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Information and Training Resources for Child Welfare Professionals

Potential presenters are invited to submit workshop proposals that align with Florida's Child Welfare Practice Model. Workshops will be selected based on proposals that address the training needs of Summit attendees and help create a well-rounded choice of workshops to be offered. All workshops are 75 minutes.

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

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This Week

Webinar Description: This webinar explores how sex offender treatment providers can maximize juveniles’ participation in treatment by engaging them, and their families, in culturally-informed ways. Forging a strong therapeutic relationship with clients is the cornerstone of change. In an era of manualized treatment, the development and maintenance of a therapeutic bond is often overlooked and can lead to mixed or superficial engagement in treatment. Navigating these complex relationships requires openness, flexibility, and humility. Moreover, clinicians need to be prepared to deal effectively with the inevitable disruptions in these relationships.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

Be able to identify the different therapist characteristics that maximize the development and maintenance of a strong therapeutic alliance.

Be able to identify specific benefits of a strong therapeutic alliance.

Be able to consider how to identify their own cultural biases, become more mindful of microaggressions, and what to do in case of ruptures in the therapeutic relationship.

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Change is on the horizon for Florida’s child welfare system of care. Do you know what these changes are and how the changes will impact you? Since 2006, Florida has operated under a Title IV-E waiver that allowed flexibility in the funding of child welfare services. This waiver will expire on September 30, 2019 and Florida will return to operating under the traditional Title IV-E provisions. Additionally, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into federal law by President Trump on February 9, 2018. Several provisions of FFPSA will require substantial changes to the Department’s current child welfare practices. This webinar will provide participants with a basic understanding of Florida’s Path Forward, which includes strategic initiatives to address the expiration of the Title IV-E waiver and preliminary implementation of FFPSA.

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This webinar is hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

For this Pathways webinar, Mandy Davis, director of Trauma Informed Oregon, will discuss how youth- and young adult-serving organizations can implement the principles of trauma-informed care (TIC) into their organization and services. Examples and tools will be provided with an emphasis on those developed by and with youth and young adults. In addition, ideas for TIC staff self-care will be shared.

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The Plan of Safe Care webinar will address DCF Operating Procedure 170-8 and how Florida has addressed recent federal legislation. To address the nation’s prescription drug and opioid epidemic Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA). Section 503 of the act adds provisions to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) related to infants who are affected by prenatal substance exposure. As a result of this federal legislation Florida has enacted policies and procedures to address the complex needs of substance affected infants and their families.

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FREE Training Event... Presented by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), the Training Institutes will discuss the discuss the overlap between domestic violence and child welfare, the effects of domestic violence on children, and the trend toward a more collaborative, community-wide response to domestic violence. Presenters will discuss ways to enhance collaboration between certified domestic violence centers and child welfare agencies to enhance child safety and to build the capacity of child welfare and partnering agencies around the dynamics of domestic violence. This training will consist of three different tracks: Child Welfare Supervisor Session, Child Welfare Frontline Staff Session, and a Foster Parent and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Session. This training is mandatory for CPI Project Advocates.

The training will be offered in multiple locations. Click here for additional details and to register.

The Sarasota YMCA / Safe Children Coalition is pleased to announce their Annual Conference that will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota FL 34236. This year they are pleased to offer multiple sessions to choose from for each session time.

Deadline to register is March 15, 2019

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