July 23 & 24, 2024  |  Renaissance Phoenix Glendale

Child Abuse Prevention Conference

Agenda + Workshop Descriptions

Note: There may be changes to this agenda between now and the conference. Please refer to the program you’ll receive onsite for finalized information including workshop room locations.

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CAP Conference Agenda & Workshops


Day 1 | Tuesday, July 23, 2024

7:30 – 9:00Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 10:10Welcome & Keynote
10:10 – 10:30Break
10:30 – 11:40Workshop Block A
12:00 – 12:40Lunch
12:40 – 1:30Keynote
1:30 – 1:50Break
1:50 – 3:00Workshop Block B
3:00 – 3:20Break
3:20– 4:30Workshop Block C

Day 2 | Wednesday, July 24, 2024

8:00 – 9:00Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00Welcome & Keynote
10:00 – 10:20Break
10:20 – 11:30Workshop Block D
11:30 – 11:50Break
11:50– 12:40Lunch
12:40 – 1:40Keynote
1:40 – 2:00Break
2:00 – 3:10Workshop Block E
3:10End of Conference

Keynote Speakers

Gaelin Elmore

Gaelin Elmore is a retired NFL player, foster care alumnus and motivational speaker. “From foster care, abuse, and homelessness, my adverse childhood communicated that I wasn’t worthy of belonging,” Gaelin says. That belief greatly impacted how he navigated life and relationships – namely, running away from anything that required vulnerability.

It’s one thing to “not belong.” It’s entirely different to believe that you are unworthy and incapable of belonging. This gap in belonging isn’t a burden youths should carry alone. That only cements the harmful beliefs they already have. It should be shouldered by the caring and knowledgeable adults in their lives.

Are you ready to shoulder the burden? Are you ready to mobilize others as well?

Dr. Bruce Perry

Dr. Bruce Perry, who will be appearing virtually, has been a prominent figure in children’s mental health and neuroscience for over three decades. Principal of the Neurosequential Network and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, his expertise spans academia and clinical practice, with significant contributions to understanding the impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma on brain development.

He co-authored bestsellers such as The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. His latest book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released in 2021.

Dr. Perry pioneered the Neurosequential Model©, an innovative approach to clinical work, education, and caregiving for traumatized children. His work has influenced global clinical practice, programs, and policies.

Shabnam Mogharabi

Shabnam Mogharabi is an author and journalist with more than 15 years of leadership experience in media and storytelling. She is a lifelong student of positive psychology, a freelance documentary film producer, and an expert on how to create content that is both socially impactful and entertaining.

With actor Rainn Wilson, Shabnam co-founded SoulPancake, the inspiring entertainment company behind beloved video series such as “Kid President” and “My Last Days.” It was in espousing the values of SoulPancake – the importance of joy, hope, purpose, and gratitude – that Shabnam found a calling as a public speaker. Today, she shares her uplifting, vulnerable message on how to harness the power of joy at dozens of conferences and events a year.

Rick Griffin

Rick Griffin, current president of the Prevent Child Abuse Arizona Board of Directors, is the founder and CEO of the Neuro Leadership Academy, an enterprise that uses neuroscience to facilitate personal and professional development. He is also a Master Trainer for the Community Resilience Initiative, and has developed several outstanding trauma- and resilience-focused programs and practices.

As the former Executive Director of a therapeutic residential program for struggling teens, Rick has first-hand experience with developing and implementing strategies and structures that foster resilience.

Rick enjoys speaking to groups around the globe and is widely recognized for his work in trauma-informed care. Rick’s vision to educate the masses about the impact of trauma inspired him to establish a national trauma and resilience conference that is held annually in Washington state.

He has also authored several engaging eBooks, including “Keeping PACE With the Brain,” which delves into how social interactions stimulate brain responses and guide our actions, emotions, and motivations.


CAP Conference Workshops

Workshop Block A | Tuesday, July 23, 2024 | 10:30 -11:40 am

A1 | Transforming Engagement: Having Difficult and Sensitive Conversations with Youths & Young Adults

Chaz Martinez, MSW, Megan Conrad, PK Wood, and Lesley Acosta, Department of Child Safety

Having difficult and sensitive conversations is a common part of child welfare work, and it is vital that we do this well. This workshop will share strategies for successfully navigating these conversations and help you more effectively engage with youths and young adults. Attendees will hear from youths with lived expertise on the importance of authentic engagement.

