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2021 Conference Registration

Facing the Future Together: Our World, Our Commitment

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Registration is now open. Download the Schedule at a Glance. Review the workshop options on this page. Be sure to read the Additional Information at the bottom of this page regarding hybrid options, cancellations, health advisories and training credit. When you are ready, click the button below to make your selections and pay your registration fee. Hotel arrangements must be made separately.

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2021 Conference Workshops and Information

Workshops are in chronological order. Descriptions include information about the intended audience, level of instruction, and special areas including Effective Practice (such as best practices, family finding, Family First, kinship); Race, Equity and Inclusion; and Ethics. These are intended as guidance for workshop selection. Attendees may register for any workshop that is useful to them. Hybrid options are indicated with the camera symbol. Social Works continuing education units (CEUs) are signified with the letters “SW,” counselor CEUs with the letter “C,” continuing legal education credits with the letters “CLE,” and Ethics credit with the word “Ethics.” Learn more about workshop presenters here.

Wednesday, Sept. 29 AM Session

Confidence in the Courtroom 8:30-11:45 a.m

Caseworkers often report that testifying in court is the most stressful part of their job. It can be compared to public speaking with the added stress of being cross-examined. Confidence in the Courtroom is a skill-building training program focused on increasing skills for effective preparation and delivery of testimony. This training program provides proven techniques to help reduce situational stress and anxiety in a number of ways, including clarifying the court process and hearing types; using stress to boost confidence; monitoring and effectively using body language; defining defense attorney tactics and practicing appropriate responses when challenged on the spot; presenting effective answers; providing efficient preparation tips; and supplying methods to increase overall self-confidence.

Lauri Wolfe

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Advanced
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C, CLE

Youth Depression and Suicidality: Safety Planning and Lethal Means Counseling 8:30-11:45 a.m.

This workshop will explore current issues and concerns around youth depression and suicidality. We will identify critical elements in safety planning and examine the importance of counseling on access to lethal means. Safety plans are designed to support suicide prevention by providing action steps an individual can take when feeling suicidal. Intentionally reducing access to lethal means can contribute to whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. We will identify practical skills and strategies that can immediately be implemented with current clients.

Bobbi Beale, Stephanie Freeman

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Escape to Independence: Preparing Youth for the Future 8:30-11:45 a.m.

In this training you will learn a fun way to engage your youth and prepare them for the future! Independence is right around the corner, but the path to get there is never easy. Through a series of puzzles, clues and codes that need to be solved we will work together and help guide you to a new way of teaching your youth those must-have Independent Living Skills.

Lisa Carlin, Stacia Burlingame, Shelly Aggarwal, Tina Green

Intended audience: Caseworker

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW

A Model for Preventing Foster Care Placements of NAS Babies 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The opioid crisis and the resulting increase in babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) has challenged hospital NICUs across Ohio. This training introduces practitioners to the Brigid’s Path model of caring for NAS babies and their families and the impact of the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act on this model. Brigid’s Path is a newborn recovery center that allows babies born drug-exposed to withdraw in a home-like setting with inpatient level high quality medical care. BP provides strengths-based supportive and life-skill building services to the families of babies they serve and encourage moms and dads to participate in their babies’ lives, which is critical to bonding and long-term family success. It will also discuss the ways that the implementation of Family First will affect families who are on the precipice of having a child taken into custody due to an NAS diagnosis. Reaching this vulnerable population will be important to Ohio’s goal of preventing children from being taken into custody when it is not necessary.

Ashley Watson, Jill Kingston, Daphne Kackloudis

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Case Law/Legislative Update in Child Welfare and Adoption Law 9:30-11:30 a.m.

This workshop will review recent Ohio and federal court decisions and legislative updates that clarify, modify, or amplify Ohio judicature in the child welfare and adoption arenas. The session will include a PowerPoint presentation summarizing and analyzing recent decisions and legislation. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions about the current state of Ohio law in these areas and to contribute to the discussion with personal perspectives and case insights. In addition, the workshop will enable participants to analyze and discuss current trends, both in Ohio law and in the context of the national perspective, and to predict future trends.

