2017 Spring Conference Session Descriptions

W-1, The Importance of Advocacy

This session is designed for those comfortable with 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 of the current legislature as well as key bills with potential impact on our work. Participants will leave this session with a very specific agenda for the coming year. Presented by Alex Rahn, Wanner Associates

W-2, Mergers, Acquisitions & Affiliations

The interactive session will give executive directors, CEO's and senior leadership the opportunity to consider and explore whether strategic alliances, including merger, will benefit mission advancement. The discussion will include evaluating readiness of board, staff and community. The presentation will review typical steps in the due diligence and implementation phases. We will also gain perspective for post-merger expectations. Presented by Doug Muetzel, Wesley Spectrum

W-3, Light the Path: Practical Clinical Supervision

Navigating the maze of the supervisory role can be a challenging one. Often pulled in multiple directions, having to manage the larger systemic demands while balancing the every day needs of staff, can darken the road to success. Learn to spark clarity and light up the path to having success as a supervisor in your role through a practical look at applying various principals, theories and techniques. Examples and discussion are welcome as we explore ways to be more effective supervisors. Presented by Richard H. King, Wesley Spectrum

W–4, Implementing Positive Behavior Support (PBS) & Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) into Treatment

As more challenging cases enter into the foster care system, consideration of evidence-based training for foster parents needs to occur. This presentation will describe positive behavior support as an approach for providing services to children in child welfare settings, as well as preliminary information about the adoption of an evidence-based foster parent training program to enhance the training and the delivery of foster care services in Philadelphia. Presented by Mike Moleski, Devereux CIDD - Community Services of Philadelphia and Dr. Rich Allen, Devereux - Community Services of Pennsylvania

W–5, Understanding Opioids and Narcan Response

Understanding what an opioid is, their access and how they are abused across socioeconomic brackets, ages as well as how they are perceived by age group is the first step in preparing to combat the problem. The second step is knowing how to utilize resources such as naloxone (Narcan), Act 139 and the new state wide standing order, all of which are important tools in this fight. The final step is putting this knowledge to use in ones community. Presented by David Fialko, The Council of Southeast PA

W–6/W-11, Conducting an Agency Ethics Audit, Part 1, 2

After a brief review of a model for making individual professional decisions, this presentation will review the importance of conducting an ethics audit of a human services agency. Based on the seminal work of Dr, Frederic Reaner, the presenters will review his work on social work ethics. The presentation then focuses on Dr. Reamer's model for conducting an ethics audit of a human services agency. Attendess will learn and practice the model and discuss the very real ethical issues that confront agencies. Presented by Drs. Laura Brierton Granuth and Karen Rice, School of Social Work, Millersville University

W–7, 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. 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

W–8, Improving Outcomes of Treatment, While Saving Time

Despite the best efforts, too many treatment programs fail to deliver the desired outcomes or needed cost savings. Fortunately, Lean and other continuous improvement tools can solve both problems. This presentation will take you through how to use different data tools to garner both the best outcome possible in a treatment setting and most cost effective application. Participates will learn how to apply those tools to maximize effectiveness of treatment in a residential setting. Presented by Jason James Raines, Kidspeace

W-9, Mindfulness: Meditation For Children Youth And You

The benefits of mindfulness-based practices for children, youth and adults include reducing anxiety, depression and stress, as well as increasing resilience and an overall sense of well-being. During this workshop, you will learn how to integrate age-appropriate meditation techniques into group and private sessions, so both you and your clients can skillfully manage anxiety, cope with difficult emotions, and improve interpersonal relationships. We will discuss the importance of developing a personal meditation practice for yourself - not only prevent burnout and increase self-care - but as a key element in a skillful therapeutic relationship. Specific techniques offered in this workshop include focus meditation, compassion meditation, and the RAIN technique for working with difficult emotions. During the experiential portion of this workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice select meditations, and discuss potential applications for your personal and professional life. Presented by Heather Stang, Heather Stang Consulting

W-10, Victim Awareness Impact of Crime Programs

Victim Awareness Programs are a key component to restorative justice and evidence based practices. They hold adolescents accountable for their actions, educate them on empathy and remorse and provide an opportunity for participants to restore the harm they have caused to the victim. A Victim Awareness Program based on evaluability standards and theoretically informed best practices, and properly implemented with integrity of design, will assist in restoration and rehabilitation of the offender. Presented by Devin Petruski, Northumberland County Juvenile Probation