A2 | Building Strong Child-Responsive Communities with R.A.I. – Respect, Affirmation & Inclusion

Jimmy Hart, Ed.S, Hart Global Industries

In this interactive session, attendees will engage in an inside-out approach to strengthening child-responsive communities and services using R.A.I. as a framework to engage all stakeholders.

A3 | Beyond ABCs: The Essential Role of Social-Emotional Development in Child Growth

Tandie Myles, LCSW, IMH-E (III), RPT/S, PMH-C, Anchored in Hope Therapy Services

This presentation explores the crucial aspects of nurturing social and emotional development in children. It delves into practical strategies for parents, educators, and caregivers. Through actionable tips, participants will gain valuable insights into creating an environment that supports healthy growth in young minds. Attendees will be empowered with tools to navigate the complexities of childhood emotions, fostering a foundation for lifelong emotional well-being.

A4 | Healing Trauma and Building Resilience: EFT for Child Welfare Professionals

Lorie Michaels, EFT-Adv, and Cassandra Alderete, Support Birth

Delve into our Tapping workshop centered on trauma-informed self-regulation techniques. Through the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), participants will gain invaluable skills to navigate and heal from trauma. Led by expert facilitators, this session offers a safe and supportive environment to cultivate resilience, reclaim inner balance, and embark on a journey of profound self-discovery.

A5 | Joyful Connections: Nurturing Resilience in Community

Amy Castellanos, Moving The Soul LLC; Michelle Sambrano, Southwest Behavioral Health; and Sandi Cimino, AZ ACES Consortium and The Well-Made Bed LLC

Embark on a unique and transformative journey in this specially crafted two-part Community Roundtable session. This workshop blends physical movement, art, and open conversation to explore the multifaceted expressions of joy both individually and in community. Participants will explore how nurturing joy can profoundly transform resilience, relationships, and overall well-being within themselves and the communities they serve. 

A6 | In a Digital World: Technology and Addiction

Chris Panneton, M.Ed, Southwest Family Advocacy Center

“Why are they always on their phone?” Did you know that the notifications we receive from social media, gaming, or friendly messages trigger the release of dopamine in our brain, making us crave more? It’s no wonder we find ourselves constantly glued to our screens. However, it’s important to realize that technology addiction is a real issue that can have serious consequences. That’s why having conversations with our loved ones about moderation and balance is crucial. Enroll in this class to learn the science behind technology addiction and how to promote healthy habits in your family.

A7 | Approaching Our Work from an Intergenerational Lens

Lizette Roeder, Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence

Regardless of our titles and duties, most everyone working toward building communities free of violence will interact with survivors of all ages. Even if our interactions are brief, our approach to survivors in different life stages can have a lasting impact on their healing journeys and resilience. Join us as we discuss best practices for developing and maintaining an intergenerational lens in our day-to-day work and share ideas on how to uplift each generation’s strengths while fortifying protective factors.

A8 | Considering Yourself a Mandated Supporter

Samara Vaught and Lindsey Shine, Parent Allies, Family Involvement Center

This training provides strategies and perspectives to authentically support families and connect them to resources. We will delve into the roles of the community and DCS, including who is responsible for child well-being when a family is experiencing risk factors.

A9 | The Power of Gentleness in Foster Families

Robert Rhoton, PsyD, F.A.A.E.T.S., Arizona Trauma Institute

There is a transformative power of gentleness in helping traumatized children recover as they enter foster care. The importance of physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual safety in the supportive foster care experience is crucial. In this presentation, four steps to encouraging gentleness will be explored.

A10 | Strengthening the Safety Net: Third Space Engagement and Community-Focused Collaboration

Peggy Peixoto, M.Ed, Glendale Strong Family Network; Blanca Arredondo, MBA, Rehoboth CDC; Kyle Parker, ClipDart Giveback; Aimee Sitzler, Community Alliance Consulting; and Shae Correa, Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Third spaces are nontraditional gathering places where community members can be engaged and connected to resources. Come learn how collaborative agencies in Northwest Maricopa County are working to engage Third Spaces to connect families to resources, and to make finding and navigating resources in their communities easier.