Jennifer C. Goldson, Esq. and Victoria Smith, Esq.

Intended audience: Attorneys

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Legal

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, CLE

Developing and Analyzing a Meaningful Family Genogram 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The goal of this workshop is to instruct professionals on the use of genograms to visualize and analyze family emotional and social relationships, to identify repetitive patterns of behavior, to recognize hereditary tendencies, cycles of abuse and use to find permanency placement. This workshop will demonstrate the development and use of the genogram, ecomapping and creating functional timelines.

Marsha Coleman

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Got Permanency? 9:30-11:30 a.m.

This informative session will delve into the meaning of permanency and give memorable examples on its importance and the lifelong effects if we do not think of ways to connect youth in care to permanent lifelong family connections. We will explore multiple options for permanent connections and share success stories of creative permanency placement for youth who have been in care. Before closing the session will discuss permanency challenges and engage in coaching through barriers for support as well as share resourceful information on finding adult supporters within the youth’s network.

Tracy Cordaro, Angela Wilson

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective Practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW

Pause on PA(S): A DV-informed Lens to “Alienation” for Child Safety 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Are the words “parental alienation” being used to describe a parent’s actions in a case you are involved in? This interactive session will discuss ways to critically interpret behaviors that may be labeled as Parental Alienation in cases where domestic violence and/or child maltreatment have occurred. Presenters and participants will explore how behaviors considered alienating may be the result of legal advice, court orders, trauma responses, and safety strategies. Participants will also learn to consider how allegations of alienation are commonly part of a perpetrators pattern of abusive behaviors. Participants will understand how, when applied incorrectly, Parental Alienation conflicts with best practice principles for child-centered practice, partnering with the protective parent, and intervening with offending parents to reduce risk and harm to children.

Jo Simonsen, Micaela Deming

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Race Equity and Inclusion; Effective practice; Legal

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C, CLE

Using Appreciative Inquiry to Create an LGBTQ+ Affirming Agency 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The Cuyahoga Youth Count: A Report on LGBTQ+ Youth Experience in Foster Care, a study published in 2021, finds that “LGBTQ+ youth in a Midwest county are overrepresented in foster care, and experience disparities in their treatment, increased mental health hospitalizations, greater reported uses of substances as well as discrimination and adverse experiences.” This session will use an appreciative inquiry approach to elicit positive, forward thinking ideas on how this study’s findings can be used to explore serving LGBTQ+ youth and families within public child welfare agencies across the State and what steps can be taken to guide a systemic and intentional approach to managing the system change needed to serve this population safely and effectively.

Leah Love, Tiffany Florence

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Race, Equity and Inclusion; Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Wednesday, Sept. 29 PM Session

Creating Effective Cross-Generational Teams 2-5:15 p.m.

This training will address the various characteristics of five current work generations. The two different schools of thought regarding assigning characteristics to a generation will be covered. Discussion will center around the ways each worker may bring certain qualities to the unit and how best to harness these qualities to form a functioning team. Attention will be paid to the stereotyping that occurs regarding each generation and how these idealizations can make or break your team if not recognized. Participants will self-assess what part they play and if they are making a positive impact on their team. Activities will show participants how to work together as a functioning team, so they may in turn share these same ideals with their assigned units.

Kelly Hickle-Lentz

Intended Audience: Supervisors/Managers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW

The Elephant in the Room: Recognizing and Combating Secondary Trauma in Child Welfare Workers 2-5:15 p.m

Child Welfare workers are often the forgotten first responders. Research has revealed that more than fifty percent of child welfare workers display symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression. Such afflictions often lead to increased health problems, sleeping problems and relationship problems. Unfortunately, many child welfare workers are leaving the field within months or a few short years which only exasperates the problem for those left behind. The Elephant in the Room is a skill-building training program focused on recognizing symptoms of secondary trauma and increasing skills to combat it. This training provides proven techniques to increase self-care and coping skills so that workers can be at their best to help keep children safe and families together without compromising their own metal health and well-being. Practical advice and techniques will be shared which workers can begin using immediately on and off the job.

