2018 Spring Conference Session Descriptions

W-1, Professional Preservation: Supporting Yourself, Supporting Your Staff

Self-care has been a recent buzzword for social service providers, but much of the discussion has remained centered on the self and not the organization or wider system. Social service providers are under more pressure than ever, forced to do more with less resources. This climate has a deleterious impact on staff, particularly those who work with children and families who have experienced abuse, neglect and community adversity. The result is often high staff turnover, unhealthy workplace culture and diminished services for clients. This training will discuss the ethics of self-care and the responsibility of organizational leadership to help protect staff from the effects of trauma exposure and to create a culture that encourages staff resilience and their ability to practice self-care. Participants will leave with practical suggestions, many of which do not require a lot of time or funding, for improving their own ability to practice and model self-care and for creating a supportive work environment that promotes professional preservation and staff safety. Staff from the Center for Excellence in Advocacy have presented on the topics of self-care, vicarious trauma, and burnout more than thirty times for over 1,500 participants. They will share what they hear are the biggest challenges facing staff in the field as well as what they say they need from leadership. Participants will walk away with action steps they can implement and resources they can share with staff upon return to work. Presented by Allie Dolan and Meghan Johnson, Support Center for Child Advocates

W-2, One Size Does Not Fit All: Implementing Quality Improvement in Human Services

This presentation will describe one organization’s experience with selecting and designing a process improvement model. It will present the challenges in finding a model that works for the culture of the organization. It will include a review of various performance improvement strategies and their application to human services. It will encourage attendees to further their thinking about the use of data-driven decision-making in their own organizations. Presented by Sue Leyburn and Cheryl Arndt, KidsPeace

W-3, Suicide Prevention: Clinical Strategies for Working with Suicidal Youth

As a clinician, working with suicidal youth can be taxing and stressful. This workshop will address several clinical challenges providers face in their work and specifically address the topics of suicide risk assessment, collecting valid data, and planning for the safety of the kids they serve. Presented by Matthew Wintersteen, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Medical College

W–4, Turning CSEC Thrivers in Residential Treatment

Due to the behavioral responses often displayed by individuals with history of trauma, often caused by changes to the flight/fright/freeze mechanisms causing survival responses, many people tend to only look at "what" is happening rather than "why" it is happening. To truly understand the “why” and be successful, a holistic approach that infuses the principles of healthy community interactions, evidence-based/data-driven interventions and life skills development is needed. Through the use of data, our team helps to effectively target interventions to meet the individual and unique needs of our clients and families. We have looked to help victims of trauma become survivors, and with the use of our life skills program, help them achieve their goals of thriving back in the community. Presented by Dominick DiSalvo and Jamie Chubb, KidsPeace

W–5, Is Your Organization Ready for the $30 Trillion Great Wealth Transfer?

ccording to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today…and every day until the year 2030. The aging of this cohort of Americans has triggered the "Great Wealth Transfer” — an intergenerational passing of an estimated $30 Trillion in assets onto their heirs in Generations X & Y. An estimated $6.6 trillion in cash will be directed towards organizations in the form of major and legacy gifts to causes retirees care about. The country will see more and more “ordinary people make extraordinary gifts.” These gifts have the potential to make lasting impacts on organizations by endowing their operations and special projects into perpetuity and changing the very way they do business. Is your organization poised to capture the attention of these donors and participate in the Great Wealth Transfer? Presented by Dionne Jackson, Million Dollar Moxie

W–6, Workers’ Compensation Return to Work Programs

Stacey will explain how to make workers’ compensation ‘return to work’ programs work for your business. She will walk attendees through the claims process, from injury date to file closure. Participants will learn: 1) how to offer appropriate ‘return to work’ positions to injured workers; 2) the state job offer requirements; 3) how this practice can save future premium costs for employers; and 4) the benefits to both employers and employees, by keeping employees active at work. Presented by Stacey Cheese, Keystone Risk Managers

W–7, Cannabis Culture in US – Current Trends, Laws & Perceived Level of Harm

A look at current potency of types of cannabis products, their potential for misuse / abuse / addiction, and how the current legal status could affect usage rates across the ages. Ways to use cannabis will be explored and correlate how different methods of consumption can relate to potential of dependency and affect the adolescent population from a prevention viewpoint. Medical cannabis and its CBD counterparts will be explored from a health perspective. We will explore why the majority of US citizens view cannabis with a lower perceived level of harm than that of alcohol. Presented by David Fialko, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Inc.