A11 | Tired, Thanks for Asking

Chuck Price, MS, and Alisha Brown, MSW, Blue Collar Consulting, LLC

Blue Collar Consulting has been working with teams nationwide for the past two years. When individuals were asked “No, Really…How Are You Doing?”, a common response was feeling deeply tired, beyond what a simple day off could remedy. This level of exhaustion has personal and professional repercussions, affecting both individuals and the overall organizational culture and goals. This session will delve into the reasons behind this widespread exhaustion, offering insights on how to support teams in transitioning from survival mode to thriving, and ultimately finding joy even during challenging times.

A12 | Erasing the Belonging Gap for Vulnerable Youth

Foster care alumnus Gaelin Elmore expands upon his keynote address about helping youths feel a sense of belonging and worthiness.

A13 | Connecting Conversations - Fatherhood

Neil Tift, Native American Fatherhood and Families Association

Join a community cafe-style conversation on the topic of including and engaging fathers in our work. Attendees will participate in a guided conversation to learn and share perspectives and strategies.

Workshop Block B | Tuesday, July 23, 2024 | 1:50 – 3 pm

B14 | Stories that Teach, Stories that Heal...

Jeremiah Kaplan, MSW, Arizona State University

Stories that teach, stories that heal, stories that bring us together. The Youth Heroes Project takes a novel approach to engage and empower youth using a collaborative storytelling model. This workshop will show participants how to use games and stories to bring youths a deeper connection with their own life narratives.

B15 | Introducing the Pilgrim Rest Foundation Community Hub Initiative

Berisha Black, BSW, Community Hub Director, Pilgrim Rest Foundation; Dr. Patricia Neff, PhD, Pilgrim Rest Foundation; and Dr. Carlian Dawson, consultant and trainer

Learn about the new Community Hub working to help families avoid system involvement. We’ll explore how we can build stronger communities through culturally responsive strategies to avoid DCS involvement and support at-risk families.

B16 | The Highly Sensitive Child: How to Support, Celebrate and Nurture Sensitive Children

Julianna Lyddon, MC, Certified Life Coach

Being a highly sensitive child is not a disorder, although it is often labeled as one. In this workshop, we will identify the characteristics of a highly sensitive child, examine why are they gifted, explore learning styles, and discuss ways to help them thrive.

B17 | Fatherhood is Sacred, Motherhood is Sacred

Malcolm Redhair, Native American Fatherhood and Families Association

This workshop discusses honoring Fatherhood and Motherhood and understanding the sacredness of being a parent. Fatherhood and Motherhood is Leadership.

B18 | Mayday! Mayday! Applying Self-Care to Adjust our Responses to Dysregulated Children

Beth Dunn, Yavapai County Education Service Agency

Ever find yourself stumped on how to respond to that irate child who is pushing your last button? Ever wish you could pull those words back, even as they are just being said? This workshop provides a before, during and after exploration of self-care needs as played out in stressful scenarios involving dysregulated behaviors and the challenges caregivers face in trying to manage them. With “rewinding” activities, participants will discuss and practice ways to “rewrite” difficult situations with greater regulation and relational connection. 

B19 | When Hope Comes Knocking

Robin J. Blumenthal, MA, Southern Arizona Trauma-Informed Network

Stories of love, hope and joy abound, but sometimes, in the midst of the hard times a family experiences, they can be elusive. In this interactive, hands-on-activity-oriented workshop, we will explore loving kindness, mirror neurons, and the role that moments of connection play in our day-to-day lives and in the lives of those we serve. Together we will explore unique ways to foster love, joy, and hope for ourselves and the families we work with.  

B20 | Diving into Fear-Less Triple P: Parents as Models and Coaches for Children's Resilience

Cricket Mitchell, Triple P AZ Coordinator, and Sarah Davis, Healthy Families Supervisor, Child Crisis Arizona

Did you know there is a NEW anxiety-specific Triple P intervention called Fear-Less Triple P? The first of its kind, Fear-Less Triple P supports parents and helps them develop a toolbox of cognitive behavioral strategies for anxiety management. Parents are encouraged to use these tools for themselves, their children, and all family members. This workshop will provide a facilitated interactive exercise in applying an anxiety management strategy that is part of the Fear-Less curriculum.

