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  • Child Abuse Prevention – Outreach Toolkit 2024 - National Child Abuse Prevention Month: April 2024 Whether by proclamation, through social media, with graphics, or through other means, spreading the word about child abuse prevention lets your community know they can take action to strengthen families and help them … Read More
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Upcoming Events

May
29
Wed
CJJ’s 2024 Annual Conference @ Grand Hyatt Washington
May 29 – Jun 1 all-day
CJJ's 2024 Annual Conference @ Grand Hyatt Washington

Each year, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) hosts a national conference focused on improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention systems, services, practices, and policies. Last year, more than 500 juvenile justice practitioners and advocates from across the U.S. and its territories joined together for this unique event. The theme of this year’s conference is “CJJ’s 40th Anniversary: Engaging Youth to Turn Passion into Policy.” This conference will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today. Specifically:

  • How, as partners, do we reshape and ensure passage of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act?
  • How do we authentically engage youth and families with lived experiences and elevate their voices (i.e. in system transformation and SAG engagement)?
  • How can we restructure current policies and practices to ensure young people receive appropriate services and supports?
  • How can systems collaborate with one another to more holistically address young people’s needs?
  • How can we provide trauma-responsive care for children and youth?

To reserve your space at the conference, click here. To book your hotel room, click here.

REGISTER HERE

Following the Evidence in Child Abuse and Child Exploitation Cases
May 29 @ 10:00 am – May 30 @ 6:00 pm
Following the Evidence in Child Abuse and Child Exploitation Cases

Examine the importance of multidisciplinary team (MDT) case coordination and evidence corroboration in the investigation of child abuse cases. Various members of the Multidisciplinary Team, such as law enforcement, child protective services, and forensic interviewers may gather different or differing information. Learn how to evaluate evidentiary findings through crime scene images, interviews and case studies. Understand multidisciplinary team members’ roles and responsibilities for protecting child victims and prosecuting offenders. Focus on offenders’ use of technology, including the use of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in grooming and manipulation. Discuss a variety of technology that can be used by investigators.

REGISTER HERE

Helping the Grieving Child
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Helping the Grieving Child

Children experience grief over the loss of their families when they come into foster care, similar yet more challenging, then they do through divorce or death. There are many unknowns within the complicated family dynamics of each situation. We can help them understand and heal through caring conversations, story-sharing, and creative projects like memory boxes or journaling.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

 

  • Learn the stages of grief that are common to all situations regarding loss.
  • Discover why loss in foster care is more complex and if unresolved can lead to lifelong problems.
  • Obtain tools to utilize with children to help them address their grief in healthy ways.

REGISTER HERE

May
30
Thu
Whole Health Louisiana
May 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Whole Health Louisiana

Empowering Families, Protecting Children through Advocacy and Awareness: A Public Webinar Series

Louisiana CASA is excited to host our third webinar series. This series is brought to you in partnership with the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund so we are required to ask participants certain demographic questions during registration. Once you register, an email will be sent to you that includes the link to join the webinar. We hope to see you there!

 

Whole Health Louisiana

Despite the many initiatives introduced to respond to harmful health outcomes experienced by Louisiana’s children and families, Louisiana ranks 49th in overall child well-being. A unified trauma­ informed state plan that addresses the prevalence and prevention of childhood adversity is necessary to improve health and safety outcomes for all Louisianians. Whole Health Louisiana seeks to create a trauma-informed state plan that is responsive to the needs and prosperity of Louisiana’s children and families. Join us for a panel discussion with the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center about Whole Health Louisiana.

 

About the Blanco Center

The Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center at UL Lafayette focuses on advancing evidence-based public policy to make Louisiana a better place to live and work. The Blanco Center is highly engaged statewide and works to impact all parts of the state while developing best practices that can help communities elsewhere address challenges similar to those prevalent in Louisiana. One of the Blanco Center’s policy priority areas is health and health care, but the work of Whole Health Louisiana connects with other Blanco Center priority areas including poverty and economic opportunity, education, and criminal justice reform. This work aligns with two major research programs that the Blanco Center has launched within the past year, which are Child Development & Opportunities and Connecting People & Policy. Our work in Child Development & Opportunities is aimed at evaluating and informing programs and policies that invest in early development and enhance lifelong opportunities. Our work in Connecting People & Policy is intended to engage people in the policymaking process and in the study of the impact policies have on communities.

 

About the Speakers

Stephen Barnes is the Executive Director of the Blanco Center and an Associate Professor of Economics at UL Lafayette. Dr. Barnes was a co-PI on the Louisiana Health Insurance Survey for 10 years and has published numerous reports on topics in health, health care and a broader range of topics about Louisiana’s population and economy. Dr. Barnes received his PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Claudia Laurenzano is the Assistant Director of Research at the Blanco Center and leads the data team. With a background in advanced data analysis and visualization as a scientist (M.S. and B.S. in biology from Universität Regensburg in Regensburg, Germany), Claudia has over 10 years of experience in analyzing data in a variety of topics.

Quyen Nguyen is a research associate at the Blanco Center, with experience working on projects in child welfare policy. Prior to the joining the Blanco Center, they received dual master’s degrees in public health and social work from Columbia University. During this time, they worked in a variety of contexts such as with the NYC Department of Health and a mental health equity research study project.

