May 6 – 9, 2024



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Treating Kids Like Kids: Ending the Prosecution of Young Children

speaker headshot Melissa Coretz Goemann, J.D.

speaker headshot Marisol Garcia, J.D.

speaker headshot Sana Fedel

The United States is an outlier throughout the world in the prosecution of young children; 24 states have no minimum age for prosecution. Get an overview of U.S. laws and international policy and learn about strategies to raise the minimum age and provide supportive services for children.

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Congruent Leadership – Matching the Mission with the Mayhem

speaker headshot Michelle Maikoetter, MA, NCC, LPC-S

How do we know, as leaders, what to do and when to do it? So many times we are making decisions we have not been trained in, role modeled, or can be explained in policy and procedure. The delicate ecosystems known as residential education/care requires a unique balance of structure and nurture just as our clients do. This workshop will examine how leaders are required to act as the frontal cortex, as well as, the attachment figure for an entire organization. And if leaders are unable to exemplify the very training and mission we espouse such as self-regulation, being trauma aware and connecting, how can anything work?

We will create understanding of the power differential and how leaders create ripple effects when they discharge their power without thoughtfulness and intention. These ripples touch every member of an organization especially our most vulnerable staff and children. Why leaders must heal themselves so they don’t transmit their own grief/pain to those in positions with little to no power and how leaders’ health or lack thereof impacts the organization as a whole will be examined. Case examples will be used and discussion will be had.

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Redefining Trauma Treatment: Integrating EMDR Therapy and Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Youth in a Residential Treatment Center

speaker headshot Olivia Lynch, MS, LPC

speaker headshot Erin Ziegelmeyer, MA, LPC

speaker headshot Meredith Dellorco, LCSW

This presentation will discuss the integration of EMDR Therapy and Attachment-Based Family Therapy. Through lecture and case examples, participants will learn how these two well-established modalities complement each other and assist in improving clinical outcomes for clients in a residential treatment center.

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Young People’s Experience of Living in Children’s Homes: What is Helpful and Harmful?

speaker headshot Meryl Westlake, MPhil, BSc

The voice of young people with residential care experience remains under-researched in England. This study used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore young people’s understanding of what is helpful and harmful in children’s homes. Findings show the complexity of entangled care and the importance of physical and relational safety for children.

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Philosophy to Action: Using the RISE Framework to Build Pathways of Resilience, Hope, and Well-being

speaker headshot Joelle Gerber, LISW, RPT-S

This topic of this workshop is how one organization used their philosophy of care (a sometimes-abstract ideal) to transform their system of care. This workshop offers innovative ways for organizations to use their philosophy of care in concrete ways throughout all levels organizational structure. By doing so, they will have a stronger foundation helping them to be more adaptable and effective in developing programs, services, or navigating requests to fill in the gaps and meet the urgent needs of young people and families.

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Using Implementation Science to Enhance Practice Changes

speaker headshot Patricia Wilcox, MSW, LCSW

speaker headshot Aminah Ali, LMSW

Implementation Science is about using strategies to change people's behavior. It's going beyond just awareness and knowledge to really change behavior. Implementation Science is the study of methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health care and public health settings to improve the impact on population health.

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time icon7 May, 2024 09:00 am

Hope Starts With Us

speaker headshot Glenda Wrenn Gordon, M.D., MSHP

If a board-certified psychiatrist struggles to find appropriate resources for her child having a mental health crisis, imagine how difficult it is for families who don't have the same knowledge and resources. Glenda will share her vision for the future: one where young people impacted by serious mental health challenges and addiction face a clear path forward that unlocks their potential for growth and positive change. With certainty that the foundation of a good life is possible despite trauma and adversity, Glenda's expertise and firsthand experience will remind all of us that hope and healing can be as close as the person sitting next to you.

time icon7 May, 2024 09:00 am

Post Pandemic-Redux: Let's Get Back to Preventing Violence and Use of Seclusion and Restraint

speaker headshot Kevin Ann Huckshorn, Ph.D., MSN, RN, ICADC

The Covid 19 pandemic taxed everyone working in healthcare. It is hard to focus on anything but survival, day to day, when an event like this occurs. As the lead principal investigator of the Evidence Based Practice: Six Core Strategies©, Kevin will introduce (or re-acquaint you with) the basics and will discuss the importance of the strategies in reducing the use of these traumatic interventions that can lead to both physical and emotional injuries with young people in care and the staff who serve them. This work goes hand in hand with the Building Bridges Initiative principles and SAM HSA's vision for Behavioral Health Services.