B21 | Chestfeeding and Substance Use

Franki Walsh, MPH, CHES, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Interested in understanding the role of substance use in a chestfeeding dyad? This workshop will cover facts around chestfeeding in general and will discuss the effect of different substances (including alcohol), and how knowledge of “Relative Infant Dose” can help you and your clients be more informed.

B22 | "Blue Baby" Film Screening and Discussion

Angie Burleson, AZ ACEs Consortium

Join us for a two-part workshop for the screening of the documentary “Blue Baby,” followed by a discussion. This film follows eight incarcerated youths who are sent to a prison alternative known as Boys Town. Their story challenges what people have always believed about problem behavior. After the screening, a panel will discuss the Boys Town program and how we can replicate it in Arizona.

B23 | Healing Through Connection: Understanding Bias to Improve Access to Care

Olawumi Okunade, MS, MPH and Nicole Gordon, LCSW, Best Self LLC

Too often, those seeking care are faced with the challenges of race, class, gender, and sexual oppression. Additionally, they may bring their fears, concerns, anger or frustrations related to this disparity with them into therapeutic spaces, which may impact treatment connection and outcomes. This is also true for the providers of care. In these spaces, our nervous systems are colliding, striving to create safety and connection. This workshop will examine what is needed to create an environment that supports individuals and families with the resources needed to create sustainable change.

B24 | When is a Worry a Danger? Risk Versus Unsafe

Katherine Guffey, MSW, MS Applied Analytics, and Staci Salas, Safety Practice Advisor, DCS

Participants will learn how the Department of Child Safety defines “unsafe,” and how this differs from risk of abuse and neglect. 

B25 | Connecting Conversations – Trauma Informed Approach to Human Service Work

Chuck Price, MS, Blue Collar Consulting, LLC

Join a community cafe-style conversation on the topic of trauma informed approaches to human service work. Attendees will participate in a guided conversation to learn and share perspectives and strategies.

Workshop Block C | Tuesday, July 23, 2024 |  3:20-4:30 pm

C26 | Conversations that Connect: Breaking Down Barriers – Why Youths Hesitate to Open Up

Zion Givens, Up To It, and Jamal Givens, M.Ed, LPKNC

Dive into an interactive workshop in which we explore how youths and trusted adults bond. Through engaging activities and insightful discussions, discover the magic of open communication, empathy, and shared laughter. Walk away empowered to create vibrant connections in which conversations spark joy, trust, and lifelong memories. Get ready to transform relationships into exhilarating adventures of growth and understanding!

C27 | You Are Not Alone: Family Resource Centers are the Biggest Supporters of Family Success

Jennifer Argyros, MS, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension; Ana Contreras, MA, Valleywise Health; and Katie Kahle, Chandler Care Center

Arizona’s insufficient childcare slots, deficiencies in kindergarten readiness skills, and high numbers of calls to DCS all underline the need for community Family Resource Centers. This presentation will outline new data-driven approaches to parent education and parent support.

C28 | Parenting with Strength and Compassion

Cymbre Lauing, CPLC Parenting Arizona

Parenting is a word with many meanings, with “responsibility” sitting at the top of that list. Extending understanding, compassion, and empathy for children’s struggles as well as their strengths can go a long way toward being an effective and supportive parent.

C29 | The Impact of Toxic Stress on Our Clients and Ourselves

Sarah Reed, Children’s Advocacy Center

This workshop will examine the science behind toxic stress and how it affects our brains and bodies. We will look at how to switch to healing and resilience, and examine how professionals working with children and families can guard against burnout through self-care.

C30 | Returning to the Whole Person: Healing the Wounds Caused by Social Expectations

Matt Sandoval, MSW, M.Ed, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

Having emotions isn’t easy, especially when society tries to dictate what we should and shouldn’t feel.

Learn how emotions signal connection, and gain skills to support the well-being of professionals, volunteers and caregivers, as well as the people they care for.

