ACRC’s 66thAnnual Conference

A Message from ACRC

It’s 2022 and it’s time to get back together! We have all experienced the side effects of social isolation, we have felt the missed opportunities to be together. I welcome each and every one of you to ACRC’s 66th Annual Conference. I am thrilled to be unveiling the full lineup for our 2022 annual conference, an event with more anticipation than I can ever recall, as this will be an opportunity for us to gather in one place, learning together, growing together, and reveling in the shared experiences only togetherness can bring. I know not everyone will be able to make the journey, but you will be connected both virtually and in our thoughts until the time is right.

Here in 2022 we are uplifting the voices of lived experience. Before our conference even begins, we welcome the voices of lived experience in both our Family Partners Brainstorming session and our Restraint Elimination Preconference. Please note the focus of QUALITY at this event. It is, and always has been, what unites us around the ACRC table. It’s been our mission for over 60 years and it’s more pertinent now than ever. Every session you encounter will bring QUALITY to the forefront. It’s your opportunity to engagewith fellow providers who are, likewise, insisting on QUALITY.

You’ll see QUALITY woven throughout our conference week and throughout our policy,advocacy, research, and program agendas. We welcome you into these crucial conversationsas we commit to quality interventions, supports, and services for children and families.

Thank you to our sponsors



July 12, 2022 09:00-9:20 am

What Kids Need: The Voice of Experience

Tra'von Williams

July 12, 2022 09:30-10:30 am

Don't Hog the Wisdom: Sharing and Caring Beyond the Setting

Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi, Ph.D.

July 12, 2022 10:30-11:30 am
July 12, 2022 01:30 pm

Workshop Session A

Building Resilience Within Your Workforce

Stacey Roth, LCSW

Cindy Macias, LMFT

Samirra Vishria, LCSW

Joshua Matheiu

Building Organizational Capacity for LGBTQ+ Inclusive Practice in Residential Care

Nick Ryan, LMFT, ATR

Phii Regis

Timothy Lin, LCSW, MSW

Daisy Delgado, MS

An Innovative Approach to Working With Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems

Ivy Mederios, LICSW

Will Clawson

Increasing our Understanding of Trauma-Informed Care

Nicole Klasey, Psy.D.

The art of Kid Whispering: Reaching the Inside Kid

Mark Freado, MA

Enhancing the Competence and Confidence of Valued Staff

Ben Jones

Human Trafficking Investigations and Beyond the Ink- Lived Experience & Iconography

Jessica Lamb

Detective Joe Scaramucci

July 12, 2022 03:30 pm

Workshop session B

Employee Intent to Stay: Ideas on Retention from the Front line

Camela M. Hughes, PhD

Dina McManus, LCSW-R

Vulnerability, Visibility, Value

Shavontana "Starr" Davis

Melba Robinson

Enlisting Youth in Creating Cultures of Respect

Larry Brendtro, Ph.D.

Beate Kreisle, MA

Sascha Opitz

A New Family Trauma Reentry System with High Parent Involvement</span.

Scott P. Sells, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LMFT

There's an App for that: Using a Mobile Health App to Support our Workforce

Beth Casarjian, Ph.D

Jessica Linick

A Paradigm Shift, the Empowering Restorative Engagement (ERE) Milieu Program

Paula Minske, MS, LMFT

Elizabeth Williams, MA, LMFT

Strengthening Implementation Drivers: Building Capacity for New Ways of Work

Peggy McElgunn, Esq

Zachary McElgunn

Kurt Jensen

Mads McElgunn

Hiring Family Partners in residential Programs: Learnings & Strategies

Robert Lieberman, MA, LPC

Nancy Craig

Cynthia Williams, MA

July 13, 2022 09:30 am

Workshop session C

Applying the Stages of Change Model with Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth

Nicole Klasey, Psy.D.

Gina Peck-Sobolewski, LMFT

From Trauma-Aware to Trauma-Responsive: The Journey of a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program

Nick Ryan, LMFT, ATR

Daisy Delgado, MS

Timothy Lin, LCSW, MSW

Gloria Selgado, LMFT

Right From the Start: Everyone Has a Role in Permanency Planning

Cheryl Peltier, LSW

Josh Metcalfe, MSW

Transitioning from Therapeutic Residential Care: What do Interpersonal Strengths and Family Involvement have to do with it?