Lauri Wolfe

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW

They’re Out There! Recruiting Therapeutic Foster Parents 2-5:15 p.m.

This session will focus on identifying and recruiting therapeutic foster parents. Topics include using specialized messaging, targeting populations and customized strategies to engage prospective foster parents.

Denise Goodman, Maureen Heffernan

Intended Audience: Supervisors/Managers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Making Unadoptable Unacceptable: Better Outcomes for Ohio Youth 2-5:15 p.m

It is critical for child welfare professionals and legal stakeholders to discuss permanency options with youth in foster care, giving youth a voice in decision-making and achieving positive outcomes that provide long-term support. In this session child welfare and legal professionals will explore why youth are hesitant to consider permanency and share our model for effectively engaging youth in discussions about their future and considering the benefits of family. We will examine how the professional’s role (case worker, judge, counsel representing child, guardian ad litem, etc.) impacts permanency planning. Finally, we will discuss the legal and systemic barriers that can present when a youth’s hesitancy to be adopted is not fully explored and adequately addressed.

Andrea Williams, Melinda Haggerty, Quinn Dybdahl, Karen McGormley

Intended Audience: Caseworkers, Supervisors/Managers, Directors/Administrators, Attorneys

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice, Legal

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, CLE

Ensuring Educational Stability for Children and Youth in Foster Care 2-4 p.m.

This training will be jointly delivered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and will provide an overview of the educational stability provisions for youth in foster care in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Topics covered in this presentation will include: best interest determination meetings, foster care transportation, immediate enrollment and records transfer for youth in foster care, and collaboration between local school districts and local county children’s services agencies. In addition, the presenters will cover promising practices in collaboration from across Ohio, including highlights from education and child welfare systems supporting youth in foster care.

Alexandra Nardo

Intended audience: Caseworker

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW

Evidence-based Prevention Services in Ohio 2-4 p.m.

This session is an overview of the evidence-based prevention services that are available in Ohio to meet families’ needs, including on what services are available in different areas of the state and how counties can access them.

Presenters: Rick Shepler, Bobbi Beale, Heather Distin

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective Practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Leading Your Agency Through Strategy: Improve Child Welfare Equity Outcomes 2-4 p.m.

At the heart of any agency is its mission. Join Ebonie Jackson and Cynthia Thomas to discuss the importance of mission-based management and how it can improve your agency’s commitment to equity and reducing racial disproportionality throughout the child welfare system. Become an expert in driving your agency with a mission and learning how to engage your community, activate your teams, and align your agency culture, board or directors, and funding sources by developing culturally responsive strategic plan.

Ebonie Jackson, Cynthia Thomas

Intended Audience: directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Race, Equity and Inclusion; Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Plans of Safe Care in Child Welfare 2-4 p.m.

This training will focus on educating child welfare workers on what the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA) is, as well as Plans of Safe Care (POSC) and how they interconnect with child welfare. Participants will be provided information on how you engage community partners in obtaining information for a POSC, how to develop a POSC and how a POSC is monitored. Participants will hear how Fairfield County Protective Services built a collaborative system around the development and monitoring of Plans of Safe Care. Resources will be provided to participants that assisted in the creation and implementation of POSC in Fairfield County.

Sarah Fortner, Stacey Bergstrom, Elyssa Wanosik

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW

Understanding and Supporting Healthy Health and Human Service Systems 2-4 p.m.

