2018 Annual Conference Descriptions and Presenters

Workshop Descriptions

# 1 Blending the ODJFS Prudent Parenting Rule with Child Care Practice. (Competency Domain-Applied Human Development)

This workshop will review the ODJFS Prudent Parenting Rule, its theory, and the practicality of its implementation within the structures of best practice for youth in our care. Learn what state standards are regarding the concepts of “normalcy” for youth in out-of-home placement.  As youth workers, it is our responsibility to foster developmentally appropriate growth and “social capital” in the often traumatized youth that we serve.

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

# 2 Operation Street Smart (Competency Domain- Developmental Practice Methods)

At-risk youth are especially vulnerable to substance abuse and addiction. It seems they are often one step ahead of professionals in their drug education and concealment methods. Learn what the latest teen substance abuse trends are to help keep our residential centers, schools, and foster homes safe. Do you know the difference between K2, khat, DXM, bath salts, MDMA, nitrous oxide, heroin, prescription opioids, and four lokos? Do you know which everyday objects could be concealing a drug stash in their room, locker, or bag? This one of a kind workshop will review behavioral indicators, risk factors, and red flags.

Presenters:
Captain Shawn Bain (Ret)
Sgt. Michael Powell (Ret)
Sgt. Dan Johnson
Franklin County Sheriff Department

# 3 Lessons Learned-Behavioral Health Response after a School Shooting (Competency Domain-Developmental Practice Methods)

This workshop will describe the history in the United States of school shooting incidents and will explore the research on the possible contributory factors – social, environmental, biological, familial, cultural.  Participants will learn the common short, intermediate and long terms responses on the part of students, community members, school personnel, law enforcement, the behavioral health system and providers following a school shooting.  Participants will explore and learn practical skills to appropriately respond to those impacted by similar traumatic events, and will learn what to expect from those exposed at any level to a school shooting – three, six, 12 months and five years post event.  The brain’s structure, it’s involvement in individual trauma response, and skills to support a survivor in recovering will be highlighted.

Presenter:
Deanna Brant, LPCC-S, CTP/T
Executive Director
Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board

#4 Ohio Professional Certification Testing

We are offering the opportunity to complete testing under the new certification program at all three levels: CYC/Entry, CYC-A/ Associate, and CYC-P/Professional. 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 are offered simultaneously during one testing session lasting up to 3 hours as needed. You may test at whichever level is the best fit for you.  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 the requirements for a level and pass the exam. For a detailed brochure outlining the prerequisite experience, education, and training required, go to Credentialing for Child & Youth Professionals @ cyccertication.org.  Testing fees in addition to conference fees:

CYC Entry Level    or CYC-Associate Level             $50.00

CYC-P, Professional Level                                        $135.00

Testing Proctor: Sister Madeleine Rybicki, CFN, CYC-P

#5 Leading with Resilience in a Challenging Environment (Competency domain-Professionalism)

One of the most important qualities of a leader is resilience.  Resilience is not a rare quality found in just a few extraordinary people.  Conversely, it is a unique and powerful skill set that every person on this Earth can develop.  During this presentation, we will discuss five key strategies that help professionals become more resilient when facing adversity.  We will also watch some brief videos that exemplify how resilience can be achieved.  Resilience is rooted in the tenacity of spirit – also known as GRIT.  The true grit of a leader is not how they perform during the good times, but how they display emotional strength, courage, and professionalism during the most trying of times.  Attendees of this presentation will gain insight into strategies that help them become more resilient in their workplace.

Presenter:
Craig Swenson, Esq.
Executive Director
Geauga County Job and Family Services

#6 Gaining Cultural Skills and Competence in your Work with Child/ Adolescent Survivors of Sexual Assault and Trafficking (Competency Domain-Cultural and Human Diversity)

A high number of youth engaged in systems have experienced or been exposed to sexual violence. It is important to understand how trauma and culture impacts one’s ability to engage in services post victimization. This workshop will focus specifically on the issues of oppression using primary concepts and advocacy tools to serve all survivors of sexual assault while addressing cultural humility and micro-aggressions.

Presenter:
Teresa M. Stafford
Senior Director of Victim Services and Outreach
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Cuyahoga County SART Coordinator

#7 First Do No Harm: Avoiding the Traps of Re-traumatization of Youth and Vicarious Traumatization of Staff. (Competency domain-Developmental Practice Methods and Professionalism)

Most of the youth in our programs have a history of trauma that can include abuse, neglect, loss, multiple placements, etc. It is imperative that staff who work with them are safe role models in providing a nurturing example of what trust looks like. Sharing the emotional burden of a child’s trauma has its down sides. As empathic staff working with high-risk youth, we are prone to experiencing vicarious trauma ourselves. This workshop will explain the psychological side effects that accompany youth work and explore how to recognize, get support, prevent burnout, and set healthy limits for self and others in order to remain effective. 

