2017 Annual Conference Descriptions and Presenters


1. Crafting the Skills to deal with Youth in a Technological World. (Competency domain-Applied human development)

Research indicates that the most important resiliency factor for children and youth is having a positive, caring relationship with an adult. How does technology help or hinder relationship development? How can we prepare youth for societal challenges by incorporating technology into relational child/youth work? The presenter will include expert opinions from others in the field in order to get us and them ready in an ever-changing technological world.

Presenter:  Sr. Madeleine Rybicki,  CSFN, MS, CYC-P Training Specialist – Holy Family Institute Pittsburgh, PA

2. Putting the Fun back into Fundamentals (Competency domain-Developmental practice methods)

This workshop will focus on foundational competency skills in quality Child Care.  Topics will include transitions, rules that teach instead of restrict, levels of supervision, relationships, making memories instead of seeking compliance, and other youth care skills. This is a great class for youth workers who are newer to the field. Laughs and moral support are sure to be included so you return to your agency more motivated!

Presenter: George Purgert,  MSSA, LISW-S CORE Curriculum Master Trainer 2008 Kuster Award Recipient Executive Director Safely Home, Inc.

3. Integrating Ethical Standards into Child and Youth Work Practice. (competency domain-Professionalism)

Ethical practice involves (1) awareness of the values that govern one’s life, the values of one’s professional code, and the specific substance of the code; (2) differentiating ethical judgements from other judgements; (3) analyzing and applying methodological skills and strategies to the resolution of ethical dilemmas; and (4) applying one’s professional code in daily practice by translating ethical thinking into ethical conduct. This workshop will focus on these four areas while emphasizing the importance of employing an ethical assessment and decision-making process in child and youth work settings.

Presenter: Dale Curry, PD. LSW, CYC-P Professor, Human Dev. & Family Studies Kent State University and Amy Kelly, Graduate Assistant, Kent State University

4. Trauma Informed Behavior Management (Competency domain-Developmental practice methods)

Learn how to implement a variety of behavioral strategies from a trauma sensitive perspective. Thankfully, trauma informed care has become part of our everyday language in the field. This workshop will focus on practical application of the research when intervening with challenging behaviors. Participants will gain understanding in providing an ongoing trauma- informed treatment environment, sensitivity to brain functioning, and real behavior change in the youth we serve.

Presenter: Tim Schaffner, M.Ed. Executive Director,  Trumbull County Children Services   1987 Kuster Award Recipient

 5. Addressing the Impact of Trauma through Collaborative Inter-Agency Agreements. Effects of Ohio’s Opiate Crisis on Children. (Competency domain-Professionalism)

This workshop will provide an overview of Poverty as an adverse childhood experience and how poverty impacts the children and families we serve. It includes interviews with children, families and Youth Move advocates as well as ideas for collaborative partnering to reduce poverty, trauma, and their triggering effects. The last hour will be an overview, provided by Craig Swenson, regarding the effects of the current opiate crisis on Ohio’s children.

Presenter:  Thomas R. Standish, LISW-S, Executive Director, The Heritage of Hannah Neil, Lesley R. Puett, LISW-S, Assistant Director, The Heritage of Hannah Neil, and Craig Swenson, Esq., Executive Director, Geauga County Job and Family Services.

6. Effective Interventions for Children who Lie and Steal (Competency domain-Developmental practice methods)

This lively course brings staff to a different level of understanding of their role in a crisis. Staff will learn to better manage their affective responses to the “crisis of the day.” Use of the professional self -care plan is central to this training. Participants will learn to manage the most  “typical” crises faced in treatment programs.

Presenter: David Zidar, MSSA, LISW-S, Professional Trainer, Program Director, Ohio MENTOR, 1992  Kuster Award Recipient

7. Words of Inspiration or Instigation?  (Competency domain-Developmental Practice Methods)

This interactive workshop will focus on how we communicate.  What do we say with our words, actions, and tone?  How do we reinforce our beliefs with our demeanor, actions, and opinions? What happens when we have incongruities (when our words don’t match our actions)? Trainer will provide tips to make sure we are getting across the messages we want the kids to have from us, even when they might be in conflict with what they have heard in the past.

Presenter: George Purgert,  MSSA, LISW-S CORE Curriculum Master Trainer 2008 Kuster Award Recipient Executive Director Safely Home, Inc.