Occupational burnout and subsequent turnover are prevalent and severe issues within health and human service (HHS) systems in general, and within child welfare organizations. In addition to the psychophysiological consequences (e.g., mental, physical health) for practitioners, occupational burnout and turnover significantly affects organizations (e.g., productivity, recruitment and retention costs), and can subsequently impact service delivery and outcomes (e.g., trust in providers, client satisfaction). Framed through a case-study example of state-wide responses to such occupational crises, presenters will provide resources and strategies for evaluating and addressing current HHS workforce challenges. Specifically, training content focuses on a study collaboration between OSU researchers and PCSAO, conducted in support of the agency’s ‘Building a 21st Century Children Services Workforce’ project. Through producing concrete and comprehensive recommendations for recruitment and retention solutions to Ohio’s children services workforce crisis, the goal of this project collaboration was to stabilize and ultimately build a thriving public children services workforce in Ohio.

Rebecca Phillips

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective Practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

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Thursday, Sept. 30 AM Session

Removed and Disrupted: The Need for Education on FASDs in Child Welfare 8:30-11:45 a.m.

As knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders grows within the state of Ohio, we have to ask ourselves how this common disability affects the child welfare system. Studies show children with FASDs can be 17 to 19 times more likely to be in foster care. Learn how to make a big impact with a little information from a foster parent who has parented many kids with FASDs and is passionate about more reunification and less disruptions for kids.

Aubrey Page

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Ethics; Race, Equity and Inclusion, Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Climbing the Branches of the Family Tree: Non-custodial Parents 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The 30 Days to Family® Ohio program is an innovative approach to finding and empowering kinship caregivers through relentlessly searching for all supports in a family’s network. Through this work, a trend in child welfare practice has been identified related to the experience of non-custodial parents as they strive to engage in their child’s care. Often, these parents are overlooked as an option for caregiving, or are subjected to extensive scrutiny and expectations that serve as almost unsurmountable barriers to their relationship with their children. This presentation will examine these barriers through the lens of a 30 Days to Family® Ohio case and provide solutions through examples of the advocacy and support offered by the 30 Days Specialists. This presentation will take you on a journey through case examples of families who experienced challenges facing non-custodial parents, and innovative ways the 30 Days to Family® Ohio team has empowered these families to remain connected. Attendees will be challenged to consider our engagement of non-custodial parents in a new light and ensure equitable treatment for all family members.

Lorie Bricker, Alyse Almadani

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Race, Equity and Inclusion; Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW

Connect Our Kids: Fast-Tracking Family Search and Engagement Efforts 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Bringing innovation to child welfare professionals, Connect Our Kids will offer an introduction to free technology resources that dramatically improve family search and engagement efforts. Participants will each need their own computer for this session.

Jennifer Jacobs, Jessica Stern

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW

Family First: Preparing for Prevention Services Implementation 9:30-11:30 a.m.

This session will provide an overview of the Family First Act and the planning process in Ohio. It will include an overview of the Prevention Services case flow, how to implement this in Title IV-E agency practice, and a walkthrough of the SACWIS functionality. Finally, it will conclude with an overview of the Center of Excellence and its role in Prevention Services evidence-based practices.

Hannah Knies, Denielle Rittinger, Liz Holzworth, Rick Shepler

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW

Learn about OhioRISE: Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence 9:30-11:30 a.m.

This session will review the OhioRISE program and its aim to ensure high-quality behavioral health services are accessible for children and families with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs. Hosted by representatives from the Ohio Department of Medicaid and Aetna Better Health of Ohio, attendees will hear about plans for developing new capacity to provide in-home and community-based services that keep youth and families together. Content will include key approaches used to shape the initiative, including eligibility, care coordination, and access to new and enhanced behavioral health services. Attendees will also learn about the upcoming implementation and readiness phases of work that will help prepare communities for the program’s launch in 2022.

Kelly Smith, Marisa Weisel, Carolyn Hagopian

Intended Audience: Supervisors/Managers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Leading Through Change 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Leading Through Change is a two-hour, interactive workshop on leadership and change management. It is designed specifically for supervisors and other leaders in Ohio child welfare. Participants will be empowered and inspired to lead their teams through change — whether the change is planned or unplanned — while they process the changes for themselves. They will learn a change management system that is easy to follow, simple to maintain, one that supports becoming better leaders, encouraging the best from their teams and providing optimal outcomes for the youth and families they serve.

