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FamiliesFirst Network's 15th Annual Child Welfare Training Conference

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Olive Baptist Church

1836 E Olive Rd

(PLEASE NOTE THE NEW VENUE)

Pensacola, FL 32514

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Keynote speaker: Dr. Bree Conklin

"Life throws curve balls that often knock us down and leave us blindsided--however, painful and difficult experiences do not have to define the essence of you as a person; rather those experience can be a starting point to creating a more authentic, connected version of yourself. While I may never have all the answers, my passion is walking the distance with my clients to discover those answers.

My clinical practice has been focused on children, adolescents, and families. I find great satisfaction in seeing families discover their ability to reconnect, better communicate, and discover new ways to live in harmony again. I have specialized in the following areas: trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment related issues, the child-parent relationship, parenting, and anger management.

My approach is genuine, client-centered, holistic, encouraging, and creative. I strive to create a space in which judgment is withheld, emotional connection is created, and the message "you are not alone on your journey through life" is communicated no matter how big or small a struggle may be."

Plenary speaker: Tina Levene

Tina Levene is a Nationally renowned professional speaker, author, humorous motivator and past radio and television show host. She graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family and Child Development from the University of Akron in Ohio. For more than 20 years, she has successfully worked in social work, juvenile justice and drug prevention/education. In 2011 Tina and her husband became licensed therapeutic foster care parents to a teenage son. The couple lives in Clearwater, Florida and have one biological son and two dogs. Tina works with corporate companies, agencies, schools and churches to create safe, positive and high performing cultures by increasing effective communication skills, improving productivity and engaging employees. Leadership development, burn-out prevention and team building are a few of her most popular topics. As a humorous motivator and author of five books, Tina’s inspirational voice has encouraged incarcerated young people, key legislative stakeholders and decision makers. Her keynote presentations and staff development trainings have helped create an engagingly funny but “R.E.A.L.” experience with audiences.


Workshops include:

"Empowered to Engage:Encouraging the Use of Specific Engagement Strategies
Tonya Leber/Tori Eakes

As leaders, we understand the importance of engagement with families. But how do we take our experience with engagement to guide and teach our staff? During this presentation, we will explore this very topic through the use of practice and modeling. By reinforcing the use of specific strategies, we can build the capacity of our staff to be effective with families.


Human Trafficking
Khaliqa Wheatley

This course is designed to raise awareness of Human Trafficking provides an introduction to Victim Centered Investigations. Working together in multi-disciplinary meetings, hard work, and time can lead to successful rescues and prosecution. We must start with changing the perception of Human Trafficking and educating our partners.


Finding a Firm Foundation
Maranda Bass/Maggie Davison

Do you ever wonder if you're actually making a difference with the children and families we serve every day? Hear one mother's journey of self-discovery in moving from distrust of the system to gratitude towards everyone who helped her. Discover how forming strong connections with parents can help them and their children create a firm foundation to move forward in life.


Hope for Healing: Attachment and Relationship Blueprints

Dr. Chad Sedam

Caregivers of children with trauma and/or attachment disorders learn a new way of looking at and responding to a child's behaviors and, in doing so, learn to care for children more effectively. This course also teaches how to create a healing environment for children in home and school.


Testifying in Court Without Breaking a Sweat
Autumn Cherry/Matt Wilson
This workshop would focus on how to prepare for court, both in your everyday activities and for specific hearings, and provide tips from multiple perspectives on what makes a successful witness. The goal would be to reduce stress and anxiety regarding the courtroom experience.


Mini Summit Reconnect Focus Group


Guardians of the Child Welfare Heroes:
Leadership Lessons from Guardians of the Galaxy
Trisha Dees/Lindsey McGriff
This multimedia presentation will take participants on a leadership journey, accompanied by the Guardians of the Galaxy, paralleling their challenges and adventures to those of Child Welfare professionals. Participants will receive practical tools to utilize in their day-to-day supervision of Child Welfare professionals. Topics of exploration will include establishing a leadership culture, inspiring motivation, conflict resolution, effective communication, overcoming barriers, and self care. Join us to unravel leadership mysteries through humor and a light-hearted approach to develop a reliable team of heroes.


Unselfie: Building Empathy in Today's Children
Rachelle Wood
"This workshop is based on Michelle Borba's critically-acclaimed book "UnSelfie- Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World". The presenter will highlight Dr. Borba's effective strategies and practical applications for helping children develop, practice and live empathy. Participants will walk through an overview of the data research about empathy, specifically, how the manifestation of empathy has changed in recent image-obsessed generations. Participants will be encouraged to enhance their own understanding of empathy and learn ways to help grow empathy in children with whom we work."


The Intentional Choice: Self Care for the Social Work Field and Beyond
Teresa Hess
How can you change your day in one second? Make an intentional choice. It sounds so simple, but most of us go through our day in a "muscle memory" phase, just going through the same motions of yesterday. This course will challenge attendees to stop "going through the motions" and to start being intentional when making profession and personal- LIFE- choices each day. There will be discussion on how this can improve a person's commitment to their work and their commitment to themselves. Making an intentional choice can change one's path and the paths of those we cross each day in our work.


Engaging Substance Using Parents in the Child Welfare System
Jeanine Charles/Sean Abbott
"Engaging Substance Using Parents in the Child Welfare System" is an interactive workshop/presentation emphasizing the importance of building skills that help create an atmosphere in which clients feel more welcomed to discuss their current patterns of substance use. We will review the diagnostic criteria used in identifying a substance use issue to better understand the personal context in which an individual may be entering the child welfare system. We'll discuss specific evidenced-based techniques to use to form and maintain better helping relationships. We'll close with tips professionals can use to further assist and encourage client's ongoing success.


Family-Match: Accelerating Adoptions for Florida's Waiting Children
Elizabeth Wynter
Want to reduce the time to adoption placement for children without identified families? Join us for an interactive presentation on how to accelerate adoption matching for "special needs" children. Discover ways to reduce time to permanency using the process mapping, predictive analytics, and family-centric practices.

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