time icon7 May, 2024 09:00 am

Purpose, Passion, and Partnerships: Blueprint for Re-Imagined Systems of Care

speaker headshot Michael O'Neil, J.D., MBA

Michael O'Neil is a thought leader who is passionate about patient and family engagement. Following his own treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, he emerged inspired with a vision for transforming the patient experience. Michael launched Get Well Network in 2000 to tackle an unaddressed problem: empowering patients to take control of their healthcare journey. Get Well Network has since engaged 100+ million patients in 5 countries. Mental health is health, and unfortunately, we see many similar challenges of patient voice, choice, and access to high-quality services across our mental and behavioral health systems. As we face the most vexing mental health challenge of our lifetime, Michael will share a new vision for what it will take to develop reimagined systems where all young people and families can access the right care, in the right place, at the right time. 

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Workshop Session A

time icon7 May, 2024 01:30 pm

Transitioning Into Your New Role as a Supervisor or Leader

speaker headshot Frank Delano, LMSW

speaker headshot Noor Almaoui, LCSW

Just started in your new role as a supervisor, manager or leader? Looking for more guidance on how to be the best leader you can be? Join us for a very interactive workshop on tips and strategies for how to settle more seamlessly into your new position.

time icon7 May, 2024 01:30 pm

The Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Youth in the Child Welfare System

speaker headshot Vida Khavar, LMFT

This presentation will invite participants to think about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression outside the binary. This plenary will also outline ways in which partnering with families and strengthening services offered in residential settings can reduce the time LGBTQ+ youth spend in foster care and promote positive outcomes.

time icon7 May, 2024 01:30 pm

Leading the Workforce: Leadership Development Across the Organization

speaker headshot James Freeman, MA, CYC-P

Effective leadership across the organization is essential for building resilient teams, engaging the workforce, and providing quality care. This workshop will focus on the unique challenges, risks, and opportunities faced by middle managers and frontline supervisors as they lead teams working with youth and families in trauma-informed settings.

time icon7 May, 2024 01:30 pm

Beyond Cultural and Linguistic Competence: Achieving DEI for Leaders of Color

speaker headshot Tekoah Boatner

speaker headshot Haynes Morrison

speaker headshot Lauri Smalls

speaker headshot Larome Myrick, Ph.D.

This session discusses the challenges confronting Leaders of Color daily in their leadership roles. While the challenges faced by executive leaders appear to be consistent for all leaders, further examination shows that the challenges experienced by LoC are greater and more pronounced than challenges faced by their White counterparts. 

time icon7 May, 2024 01:30 pm

#ShowMeSolutions: How Missouri is Dealing with the Capacity Crisis

speaker headshot Sara Smith

speaker headshot Bill Bott

speaker headshot Dawn Rector

In Missouri, this crisis is radically impacting children in Residential Care. By taking a systems look at the work of child welfare and identifying the obstacles we face in the work, we are able to build capacity in our most critical areas. 

time icon7 May, 2024 01:30 pm

Translating Youth and Family Values into Meaningful Outcome Measures

speaker headshot April Wall-Parker, MS

speaker headshot Michael Valenti, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Kimberly Lohrfink, Ph.D.

Pressley Ridge is in the midst of re-designing what are communicated as core organizational outcomes to more closely reflect the core values of the youth and families that we serve.  We share how data was collected and synthesized across multiple service-types to ultimately arrive at youth and family-led outcome measures.

time icon7 May, 2024 01:30 pm

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Resources: From Searching Strategies to Recovery Planning and How these Factors Can Increase Survivor Engagement

speaker headshot Kim Parks-Bourn, MSW

speaker headshot Samantha Sahl, LCSW

Between 2013 and 2017, NCMEC saw a 343% increase in reports of children missing from care. By 2022, 81% of missing children reported to NCMEC were missing from care. Data collected in 2022 also shows that 1 out of 6 missing children reported to NCMEC who had run away were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Data trends show that children missing from care are at an even higher risk for experiencing multiple endangerments, including child sex trafficking.   Therefore, child welfare, foster parents, residential care professionals and law enforcement are increasingly on the front lines of coordinating care, services, and emergency response for survivors of child sex trafficking.   This presentation will include information about NCMEC resources that can be accessed when missing children are reported. providers.   As the individuals who often first engage with youth post-recovery, placement providers can play a critical role in preventing running behavior and breaking the cycle of revictimization for survivors of trafficking. This presentation will provide practical lessons in developing proactive recovery and response plans focused on increasing rapport, youth engagement, and understanding and reducing running behavior for missing children who are being sex trafficked.