Dr. Rachel Elahee

Intended Audience: Supervisors/Managers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT) Approach: Engaging Lawyers and Social Workers in Teams to Improve Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT) is a nationally recognized evidenced-based approach that seeks to address critical child welfare and family court system issues through interdisciplinary and proactive teamwork. The goal of the approach is to promote healthy early childhood development, support family resiliency, and build capacity to prevent future child abuse. A central component is the Family Team Meetings that bring together the family, their lawyers and social workers to work collaboratively toward solutions. The approach emphasizes solutions that include a high level of contact between parents and child, and high expectations for supportive services, including mental health, substance use treatment, and early intervention.

Kelsey Hopkins, Delaney Jones

Intended Audience: Attorneys, Caseworkers, Supervisors/Managers, Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice, Legal

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C, CLE

Understand and Account for Protection Orders When Working with Families 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Families experiencing interpersonal violence or child maltreatment may have or seek protection orders. Child welfare workers and attorneys must be familiar with current protection order law and practice to implement safety plans, create case plans, and work towards reunification. Child welfare involved cases also create unique situations to navigate regarding protection orders when children and youth in custody are respondents on protection orders or are seeking orders against other youth or adults involved in their case plan or placement. There are constitutional and practical implications of these unique situations in child welfare that will be explored.

Micaela Deming

Intended Audience: Supervisors/Managers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Legal

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C, CLE

The Who, What, Why, When and How of the CANS 9:30-11:30 a.m

This workshop will provide participants with a general overview about The Ohio Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment tool. The Ohio CANS is an assessment tool that is being implemented through several of Ohio’s System of Care Transformation Initiatives, specifically as it relates to the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and Ohio Medicaid’s OhioRISE program for multi-system youth. The Ohio CANS will be used for eligibility, level of care service determinations, progress monitoring and team care planning.

Heather Distin, Bobbi Beale

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area:

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Thursday, Sept. 30 PM Session

Cultivating Affirmation and Belonging for LGBTQIA+ Youth 2-5:15 p.m.

Recent surveys show that up to one in six, or 15%, of Gen-Z adults identify as LGBTQIA+ (Gallup), and that LGBTQIA+ youth are overrepresented in both the foster care system and the population of youth experiencing homelessness. In order to effectively serve these youth, professionals need to have a basic understanding of how to cultivate spaces of affirmation, trust, and safety. Since shared language can be one of the most important ways to create that safety, this session will start by exploring the complexity and depth of gender, including gender identity, gender expression, and sex assigned at birth; along with sexuality, and the LGBTQIA+ acronym. Since language is constantly shifting, this may be a great refresher for folks who are familiar with these concepts but may be somewhat removed from current trends within the LGBTQIA+ community. On this foundation, we’ll then discuss the anti-LGBTQ discrimination youth face at school, at home, and within the foster care system, and the heightened risk factors that result from this mistreatment. We’ll discuss what true, visible allyship looks like, how youth-serving professionals can make a difference through individual and organizational changes, and then create a list of action items for each participant to continue the work moving forward.

Amanda Erickson

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Ethics; Race, Equity and Inclusion; Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C, Ethics

Ethics and Professionalism 2-5:15 p.m.

Ethics and professionalism are a joint effort of all participants in child protection. Using the concepts contained in the ethical codes of law and social work, participants in this training will look at situations that give rise to ethical and professional questions in the area of child protection. Participants will work together to focus on improving the ethics and professionalism of those who work in child protection and ultimately the outcomes of children and families.

John D. Everett

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Ethics; Race, Equity and Inclusion; Ethics; Legal

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C, CLE, Ethics

Pilots and Social Workers – Why Both Need Safety to Do Their Work 2-5:15 p.m.

This highly interactive session will help attendees to understand the impact of aligning organizational values, attitudes, and behaviors to support a safe, engaged workforce, and reliable service delivery. Learn from real-world examples of implementation at Franklin County Children Services about the impact of focusing on Psychological Safety, Mindful Organizing, Safety Climate, Stress Recognition, and other key components which directly affect child and family outcomes.

