Calendar

Jun
25
Tue
Family Unification Month Webinar: What does Preserving Families look like Under ICWA and for Indigenous Families
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Family Unification Month Webinar: What does Preserving Families look like Under ICWA and for Indigenous Families

During this Family Unification Month, the Center, along with its national partners, will be highlighting how we as a community of advocates can better achieve prevention and reunification planning effectively as a primary goal. This webinar will focus on the importance of cultural connections in supporting families within the Indigenous communities involved with the child welfare system. Learn from Lived Expertise, Parent Advocates, and legal experts on ICWA and on how to integrate cultural teachings inside the courtroom and within case work practices.

Speakers will include

  • Forester Middleton, Community Advocate,
  • Shana King , Parent Mentor, ICWA Law,
  • Kyle Spang, Community Advocate,
  • Sheldon Spotted Elk, Senior Director at Casey Family Programs, Judicial National Engagement and others.

REGISTER HERE

Jun
26
Wed
Helping the Grieving Child
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 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
27
Thu
Raise the Age Implementation: Successes and Challenges
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Raise the Age Implementation: Successes and Challenges

This webinar, hosted by the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), will provide an overview of Raise the Age (RTA) laws in three U.S. states and discuss the impact of RTA laws on victims, youth, and communities. Presenters from North Carolina, New York, and Missouri will discuss RTA laws in their respective states, including when implementation began and how the laws affected charges handled in juvenile court.

Presenters will discuss statistics, caseloads, staffing changes/issues, programs available to older youth, and successes and challenges in RTA implementation in their respective jurisdictions. OJJDP’s NTTAC will share registration information with NDAA for CLE credit purposes.

REGISTER HERE

Jul
10
Wed
The Mid-Atlantic Intergenerational Conference @ Holiday Inn - Lancaster
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 12 @ 2:30 pm
The Mid-Atlantic Intergenerational Conference @ Holiday Inn - Lancaster

Join us for the 2 1/2 day conference that includes hands-on learning, workshops, pre- and post- conference tours and group activities, interest group meetings, and pre- and post- conference site visits to innovative intergenerational programs and places in the Lancaster region.

It will be a major event, showcasing innovative, impactful, intergenerational initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Conference Objectives:

1. Inform and educate professionals about innovative and evidence-informed intergenerational program models taking root in PA and beyond.

2. Highlight the benefits of intergenerational programs and practices for promoting health and wellness, supporting families, and enriching community quality of life.

3. Provide information, training and support for those interested in joining, replicating, and/or developing new intergenerational initiatives.

REGISTER HERE

 

Jul
16
Tue
Continuous and Collaborative: Best Practices for Family Treatment Court Screening and Assessment
Jul 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Continuous and Collaborative: Best Practices for Family Treatment Court Screening and Assessment

Family treatment court (FTC) teams often think of “screening and assessment” as a task to complete in the early stages of a case. While vital to inform initial service delivery, screening and assessment processes must be collaborative and continuous to respond to evolving parent and child strengths and needs. This presentation will encourage FTC teams to conduct an “assessment inventory” to understand what tools are being used, when, and by whom, and how to collaborate to best use the information without overburdening families.

In this webinar, presenters will outline how to integrate “checks” into FTC phases and milestones to ensure parents and children are receiving needed supports and services that will prepare them for successful case closure and sustained recovery. Two panelists will share how their FTC used a continuous and collaborative screening and assessment process.

*Please Note: This webinar is not registered for CEU credit. A certificate of attendance will be provided for personal portfolio use only.

Presenters

  • Alexis Balkey, MPA, Program Director, Center for Children and Family Futures, Irvine, California
  • Kelly Jones, MPA, Senior Associate, Center for Children and Family Futures, Irvine, California
  • Ashley Armstrong, Specialty Courts Coordinator, Greene County Family Treatment Court, Springfield, Missouri
  • Ambi Daniel, CASAC II, Resource Coordinator II, Oneida County Family Court, Utica, New York

REGISTER HERE

Jul
17
Wed
Dear Black Male Training: Incarceration
Jul 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dear Black Male Training: Incarceration

CWLA has partnered with Welcome2Reality, LLC to present the engaging four-part training series, Dear Black Male. We invite you to join us for a training that will provide an overview of the history and culture of African Americans with a focus on recognizing cultural mistrust, issues faced, and perceptions of Black males. Through lecture and discussion, participants will identity how efforts to adequately provide for Back males can be linked to the fight for larger social justice goals for themselves and their communities. Participants in this training will:

 

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of the role of the historian in interpreting African American history;
  • Expand their knowledge and awareness of the disproportionality of Black males who are institutionalized and the impact it has on communities;
  • Learn the most common mistakes professionals make when working with Black males and how to avoid them; and
  • Engage in dialogue to identify strengths-based practices and interventions that foster family health and resilience.