C31 | Mercy Care 101

Nichol Khan, M.Ed, MSW, Mercy Care

Children in foster care are among Arizona’s most vulnerable populations. They need to have access to timely and effective supports and services. Mercy Care is the single statewide health plan responsible for the physical, dental, and behavioral health services for all Arizona children in foster care. In this session, participants will learn about how children are enrolled with Mercy Care, access to care standards, Child and Family Team practice, and resources available to families in need of issue resolution.

C32 | Marijuana is Legal, So What's the Big Deal?

Caryn Herring-Flores, MA, and Katie Marwitz, MA, LPC, Arizona Families FIRST, Terros Health

Since the possession of marijuana was decriminalized in recent years, public opinion has shifted in terms of the perceived danger of marijuana use. This workshop will dive into the facts surrounding medicinal and recreational use of marijuana and challenge the audience to consider the hidden dangers that may be overlooked in the polls of public opinion.

C33 | "Blue Baby" Film Screening and Discussion

Angie Burleson, AZ ACEs Consortium

Join us for a two-part workshop for the screening of the documentary “Blue Baby,” followed by a discussion. This film follows eight incarcerated youths who are sent to a prison alternative known as Boys Town. Their story challenges what people have always believed about problem behavior. After the screening, a panel will discuss the Boys Town program and how we can replicate it in Arizona.

C34 | 3D Printing to Connect to History and Identity

Elisia Manuel, Three Precious Miracles, and Leonard Bruce, Indigemodels

Culture is prevention! Part of indigenous culture is learning about history and identity. Come learn how Three Precious Miracles is working with partners to develop an amazing line of indigenous-inspired 3D models to help revitalize history. In this session we will discuss our project and give you the chance to paint your own model.

C35 | Better Outcomes for Parents in Child Welfare through Peer Support

Kristy Dupree, BHPP, Karin Kline, MSW, Anna Ochoa, Monika Gilchrist, Family Involvement Center

Hear how peer parents who have successfully navigated the system can foster engagement and improve outcomes by mentoring and partnering with mothers and fathers going through dependency cases. We’ll also discuss ways for attorneys to pursue this gold standard of engagement and impact on likelihood of reunification. Following the presentation, join in brainstorming strategies for parent engagement, including building a tribal parent peer support/parent allies program for positive impact in ICWA cases.

C36 | Motivational Interviewing: Conversations for Change

Hayley Winterberg and Brissa Rubio, Arizona Peer and Family Career Academy

Together we will learn how motivational interviewing can be used at each stage of change, from pre-contemplation and contemplation to preparation, action and maintenance. You will learn how to apply the MI method with your own clients by harnessing their internal motivations to change. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based practice.

C37 | Connecting Conversations – Bias, Stigma & Assumptions

Iya Affo, AZ ACEs Consortium

Join a community cafe-style conversation on the topics of Bias, Stigma and Assumptions. Attendees will participate in a guided conversation to learn and share perspectives and strategies.

Workshop Block D | Wednesday, July 24, 2024 |  10:20 – 11:30 am

D38 | Transforming Engagement: Affirmative Ways to Support Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

Eva Pena, MSW, Chaz Martinez, MSW, Megan Conrad, and Lesley Acosta, Extended Foster Care, Department of Child Safety

During this workshop, we will be focusing on what it TRULY means to engage youths who identify as LGBTQIA2+ and how we can use our knowledge, beliefs, skills, and resources to elevate their voices. We will address the impact that misconceptions and biases can have on this population, and we will explore ways to build trust and safety. We will also share resources to help you in this journey.

D39 | How Community Schools Can Address the Needs of Children and Families in Arizona: Policies, Practices, and the Restart SMART Strategy

Jansen Azarias-Suzumoto and Stephanie Anderson, Higher Ground: A Resource Center; Dr. Katherine Kuhn and Fred Ronstadt, TUSD Safford K-8 Restart SMART Site; Mark Alverez, TUSD Santa Cruz Regional Support Team 2; and Dustin Williams, Pima County Superintendent of Schools

This workshop dives deep into the transformative potential of community schools in Arizona. Discover how these collaborative hubs can address the unique needs of children and families, from academic success to health and well-being. Explore proven policies, practical practices, and effective strategies to implement this powerful model in your community. Join us and empower the future of Arizona, one child and one family at a time!