LaShaun Carter, Kelly Knight, Mike Kenney

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Effective practice; Race, Equity and Inclusion

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Child Welfare and Child/Youth/Family-Serving Systems 2-5:15 p.m.

Motivational Interviewing is a guided style of communication child welfare professionals can utilize to assist parents or caregivers in identifying reasons to and pathways toward change. This is no small task, and correlationally, Motivational Interviewing is no small skillset. It is a collaborative style of interaction that pays close attention to a person’s readiness to consider change and ambivalence about the change. That is – a person’s conflicted reasons for moving toward change and for staying the same at the same time. Motivational Interviewing attends closely to engagement and is well-matched to working with families that have been mandated to program involvement. This six-hour training is framed for professionals in Child Welfare services and builds on an existing introductory level of familiarity with Motivational Interviewing.

Michael Fox

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Effective Practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Let’s Partner Up! The University Partnership Program and PCSAs 2-5:15 p.m.

Let’s Partner Up! : How The University Partnership Program and PCSA’s Can Contribute to Ohio’s Child Welfare Workforce is a three-hour workshop that reviews the literature and evidence for child welfare hiring and retention. A description of the University Partnership Program is provided as well as an explanation of how UPP can fit into the State of Ohio’s hiring and retention needs along with discussion and participation from all partners involved in the process.

Linda Helm, Monica Ascar, Xan Boone, Tracy Pritchard

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Supporting Families Through Community Action 2-5:15 p.m.

What do Kinship and Adoptive families need? Are their communities meeting those needs? In this presentation you will learn how OhioKAN is answering these questions. OhioKAN is utilizing family data to identify needs and working with Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) to advocate within the community. Learn what OhioKAN families need and what RACs are doing to support families in the community.

Veronica Burroughs, Stephanie Clone, Amber Willoughby-Phelps

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW

At the Intersection of Courts and Child Welfare 2-4 p.m.

Child welfare practice is influenced by many factors including understanding and interpretation of statutory and administrative code language. This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of three issues and their current and potential impact on child welfare practice. Participants will gain knowledge to help navigate these issues within their own agency.

Mary D. Wachtel, David Haverfield

Intended Audience: Attorneys, Caseworkers, Supervisors/Managers, Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice, Legal

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, CLE

Leaning Into Father Engagement 2-4 p.m.

In this training, we will discuss how general child welfare practice has historically engaged fathers. We will review some of the benefits, outcomes and importance of increased involvement by the father. Participants will learn some of the skills and strategies used by the 30 Days to Family® Program to identify and engage fathers for children brought into care, including intensive searching strategies. We will discuss alleged fathers, deceased fathers (and involving their families in planning), and the importance of paternity establishment. We will also cover barriers to paternal involvement and how to overcome them. Lastly, we will dive into the importance of engaging fathers in prevention, and how we all can be champions of change.

Rick Dencer, Lori Bricker

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Ohio START – Working Together to Best Serve Families 2-4 p.m.

Ohio START is an evidence-informed children services-led intervention model that has been shown, when implemented with fidelity, to improve outcomes for both parents and children affected by child maltreatment and parental substance use disorders. The first half of the session will discuss the essential components of Ohio START and strategies used to engage parents with substance use disorder, including the value of START caseworkers pairing with family peer mentors as an integral part of the START team. The second half of the session will be dedicated to a panel of current START caseworkers and family peer mentors discussing their work with START families.

Marla Himmeger, Bhumika Patel

Intended audience: Supervisors/Managers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Effective Practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

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Friday, Oct. 1 AM Session:

Educational Advocacy: Improving Outcomes for Children in Out-of-Home Care 10 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

One of the best ways caseworkers can help to improve educational outcomes for at risk youth is to know the facts, to identify roadblocks that may hamper educational success, and to make a plan. This class will provide caseworkers a skill building model to use with biological or substitute parents in improving educational outcomes for their children. This course also examines special education for children with disabilities, and serves as a basic introduction to Surrogate Parenting.