Anna Osland, is the Director of Research at the Blanco Center. Dr. Osland has led research and community-based initiatives focused on health care, community development, and education in Louisiana and beyond. She earned a master’s and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Liz C Skilton is a newly appointed Associate Director of Research at the Blanco Center. With expertise in community engagement and historical research with a focus on Louisiana, environmental, trauma and hazards history, in addition to qualitative research methods training, Dr. Skilton has led a wide range of grant and research projects. As the director of the Connecting People & Policy Program, she has experience with interdisciplinary and collaborative community-based projects geared at engaging people in the policymaking and implementation process. Dr. Skilton holds a PhD in History from Tulane University.

Jordan Thibodeaux is an Associate Director of Research at the Blanco Center and leads the Child Development and Opportunities Program. With a background in infant and child development, Dr. Thibodeaux’s work focuses on evaluation of programs and services for children and families across the state. He received his PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University.

REGISTER HERE

Jun
3
Mon
Foster Parenting Training: An In-Depth Exploration of Advanced Topics. Turning the Lens Inward: Examining the Role of Self-Awareness and Self-Care in Fostering
Jun 3 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Foster Parenting Training: An In-Depth Exploration of Advanced Topics. Turning the Lens Inward: Examining the Role of Self-Awareness and Self-Care in Fostering

Trainings will provide in-depth discussion of topics relevant for providing developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive, care for children involved with the child welfare system.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to understand the importance of self-awareness in providing care for children involved with child welfare.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss and identify roadblocks to practices that encourage self-awareness and self-care.
  3. Participants will be able to identify how they can best engage in self-care practices and encourage this for the children in their care

 

REGISTER HERE
Jun
4
Tue
Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI): Real Life Applications
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI): Real Life Applications

This Training will provide an overview of QPI including rationale for implementation and benefits to children and families. Vignettes and interactive case discussion will be used to illustrate real life applications of QPI principles.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will understand the basic concepts of power and control in intimate partner relationships.
  • Participants will be able to differentiate between tolerable and toxic stress and the impact that this has on child development.
  • Participants will understand ways that exposure to domestic violence impacts child behavior.
  • Participants will learn parenting skills to support children in their recovery from exposure to domestic violence.

Presenter(s):

  • Melissa Middleton, Ph.D
  • Devi Miron Murphy, Ph.D
  • Letia O. Bailey, LCSW

REGISTER HERE

Jun
5
Wed
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Mental Health Consultation: Understanding the impact of ACEs on Child Outcomes in Louisiana
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Mental Health Consultation: Understanding the impact of ACEs on Child Outcomes in Louisiana

The Bureau of Family Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Louisiana State Nurses Association. LSNA Provider No. 4003257. The event planners and presenter(s) have no relevant financial disclosures. Nurses must attend the entire event and complete an evaluation to receive continuing education (CE) Award.

The activity has been submitted for approval to the LA Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health for 2 hours of General Social Work Continuing Education. The LA Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health is an authorized approval organization of the LA Board of Social Work Examiners. Presenters have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Social Workers must attend the entire event and complete an evaluation to receive continuing education (CE) award.

The views expressed by the presenter(s) do not represent the opinions or policies of Louisiana State Board of Social Work, Louisiana State Nursing Association, the Bureau of Family Health, or the Louisiana Department of Health.

REGISTER HERE

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Mental Health Consultation: Understanding the impact of ACEs on Child Outcomes in Louisiana
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Mental Health Consultation: Understanding the impact of ACEs on Child Outcomes in Louisiana

The Bureau of Family Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Louisiana State Nurses Association. LSNA Provider No. 4003257. The event planners and presenter(s) have no relevant financial disclosures. Nurses must attend the entire event and complete an evaluation to receive continuing education (CE) Award.

The activity has been submitted for approval to the LA Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health for 2 hours of General Social Work Continuing Education. The LA Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health is an authorized approval organization of the LA Board of Social Work Examiners. Presenters have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Social Workers must attend the entire event and complete an evaluation to receive continuing education (CE) award.

The views expressed by the presenter(s) do not represent the opinions or policies of Louisiana State Board of Social Work, Louisiana State Nursing Association, the Bureau of Family Health, or the Louisiana Department of Health.

REGISTER HERE

Jun
10
Mon
Helping the Grieving Child
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Helping the Grieving Child

Children experience grief over the loss of their families when they come into foster care, similar yet more challenging, then they do through divorce or death. There are many unknowns within the complicated family dynamics of each situation. We can help them understand and heal through caring conversations, story-sharing, and creative projects like memory boxes or journaling.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Learn the stages of grief that are common to all situations regarding loss.
  • Discover why loss in foster care is more complex and if unresolved can lead to lifelong problems.
  • Obtain tools to utilize with children to help them address their grief in healthy ways.

REGISTER HERE

Jun
11
Tue
Promoting Intergenerational Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Jun 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Promoting Intergenerational Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
What is the role of higher education institutions in preparing students to live and work in an aging society? How can we create reciprocal, mutually beneficial learning experiences for students and older adults? With support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Generations United is working with Michigan’s colleges and universities to develop high-quality intergenerational teaching and learning opportunities that combat ageism, build generational empathy, reduce social isolation, and foster collaborative approaches to addressing complex societal challenges.
This upcoming 1-hour webinar will share findings from a new report that provides a framework for intergenerational teaching and learning, highlights examples of current practices in Michigan, and identifies challenges, promising practices, and opportunities for deepening and expanding intergenerational learning in Michigan. We hope you can join us for this important webinar.
Speakers:
Nancy Henkin, PhD, Generations United
Alicia Jones, PhD, OTR/L, Eastern Michigan University
Heather Renter, PhD
Kari Sederburg, Michigan Health Endowment Fund
This webinar will be recorded and the recording shared with everyone who registers for this event.