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2011 FaCT Spring Symposium: Exploring Protective Factors to Strengthen Families

Families and Communities Together (FaCT)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM (PDT)

2011 FaCT Spring Symposium: Exploring Protective...

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--8:00 A.M.

Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

--8:30 A.M.

Welcome and Keynote

  • Strengthening Families: Making a National Movement Our Own
    Presenter: Nilofer Ahsan, Center for the Study of Social Policy

    Ten years ago the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) was challenged by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to find a new approach to preventing abuse and neglect that would reach young children early.  They went to the research literature to identify protective factors shown to impact abuse and neglect and then to the field to identify how these protective factors can be built on the ground.  Strengthening Families is now a state-level initiative in 30 states, being used in programs serving young children across the country and being adopted by federal and national partners.  Here in California counties like Orange are making Strengthening Families our own.  Hear from CSSP about new directions and new opportunities for Strengthening Families.  Learn how you can use the ideas, strategies, and research behind Strengthening Families to support you own work with families in these tough times.

--10:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

Morning Workshops

  • Building Social and Emotional Competence in Young Children
    Presenters: Dr. Suzanne Yockelson, Help Me Grow and Dr. Azahar Lopez, HCA
    Social and emotional competencies are important for building healthy relationships throughout life. This workshop will explore strategies on how parents can assist their young children (ages birth -6yrs) develop this important skill set 
    • Audience: Direct Service Staff, Caregivers and Parents
  • Techniques and Inspirational Stories to Build Parental Resilience: Teaching Parents to Cope with Stress and Adversity
    Presenters: Karen Valdez, LMFT and Gretchen Weisenburger

    Using the "Stages of Change", strategies will be shared, along with key concepts to help strengthen parent's ability to create stability in the face of change.
    • Audience: Direct Service Staff, Caregivers and Parents
  • Storytelling: Leveraging the Power of Stories to Inform, Persuade, Inspire and Engage
    (Full-Day Workshop, 10:00A.M. - 3:30P.M.)|
    Presenter: Heath Wickline, LightBox Collaborative

    Storytelling may be as old as time itself, but it’s also among the freshest communications tools available as you share your work online, in print, and in person. This workshop is designed to help you identify, capture and share your organization’s most powerful stories. We'll take a hands on approach to help you learn how to use stories as a management tool inside your organization, how to tell stories that inspire deep connections with your constituents and supporters, and how stories can help illustrate how your work strengthens families using the Five Protective Factors. Participants will leave workshop with draft stories and content to take back to their organizations.
    • Audience: FRC leaders, Advocates, Fundraisers, Organization’s "Writers and Talkers"

--12:15 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.


--1:30 - 3:30P.M.

Afternoon Workshops

  • Positive Male Relationships = Capable Young Adults
    Presenter: Victoria Stephan, The Stephan Center

    This workshop will explore the key elements necessary for teens to become capable, self-sufficient young adults. Research on positive male relationships, protective factors and need based behavior will be discussed. practical application of research results in everyday situations with teens will support professionals in creating environments that support teens as they move into adulthood
    • Audience: Direct Service Staff, Caregivers and Parents
  • Shifting the Paradigm: Promoting Father Involvement at Your Center and in Your Services
    Presenter: Samantha Florey and Bobby Verdugo, Strategies
    This workshop will introduce the Supporting Father Involvement project, a family focused, evidence based intervention aimed at effectively engaging fathers as key participants in family support and strengthening. During this workshop, participants will be encouraged to participate in rich dialogue about issues such as the paradigm shift of being inclusive of fathers, the barriers that have traditionally kept fathers uninvolved in social services, and the statewide effort to re-engage fathers. This workshop will also highlight the growing research that shows just how important fathers are in promoting child, family, and community safety and well-being. Lastly, the workshop will provide participants with practical tips and tools on how to effectively engage fathers as a strategy for family strengthening.
    • Audience: Organization Leaders, Advocates, FRC staff involved in client services


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When & Where

Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, 92612

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM (PDT)

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Families and Communities Together (FaCT)

Families and Communities Together (FaCT) is a partnership between the County of Orange Social Services Agency and Orangewood Children's Foundation.

Since 1994, FaCT has provided support and services to children and families through community-based collaborative operating family resource centers. FaCT supports these community-based centers by providing program development and administration, funding, and training. FaCT receives federal, state, and county funds including Promoting Safe and Stable Families, Office of Child Abuse Prevention, California Emergency Management Agency, and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County as well as private donations.

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