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Partnering with Higher Education to Create the Workforce We Need

speaker headshot Frank Eckles

speaker headshot Deborah Getz, Ph.D.

This session will focus on a model for collaboration between higher education, employers, and the CYC professional community.  It will discuss projects currently underway and provide ideas on how to form collaborative initiatives.

time icon7 May, 2024 01:30 pm

Healing Relationships Between Youth and Their Parents and Caregivers

speaker headshot Vicky Kelly, Psy.D., MSW

Attachment security is the most critical protective factor in adolescent development. Yet youth with difficult histories and significant behavioral challenges miscue caregivers about their needs. Innovations in attachment-focused strategies and trauma-informed care offer ways to engage youth and their caregivers in strengthening, repairing, and rebuilding healing relationships.

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Scaling Hope: An Action Call to States

speaker headshot John Damon, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Michael O'Neil, J.D., MBA

speaker headshot Dale Cook


Inspired and supported by the larger Aspen Institutes community, this presentation will share the work of three Aspen Fellows who are developing a technology-enabled service network to transform care management and deliver personalized, holistic youth mental health and well-being at scale. This promising solution brings youth and families a comprehensive portfolio of resources from wellness to self-guided digital programs or direct access to critical crisis resources when needed and offers a blueprint for innovating in this mental health crisis through strategic partnerships.

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Workshop Session B

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Quality by Design

speaker headshot Michele Boguslofski, BS

speaker headshot Helen Avis, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.

Presenters from a research-practice partnership supporting Teaching Family Association will describe the empirically based implementation process of the Teaching Family Model (TFM). Using real-time data, presenters will illustrate how TFM evaluates service quality and effectiveness, monitors implementation, fidelity, and outcomes, while remaining accountable for serving children, adolescents, adults, and families. 

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Hearing All Perspectives: The Development of a Multi-Diagnosis Youth Advisory Council

speaker headshot Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM

speaker headshot Judy Starr, J.D.

This presentation will discuss the formation of a novel and innovative version of a standard Youth Advisory Council (YAC).  This particular YAC adds a twist to the traditional means of involving youth by creating a council combining voices of individuals served who have two very different diagnoses:  those with an emotional/behavioral disorder (EBD) and those with an autism/intellectual disability (ASD/IDD).  Spanning across 3 states, this internal YAC has been established to hear the voices of and to teach leadership principles and skills those who are receiving the services offered by Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.  

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Working in Predominantly White Organizations: Experiences, Insights, and Strategies from BIPOC Leaders

speaker headshot Lloyd Bullard, Ed.D

speaker headshot Jodi Doane, MSW

speaker headshot Jennifer Outlaw, CSW

speaker headshot Kelly Rao, MSW


This session discusses the experiences, insights, and strategies that impact leaders who identify as  Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and their White colleagues working in predominantly white-led organizations. Insights were gathered from 422 participants in 28 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Improving Outcomes with AI: An Equitable Approach

speaker headshot Kate Ryan, LCSW

speaker headshot Pete York

Curious about the Artificial Intelligence products that promise to make your clinical workforce more effective? Whether you are evaluating these options, already using these tools or have decided they aren’t right for your organization, Gemma Services and BCT Partners have important insights to shed some light on this murky matter. 

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Meeting the Challenge: Positioning Educational Services as an Extension of the Therapeutic Experience

speaker headshot Ra Shone Franklin

speaker headshot Bobbi Kochevar, MBA, MLS

Journey with us as we take you through our process to identify the gaps that existed between the residential and school experience.  Learn how our approach helped standardize key infrastructure, develop an effective dashboard to measure outcomes and assess and address campus safety. Collaboration between clinicians and educators is key.