W–8, The Echoes of Violence: The Consequences of Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious trauma can touch all of the individuals and systems that come into contact with victims of domestic violence, thus creating new victims. Children and human service workers are at a particularly high risk of experiencing the effects of vicarious trauma. It is important for human service workers to recognize the effects that vicarious trauma have on children so that they can effectively work with them. It is also important to be self-aware of the impact of vicarious trauma within yourself and not confuse it with burnout. Presented by Kelsi Graff & Jessica Winas-Devine, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

W-9, Changing the Culture-Increasing Financial Literacy on all Levels

Once a top down culture, hear one agency’s process of shifting to an environment of inclusivity and engagement. Walk through our journey of changing the agency culture, bridging language between finances and programs and empowering staff on all levels to make informed financial decisions. Presented by Julie Avalos & Adonis Banegas, Concilio

W-10, The Importance of Advocacy

This session is designed for those interested in legislative work who want up-to-the-minute information about current legislation and specific strategies that will best impact our membership. This session will cover a who’s who in the current legislature as well as key bills with potential impact on our work. Participants will leave this session with a specific agenda for the coming year. Presented by Alex Rahn, Wanner Associates & Teri Henning, PCCYFS

W-11, Addiction & The Family: Opioids and Beyond

This presentation will be a combination of integrated models and approaches for collectively discussing and coming to better understand the topic of addiction. We will discuss the current climate of the national opioid crisis and the impact the crisis has left on the child welfare system, the criminal justice system and the addiction treatment professionals who have worked with children and families. We will discuss what providers need to know when working with children and families who have been touched by addiction and/or the loss of a loved one due to addiction. Presented by: Kayla Kessler, Blueprints for Recovery

W-12, Jumping in with Both Feet: Committing to Trauma-Informed Care

As more becomes known about the causes and impacts of complex trauma in childhood, treatment providers are challenged to find effective interventions for affected children. The presenters will share the story of how and why one psychiatric residential treatment facility fully embraced trauma-informed care, transforming from a Juvenile-Justice orientation to a state-of-the-art treatment program for youth with complex trauma. The transformation involved cultural changes for the organization as well as an investment in less traditional and creative therapeutic methods to address the many impacts of trauma. The presenters will share audio, video and other demonstrations of the use of multi-sensory approaches to treatment including art, music, writing, and movement therapies. Presented by Shari Gross & Erin Bastow, Harborcreek Youth Services

T-1, Empowering Supervisors - A Trauma Informed Perspective

Is retention, communication and consistency the issue? Join MHY Family Services staff to explore how to use organization supervisors, managers and leaders as the important linchpin they are. In this session, learn about how trauma-informed principles and the book Crucial Conversations have been used to increase communication, ownership, safety and social learning while reducing turnover and silos. Presented by Lisa Schiller and Jennifer Lewis, MHY Family Services

T-2, Needs-Based Plan and Budget Overview

County Children and Youth Agencies submit their Needs-Based Plan and Budget request to the Department by August 15th of each year. This submission provides the county’s plan related to how the current fiscal year allocation of funds will be utilized as well as their proposed plan and resource needs for the upcoming fiscal year. The county request is reviewed by the Department and based on the review, the Department certifies levels of expenditures for each county for the upcoming fiscal year. This certification feeds into the Department’s requested level of state child welfare funds. Hear from our speakers how to make the process run more smoothly, including examples of what works best to achieve funding levels for your programs. Presented by Gloria Gilligan, Office of Children, Youth and Families - Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Support and Roseann Perry, Office of Children, Youth and Families - Bureau of Children and Family Services

T-3, Pulling the Pieces Together: Caring for Families with Special Needs and Trauma

In this informative and interactive presentation, the 'inside view' of life of families living with special needs (autism, anxiety disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities in particular), as well as those living with or who have survived trauma, will be explained in a very real and honest manner. Co-presenting, Amy Kelly (the mother of a daughter with severe autism, IDD and anxiety disorder, and Director of Family and Community Services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health) and Vernick Smith (a survivor of trauma and mental health issues in her youth, as well as a consultant in the Mental Health field with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis), discuss the commonalities among diagnoses and co-occurring conditions and unique and unconventional evidence-based treatment modalities. Amy and Vernick also focus on resiliency and empowerment for the individuals, their families, as well as for the treating clinicians, to help avoid burnout in care. Shame and stigmas will be addressed, as well as exposing the difficulties treating "the things you can't see." This presentation, designed for youth advocates, families, professionals and physicians, is guaranteed to leave its audience with an eye-opening view of these issues, as well as some practical 'tips and tricks' that can be put to use immediately. Presented by Amy Kelly & Vernick Smith, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

T-4, Youth Homelessness & Human Trafficking: Risk, Identification and Intervention

