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Schedule

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Teaching-Family Association Board of Directors

TFA Board of Directors Meeting

The Teaching-Family Association Board of Directors will meet to discuss on-going TFA business.

Dakota

Business Meeting

Teaching-Family Association Board of Directors

Erin O’Reilly, Closer to Home Community Services

A&E Primary Reviewer Training

This specially developed workshop is geared towards individuals who are interested in serving as primary reviewers, or those individuals who have been identified to serve in this capacity. This training workshop will highlight the nuances of leading a team of reviewers and training these highly skilled individuals to advance their own knowledge and understanding while supporting the integrity of the Model and the reliability of the review process.

3 Hours

Kansas

Pre-Conference Workshop

Erin O’Reilly, Closer to Home Community Services

Erin O’Reilly is an Associate Director at Closer to Home Community Services in Calgary, Canada, where she has been working with the Teaching-Family Model for 18 years. Erin has experience in multiple programs and currently oversees the operations at Closer to Home. She has served as Chair of the Accreditation and Ethics Committee and has experience developing new Teaching-Family sites through to accreditation.

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Anne Boatright, MSN, RN, SANE

Sex Trafficking in Nebraska

Anne Boatright is the State Forensic Nursing Coordinator within the Criminal Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office of Nebraska. Boatright oversees a program to ensure that forensic examinations of sexual assault victims are conducted according to established best practices. Boatright also helped to train the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force, and will be discussing her work in this interactive two-hour session. Learning objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe a best practice standard through which victims of crime may receive the same care regardless of location. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force to crack down on human trafficking in the state. (3) Participants will be able to describe the role of community partners in the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Wyoming

Pre-Conference Workshop

Anne Boatright, MSN, RN, SANE

Anne Boatright, MSN, RN, SANE-a, is a certified Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) and is currently the State Forensic Nursing Coordinator and Sexual Assault Payment Program Administrator at the Office of the Attorney General. Anne strives to create a best practice standard in the state of Nebraska so victims of crime may receive the same care regardless of their location within the state. She previously headed up the Methodist Forensic Nurse Examiner Program at Methodist Health System in Omaha. She and other members of the team cared for victims of sexual assault, strangulation, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Anne began her work as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner nine years ago. Prior to her work as a SANE, Anne specialized in Emergency-Trauma Nursing in Omaha. She has also worked as a Medical Intensive Care Unit Nurse in Chicago, Illinois. Anne received her nursing degree from the College of St. Mary, and a Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Executive from Nebraska Methodist College. Anne has provided education and training to staff members of the law enforcement agencies, Health systems, advocacy services and schools state wide. She continues to do outreach in various population groups to ensure awareness and care for victims of the aforementioned crimes. Anne has served as a member of state and county response teams and continually strives for the best standard of care for sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking victims. Anne worked to integrate the FNE/SANE programs and standards of care within the Nebraska Human trafficking task force to ensure that all aspects of response for victims are covered. In October of 2016, Anne was awarded Transformational Nursing Leader of the year through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Nursing Conference. Anne has become a key, core member of the effort to the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force (NHTTF), especially regarding the health care system and professions as key components of the “Community Partners” portion of the NHTTF.

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Douglas Stuva Jr., Michelle Tauber, Deb Wille, Carolyn Reiners & Mary Beth Chmelka, Boys Town

Trade Life: A New Aftercare Initiative at Boys Town

Trade Life is a new aftercare program developed at Boys Town to extend support and teaching for a successful transition from TFM residential care to independent living through mentorship. A description of the program’s development and implementation will be presented, along with results from a quasi-experimental pilot study. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe a new TFM-based aftercare initiative for individuals transitioning from residential care to independent living. (2) Participants will be able to describe the impact on on-going mentorship on client transitions. (3) Participants will be able to identify strategies to implement effective aftercare programs for their own services.

1 Hour, 1 CE

Wyoming

Pre-Conference Workshop

Douglas Stuva Jr., Michelle Tauber, Deb Wille, Carolyn Reiners & Mary Beth Chmelka, Boys Town

Doug is a Research Assistant for the National Research Institute and has a B.A. in history from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Doug works primarily with intake assessment and follow-up surveys for youth and families.

Michelle Tauber is the Manager of the Trade Life Program at the Boys Town Child and Family Translational Research Center. She was previously a Boys Town Family Teacher and Family Home Consultant.