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Exciting New Clinical Tools to Help Youth with Trauma and Dysregulation

speaker headshot Melony Opheim, LCSW

The use of ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) in relation to desensitizing trauma and changing images and sensations that trigger body responses in clients and their families, as well training staff to use innovative use of and SAF-T (Sensation Awareness Focused Technique) to de-escalate kids who have been triggered and are dysregulated while in residential treatment. These two techniques are very individualized to clients and meet the complex therapeutic needs of the children as well as enhances the skills of staff dealing with the children.

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Empowering Families in Underserved Communities: Leveraging Technology for Effective Trauma-Informed Caregiver Training

speaker headshot Alan Fullbright, M.Ed.

speaker headshot Michelle Wingate

Empowering families in underserved communities through technology-driven, trauma-informed caregiver training is an innovative approach to address the challenges these communities face. By combining evidence-based curriculum with cutting-edge technology, we aim to address the challenges faced by underserved populations in accessing caregiver training, empowering families to overcome foster parenting challenges effectively.

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Speak Up: Improving Youth Quality of Life Using Self-Advocacy Initiatives

speaker headshot Lindsay Wagner, MOT, OTR

speaker headshot Michael John Carley

Many youth with complex learning needs and neurological profiles have experienced interventions, environments, and educational practices that have not affirmed their unique characteristics and instead have impacted well-being and quality of life. This discussion will offer strategies for including student-voice into residential programming and includes self-advocacy initiatives incorporating multidisciplinary teams.  

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Becoming a Trauma-Resilient Organization: From Putting Out Fires to Fire Prevention

speaker headshot Amber Rand, LMHC, IAADC

speaker headshot Colleen Zullo Rieger, LCSW

In this collaborative session, the facilitators will guide participants in discovering solutions to address the impact of change on organizations, as it relates to building and retaining a resilient workforce, meeting co-occurring needs of clients through innovative, relational, and non-clinical approaches, and establishing an overall culture of safety.

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Empowering Your Workforce for Impact: Strategies for Growth, Wellness, and Impactful Partnerships in the Child Welfare Workforce

speaker headshot Claudia Guillen

speaker headshot Amy Klingner Previato, MSP, CHES, DipACLM

speaker headshot Tommy Lodge, MBA

speaker headshot Annie Taccolini Panaggio

Drawing from Endeavors' rich history in serving vulnerable domestic and migrant populations, this session covers the U.S. child welfare workforce post-COVID, attrition risk factors, a successful multidisciplinary partnership model, and employee wellness and retention. Attend to gain tools for tackling workforce challenges, developing unique value propositions, and inspiring your teams, ultimately enhancing your organization's performance.

time icon7 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Beyond Point and Level Systems: Moving Toward Child and Family Centered Programming

speaker headshot David Paxton, MA, LISW-S

speaker headshot Emily Sutton, MSW, LSW

The focus of this presentation is TVN’s experience of removing the traditional point and level systems from its residential programs and replacing it with Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and the Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach (CPS). This presentation will cover three conference themes. The first is “meeting complex needs.” The second theme is “innovating approaches.” And the third theme is “leading through change.

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Ted Talk-Style Plenary: Elevating What Works

time icon8 May, 2024 09:00 am

Transforming Children's Behavioral Health Care Through Collaboration

speaker headshot Dana Weiner, Ph.D.

Since February of 2022 Illinois has been engaged in a comprehensive effort to address barriers to mental health service delivery for children and adolescent which has included executive and legislative branch support, data analysis, technological development, and collaborative problem solving with stakeholders, providers, advocates, caregivers and youth as partners to ensure a solution that is feasible and effective for improving access to care.

time icon8 May, 2024 09:00 am

Connection, Hope and Healing: The Power of Residential Interventions Within Systems of Care

speaker headshot Elizabeth Manley, LSW

The most important lesson learned from my work in residential and systems reform in New Jersey is that healing happens when there is hope and connection.  The challenge is how and where to start and the belief that all things are possible if we focus our attention on connection, hope, and healing.

time icon8 May, 2024 09:00 am

From Juvie to Jails to Children-First: Leveraging Global Learning on Justice-Involved Youth

speaker headshot Iain Matheson, Ed.D.