 

This training is open and welcome to everyone. The training format will incorporate lecture, discussion, video, and group activities. The following topics will be covered during the four (4) two-hour training sessions:

 

  • Session 1: Dear Black Male…Historical View
  • Session 2: Dear Black Male…Incarceration
  • Session 3: Dear Black Male…Mental Health
  • Session 4: Dear Black Male…Family

Trainers:

Anthony Gay, BA is the Director of Curricula Development at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Anthony is passionate about teaching and conducts research, develops training modules /curricula, and facilitates training. Anthony spent several years as a full-time trainer, developing or co-authoring training modules on fatherhood, professionalism, cultural competency, trauma, working with adolescents, family-centered assessment, and human trafficking. For over ten years, Anthony has been focused on improving communities by advocating for equality for fathers. Anthony is a member of a national fatherhood network that shares resources and ideas to improve fathers’ and families’ outcomes. Anthony is a leader in the realm of fatherhood in Connecticut and hosts numerous fatherhood themed events throughout the year, promoting positive fatherhood. As a result of his dedication, Anthony has received numerous awards recognizing his work with fathers and families.

 

Qur-an Webb, MSW is the Director of Operations at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Qur-an has been in the social work field for over 20 years and is the Connecticut Chapter Lead for Media Literacy Now, which focuses on education around media literacy. In this role, Qur-an was instrumental in getting Public Act No. 15-94 and Public Act No. 17-67 passed in Connecticut, which now mandates school systems to educate the safe use of social media and computer programming instruction, and in creating an advisory council related to digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy. He also works as an independent contractor and is an adjunct instructor. Qur-an is the vice president of the Association of Black Sports Officials. In this role, Qur-an advocates for the rights of and opportunities for Black sports officials and pushes for equality among officials. He also provides training and professional development opportunities domestically and internationally for the company.

REGISTER HERE

 

Jul
22
Mon
Dear Black Male Training: Mental Health
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dear Black Male Training: Mental Health

CWLA has partnered with Welcome2Reality, LLC to present the engaging four-part training series, Dear Black Male. We invite you to join us for a training that will provide an overview of the history and culture of African Americans with a focus on recognizing cultural mistrust, issues faced, and perceptions of Black males. Through lecture and discussion, participants will identity how efforts to adequately provide for Back males can be linked to the fight for larger social justice goals for themselves and their communities. Participants in this training will:

 

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of the role of the historian in interpreting African American history;
  • Expand their knowledge and awareness of the disproportionality of Black males who are institutionalized and the impact it has on communities;
  • Learn the most common mistakes professionals make when working with Black males and how to avoid them; and
  • Engage in dialogue to identify strengths-based practices and interventions that foster family health and resilience.

 

This training is open and welcome to everyone. The training format will incorporate lecture, discussion, video, and group activities. The following topics will be covered during the four (4) two-hour training sessions:

 

  • Session 1: Dear Black Male…Historical View
  • Session 2: Dear Black Male…Incarceration
  • Session 3: Dear Black Male…Mental Health
  • Session 4: Dear Black Male…Family

Trainers:

Anthony Gay, BA is the Director of Curricula Development at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Anthony is passionate about teaching and conducts research, develops training modules /curricula, and facilitates training. Anthony spent several years as a full-time trainer, developing or co-authoring training modules on fatherhood, professionalism, cultural competency, trauma, working with adolescents, family-centered assessment, and human trafficking. For over ten years, Anthony has been focused on improving communities by advocating for equality for fathers. Anthony is a member of a national fatherhood network that shares resources and ideas to improve fathers’ and families’ outcomes. Anthony is a leader in the realm of fatherhood in Connecticut and hosts numerous fatherhood themed events throughout the year, promoting positive fatherhood. As a result of his dedication, Anthony has received numerous awards recognizing his work with fathers and families.

 

Qur-an Webb, MSW is the Director of Operations at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Qur-an has been in the social work field for over 20 years and is the Connecticut Chapter Lead for Media Literacy Now, which focuses on education around media literacy. In this role, Qur-an was instrumental in getting Public Act No. 15-94 and Public Act No. 17-67 passed in Connecticut, which now mandates school systems to educate the safe use of social media and computer programming instruction, and in creating an advisory council related to digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy. He also works as an independent contractor and is an adjunct instructor. Qur-an is the vice president of the Association of Black Sports Officials. In this role, Qur-an advocates for the rights of and opportunities for Black sports officials and pushes for equality among officials. He also provides training and professional development opportunities domestically and internationally for the company.