8.   Ohio Professional Certification Testing

OACYCP is offering the opportunity to complete testing under the new certification program at all three levels: CYC/Entry Level, CYC-A/  Associate Level, and CYC-P/Professional  Level. OACYCP offers competency based training and certification in collaboration with the Child & Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB) and the Child & Youth Care Certification Institute (CYC Institute).  All exams will be offered simultaneously during one testing session lasting approximately 3 hours. You may test at whichever level is the best fit for you based on your experience. It is not necessary to complete testing at a lower level before taking a higher level exam. You can only become certified once you meet all the requirements for a specific level and pass the exam. For a detailed brochure outlining the prerequisite experience, education, and training required at each level, contact Tony Rodgers at ARodgers@hhoh.org or click on the following link, “Child & Credentialing for Child and Youth Care Professionals Brochure”. Testing fees in addition to conference fees: CYC Entry Level $40.00 CYC-Associate Level   $40.00 CYC-Professional Level  $135.00

9.  Increasing Cultural Competency with Youth  (Competency domain-Cultural and human diversity awareness)

This workshop will cover various elements of cultural competency utilizing Terry Cross’s model. Objectives include sharpening one’s awareness of children’s cultural needs, identifying strengths, skill building in subordinating one’s own ego, analyzing power relations, and enhancing overall competency and creativity in our work with children. Trainer has a wide range of experience from her international cross-cultural work.

Presenter:  Sr. Madeleine Rybicki,  CSFN, MS, CYC-P Training Specialist – Holy Family Institute Pittsburgh, PA

10. Enabling Sustainable Change with Family Centered Treatment (FCT)  (competency domain-Professionalism).

In the past 10 years, Community- Based and Home-Based Treatment Models have become the treatment of choice throughout the nation.  However, in order for there to be sustainability of the changes made during treatment, the changes must be made by the family system and not just an individual family member.  Otherwise, additional family members often end up in treatment or a reoccurring cycle of service provisions becomes the norm.  Changes need to be ones that they value enough to maintain once the treatment provider has left.  FCT is an Evidenced-Based Practice developed by practitioners with sustainability in mind and with engagement rates up to 96% with a “no eject/reject” population.  Learn how this eco-structural and trauma-focused model works and the reasons why.

Presenter: Vicki Ochoa, MSSA, LISW-S, Area Director, Ohio MENTOR

11.  The Teenage Conundrum: Impacting the Teen Crisis in Out-of-home Care (Competency domain-Developmental practice methods)

Recent statistics show that approximately 650,000 U.S. children spend some time in foster care and other out-of-home care settings within a given year.  Approximately, 39% of them are teenagers.   Teens present a unique challenge to foster parents and other out-of-home caregivers.  This workshop will explore various strategies needed to successfully manage, care, and treat teenagers effectively.

Presenter: A.M. Chip Bonsutto, Ed.D., LSW, CYC-P  State Director, Ohio MENTOR

12. Caught in the Middle: Skills for Mid-level Supervisors  (Competency domain-Professionalism)

This workshop focuses on the role of the middle manager in child welfare settings. This manager has a central role in driving the programs to a higher level of excellence while also handling effective supervision of staff. The middle manager has a unique perspective on the organization that is often neglected. These professionals need to develop a core set of skills in supervision functions that are not always taught in social service academic programs. This dynamic workshop will utilize a variety of tools to learn, share stories, and laugh our way to improved understanding and motivation.

Presenter: David Zidar, MSSA, LISW-S, Professional Trainer, Program Director, Ohio MENTOR, 1992 Kuster Award Recipient

13. The A-B-C’s of Teen Groups  (Competency domain-Relationships and communication)

This workshop incorporates PACE-Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, and Empathy, an attitude and way of interacting with youth who have been traumatized and have attachment issues.  Come learn how Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy can be applied to teen groups to increase empathy and effective communication.

Presenters: Linda Kauffer, LSW, Foster Care Training Coordinator/Licensing Specialist, Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc.

14.  Short-Term 12 and other Film in Youth Intervention  (Competency domain-Relationships and communication

This fun and educational workshop will review clips from the youth work movie “Short-term 12” as well as other films to advance intervention skills. Discussion will include situational analysis to help with the tough, often in-the-moment decision making that youth work entails. What would you do in that situation? Let’s talk about it!

Presenter: Dale Curry, PD. LSW, CYC-P Professor, Human Dev. & Family Studies Kent State University