaches that are highly relevant to experts and leaders, including youth and families, in the field of children’s services from communities across the nation.
Certificate of Attendance will be provided after completion of a minimum of 75 minutes of each workshop.
July 1, 2021
Stacy Reh, Project Director, Department of Children and Families-Children's System of Care
Deja Amos, MSW, Operations Director, Tri County Care Management Organization
Stephanie Suriani, LCSW, Program Manager, Tri County Care Management Organization
New Jersey created a statewide children's system of care (CSCOC) that provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children and their families and includes care management organizations in each county, family support, mobile response, intensive in-community services, and out-of-home treatment, each playing an integral role in keeping youth at home, in school, and in the community whenever possible and to assist in preparing youth and families for out-of-home treatment if it becomes necessary. To continue the SOC transformation process, the Promising Path to Success (PPS) initiative was undertaken to broaden integration of trauma-informed approaches across the system through workforce training and development. This workshop will provide an overview of this initiative, including its goals, outcomes, and strategies, and will focus on how participants can apply similar strategies in their states and communities. Presenters will discuss how PPS combined the evidence-based approach of Six Core Strategies for Preventing Violence, Trauma and the Use of Seclusion and Restraint© with the Nurtured Heart Approach® to build the inner wealth of youth, families and staff while supporting system partners, including out of home providers, care management, family support and mobile response organizations, in creating healthier, trauma-informed and healing centered interactions, practice and environments. Presenters will demonstrate how this work can transform the culture not only of organizations, but the system as a whole.
Laurel Omland, MS, Director Child, Adolescent & Family Division, Vermont Dept of Mental Health
Alison Krompf, MA, Director of Quality and Accountability, Vermont Dept of Mental Health
Barri Faucett, MA, Director, Prevent Suicide WV
This workshop will explore the national concern of youth suicide and steps that states are taking to address it. Current trends related to youth suicide will be discussed through both a national and state-level lens, including identifying potential sources of data that could help inform your understanding of the issue in your state. Presenters will provide a review of the national strategy for suicide prevention and a deeper exploration of what this looks like on the ground, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategies used in two states will be shared, including developing a state suicide prevention plan; identifying and using data to inform suicide prevention effort; identifying suicide prevention strategies that target stigma, awareness, screening, and effective response; adapting strategies within the COVID-19 pandemic; engaging partners to support the effort at different levels; funding strategies for these activities; and strategies for engaging youth and family voice in prevention activities. Examples of strategies to be discussed include Project AWARE; Youth Mental Health First Aid; Lifeline; Zero Suicide; screening for suicide and evidence-based approaches to responding to positive screens; gatekeeper training across settings; Getting to Y; translating approaches through telehealth; and developing partnerships across healthcare providers, schools, child welfare, mental health, and others.
Millie Sweeney, MS, Deputy Director, FREDLA
Randi Bargo-Smith, M.Ed., Youth Systems of Care Director, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County
Wren Hawkins, Lead Family Coordinator, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County
Wanda Cummings, FPSS Training Coordinator, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Youth & Family Training Institute
Parent peer support providers (PPSPs) comprise a growing workforce nationally, with more states offering certification or credentialing, Medicaid reimbursement, and implementation in diverse settings across child-serving systems. This workshop will provide both national and state perspectives on the growth and use of PPSPs across systems and on the critical importance of establishing standards for training and support for implementation to ensure a qualified workforce. The information and strategies to be highlighted are based on the experience and work of national and statewide family organizations. Presenters will address topics including establishing standards in training, developing methods for engaging organizations in training, and providing ongoing support and professional development for those that have been trained. The unique challenges faced by supervisors of PPSPs will be described along with strategies for addressing these challenges with targeted supervisory training and ongoing support in their role. Presenters will demonstrate how these strategies can inform the efforts of state and community agencies as they implement of parent peer support services.
Ruby Goyal-Carkeek, MBA, Vice President of Accreditation, Council on Accreditation
Kerry Deas, LMSW, Director of Training & QI Initiatives, Council on Accreditation
Rachel McClements, PsyD, Chief Operating Officer, Five Acres
Implementation of best practices requires more than simply learning a new model. Several organizational practices have been found to be instrumental in ensuring success. Creating the foundational conditions for organizations to be highly effective, stay on top of trends, and ensure the delivery of best practices requires an intentional focus on developing and implementing a quality improvement system that engages the entire organization. A lens on continuous quality improvement (CQI) assures accountability to system partners, including funders, regulators, and the families and individuals who are served. This workshop will provide strategies and tips for successfully implementing best practices and managing to quality.