Approaches to justice-involved youth vary markedly around the world, which is evident in our respective purposes, policy-settings, and practice. However, finding time and space to engage with ideas and people from other countries, can yield valuable learning and insights. Moreover, such engagement not only enriches our understanding of the global justice-involved youth landscape, but also sheds light on our own system’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities.

time icon8 May, 2024 09:00 am

What Works? Meaningful Evidence?

speaker headshot Lisa Holmes, BSc, Ph.D.

We work in complex and nuanced systems and yet debates and decisions are distilled to a simplistic view of ‘what works’. What constitutes ‘good enough’ evidence? How do we explore the lives of youths holistically and take a life course perspective to understand longer term societal, moral, and financial costs associated with providing the right services, at the right time, to the youth who need it most.

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Workshop C

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

This Isnt Supposed To Happen: Treating Complex and Traumatic Grief in Children, Adolescents, and the Family System

speaker headshot Mikayla Gilbreath, LMSW

Grief is an inevitable part of life – but what happens when that loss is intertwined with trauma? Join Mikayla Gilbreath, LMSW as she explores different types of grief responses, trauma and grief frameworks, and treatment interventions for children and family systems across the continuum of care.

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

Staff Retention and Reduction in Emergency Safety Interventions Through Competency Based Trainings: One Year Outcome Analysis

speaker headshot Chris Delap, BCBA, LBA, LMLP, AS

Behavioral Skills Training curriculum for direct care staff at a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Kansas.  Key implementation strategies include developing a staff mentor program, implementing fidelity checklists, and ongoing evaluations.  A review of the first year will be discussed along with analysis of the impact on staff retention and reductions in Emergency Safety Interventions.

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

Finally, Something Thats for Me: A Staff-Focused Intervention to Increase Self-Regulation and Amplify Trauma-Informed Care

speaker headshot Beth Casarijan, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Jessica Jackson-Yoo, LICSW

speaker headshot Joshua Stewart, LISW-S

Equipping staff with the self and co-regulation skills that underlie delivery of trauma-informed care not only benefits youth, but buffers staff from secondary stress, burnout, and turnover. Along with three thought-leading agencies, we explore the impact of structured, high-quality supervision, restorative Circles, mindfulness, and an innovative app to support staff. 

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

From Principles to Practice: Using the BBI Theory of Change for Measurable Quality Improvement in Residential Interventions

speaker headshot Robert Lieberman, MA, LPC

speaker headshot Nancy Pierce

speaker headshot Sara Fox

speaker headshot Margaret McGladrey, Ph.D.

This presentation will provide an overview of the BBI Theory of Change (TOC), developed with extensive national input.  It will describe a pilot project testing the TOC’s usefulness in generating transformational innovations and measuring outcomes. Attendees will be engaged in providing feedback for mid-course adjustments and identifying dissemination possibilities.

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

A Different Approach to Care in A Residential Setting

speaker headshot Derek Cortez, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Terri Gowey

speaker headshot Tabitha Farr

speaker headshot Kate Lopas

In 2022, in response to a critical need in Wisconsin of serving children with complex needs, Chileda developed the Short-Term Empowerment Program (STEP). STEP is an intensive treatment program focused on empowering the child and family/aftercare placement to gain skills to support long-term permanency in a less restrictive environment.  

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

From New Hire to Leader: The Journey of a Supervisor

speaker headshot Brooke Mohs

speaker headshot Amelia Cervantes

Building confidence and competencies to support direct care staff in becoming future leaderships has been an ongoing concern and focus for youth and family serving organizations. This career ladder style training has proven success and enhanced meaning and purpose within each role of the agency as well as retention of leaders and enhanced their competencies for success. 

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

Beyond Evidence: The Power of Why in Shaping Responsive Program Models for Therapeutic Care Interventions

speaker headshot Martha Holden

speaker headshot Anton Smith, MSW, RSW

speaker headshot Elliott Smith, Ph.D.


Discover how a dynamic program model, guided by a theory of change, facilitates informed decision-making, enhances the experience of children and families, and strengthens organizational culture and resilience. Our presentation will delve into shaping child-centered therapeutic care. Anchored with evidence-based principles, organizations can foster a culture of adaptability and sustained success.

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

Increasing the Consistency of Care for the Children Who Need It the Most

speaker headshot Marty Huitt

speaker headshot Mary Alvarado

Some of our most vulnerable youth need consistency of care from multiple adults. To increase  consistency of care while youth are in residential care as well as when they return to their perspective homes, BIST provides a full time coach to provide live time coaching for the youth care specialists.