America’s homeless, child-welfare and juvenile justice system-involved youth are increasingly at risk for being “Trafficked,” bought and sold for sex and/or labor. Physical and mental health professionals, teachers, parents, juvenile justice workers, clergy and other family and concerned community members need to be aware of the nature and scope of the problem and be able to recognize and identify youth at risk for being commercially and sexually exploited. Recent studies have estimated the risks associated with gender, sexual orientation, and other factors, as well as those which may serve to protect against entanglement in “the life.” National and state laws, cross-system partnerships, and a growing capacity for data collection through advocacy organizations and government, as well as an arsenal of identification tools, community based shelters and treatment programs, are being aimed at preventing, reducing and eliminating the commercial and sexual exploitation of youth, as well as the homelessness, systemic gaps, and other risk factors associated with the problem. Presented by Caren Rosser-Morris, Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health, Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Gail Yoder, Office of Children, Youth, and Families, Bureau of Policy, Programs, and Operations

T-5, Nontraditional and On-Grounds Educational Services Panel, Part 1

Questions and concerns about the quality of educational services offered to youth in placement settings and other nontraditional educational programming continue to be raised in a variety of forums. Panel speakers will consist of stakeholders from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), a Local Education Agency (LEA) (invited), and Private Providers of nontraditional and on-grounds education services provided to youth in care. Each panel will discuss education services from the one point that all stakeholders have in common: the child. Panels will discuss what the educational needs of a child in nontraditional and on-grounds placements look like from each of their viewpoints, including suggestions for improving coordination and the services provided. Presented by Amy Deluca, Department of Education Chief, Division of Monitoring and Improvement; Roni Russell, Education Consultant (PaTTAN) Bureau of Special Education, and Tina Weaver, Department of Education, Division of Planning, Non-Public/Private Schools Coordinator; Charissa Rychcik, The Bradley Center; William Walters, Mid-Atlantic Youth Services; and Maria Kreiter & Joan Plump, Silver Springs - Martin Luther School

T-6, Employee Retention in the Resilient Organization

Human service organizations throughout the US are experiencing alarmingly high rates of employee turnover. Burnout, dissatisfaction and low salaries are often cited as leading causes of turnover. Here in Pennsylvania, this problem is having a troubling impact on both the public and private agencies that serve children, youth and families. So how exactly does an organization attract and keep competent, capable, professionals when resources are limited? How does a resilient organization create opportunities for success in such a hostile and uncertain environment? Learn strategies for recruiting and retaining talent in spite of the challenges that organizations face today. Presented by Erin Chick and Lori Teeter, Common Sense Adoption Services

T-7, Autism and the Child Welfare System

The 2009 Pennsylvania Autism Census Project identified nearly 20,000 Pennsylvanians with autism receiving services. In the 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update, that number has risen to over 55,000 children and adults in PA. Data has shown that between the two time points, there was a 181% overall increase. Autism has a profound effect not only on the individuals with autism but also on their families, government agencies, the educational system, the healthcare system, and beyond. Raising awareness and providing tools and strategies for these various agencies will increase the chances for a better outcome for children diagnosed with autism. Presented by Kate Hooven, Justice System Consultant, ASERT Collaborative, Eastern Region

T-8, NASW Code of Ethics: 2018 Revisions, Part 1

It’s 2018, and NASW has updated the Social Work Code of Ethics to keep up with our changing times. So you may ask, “What’s new and how do I apply the new standards?” By attending this interactive workshop, you will learn about the revisions and practice applying them to various scenarios. And, you will receive your Ethics CEU for the corresponding licensing period. Presented by Stephanie A. Snyder, Stephanie’s Services

T-9, Nontraditional and On-grounds Educational Services Panel, Part 2

See description for T-5.

T-10, The Millennial Generation in our Workplace

The Millennial Generation is comprised of 83 million potential workers. Human service agencies place a heavy reliance on this group to meet the needs of the individuals and communities they serve. Millennials are often misunderstood. To ensure that we best meet those workers’ needs and help in recruitment and retention efforts, we must first understand what this generation is all about and separate fact from fiction. What do we really know about this generation? Join this session to gain a better understanding of this generational workforce. Presented by Lisa Lowrie, The Bradley Center and Amy Freeman, PATH

T-11, Engaging Caregivers to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Adults are responsible for protecting children from abuse, but too often our prevention techniques place the responsibility on children to protect themselves. Parents In the Know is a four-session program for engaging caregivers in child sexual abuse prevention. This program engages caregivers in discussion, activities, and role-play around the topics of boundaries, bystander intervention, and healthy sexuality as abuse prevention. Parents In the Know is a well-researched program and has been implemented both in Pennsylvania and nationwide. Pennsylvania sexual assault centers have trained facilitators ready to deliver this program in your community at no cost. Presented by Alexa Livelsberger, PA Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

T-12, NASW Code of Ethics: 2018 Revisions, Part 2

See description for T-8.