ACRC Essential Staff in Therapeutic Residential Care

International ~ Virtual ~ Conference


*$110 Individual Registration/ACRC Member     *$150 Individual Registration/Non-Member     *$75 for Students

*$800 Entire Organization Registration/ACRC Member Agency*

*$950 Entire Organization Registration/Non-Member Agency*

This international event will focus on research and practice in the field of therapeutic residential care. The event will be held on a virtual platform which will offer attendees an interactive, live streaming experience as well as the opportunity to view all presentations for up to 30 days following the event.

ACRC has a long history of providing timely and innovative contributions to the field of therapeutic residential care for children and youth with the goal of raising the bar of excellence across our field. This international summit will facilitate sharing and learning between colleagues across child and family-serving systems and builds on ACRC’s recent endeavours to strengthen our outward facing work.

NASW CEU Certificates are available for Bruce Perry & Stuart Ablon's Keynote (3 CEUs) & Robert Foltz's Plenary (1.5 CEUs)


February 24th

7:00am CST
Workshop session A

Family and Youth Choice in a Virtual Reality

John Burek, MS

Ellen Souder, LPCC-S

Workforce Wellbeing in Therapeutic Children’s Homes: What Helps and What Hurts

Sarah Parry, DClinPsy, CPsychol, fHEA

Tracey Williams

A New Family Trauma Reentry System with High Parent Involvement

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

Robert E. McCartney, MSW

8:00am CST
Coffee & Conversation: Innovation in the Milieu

Everyone is invited! Join this session for a chance to win a giftcard of your choosing!

09:00am CST
Plenary - An Introduction to The International Child and Youth Care Network – CYC-Net

Martin Stabrey

Thom Grafat, PhD 

12:00pm CST
Affinity Group Meet & Greet

Everyone is invited! Join this session and be automatically entered to win a giftcard of your choosing!

01:00pm CST
Plenary - Wisdom Floats: Direct Service Staff Wisdom as Healing During Crises

Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi, Ph.D

03:00pm CST
Keynote - Trauma-Sensitive Direct Care: Where Healing Happens Best

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D 

Stuart Ablon, Ph.D

6:30pm CST
Plenary - Using Psychotropic Medications with our Complex Youth

Robert Foltz, Psy.D

8:30pm CST
Plenary - Pipelines to Leadership: Seeing future management teams emerging from front line staff

Okpara Rice


   Margaret Vimont


   Joe Ford


   Pete Myers 

11:30pm CST
Coffee & Conversation: Where Do We Go From Here?

Everyone is welcome! Join this session to be entered to win a gift card of your choosing!

February 25th

01:00am CST
Keynote - Trauma-Sensitive Direct Care: Where Healing Happens Best

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D

Stuart Ablon, Ph.D


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The live conference will be held starting February 24th and going through February 25th. You can view all conference material, including recorded Keynotes, and workshops by logging into the virtual conference platform.

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.

This event costs $110 for ACRC members, $150 for non-members, and $75 for students. $800 Entire Organization Registration/ACRC Member Agency and $950 for Entire Organization Registration/Non-Member Agency

Great news! We offer an organizational rate of $800 for member organizations and $950 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 right up to the start of the conference.

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
NASW CEUs are an additional $25 and we will be providing them for Bruce & Stuart’s presentation (3 credits) and Robert Foltz’s presentation on psychotropic meds (1.5 credits).
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 $800 for member organizations and $950 for non-member organizations.