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

Children in Child protection: Measures, Social Construct, and How They Live Their Child Protection Experiences as Adults

speaker headshot Vanessa Schnorr, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Judith Haase, Ph.D.

The presentation discusses the ‘child protection careers' research project (5,000 case files from a child protection service, 900 case files from a youth welfare office, 8 biographical interviews) in three aspects:

1) Organizational practices in child protection,

2) The perspective of professionals on children,

3) The subjective perception of children.

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

Innovative residential care design: No Wrong Door

speaker headshot Lisa Holmes, BSc, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Janice Nicholson

No Wrong Door (NWD) is an innovate approach to residential care in the UK with a multi-disciplinary team at the core. The service response is personalized, with the length of intervention determined to meet the needs of the youth, while also working with the family and planning pathways post placement. In this workshop we will introduce NWD, and the underpinning evidence base.

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

Technical Support for Childrens Behavioral Healthcare Transformation: How analytics and technology can inform and support strategic directions

speaker headshot Dana Weiner, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Sam Shapiro

speaker headshot Michael Stiehl, MS

Making “data driven policy” a reality requires robust support, access to data, sophisticated methods, research partnerships, and technological applications that can document challenges and successes.  In the context of Illinois efforts to adjust capacity, streamline processes, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery, the team will describe a methodological approach to leveraging data to understand the behavioral health services needs of the child & adolescent population.

time icon8 May, 2024 11:30 am

Developing Culture and Managing Risk: 101 Things Leaders in our Field Need to Know

speaker headshot Robert McCartney, MSW

speaker headshot Steve Elson, Ph.D.

speaker headshot William Powers

We will focus on uncommon leadership lessons learned over our combined decades in the CEO chair, such as successful risk-taking, wisely allocating authority, establishing values-driven cultures, and making critical decisions which often make a profound impact on your system of care. We will set the stage for an interactive conversation.

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Workshop D

time icon8 May, 2024 03:30 pm

If We Use Restraint, Can We Really Say That We Are Offering Trauma-Informed Care?

speaker headshot Trish Cocoros

speaker headshot Iain Matheson, Ed.D

This workshop particularly explores the relationship between trauma-informed care and restraint. Research evidence and what it does and does not tell us about the relationship between trauma-informed care and restraint will be presented along with Youth Development Institute’s (YDI) practice evidence on use of the Six Core Strategies© to eliminate restraints and enhance trauma-informed care.  Youth who have experienced care in multiple placements will also present their experiences and perspectives.

time icon8 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Successful Futures: An Aftercare Program for Transitioning Into Adulthood

speaker headshot Jasney Cogua, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Jonathan Huefner, Ph.D.

Successful Futures is an after-care system created to provide formalized support for young adults transitioning out of Boys Town. The program has four phases: Life Skills Training/Career Exploration; Career Planning; Education/Certification; Job Placement. It also includes crisis support and housing opportunities. Assessments and outcome data are collected at different intervals. 

time icon8 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Exploring Collaborative Solutions: The Youth Resource Workgroup

speaker headshot Misty Berard

speaker headshot Celeste Walley

The Youth Resource Workgroup (YRW), established by the Catalyst Center, addresses some the challenges faced in the changing environment of the foster care system and the impact on youth in California with significant unmet complex needs by identifying intervention strategies, brainstorming innovative individualized treatment planning, and facilitating opportunities for interagency collaboration. This workshop outlines the YRW's background, development, and participant engagement opportunities, offering insights into its replicability and outcomes. 

time icon8 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Treating Eating Disorders in a General Psychiatric Residential Program: Challenge Accepted

speaker headshot Mirela Loftus, MD, Ph.D.

speaker headshot Kara Becker, LMFT, CEDS, AAMFT

This presentation will introduce a complex model for concurrently treating adolescents and young adults diagnosed with medically stable EDs and comorbid psychiatric conditions admitted to a general psychiatric residential setting. The details of the therapeutic and medical management will be reviewed. 

time icon8 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Elopement From Residential Placements: What Do Youth And Families Need To Remain Engaged In Treatment

speaker headshot Erin Flood, LCSW

speaker headshot Camela Hughes, Ph.D.