REGISTER HERE

Jul
24
Wed
Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: FASD Assessment and Intervention
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: FASD Assessment and Intervention

This webinar will focus on models of FASD assessment and intervention that are effective and well-suited for child welfare systems’ array of services. The attendees will learn about a brief consultation behavioral health clinic model for utilizing FASD-informed care to provide assessment, consultation, and links to supportive services. This model has potential to provide a quick and efficient pathway to diagnosis and services for children and families served in child welfare. Next attendees will learn about an evidence-based child and parent intervention that facilitates development of social-emotional functioning, self-control, positive behavior, and long-term mental health among children six to 12 years of age in foster or adoptive care who meet criteria for an FASD diagnosis. An adoptive parent of a child with an FASD will share insights about the experience and benefits of FASD-informed diagnosis and family-focused interventions and supports.

 

REGISTER HERE

Webinar #2: Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: FASD Assessment and Intervention
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This webinar will focus on models of FASD assessment and intervention that are effective and well-suited for child welfare systems’ array of services. The attendees will learn about a brief consultation behavioral health clinic model for utilizing FASD-informed care to provide assessment, consultation, and links to supportive services. This model has potential to provide a quick and efficient pathway to diagnosis and services for children and families served in child welfare. Next attendees will learn about an evidence-based child and parent intervention that facilitates development of social-emotional functioning, self-control, positive behavior, and long-term mental health among children six to 12 years of age in foster or adoptive care who meet criteria for an FASD diagnosis. An adoptive parent of a child with an FASD will share insights about the experience and benefits of FASD-informed diagnosis and family-focused interventions and supports.

REGISTER HERE

Dear Black Male Training: Family
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dear Black Male Training: Family

CWLA has partnered with Welcome2Reality, LLC to present the engaging four-part training series, Dear Black Male. We invite you to join us for a training that will provide an overview of the history and culture of African Americans with a focus on recognizing cultural mistrust, issues faced, and perceptions of Black males. Through lecture and discussion, participants will identity how efforts to adequately provide for Back males can be linked to the fight for larger social justice goals for themselves and their communities. Participants in this training will:

 

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of the role of the historian in interpreting African American history;
  • Expand their knowledge and awareness of the disproportionality of Black males who are institutionalized and the impact it has on communities;
  • Learn the most common mistakes professionals make when working with Black males and how to avoid them; and
  • Engage in dialogue to identify strengths-based practices and interventions that foster family health and resilience.

 

This training is open and welcome to everyone. The training format will incorporate lecture, discussion, video, and group activities. The following topics will be covered during the four (4) two-hour training sessions:

 

  • Session 1: Dear Black Male…Historical View
  • Session 2: Dear Black Male…Incarceration
  • Session 3: Dear Black Male…Mental Health
  • Session 4: Dear Black Male…Family

Trainers:

Anthony Gay, BA is the Director of Curricula Development at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Anthony is passionate about teaching and conducts research, develops training modules /curricula, and facilitates training. Anthony spent several years as a full-time trainer, developing or co-authoring training modules on fatherhood, professionalism, cultural competency, trauma, working with adolescents, family-centered assessment, and human trafficking. For over ten years, Anthony has been focused on improving communities by advocating for equality for fathers. Anthony is a member of a national fatherhood network that shares resources and ideas to improve fathers’ and families’ outcomes. Anthony is a leader in the realm of fatherhood in Connecticut and hosts numerous fatherhood themed events throughout the year, promoting positive fatherhood. As a result of his dedication, Anthony has received numerous awards recognizing his work with fathers and families.

 

Qur-an Webb, MSW is the Director of Operations at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Qur-an has been in the social work field for over 20 years and is the Connecticut Chapter Lead for Media Literacy Now, which focuses on education around media literacy. In this role, Qur-an was instrumental in getting Public Act No. 15-94 and Public Act No. 17-67 passed in Connecticut, which now mandates school systems to educate the safe use of social media and computer programming instruction, and in creating an advisory council related to digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy. He also works as an independent contractor and is an adjunct instructor. Qur-an is the vice president of the Association of Black Sports Officials. In this role, Qur-an advocates for the rights of and opportunities for Black sports officials and pushes for equality among officials. He also provides training and professional development opportunities domestically and internationally for the company.

REGISTER HERE