Brian Lowery

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective Practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Maximizing Child Welfare Funding 10 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

This workshop centers on navigating and maximizing federal and state child welfare funding and the impact of the Family First Preservation Services Act.

Dan Shook, John Fisher

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 3 hours training certificate credit, SW

Influencing Public Policy Through Rules 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

In order to effectively influence public policy, it is critical that children services leaders understand how policy decisions are made and develop effective relationships with policymakers. This workshop will provide an overview of Ohio’s rule-making process, resources for monitoring and commenting rules, and how to influence rules.

Mary Wachtel

Intended Audience: Supervisors/Managers

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW

The Future Begins with Me: Calm, Present, and Clear 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

As a case worker your goal is help create positive outcomes for children and families. Yet if you are stressed your effectiveness as a caseworker is in jeopardy. This is because stress inhibits critical thinking skills. Your job requires you to make critical decisions all day long, so you need to Tap out stress to maintain good health and keep your mind clear. Have you heard of Meridian Tapping, an evidence-based stress and anxiety relief method? In this practical and action-oriented program, you will learn Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also called Tapping for stress relief. EFT is a self-regulation stress, anxiety, and trauma relief method that incorporates elements of exposure cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation. Tapping doesn’t
eliminate your stressors, but it can stop your body from reacting to them.

Tijana Coso

Intended audience: Caseworker

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

Parent Peer Support 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

In a 2013, a joint CMS/SAMHSA Bulletin was released that identified the benefits of using community based intensive services for families including the use of “parent and youth support services”. Today, 8 years later, while there has been an increase in the use of adult peer support services around the state, there is still a challenge implementing parent peer support services for families in need. This training will define what a parent peer supporter is, the benefits for your families, community and organization and strategies that you can use to begin to implement this evidence-based service within your community.

Julli Griesheimer, Wren Hawkins

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Effective Practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW

Remote Work Strategies: Tools in the New World 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The pandemic has caused significant changes in the Children’s Service work environment. Telecommuting emerged as a primary workforce protection strategy. This change presents challenges to most of the PCSAs in Ohio. As time has passed some level of remote work has becoming a permanent feature in many counties. In addition, the expectations of the workforce have changed, presenting significant challenges in recruiting and retention. Changes may be required to support your workforce and to make your organization attractive to new applicants. This workshop will explore issues in technology, policy, monitoring and planning, which can help Directors and Administrators develop a more comprehensive strategy around remote work. Presenters include leaders from the county level, private sector, and the state. Attendees will be provided resources and strategies and will be asked to engage in free form discussions around these concepts, as well as sharing hurdles from their local experience.

David Wigent, Larry Lynch, Greg Tipping

Intended Audience: Directors/Administrators

Level of Instruction: Advanced
Special Area: Effective practice

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit

Required Reporting of Animal Abuse and the Link between Animal/Human Violence 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

This session will summarize Ohio H.B. 33 in regard to who are mandated reporters, what are the responsibilities of reporters, sanctions for not reporting, how to identify animal abuse/neglect and report cruelty. Tools will be provided to assist in this effort. The session will present an overview on the link between animal and human violence, and the fact animals are the first to experience violence in a dysfunctional family. Reporting animal abuse not only prevents animal abuse – it saves human lives.

Vicki Deisner, Todd Curtis

Intended audience: Caseworker

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Special area: Legal

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C, CLE

Think Family Village: Changing Practice to Extended Family Structures 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Child welfare practice is based on the concept of nuclear family. Our image of a nuclear family is often not the family that arrives at the front door of children services and eventually has children separated from the parent and moved into foster care. We will look at how adoptive, foster, kinship and primary families can work together in a shared power structure. Children cannot be viewed outside the framework of the families in which they are nurtured. The Family Village forms a kinship and extended family to reach the desired goal of life-long stability.

