Calendar

Jun
24
Mon
Presenting Evidence in Child Forensic Interviews
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – Jun 25 @ 5:00 pm
Presenting Evidence in Child Forensic Interviews

This training will explore how different types of evidence can be used in forensic interviews of children in abuse, witnessing violence and exploitation cases. Learn how to present different types of evidence in the context of a child-centered, trauma-informed, and legally defendable forensic interview approach. Discuss the implications of presenting child sexual abuse material. Practice techniques and develop skills to present different types of evidence in child forensic interviews.

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Understand how different types of evidence can be used in forensic interviews of children in abuse, witnessing violence and exploitation cases
  • Present different types of evidence in the context of a child-centered, trauma-informed, and legally defendable forensic interview

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Jun
25
Tue
Child Sex Trafficking: From Suspicion to Disclosure
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Child Sex Trafficking: From Suspicion to Disclosure

Learn basic techniques and strategies to enhance the likelihood of obtaining information from possible victims of child sex trafficking. Compare and contrast typical child sexual abuse cases with child sex trafficking (CST) cases and address the different points of entry into the criminal justice and welfare system for CST victims. Understand various disciplines’ roles and responsibilities and how they can contribute to a positive outcome of the CST case.

Upon completion of this introductory training, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of an interviewer mindset and style, and how different question strategies impact the accuracy of information gathered
  • Learn and/or improve fundamental skills of engagement with potential CST victims to maximize positive outcomes of future contacts with other professionals
  • Understand the totality of the circumstances through interviews and observations and how these impact the total investigation
  • Understand how a continuum of care for the CST victim maximizes positive case outcomes

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Creating and Sustaining Father Inclusion in Child Welfare: Using Action Teams to Change Practice
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Creating and Sustaining Father Inclusion in Child Welfare: Using Action Teams to Change Practice
Fathers are essential partners in promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and youth. However, fathers and paternal family members have been historically overlooked by the child welfare system. Join us for a discussion with Center for States Family Consultants, all self-identified fathers, and a jurisdictional representative about the inclusion of fathers in child welfare systems. We will explore how action teams can be used to promote the well-being of fathers and their families, learn practices and services that promote healthy relationships between fathers and their children, and identify strategies for achieving small and major goals like family reunification.
Funding Kinship Programs and Services: Tips & Resources
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Funding Kinship Programs and Services: Tips & Resources

Please join Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network for this opportunity to explore sources and tips for diversifying your funding for kinship services and programs, including through an array of federal programs often not accessed or thought of for kin. For example – you’ll hear how U.S. Department of Justice, Victim of Crime Act funds are used to provide kin with legal assistance and kinship navigator services. We’ll also discuss state and local government funding, along with private sources, including foundations and corporations.

Then, to help you pitch your idea or create your formal proposal, we will share a Network-created funding toolkit that provides templates and other resources. Leave empowered with ideas and tools to fund your services and supports for kinship/grandfamilies.

Presenters:

  • Tiffany Allen, Kimnell Consulting, Creator of Boss on a Budget®
  • Steven Olender, Federal Child Welfare & Kinship Policy Expert and Network Subject Matter Expert
  • Anita Rogers, Senior Fellow, Generations United

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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.

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Jun
27
Thu
Responding to Sextortion Related Offenses Against Children
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Responding to Sextortion Related Offenses Against Children

Sextortion refers to the crime where someone employs an abuse of power, usually a threat to expose explicit images to coerce a person to do something. This training will identify the methods and tactics used by offenders, and describe why youth are vulnerable to these tactics.

The training will explain the long-term impact of these crimes on victims, offer a victim-centered response, and provide information on reporting these crimes to law enforcement, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the electronic service provider(s).

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Define sextortion
  • Identify sextortion offender tactics
  • Describe why youth are vulnerable to sextortion offenders
  • Explain the impact of sextortion on victims
  • Describe multiple reporting venues for the crime of sextortion
  • Identify effective sextortion prevention messaging

Is This Training For You?

  • Law enforcement
  • Law enforcement support
  • Prosecutors
  • Social workers
  • Tribes/Tribal partners

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Navigating Risk: Disrupting the Cycle of Substance Use for Children and Adolescents
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Navigating Risk: Disrupting the Cycle of Substance Use for Children and Adolescents
The June Idea Exchange will continue the conversation following the Practice Academy course —Navigating Risk: Disrupting the Cycle of Substance Use for Children and Adolescents. Family treatment court (FTC) teams can help parents and caregivers implement science-based strategies and interventions and support positive childhood experiences to disrupt the cycle of substance use and co-occurring mental health challenges. Come take part in a lively conversation with peers from across the country and discuss strategies, share innovations, and brainstorm solutions to challenges and barriers. REGISTER HERE
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.

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Jun
28
Fri
School-Age Child Development from 6-12
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
School-Age Child Development from 6-12

Children ages 6-12 continue to have unique physical, cognitive and socio-emotional growth milestones.   This session will also focus on mental illness which often is not discovered until the child is in school.  Warning signs of various disorders will be discussed, such as Anxiety Disorders, ASD, Depression, Eating Disorders, PTSD and more.  Special attention will be given to the topic of bullying, which is often an issue for children in foster care.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Learn about the important milestones between 6-12 years old.
  • Discuss warning signs of problems that may signal future concerns, such as mental illnesses and disorders that are often discovered within this period.
  • Learn how to help school-age children contend with common challenges such as bullying, peer pressure, and lack of self-esteem.

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Jul
15
Mon
Dear Black Male Training: Historical View
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dear Black Male Training: Historical View

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.

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