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

#8 ODJFS Bridges: Supporting Ohio’s Young Adults Emancipating from Foster Care (Competency Domain-Applied Human Development)

Substitute House Bill 50 has passed into law which extends access to housing options and case management services through the allocation of federal and state funds to young adults 18-21 who have aged out of foster care in Ohio. This workshop will offer an overview of this new program, discuss differences from existing independent living services, and discuss progress on the program’s development and implementation thus far. Participants will be provided information on how they can play a vital role in supporting former foster youth on their journey to reaching their goals toward a successful future.

Presenters:
Sarah Levels, MSW and Jana Pearce, BA
ODJFS Office of Families and Children

#9 Ethical Dilemmas in Child and Youth 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. & Fam Stud
Amy Kelly, GA
Kent State University

#10 Family Reunification Model in Intensive Treatment (Competency Domain-Developmental Practice Methods)

FRM is a logic model designed primarily for residential treatment for at risk youth with multi-systemic involvement. While not all RTC programs are alike, the therapeutic reunification process has distinct stages, tasks and challenges that are universal across programs. Without deliberate practice and conscientious effort, length of stay in RTCs and intensive programs can increase. An unnecessarily long LOS can have detrimental impact on the child, family, system of care, and funding resources.  This 8 Stage Clinical Model is aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness. FRM is comprised of child/family friendly information, metaphors, illustrations, treatment interventions, and activities that help providers and consumers manage the treatment and transition process better.

Presenter:
Kelly Bako, MSEd., LPCC
Case Management Supervisor
Valley Counseling Services

#11 Effects of the Opiate Crisis on Families (Competency Domain-Developmental Practice Methods)

The presenter will review the epidemiology of the opiate crisis and logistics of family dynamics. He will provide a composite portrait of the family impacted by addiction, sharing some outcomes from Tumbell County. Participants will gain skills in behavior management techniques that are applicable to both treatment settings and the classroom in response to this addiction crisis and the trauma that it produces.

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

#12 Helping Youth Foster Emotional Competence  (Competency Domain-Professionalism)

Research has shown that a true indicator of potential success in a person’s life is their degree of emotional competence. The youth we work with have it bad enough! They can rarely make it out of the childhood gate into adulthood without carrying a mountain of emotional damage. This makes the transition to healthy adult functioning a high, challenging climb. Emotional competence is learned! Come explore the world of emotional intelligence and discover how you can be vital in increasing this success factor for youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma.

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

#13 Transitioning form Direct Care to a Supervisory Position in Youth Care. (Competency Domain-Professionalism) Moving up the career ladder comes with its rewards and challenges. This workshop is for anyone transitioning to a new role within their organization or to another setting. Whether its movement from a front line worker to a supervisor position, clinical to administrative, or any other progression, there are skills that can help you make the leap more smoothly for all involved. Come learn strategies for maintaining connections with colleagues, your personal passion for the work, and a sense of personal accomplishment in your new role.

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

#14  Adoption 101: Understanding the Effects of Placement through the Eyes of a Child (Competency Domain-Developmental Practice Methods)

Do you know the difference between legal custody and legal guardianship? Kinship vs. foster vs. adoption? PPLA vs. TC vs. PC? This workshop will focus on understanding adoption terminology and the key issues that children face during the adoption process. Core issues such as grief/loss, abandonment, identity, divided loyalties, trust, control, and shame will be explored. Workers will learn how they can best support children and families as they navigate the transition to their forever family.

Presenters:

Cary Sanders, PCC-S, LSW
Director of Permanency Planning
Northeast Ohio Adoption Services

Alana Sahli, LSW
WWK Recruiter
Northeast Ohio Adoption Services

#15 Human Trafficking: Identification of Risk Factors Human Trafficking: Identification of Risk Factors (Competency Domain-Relationship and Communication)

This session will define human trafficking, provide an overview of trafficking in Ohio, and walk through local cases of both sex and labor trafficking. We will review the signs and indicators of potential child victims of trafficking and cover Ohio anti-trafficking policy response and legal framework. Promising practices for minor victims will be reviewed as well as ways to build a more coordinated, regional response to the exploitation of children.

Presenters:
Ohio Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force
Sophia Papadimos, MA, State Anti-Trafficking Coordinator
Ohio Department of Public Safety

Andrew Lill, BA, Intake Investigations Supervisor
Erie County Department of Job and Family Services

#16 Restorative Practices in Schools and Residential Centers (Competency Domain-Developmental Practice Methods)

This workshop will provide an overview of the Restorative Practice Model and methods of implementation from policy to practice. The Department of Education recommends restorative justice as an alternative to punitive based practices. Zero-tolerance policies are based on a short-term fix and are not typically sustainable or transferable to real life skills. Come learn how restorative justice approaches can hold students accountable in a therapeutic, meaningful and respectful manner.

Presenter:
Corrie Rafferty, LISW-S
Regional Director
Summit Academy

#17 The Behavior Clinic (Competency Domain-Developmental Practice Methods)

This session is an open forum for staff to discuss the challenging behaviors that at-risk youth present and develop plans for better addressing them. Whether it’s lying, stealing, aggression, sexual acting out, crossing boundaries, or emotional outbursts, staff are constantly faced with the task of intervening therapeutically. Bring your most challenging dilemmas to this workshop for dialogue, support, and creative interventions!

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