Dot Erickson-Anderson

Intended audience: Caseworker

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

What 10,678 Girls Say About Confidence, Relationships and Social Media 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn the newest insights and practical intervention strategies from the country’s largest, first-of-its-kind national survey with 10,678 5th-12th grade girls. From confidence, body image, sexting and social media to school, academics, career planning and leadership, the findings from The Girls’ Index provide a roadmap for counselors, educators and caseworkers to recognize the challenges impacting girls. Learn tools and strategies for creating stronger girls, safer schools and successful students.

Lauren Morosky

Intended Audience: Caseworkers

Level of Instruction: Introductory/basic
Special Area: Race, Equity and Inclusion

Learning credits: Applied for 2 hours training certificate credit, SW, C

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Additional Information

Workshop Presenters

Learn more about workshop presenters here.

Hybrid Option

PCSAO is pleased to offer a hybrid option at our conference this year. In addition to in-person attendees, hybrid sessions will be also streamed to a virtual audience but there will not be interaction with the presenter. Attendees may interact with others in the session through the Socio app, which is where they will access content. Attendance for CEUs and CLEs will be taken using the app. Hybrid options are indicated with the camera symbol.

Hotel Reservations

The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 175 Hutchinson Ave., Columbus, OH 43235, 614-885-3334 or 1-800-870-0349. A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees. Attendees must contact the hotel directly to make a room reservation. Attendees will be responsible for the cost of their rooms. Inform the hotel reservation desk that you are part of PCSAO’s conference. The group code is PCS. To receive the group rate, make your reservation by September 10.

To Receive Tax Exemption If you are a state employee and tax exempt, you must have a
State Tax Exempt form and City of Columbus Tax Exempt form. The name on the credit card and check must match the name on the tax- exempt forms. Cash and personal methods of payment (personal checks, personal credit cards) cannot be used for payment.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing via email at cassandra@pcsao.org. Refer to the following dates for refund deadlines:

Health Advisories

PCSAO recommends that in-person conference attendees follow the most current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control with regard to precautions surrounding COVID-1. Attendees must adhere to any local, state or national health orders in place at the time as well as any requirements (such as mask wearing) set forth by the venue.

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Explanation of Training Credits and Evaluation

PCSAO is pleased to offer continuing education training credit to licensed social workers, counselors, attorneys, and E-Track users. Registration is not transferrable, and only those registered for the conference are eligible to receive credit. Target audience is listed for each workshop as guidance. Attendees may register for any workshop that interests them.

E-Track Users

Attendance will be tracked at each workshop. After the conference, E-Track training credit will be provided via an upload to your E-Track account as supplemental credit. (Note that supplemental training is different from approved OCWTP credit training, but still counts toward your annual ongoing training requirement.) You do not need to take any action in order for this training to appear in your account so long as you include your accurate E-Track login ID when you register. Confirm your E-Track login here. (Never provide your E-Track password.) Please allow six weeks for the training credit to appear in your account.

Evaluations

Conference participants will complete their workshop evaluations via online survey. Participants will receive the link both during the workshop as well as in an email after the conference. Please help us improve future conferences by completing your evaluation.

Training Records

Training credit will be uploaded automatically to E-Track as supplemental training for conference participants who provide an accurate E-Track login ID. Social work and counselor CEU hours will be reflected where appropriate. Social workers and counselors must be sure to include their complete license number to receive credit.

Training Certificates

A PDF training certificate will be emailed to each participant reflecting the number of training hours and the number of social work or counselor CEU hours where appropriate.

Non-E-Track Users

If you are not an E-Track user, a Certificate of Training Credit will be e-mailed to you within fourteen (14) business days of the conference.

CEU and CLE Credits

As a provider under the the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, PCSAO is pleased to offer the following credits toward required hours of continuing education:

Selected workshops may earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits as indicated. The Supreme Court of Ohio is reviewing our application. The workshops submitted for CLE are indicated in the training credits section.

The licensee is responsible for complying with board regulations for each license.

Important Note about Attendance

Participants must attend their workshop(s) from beginning to end to receive training credits. Missing more than 15 minutes of a workshop will result in not getting credit for it.

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