D40 | COparent, COmmunicate, COoperate: It Takes Two

Allan Stockellburg and Rebecca Habkirk, Parent Aid

Whether you are trying to communicate with your parenting partner or attempting to gain the cooperation of your children, it takes two to make it work. Often, we want to blame the other party for any failures rather than examining our own parental expectations or communication patterns. Does communication happen if it’s in a “language” one side doesn’t understand? Does teaching happen if the student didn’t learn? This workshop will help all attendees in their professional and personal lives when communicating and cooperating with “other brains.”

D41 | Trauma-Responsive Caregiving: An Inside Perspective

Jorge Flores, Candelen

This workshop provides the opportunity to step into the shoes of a child who has experienced toxic stress/trauma. We’ll examine how trauma starts and discuss adverse experiences a child may suffer on a daily basis, and look at how to understand their stress and help them cope with stress/trauma. You will also learn techniques to combat compassion fatigue and care for yourself as a professional working with children and families.   

D42 | Moving into Mindfulness

Morgan K. Murphy, MS, LAC, Polara Health

Connection, grounding, regulation, balance – this all sounds wonderful, but how do we put it into action? Move into mindfulness and learn how to help children better understand what it means to regulate their bodies and big emotions.

D43 | Joy Shared is Joy Doubled

Serena Samaniego, LPC, IMH-E, Pathways and SATIN, and Hilary Mahoney, MPH, CPHQ, ACNP, Banner University Family Care and SATIN

As we race from one activity to the next, we often overlook the importance of joy, laughter and hope.  Let’s change that! This workshop will build positive energy, raise spirits, and leave you excited to share your joy with others.

D44 | How a Chatbot is Helping Arizona Families Thrive

Dave Brown, CEO, Valley Leadership, and Stephen Flaaen, Valley Leadership Impact Maker

New and advancing technology provides innovative ways to support Arizona families. In this session, we explore how a Chatbot has been serving families across our state, and how providers can utilize it to better support their communities.

D45 | Cross-Cultural Connections for Families

Jenna Christie-Tabron and Erina Sanchez, Free Arts For Abused Children of Arizona

This workshop will explore the cultural gaps that exist in the home and workplace between professionals and clients. We will cover the components of cultural awareness, how to demonstrate cultural humility, and ways to use art as a preventative tool and to promote positive expression and connections.

D46 | Navigating the Storm: Uncovering Resiliency and Finding Joy

Veronica Bellus, Monika Gilchrist, Teri Hollaway, Lindsey Shine, Samara Vaught, Anna Ochoa, Kristy Dupree, Sleepy Vildosola and Crystal Garduno, Family Involvement Center

Parents for Parents will present an interactive panel of parents who have experienced the trials and triumphs of navigating the dependency system.

D47 | The Coercive Control of Children in Domestic Violence

Jerald Monahan, Yavapai College

This workshop will explore how adult abusers not only control their intimate adult partner, but also apply those same coercive control techniques to their children for various outcomes. Those outcomes include enlisting those children as allies in the control of an adult partner.

D48 | Problems to Possibilities: Empowering the Family Unit

Shequan Palmer, There Today For Their Tomorrow

Discover the transformative power of a strengths-based approach in working with at-risk families and children. Join us as we explore how to shift perspectives from problem-focused to strengths-focused, uncovering resilience and potential where challenges once seemed insurmountable. Learn practical strategies for empowering families, fostering collaboration, and creating pathways to growth and success in every interaction.

D49 | Connecting Conversations – Joy

Amy Castellanos, Moving The Soul LLC; Michelle Sambrano, Southwest Behavioral Health; and Sandi Cimino, AZ ACES Consortium and The Well-Made Bed LLC

Join a community cafe-style conversation on the topic of joy as a catalyst for resilience- and relationship-building within the child welfare system. Attendees will participate in a guided conversation to learn and share perspectives and strategies.

Workshop Block E | Wednesday, July 24, 2024 |  2 – 3:10 pm

E50 | Building Bridges, Breaking Cycles: Teen Dating Abuse Prevention

Jayne Quartz, BPH, CHES, BHT, and Alexis Perez, MPH, BHT, Touchstone Health Services

For teens, talking about dating can be embarrassing, but it can also be lifesaving. Dating behaviors look vastly different now than they did in the past, and trusted adults are expected to guide youths to make healthy choices. This workshop provides skills for adults to initiate conversations about healthy dating behaviors to discuss boundaries, consent, and safety plans.