Deb Wille is the Director of Youth Support Services at Boys town and provides oversight for the Trade Life Program.

Carolyn Reiners is a Research Assistant for the National Research Institute and has a B.A. in psychology from ​​the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She works primarily doing follow-up surveys for youth and families.

Mary Beth Chmelka is the Director of Data Support for the National Research Institute. Beth has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her research experience includes database systems, survey development, program evaluation, and statistical analyses.

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Michele Boguslofski, TFA

TFA Standards 101: Demystifying the goals, systems & elements

This workshop, for those new to the Teaching- Family Model and those looking for a refresher on Teaching-Family Association standards alike, will dive deep into the TFA standards—5 goals, 4 systems and 6 elements—in order to provide attendees an easy-to-understand picture of how an organization fulfills these standards and provides excellent, effective Teaching-Family Model care to their clients. Michele Boguslofski is both an excellent trainer and was recently confirmed as the new Executive Director of TFA.

2 Hours

Kansas

Pre-Conference Workshop

Michele Boguslofski, TFA

Michele Boguslofski began her career path in application of the Teaching-Family Model in 1987 when she and her husband, Jeff, were hired as practitioners.  They lived in and worked directly with youth providing treatment and care as Teaching Parents/Family Teachers in New England, Nebraska (Boys Town), and North Carolina for six years, with five TFA certifications.  During her 30 years in the Model, Michele has had positions leading training, consultation, program development, and program director. She is the Director of Alpine Academy at Utah Youth Village. Michele has served as the co-chair of the Teaching-Family Association’s Accreditation and Ethics committee, was a tenured agency representative on the committee for two accredited sponsor agencies, and has been a member of the board of directors. She is a primarily trainer for TFA’s reviewers and accreditations.

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Ellen Scarborough, Methodist Home for Children

A&E Reviewer Training

This workshop is designed to provide individuals assigned to perform on-site reviews, or any professionals interested in participating in the TFA accreditation review process, with guidance, information and support for serving as a quality, reliable reviewer. This workshop is mandatory for anyone assigned to participate in an on-site review who has not completed training in the last three years.

2 Hours

Kansas

Pre-Conference Workshop

Ellen Scarborough, Methodist Home for Children

Ellen Scarborough has been at Methodist Home for Children, using the Teaching-Family model since 1991. She started as a Teaching-Parent who went on to become a consultant, trainer, evaluator, and administrator. Currently she serves as Director, Consultation & Program Development. Over the years Ellen has worked with and trained internally and externally in the areas of group homes, treatment foster homes, in-home services, and secured state facilities. In her current role she facilitates site development, assessments, training, fidelity visits, and technical support for agencies contracting those services with MHC. Ellen and her husband have two boys.

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Michele Boguslofski, TFA

TFA 101 & The Model

This session will outline the origin of the Model, the evolution of practice and where we are headed. Session will include information regarding the standards and the research regarding how and why these standards are effective.

1 Hour

Winnebago/Flanagan

Pre-Conference Workshop

Michele Boguslofski, TFA

Michele Boguslofski began her career path in application of the Teaching-Family Model in 1987 when she and her husband, Jeff, were hired as practitioners.  They lived in and worked directly with youth providing treatment and care as Teaching Parents/Family Teachers in New England, Nebraska (Boys Town), and North Carolina for six years, with five TFA certifications.  During her 30 years in the Model, Michele has had positions leading training, consultation, program development, and program director. She is the Director of Alpine Academy at Utah Youth Village. Michele has served as the co-chair of the Teaching-Family Association’s Accreditation and Ethics committee, was a tenured agency representative on the committee for two accredited sponsor agencies, and has been a member of the board of directors. She is a primarily trainer for TFA’s reviewers and accreditations.

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Michele Boguslofski, TFA

Welcome Meeting & Prize Drawing

This is a FUN, traditional TFA Event. Learn about the state of the Association while enjoying camaraderie before our opening reception. Also, our annual Prize Drawing will occur during the meeting. You must be present to win!