W-12, Empowering Non-profits through Innovative Practices

Non-profit organizations ongoing search for influence on policy must start with the individual non-profit and its capacity to serve effectively. The non-profit must politically empower its service population and communities and therefore become more empowered through strategic partnerships. The power relationship between the non-profit and community is more equalized when community and service population members take part in decision making. Varied approaches/methodologies will be shared for "how to" next steps. Presented by Marsha Zibalese-Crawford, Temple University School of Social Work and Yacov Crawford, Kesher a Kesher

W-13, Let Data Drive Revisions to Your Fundraising Plan

Fundraising is all about mission and relationships. However, data can inform and help to set priorities for staff and board. Join this session to learn about the the process that updated a fundraising plan using 10 years of donor data and how the process not only resulted in a revised plan but also increased community and board engagement. You will leave this session with strategic questions to use to review your donor history and examples of action steps for staff and board members. Presented by Lisa Schiller and Amy Smith, MHY Family Services

W-14, Building Youth Engagement & Self-Advocacy into Your Program

Efforts to improve the child welfare system too often excludes the perspective of the youth who have been in the system. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn about Juvenile Law Center's Youth Engagement Programs, specifically the Youth Fostering Change Program and its campaign to improve communication with case workers. Youth presenters will share their recommendations and techniques to engage clients and provide clients with tools and confidence to advocate for themselves. Presented by Catherine Moffa and a Youth Advocate, Juvenile Law Center

W-15, Completion of Sexual Issues Treatment in 6 Months With The Use of A Trauma Informed Approach

Are you open-minded enough to re-evaluate your approach to treating clients with sexual issues? This workshop will reveal the 5 advantages to redesigning your approach around a trauma informed model, including a reduction in overall length of stay of six months for clients with sexual issues. More importantly, you’ll get the benefit of analyzing a successful example of such a redesign which will set the stage for discovering the principles allowing you to do the same. Presented by Dominick DiSalvo and Jason James Raines, Kidspeace

T-1, The Sustainable Business Model

The key to a successful, sustainable business is in engaging and incentivizing others to work toward shared goals that spark the passion and purpose of the Individuals involved. This goes far beyond employees, contract workers, volunteers and board members. There are good people in our communities who would do what they could to advance our cause if they were privy to our wildest dreams for the good we can do in the world. Participants of this institute will leave with a clear vision of what they hope to accomplish, a three minute “pitch” for communicating their vision and an Action Plan of steps and timelines for implementation of their grand plan. Presented by Rhonda Sciortino

T-2/T-5/T8, Essential Skills for Successful Supervision Part 1, 2, 3

One of the most critical roles in organizations that challenge leaders today is the ability to effectively supervise employees. Simply telling people what to do does not guarantee success. It also does not guarantee a motivated workforce. Supervisors today know that a strong relationship with their employees is the critical foundation for successful performance. Success comes from the ability to inspire people through a variety of competencies that help employees do what is expected of them in a high quality way. Oftentimes, however, supervisors are provided the least amount of training to develop the essential skills needed to be successful. Presented by John Amato

T-3/T6/T9, Integrated Care – How to Treat the Whole Person, Part 1, 2, 3

The demand for a comprehensive model of care is increasingly becoming a basic expectation in all service areas. Agencies are now challenged with establishing programs and finding qualified staff that address the holistic needs of the consumer. Participants will learn the basics of establishing comprehensive care partnerships and ways to utilize multiple methods and options to engage and build a diverse staff. Presented by Patricia Adams, joined by Sabrina Townsend for Part 1

T-4/T-7, Contract Negotiations, Part 1, 2, 3

Facing the task of contracting with Federal, State and local entities can be daunting. Can you negotiate with a Managed Care Company? How do you deal with unfavorable terms in a contract? Are some of the many questions that agencies and their leadership that can come up when it is time to consider a contract. This two- part presentation will provide participants with basic tips and insight from a major managed care administrator on basic contract negotiation skills and the when, where and how of using them to obtain a favorable contract. Presented by Sabrina Townsend