B17 – Hope and Healing in the High-Risk Family (Part 2)
Kenny E. Miller, ACSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice
(Please note: This is Part 2 of a two-part workshop. Participants who sign up for this workshop must also sign up for A2.)
This workshop will offer a simple model for understanding the roots of abusive and neglectful behavior in the high-risk parent and provide strategies for addressing the unmet developmental needs of these families. The latest Attachment Theory research shows that just one relationship can change the course of development for parents and children.
B18 – Prevention Education: Key to Ending Child Abuse
Benah J. Parker, PhD, Childhelp
Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is a primary prevention curriculum aimed at interrupting and preventing child abuse, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, bullying, and cyberbullying. In this session, attendees will learn about the epidemic of child abuse and its impact on our communities; how prevention education is a critical piece in stopping child abuse; and how educators, parents, students, and community members can create a strong safety network to help children speak up about abuse and be safe.
B19 – Strengthening Families Through Social Connections
Brandi Samaniego, Child and Family Resources
Strong families start with strong parents. Keeping parents strong reduces the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. In this workshop, participants will learn about building strong families and keeping their own family strong through the Protective Factor of Social Connections. This interactive session will spark ideas, identify resources and empower professionals to keep families strong through social connections.
B20 – Be a Voice for Young Children
Angela Mussi and Joy Leveen, First Things First
You understand how important the early years are – now learn how to share that message with others, and most importantly, inspire them to take action on behalf of Arizona’s youngest children. Participants will explore strategic communications tactics to raise public awareness, from writing effective letters to the editor to sharing success stories in their communities. Tools and resources available through First Things First will be shared to help you put into action what you have learned.
B21 – Engaging Tribal Partners for Child Safety
Sheri Freemont, JD, Casey Family Programs, Indian Child Welfare Unit; Mercedes Garcia, JD, and Johanna Farmer, JD, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
The Indian Child Welfare Act is a federal law that provides procedural and substantive safeguards for Native American children and families who are not living on tribal lands. It provides for “active efforts” to prevent the break-up of an Indian family. This presentation will provide an update and overview of new legal applications of the law, as well as practical and creative strategies for non-tribal agencies or organizations to engage with tribes to maximize child safety.
B22 – Family Experiences in Healthy Families Arizona
Darlene Lopez, MA, LeCroy & Milligan Associates; Jenna Shroyer, MSW, Department of Child Safety
Healthy Families Arizona (HFAz) is designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. Families that voluntarily participate receive home visits and referrals from trained staff. Come listen to a facilitated panel discussion with Healthy Families Arizona parents and learn what they see as the most valuable components of the home visitation program and how it has impacted their lives.
B23 – Building an Early Childhood Mental Health Program
Frank Savarino, LPC, LISAC, and Heidi Quinlan, LPC, LISAC, Touchstone Health Services
This workshop will give an overview of the development, assessment and maintenance of implementing a trauma-informed, best-practices, quality Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health program within the challenges of a community health setting. We will cover staff identification, training and development; agency commitment; collaboration with community partners; and use of best practices.
B24 – Engaging and Supporting Arizona’s Foster Families
Michael Maurer and Leisha Lee, Department of Child Safety
Children in DCS custody need safe, stable, nurturing care from at least one devoted adult. However, many foster families are underprepared for the realities of fostering children in DCS care. The presenters will discuss current research into the effects of fostering on children and how educating and empowering foster families provides a better living environment for the children in their care. The presenters will focus on the experiences of foster families working with DCS, preventing foster family burnout, and resources to engage and support foster families.
B25 – Strengthening Families Through Parental Resilience
Sandi Cimino and Christy Maltos, Child and Family Resources of Graham/Greenlee Counties
Strong families start with strong parents. Keeping parents strong reduces the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. In this workshop, participants will learn about building strong families and keeping their own family strong through the Protective Factor of Parental Resilience. This interactive session will spark ideas, identify resources and empower professionals to keep families strong.
B26 – R U UP 4 IT? Dialogue With Foster Kids
Marie Hibbitt BSN, RN, and Barbara Guillen, Department of Child Safety
This workshop will be an overview of the Adolescent Health Tool Kit, which was developed to support caregivers, case managers, parents, and any “askable” adult to feel informed and comfortable having discussions with youths in foster care about healthy living, healthy relationships, reproductive health, and available resources. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss real-life barriers and solutions with a youth panel comprised of former foster kids. The workshop will also provide knowledge of how the Adolescent Health Tool Kit can be used in conversations with youths and pave the way for better outcomes once they leave. So there’s only one question left: Are you up for it (R U UP 4 IT)?
B27 – He Said, She Said
Neil Tift, MA, Father Involvement Coordinator, Child Crisis Arizona; Denise Tift, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist, Paternal Instincts
There is a growing awareness that many of the communication problems that arise in families and in the workplace reflect differences between women’s and men’s approaches to understanding communication and its many nuances. This workshop will pursue means for men and women, mothers and fathers, to try to become “bilingual” by exploring communication patterns (verbal and non-verbal), speaking and listening styles, and early influences upon individual conversational patterns.
B28 – Patterns of Abuse: The Jhessye Shockey Story
Detective Roger C. Geisler, Glendale Police Department; Lieutenant David G. Madeya, Glendale Family Advocacy Center
“Patterns of Abuse” is a case study into the abuse endured by 6-year-old Jhessye Shockley and her siblings, which ultimately led to Jhessye’s death. This session looks at the signs and patterns of family abuse, the extreme measures required, the lessons learned by investigators, and how multi-agency cooperation assisted in the successful arrest and prosecution of Jhessye’s mother.
B29 – A Trauma-Informed Approach to Working with Victims
Crystal Krueger, LAMFT, CCTP, Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona
This training assists those working in law enforcement to understand the basic neurobiology of trauma, as well as its impacts on the responses of victims. Additionally, attendees will gain a knowledge of child developmental stages that will assist in working with young victims. This information will be brought together to deepen the level of understanding of a victim-centered approach, as well as practical skills in approaching child victims. Although this training is designed to assist law enforcement, all are welcome to attend.
B30 – Healer Identity
Andi Fetzner, MA, CCTP, CFTP, Arizona Trauma Institute
This course will explore the identity of the healer. This will include an evaluation and exploration of biases and barriers, beliefs, and personal strengths that can be applied. There will be a focus on developing a deeper understanding of personal capacity through self-compassion and reflection.
B31 – Online Professional Development Resources for Mandatory Reporter Training
Elizabeth Anthony, MSW, PhD, Ben Clark, Judy Krysik, MSW, PhD, Robert Morse and Brian Nethero, Arizona State University
Attendees will learn about free, research-based, online professional development resources on child abuse prevention and intervention. These resources provide comprehensive training for mandatory reporters on how to identify and report signs of child abuse and neglect. Attend this session to learn how to access these resources and implement them in your setting.
B32 – Medication-Assisted Treatment: Myths vs. Facts
Michael C. White, MCJ, Community Medical Services; Rick Christensen, PA, CAS, Community Medical Services
According to scientific research, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence has consistently demonstrated better outcomes than abstinence-based treatment. However, participants in MAT often face stigma and discrimination due to lack of understanding of what MAT entails. This presentation will provide a general overview of MAT, including how to make a referral; address myths and facts about MAT; and outline the services provided at Community Medical Services, including new initiatives for opioid-dependent women who are pregnant.