Kenneth Coll, Ph.D.

Stacey Scholl, MAE, LPC

Landria Stinson

Supporting Youth Permanency Post-Discharge: A Family-Focused, Culturally Sensitive intervention Strategy

Elizabeth Woodruff, LICSW

Ashley Arbuckle, LMHC

Caryn Lister, LICSW

The Quality Standards Assessment: Connecting Quality Care with Youth Outcomes

Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D., MSW

Jonathan C Huefner, Ph.D.

Taylor Dowdy-Hazlett, MSW

Developing a Theory of Change for Residential Interventions; Consolidating Multiple Perspectives

Robert E. Lieberman

Nancy Craig

Jessie Rothkuo

What Makes a Placement Stable in Residential Care?

Jenna Bollinger, MS, Ph.D

July 13, 2022 11:15 am

Workshop session D

Quit Calling it "Culture": 5 1/2 Proven Strategies for Successful Organizational Health

Dustin Tibbitts, LMFT

Sharnell Myles, Psy.D.

Operationalizing Permanency Practices in a Residential Setting

Shane MacMaster

Sarah Morrill, MSW, LCSW

Kaleala Shaw, MSW, LICSW

Shining a Light on Sources of Systemic Racism and Discrimination in Behavioral Healthcare

Michael Valenti, Ph.D.

April Wall-Parker, MS

Teeh Tinsley, LMSW

The Heart of a Champion

Dorsey Jones

July 13, 2022 03:00 pm

Connecting to Community - Impact Without Walls

Lisette Burton, J.D.

Don Taylor, MSW

John D. Damon, Ph.D.

Okpara Rice, MSW

July 14, 2022 09:30-10:45 am
July 14, 2022 10:45-12:00 pm

Never Give up on a Child!

Derek Clark

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Our live event is being held in Louisville Kentucky July 11th through the 14th, with keynotes, plenaries and some workshops being livestreamed during that time (see our agenda for live sessions). All regular conference sessions can be viewed here for 30 days. Our preconference sessions are in-person only.

Our virtual conference will offer many of the same components you've come to love about our in-person events! You will have access to best practice and clinical excellence through various keynotes, plenaries and workshop presentations. You can even interact with your colleagues and walk away feeling connected and supported.

ACRC staff will be partnering with vFairs experts to address any issue before, during, or after the event.

Yes. You need to register for the event to be able to access presentations and conference materials. If you registered for our in-person conference, you are automatically registered for our online platform.

The virtual component to this event costs $200 for ACRC members, $275 for non-members, $1,100 Entire Organization Registration/ACRC Member Agency and $1,500 for Entire Organization Registration/Non-Member Agency

Great news! We offer an organizational rate of $1,100 for member organizations and $1,500 for non-member organizations to send as many staff members as you would like to this event. Staff members not only get day-of access but can access material for up to 30 days after the event ends.

You can register until the last day the virtual site is open (August 14), but as a reminder, CEUs must be completed by June 28th at 11:59pm.

As a registered attendee, you can expect:
  • Powerful keynote and plenary presentations
  • Conversations with colleagues, presenters, ACRC staff, researchers and attendees
  • Symposium on the most up-to-date research in the field of residential and beyond
  • Access to presentation material for 30 days after the event
We will be offering NASW CEUs and NY Social Worker CEUs. Participants must complete/pass a post test to receive the CEUs and pay $40.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the internet.
Yes! One of our members said it best: “We’ll replace hugs with e-hugs”. The platform we chose is extremely interactive and makes it easy for all members to engage during the event. We hope you take advantage of how accessible your peers will be!
We will provide access to conference materials for 30 days to all conference attendees
While we encourage a wide range of participants, each registration helps to support ACRC’s mission, and we have kept registration fees low so that each individual has an opportunity to register and participate independently. If multiple people from your organization would like to attend, we do offer an organization rate of $850 for member organizations and $1,250 for non-member organizations.