E51 | Supporting Families through Best Practice: An Overview of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support

Carol Lopinski, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, Carol Lopinski & Associates, and Jannelle Radoccia, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest

This workshop will provide an overview of what quality family support is, and how we can promote common language, standards of practice and evaluation when partnering with families by using the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support across all fields.

E52 | Am I Doing This Right? The Three Most Important Parenting Principles to Guide Children, Grow Individually, and Gain Joy

Justin Greer, MS, LAC, BHP, NCC Connection Point

This workshop reveals three important parenting principles that help parents know what to do, when to do it, and find the joy they’ve been searching for, no matter the circumstances. Is it easy? No. Is it simple? YES!

E53 | Building Your Bounce: Exploring Adult Resilience

Louise Durant, M.Ed, Candelen

Supporting children and families can take a toll on our mental health and, as we all know, you cannot pour from an empty pitcher. Use information gathered from the Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS) to gain insight into and build a plan to support your own resiliency factors.


E54 | Hope for Helpers: Bringing Joy Back into Your Work

Denise Ann Bodman and Bethany Bustamante Van Vleet, Arizona State University

Child protection workers “are a vulnerable work group that is protecting an even more vulnerable population” (Boyas et al.). The goal of this workshop is to mitigate burnout and secondary traumatic stress and bring back the light to your work. Attendees can choose from a variety of evidenced-based activities designed to reignite hope and joy in their lives and the lives of the families they work with.

E55 | Strong Families Toolkit 101

Shefali Gandhi, PsyD, Together for Arizona; Peggy Peixoto, MEd., ADHS Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program; and Nicole Roskens, MC LPC, Cradles to Crayons

The (free!) Strong Families Toolkit provides a way for families to own their experiences engaging with support services while helping service providers better coordinate their effort to address families’ needs. Learn about the updated version of this tool created by Together for Arizona, how you can begin using it in your own work, and get a supply of toolkits to take home today!

E56 | Shared Parenting for Reunification

Cindy Crain, Parent Coach & Trainer, Reunify and Heal

The Shared Parenting workshop looks at mind-shifting and somatic work to gain a deeper understanding of how trauma affects parents and children. We will also discuss how system professionals and foster parents can create workable boundaries for the shared parenting process.

E57 | It's Complicated! Expanding Permanency Planning Efforts to Include the Relational, Cultural, and Security Needs of Children and Families

Tonia Stott, PhD, MSW, Janine Ramirez, MSW, and Raymond Rice, MSW, ASU Child Welfare Education Program

Explore what permanency means from the heart, mind, soul and identity of children in care and their multiple families; hear from panel members about their challenges and triumphs in promoting felt permanency; and engage with experts and colleagues in discussing dilemmas in planning for the relational, cultural, and ecological permanency needs of children and their families.   

E58 | Perinatal Mental Health's Impacts on Families: How We Can Make A Difference

David Barko, LCSW, PMH-C, IMH-E, Family Resource Center Director, Dignity Health–Yavapai Regional Medical Center

Mental health can impact parents and families on a whole new level during pregnancy and beyond. So much can fly below the radar during this time of life. Too many parents struggle without the personal and professional support that they need. Dive into what we know about perinatal mental health, how parents and children can be affected, and what we can do to better support families through these complex chapters of their lives.

E59 | Creating with Intention and Energy: Home & Office Spaces that Inspire

Virginia Watahomigie, M.ADM, Life-Envisioned

This training, based on feng shui principles, takes us to new places of intention in our home and office settings. We will explore mindset, intention, energy and flow, and how our environment can support the creation of our work, goals and dreams.


E60 | Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Dynamic Training Experience

Breanna Vales and Brandon Vales, Red Light Rebellion

This high-energy, multimedia, interactive and immersive educational experience is designed to equip you with effective tools to prevent sex trafficking among youth. At Red Light Rebellion, we have dedicated our lives to creating a world in which sex trafficking is stopped before it starts. This workshop will provide attendees the exact framework we use to develop effective and high-impact prevention programs.