1 Hour

Winnebago/Flanagan

Business Meeting

Michele Boguslofski, TFA

Michele Boguslofski began her career path in application of the Teaching-Family Model in 1987 when she and her husband, Jeff, were hired as practitioners.  They lived in and worked directly with youth providing treatment and care as Teaching Parents/Family Teachers in New England, Nebraska (Boys Town), and North Carolina for six years, with five TFA certifications.  During her 30 years in the Model, Michele has had positions leading training, consultation, program development, and program director. She is the Director of Alpine Academy at Utah Youth Village. Michele has served as the co-chair of the Teaching-Family Association’s Accreditation and Ethics committee, was a tenured agency representative on the committee for two accredited sponsor agencies, and has been a member of the board of directors. She is a primarily trainer for TFA’s reviewers and accreditations.

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Welcome Reception

All attendees are invited to participate in this reception. This will be a great chance to mix and mingle, visit with old friends, and make new friends as we start the 41st Annual Conference!

1 Hour

19th Floor Executive Meeting Center

Social Event

Jim St. Germain

Jim St. Germain on Boys Town, the Justice System & At-Risk Youth

Jim St. Germain is the co-founder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, Inc. (PLOT), a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth. Born into abject poverty in Haiti, young St. Germain moved to Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, into an overcrowded apartment with his family. He quickly adapted to street life and began stealing, dealing drugs, and growing increasingly indifferent to despair and violence. By the time he was arrested for dealing crack cocaine, he had been handcuffed more than a dozen times. At the age of fifteen the walls of the system were closing around him.

But instead of prison, St. Germain was placed in "Boys Town," a non-secure detention facility designed for rehabilitation. Surrounded by mentors and positive male authority who enforced a system based on structure and privileges rather than intimidation and punishment, St. Germain slowly found his way, eventually getting his GED and graduating from college. Then he made the bravest decision of his life: to live, as an adult, in the projects where he had lost himself, and to work to reform the way the justice system treats at-risk youth. St. Germain is a compelling motivational speaker and adviser to several government entities working with at risk youth. St. Germain has worked with countless local, state and federal officials advising on matters related to juvenile justice, mentoring, mental health, substance abuse, and education. Through St. Germain’s presentations, audiences can walk away with a new lens on the argument about how young people who commit crimes are treated. His passion for public service comes from his life experiences and his sense of personal responsibility to his community.

1 Hour

Winnebago/Flanagan

Keynote Address

Jim St. Germain

Jim St. Germain is the co-founder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, Inc. (PLOT), a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth. St. Germain is a compelling motivational speaker and adviser to several government entities working with at risk youth. St. Germain has worked with countless local, state and federal officials advising on matters related to juvenile justice, mentoring, mental health, substance abuse, and education. Through St. Germain’s presentations, audiences can walk away with a new lens on the argument about how young people who commit crimes are treated. His passion for public service comes from his life experiences and his sense of personal responsibility to his community.

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Shannon Keyes & Cynthia Jackson, Methodist Home for Children

Bridging the Gap! A Look at the Correlation Between Juvenile Delinquency & Learning Disabilities

A presentation exploring the relationship and correlation between learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency. We will discuss the different variables that lead to a higher rate of youth with learning disabilities being involved in delinquent behaviors. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe the correlation between learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency. (2) Participants will be able to identify other variables leading to delinquency in youth with learning disabilities. (3) Participants will be able to identify strategies to mitigate the risk of delinquency in youth with learning disabilities.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Iowa

Innovations

Shannon Keyes & Cynthia Jackson, Methodist Home for Children

Shannon Keyes is currently a Family Preservation Specialist/Transition Re-Entry Specialist with Methodist Home for Children. She provides up to six months of community-based counseling to teens, ages 13 to 17, which have adjudications for charges such as armed robbery, breaking and entering, assault, destroying school property and substance abuse. She works closely with the families and court staff to develop treatment plans to identify strengths and change negative behaviors. She previously worked as a Juvenile Court Counselor and as a Youth Services Counselor for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. She received her B.S in Criminal Justice from North Carolina A&T State University in 2006 and received her M.S. Degree in Criminal Justice, with high honors, from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. She has over 10 years' experience working with youth in the juvenile justice system.

Cynthia Jackson has been a Transition Re-Entry Specialist with Methodist Home for Children for over eight years. Her academic background includes Associate of Art degrees in Humanities, Social Science and Business Administration; a Bachelor of Art degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing; and a Master of Art degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in sexual assault, domestic violence and marriage and family counseling. She has over 20 years' experience in community and human services.