Elopement from residential care ranks as one of the top issues affecting youth and families while receiving residential services. We will be looking at a variety of interventions both evidence based and those recommended by our youth and families.  

time icon8 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Trauma Responsive Coaching and Mentoring for Non-Clinical Staff

speaker headshot Dana Wyss, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC

speaker headshot Rodney Hall

Trauma responsive coaching and mentoring recognizes and honors the whole person. This includes considering things like their career goals, history, strengths, and current struggles of individuals in your employment while also maintaining professional boundaries. Over the years programs have struggled with ways to encourage, educate, and provide wellness programs for non-clinical staff. Through the lens of parallel attunement coaching and mentoring programs can offer this increased support. Furthermore, research on trauma responsive supervision demonstrates enhancement of career development and experience for employees. Dr. Wyss and Rodney Hall will discuss several options for developing stronger trauma responsive management teams and provide some key points to consider.

time icon8 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Living the Mission: Training and Retaining Caring People

speaker headshot Juletta Gilge, LCPC

speaker headshot Tra Williams, M.Ed., MSN, RN

speaker headshot Taylor Mayer, Ph.D., LCPC

Rebuilding and expanding a workforce can be difficult. Join us in looking at ways to build, train, and retain a workforce that is trauma-informed and trauma-focused, as well as evaluating how to tell whether or not these ways work.

time icon8 May, 2024 03:30 pm

Trauma Responsive Residential Interventions within a System of Care

speaker headshot Elizabeth Manley, LSW

Residential interventions are an essential component of a trauma responsive behavioral health system designed to meet the unique needs of youth engaged in the developmental/intellectual, child protection and juvenile justice systems. When systems transform to better meet the unique needs of young people and their families, it is essential that residential interventions are supported in the transformation process. Providing the right service, at the right time, for the right duration is foundational to systems of care and to providing healing residential interventions.  This workshop will focus on the structural changes that are fundamental to a system of care and the transformation of residential interventions.  

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time icon9 May, 2024 09:00 am

Hear Us Out! Essential Collaborative Youth-Guided Approaches

“Nothing about us without us” has long been the rallying cheer from young people for effective policy and service delivery. Learn directly from youth leaders who have successfully elevated authentic youth engagement with various public and private partners. We will highlight innovative ways to promote youth voice and choice, including program co-design, policy and advocacy, board governance, participatory research, and the implementation of best practices. Hear why it matters, what works, and lessons learned. “Nothing about us without us” has long been the rallying cheer from young people for effective policy and service delivery. Learn directly from youth leaders who have successfully elevated authentic youth engagement with various public and private partners. We will highlight innovative ways to promote youth voice and choice, including program co-design, policy and advocacy, board governance, participatory research, and the implementation of best practices. Hear why it matters, what works, and lessons learned.

time icon9 May, 2024 09:00 am

Embracing AI: The Tools of Tomorrow Are Here Today

speaker headshot Takkeem Morgan, MBA

Takkeem Morgan is a problem solver committed to public sector innovation, and his passion is fueled by his firsthand experiences with systems that failed him and his family. Mosaic ParentHub is one of his many ventures leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine-learning to support vulnerable families and improve effectiveness of programs. In our rapidly evolving world, the integration of technology has become an undeniable force driving societal progress. AI, in particular, has the potential to revolutionize various sectors, including health and human services. Unfortunately, for many reasons, child and family-serving organizations and public agencies have not historically been early adopters of new tech, and we are in danger of being left behind. This matters not only for your organization or agency but also for the very children and families you serve. Are you wary of artificial intelligence, or are you leaning in to embrace it? Healthy skepticism is wise, but the speed of change will not wait for us to catch up.

AI can analyze vast amounts of data, identify trends, and generate insights that human capacity alone cannot achieve. Beyond easing documentation burdens, Takkeem will demonstrate how we can use this knowledge to design interventions tailored to individual circumstances, address systemic disparities, and foster more equitable systems. AI will be transformative. It is essential that we actively engage with key partners, including government agencies, community organizations, and families themselves, to co-create frameworks that govern the use of AI. AI will never replace the importance of genuine relationships, empathy, and understanding between helping professionals and the youth and families they serve, but by responsibly embracing AI with a clear vision, ethical boundaries, and an unwavering commitment to equity, we can improve our impact and shape a future where children and families thrive.

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