August 5, 2021
Elizabeth Manley, MSW, Clinical Instructor for Health and Behavioral Health Policy, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
Sheamekah Williams, Director of Children, Youth and Family Services, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Tim Marshall, LCSW, Director of Community Mental Health, Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Craig Walters, MBA, Stabilization & Mobile Response Director, Utah Department of Human Services
Ann Polakowski, MSW, Clinical Program Manager II- Community Services, Nevada Department of Health & Human Services
Mobile response and stabilization services (MRSS) are provided to children and youth who are experiencing mental health emergencies and their families and are designed to defuse and stabilize crises. improve functioning Drawing on the experiences of several states and localities, this workshop will illustrate the central role that MRSS plays in achieving quality and cost outcomes for children and youth with behavioral health challenges, including reduction in use of emergency rooms, psychiatric inpatient hospitals and residential treatment, reduction of placement disruptions in child welfare, and reduced involvement in juvenile justice. Presenters will describe essential components of an effective MRSS approach, and how these services are staffed, financed, and incorporated into Medicaid delivery systems. Data on results will also be presented.
This workshop will focus on approaches to serving children and families impacted by the opioid crisis. This crisis touches nearly every community across the nation, and child- and family-serving programs and providers are struggling to develop comprehensive responses that address areas including clinical care, service coordination, and workforce training and support. Presenters will describe the current scope of the opioid crisis and discuss how system of care (SOC) approaches can support an integrated approach that spans screening, prevention, intervention, and recovery from the lens of both the caregivers and children. They will outline considerations and strategies for addressing family needs specific to the age of the child, starting with hospital and OB-based interventions for substance-exposed pregnant mothers and newborns, through system responses for preschool, school-aged and transition-aged youth. Strategies to assist child-focused providers to understand adult assessment and substance use disorders will be reviewed. In addition, examples from the field will be highlighted that offer innovative responses to address this issue to illustrate how these approaches can be applied to participants’ communities and service settings.
David McClung, PhD, Youth Engagement Specialist, Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, UT Austin
Caitlin Baird, Project Manager, Pathways to Positive Futures Regional Research Institute at Portland State University
Evelyn Clark, Change Specialist, Change Matrix
This workshop will focus on considerations and strategies for implementing effective peer support services for youth and young adults. As youth peer support services expand rapidly, it is critical to ensure that the services being provided are high quality, developmentally appropriate, and accessible to youth and young adults who need such support. Youth and young adults need peer services that enhance emotional competency, increase knowledge, promote a positive understanding of mental health, improve help-seeking behavior, and enhance the ability to establish trusting relationships. There are unique considerations for successfully integrating youth peer support services into the behavioral health service array. In order to bring effective peer support services to scale, the field must address the significant challenges involved in effectively implementing, expanding, and sustaining these services. During this workshop, presenters will share the experiences of established youth peer support programs and will provide strategies for implementation of similar programs in participants’ communities. Areas to be covered include organizational readiness; financing; quality; and workforce issues including training, supervision, and creating pathways for career mobility for youth peer providers.
Richard Shepler, PhD, LPCC-S, Director, Center for Innovative Practices, Case Western Reserve University
Amina Smith, LPC, Evidence-Based Practices Program Manager, DC Department Of Behavioral Health
This workshop will focus on intensive home-based treatment and will present standards this service that were developed in collaboration with CWRU, the University of Washington, the TA Network, the Yale Child Study Center, and the Children’s Behavioral Health Knowledge Center, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. The Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT) Program and Practice Standards were designed to facilitate enhanced consistency of IHBT service delivery across states and providers. The IHBT Program Standards include the following areas: staffing and workforce development; IHBT program components; IHBT quality and accountability mechanisms; organizational supports; and IHBT supervision and oversight. The IHBT Practice Standards address the following clinical practice areas: engagement; risk identification, safety planning, and crisis response; assessment, clinical conceptualization, and treatment planning; comprehensive treatment; cross-system collaboration, care coordination, and advocacy; developmental asset and resilience promotion, and functional supports; and transition planning. Presenters will describe the full program and practice standards and will describe how they can be applied by providers to ensure the effectiveness of these services.
Marlene Matarese, PhD, MSW, Deputy Director, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work, The Institution of Implementation and Innovation
Leah Love, LSW, MSW, Youth Acceptance Project Clinician, Kinnect
Karen J. Anderson, LISW-S, Special Projects Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
Jennifer Croessmann, LISW, Special Projects Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
Elizabeth J. Greeno, PhD, LCSW-C, Research Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work, The Institution of Implementation and Innovation
Kori Sewell, BA, Case Review Supervisor, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
Jennifer Wenderoth, LISW-S, Chosen Affirming Family Program Director, Kinnect
Cuyahoga County will present the culmination of their work serving LGBTQ+ youth and families. The county will present its strategies for safely identifying LGBTQ+ youth and how they went from identifying only 3% of their LGBTQ+ youth in 2017, to finding out that 32% identified as LGBTQ+ in 2019. The presenters will also discuss their innovative approach to supporting staff during their culture shift, which has resulted in them having waiting lists for their LGBTQ+ specific services. The panelists will also include practitioners who will share their stories of impact from working with these young people and their families.