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Danna Ormstrup & Pam Henheffer, Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society

Brain Games

An interactive workshop that combines discussion, hands-on activities and story-telling regarding how behavior is affected by brain functioning. Including visual memory, auditory processing, motor skills, memory and executive functioning, the workshop encourages participants to explore their own learning preferences while thinking about those with whom we work. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe different learning preferences and how they affect their work. (2) Participants will be able to describe connections between brain functioning and behavior. (3) Participants will be able to identify strategies to respond to familial issues from a brain functioning perspective.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Capitol Dodge

Tools & Techniques

Danna Ormstrup & Pam Henheffer, Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society

Danna is the Executive Director of the Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society, a nonprofit Society that provides services to rural communities in Southern Alberta. She began her career working with children, youth and adults with Learning Disabilities, continued working with children in a variety of school settings and worked as a manager with a rural agency that places people with developmental challenges in inclusive work and community settings. Danna and her family are residential support providers to a young man with developmental challenges. Danna believes that complicated behaviors are often misunderstood. She believes that with compassion, understanding and a creative spirit great things can happen when responding to children and youth.

Before coming to the Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society Pam Henheffer worked for 28 years as Assistant Manager in a family based Residential Program for Children in Social Services. Pam and her husband of 40 years Alan were also Directors of their own Supported Independent Living / Foster Care Program for 18 years. They have four children of their own, 10 Grandchildren, numerous foster children and now many, many Foster Grandchildren. Pam has a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to people who work with children and youth with complicated behaviors.

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Scott Hartman, Boys Town

Trauma-Informed Care and the Teaching-Family Model

The Teaching-Family Model is trauma-informed. But is your organization? We will look at guidelines, best practices, and strategic options to help your organization in the journey to becoming trauma-informed. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe established guidelines for trauma-informed care. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategic options to promote trauma-informed care in their organization. (3) Participants will be able to describe best practices in providing trauma-informed care.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Lewis & Clark

Leadership

Scott Hartman, Boys Town

Scott Hartman combines 28 years of practice in the fields of education and human services with research, practical strategies and humor to promote/support the Teaching Family Model and its positive impact on children, families and communities. He has held positions as a classroom teacher, an education consultant, and has provided leadership and direction in Boys Town National Training and Evaluation programs, including Program Audit, to ensure quality and fidelity to Boys Town’s use of the Teaching Family Model of care.

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Poster Sessions

Review of Quality Residential Care | Jonathan Huefner, Boys Town

A Brief Substance Screener for TFM Residential Care | Mary Chmelka, Gamil Smith, W. Alex Mason, Carolyn Baker & Kai Yin Ho, Boys Town

Increasing the Implementation of Evidence-Based Prevention in a TFM Treatment Organization | W. Alex Mason & Jasney Cogua, Boys Town

Outcomes Process for a TFM Residential Care Program | Matthew Palmer, Kai Yin Ho, Doug Stuva Jr., Carolyn Baker, Mary Chmelka, Carolyn Reiners, Boys Town

Update: Teaching-Family Program Return on Investment Tool | Jay Ringle, Boys Town

On Tuesday at 10AM you’ll get a chance to speak with the poster authors, but the posters will continue to be on display afterwards.

2 Hours

Bel-Air

Poster Sessions

After 12PM, posters will be moved to the TFA registration area through Wednesday.

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Invitation-Only Luncheons

2019 On-Site Review Luncheon The 2018 On-site Review Lunch provides agencies undergoing initial or triennial review in 2019 an opportunity to discuss or organize the process with their reviewers and others.

LOCATION: WASHINGTON - 19TH FLOOR

TFA Award Recipient Luncheon The Award Recipient Lunch honors association and agency-level award recipients, and gives both the recipient and the agency a chance to share a little bit about their outstanding individuals!

LOCATION: GRANT/FORD - 19TH FLOOR

TFA Development & Dissemination Luncheon The Teaching-Family Association Development & Dissemination Lunch provides guests and supportive members an opportunity to discuss implementation with Teaching-Family Model experts, consultants and developers.

LOCATION: EISENHOWER - 19TH FLOOR

Two-hour lunch-on-your-own break for non-invited attendees!

2 Hours

Luncheons

Tour Boys Town!

Don’t miss your chance to tour our host site, Boys Town! Not only is it a National Historic Landmark, Boys Town is also renowned for its excellent programs and services based on the Teaching-Family Model. If you want to see how Boys Town does it, sign up to tour Boys Town at the registration desk. This opportunity is provided free of charge for conference attendees, but there’s limited space available: first come, first serve!

2 Hours

Social Event

Dr. Gregory Snyder, Boys Town

Ideal Interaction of Therapists with the Model and with your Program

This presentation and workshop will explore how clinical therapy is offered at organizations using an evidence-based programmatic treatment model like the Teaching-Family Model and how these evidence-based treatments might best interact and complement one another in service delivery. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe how therapy is facilitated in addition to a programmatic treatment model either in the community or within one organization. (2) Participants will be able to describe evidence-based guidelines for effective interaction between a treatment model and therapy. (3) Participants will be able to identify strategies to effectively integrate therapy and programmatic treatment for the benefit of their clients.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Iowa

Innovations

Dr. Gregory Snyder, Boys Town

​​​​​​Dr. Greg Snyder is a supervising psychologist and Director of Research in the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health, located outside of Omaha, Nebraska where he has been since 2009.  He received his MS and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Idaho State University. Snyder completed his internship at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  Following internship, he joined Children's Hospital Center for Behavioral Health in 2006 in Omaha, Nebraska until moving to Boys Town in 2009.  Throughout his career, he has been active in the professional issues and scientific exploration of child/adolescent behavior problems, applied behavioral interventions, family-based behavior treatment of externalizing problems and complex neurodevelopmental disabilities (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, and ADHD).  He has served in the executive committee as the Legislative Director within the Nebraska Psychological Association from 2007-2010.  He has participated in the state level on licensure technical review committees, most recently that involving licensure of Applied Behavior Analysts in 2010. Snyder is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University Medical School. He is also affiliated faculty in the Department of Psychology and University of Nebraska at Omaha and Department of Psychology at Creighton University. 

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Jonathan Huefner, Boys Town

A Hidden Strength of Residential Care: Reducing Psychotropic Medications, Aggression, and Restraints

High levels of psychotropic medication are seen in youth in out-of-home settings. We examined psychotropic medication, aggression, and restraint rates in youth in two residential programs. Reductions in psychotropic medication were accompanied by reductions in aggression and restraint. Residential care can be an ideal setting for reduction of psychotropic medications. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe rates of psychotropic medication prescription for youth in out-of-home settings. (2) Participants will be able to describe how residential care settings affect rates of medication. (3) Participants will be able to identify strategies to reduce the use of psychotropic medications for youth in a residential setting.

1 Hour, 1 CE

Capitol Dodge

Tools & Techniques

Jonathan Huefner, Boys Town

Jonathan Huefner is a Research Scientist for the Boys Town National Research Institute. He has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Brigham Young University and 24 years’ experience conducting research and university lecturing. As a Boys Town researcher he develops and implements research and evaluation studies relevant to Boys Town treatment programs. Dr. Huefner has published or presented over 70 professional and scientific papers. His current research interests include negative peer contagion in residential care settings, residential care advocacy, psychotropic medication use with at-risk children, family involvement and youth outcomes, and social return on investment.

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Mary Chmelka, Kai Yin Ho, Doug Stuva Jr., Carolyn Baker, Matthew Palmer & Carolyn Reiners, Boys Town

The Boys Town Follow-up Project: Development, Processes, and Future Directions

This panel presentation will describe the development and processes of the Boys Town follow-up telephone survey project. We will present our procedures and protocols for conducting follow-up telephone interviews of youth and provide illustrative data. We will discuss strategies for data collection, our approach to conducting interviews, resources needed to support this effort, and challenges associated with the follow-up process. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to identify strategies for follow-up data collection. (2) Participants will be able to describe methods to overcome challenges associated with follow-up data collection. (3) Participants will be able to describe how this follow-up data might inform practice at their organization.

1 Hour, 1 CE

Lewis & Clark

Leadership

Mary Chmelka, Kai Yin Ho, Doug Stuva Jr., Carolyn Baker, Matthew Palmer & Carolyn Reiners, Boys Town

Mary Beth Chmelka is the Director of Data Support for the National Research Institute. Beth has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her research experience includes database systems, survey development, program evaluation, and statistical analyses.

Kai currently works at Boys Town National Research Institute as a Research Analyst. My primary responsibilities as data manager include providing oversight for the institutional follow-up effort, generate quarterly and annual reports assessing the quality of programs provided to youth and families nation-wide, and providing assistance to various research related tasks.

Doug is a Research Assistant for the National Research Institute and has a B.A. in history from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Doug works primarily with intake assessment and follow-up surveys for youth and families.

Matt is a Research Assistant for the National Research Institute and has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Currently, Matt is responsible for interviewing youth and families at follow-up.  He also has experience as a Behavioral Health Technician and Shift Manager at the Boys Town Residential Treatment Center.

Carolyn Reiners is a Research Assistant for the National Research Institute and has a B.A. in psychology from ​​the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She works primarily doing follow-up surveys for youth and families.

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Brandon Scott, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home

the Importance of Professionalism, Collaboration & Customer Service in Building Consumer Relationships

Using as our base the idea, “We are all each other’s consumer,” the presentation will explore ways that practitioners, administrators and the overall agency can build and strengthen consumer relationships through the use of professionalism, collaboration, and “old fashion” good customer service. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe how collaboration helps to build and strengthen consumer relationships. (2) Participants will be able to describe elements of good customer service. (3) Participants will be able to describe how these basic ideas can help us strengthen all working relationships.

1 Hour

Capitol Dodge

Tools & Techniques

Brandon Scott, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home

A native of Richmond, Virginia; Brandon Cornale Scott, has worked in the Teaching Family Model for the last 6yrs. He, his wife (LaToya), and their son Braxton began their TFM journey as a Family at the Virginia Home for Boys & Girls (Richmond, VA); after leaving VHBG in order to serve as foster parents to 2 youth from VHBG, Brandon remained on as an Individual Family Teacher. After helping both youth reunify with their biological families, Brandon & LaToya accepted a position as a Family Teacher couple at Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home (Lebanon, IN); while serving at IUMCH Brandon & LaToya welcomed the birth of their 2nd son Brayden. Currently Brandon serves as Admissions and Marketing Manager and as the Interim Spiritual Life Leader for IUMCH. Brandon is an Ordained Minister and has served in previous roles as an Executive Minister/COO, Assistant Pastor and Assistant University Chaplain. Brandon is a proud alum of Wilberforce University (Wilberforce, OH). Prior to working in the TFM, Brandon was a Political Strategist and Campaign Management Consultant. In his spare time (LOL), he is a Partner of BC3 Consulting Group which is a full service Marketing and Public Relations Firm. Brandon & LaToya are the proud parents of Braxton (7), Brayden (4); Armaund (20), Alexander (19) and LaShanti (16).

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Erin O’Reilly & Arlene Oostenbrink, Closer to Home Community Services

Creating a High Performance Culture Using a Competency Framework

Take the Teaching-Family Model to the next level in your Organization by identifying mission critical skills using a Competency Framework for staff selection, professional development and performance improvement. This workshop is an introduction to the process of utilizing competencies to develop exceptional leaders at all levels. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe how Teaching-Family Model concepts can be used to develop leaders. (2) Participants will be able to describe strategies to identify and select crucial competencies for staff at all levels. (3) Participants will be able to describe how a competency framework contributes to a high-performance culture in the organization.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Lewis & Clark

Leadership

Erin O’Reilly & Arlene Oostenbrink, Closer to Home Community Services

Erin O’Reilly is an Associate Director at Closer to Home Community Services in Calgary, Canada, where she has been working with the Teaching-Family Model for 18 years. Erin has experience in multiple programs and currently oversees the operations at Closer to Home. She has served as Chair of the Accreditation and Ethics Committee and has experience developing new Teaching-Family sites through to accreditation.

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Quintin Perkins, Andrew Howard, & Chandy Michon, Tennessee Family Solutions

The Great Escape: Teamwork to Escape the Pitfalls of Burnout

This interactive session and workshop will explore how professionals can use the team around them to problem solve and escape the pitfalls of burnout in a caring profession. Participants will takeaway insights into effective team communication, team-building and positive, team-focused methods to prevent burnout and turnover. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to identify strategies to promote effective teamwork and team problem-solving. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies to promote resilience to burnout for professionals. (3) Participants will be able to describe principles of effective team provlem-solving methods that build organizational resilience to burnout.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Iowa

Innovations

Quintin Perkins, Andrew Howard, & Chandy Michon, Tennessee Family Solutions

Each of us have multiple roles at TFS but work primarily as Teaching Family Model Consultants.  Between the three of us, we have about twelve years of Consultation experience.  Working at Tennessee Family Solutions, we serve adults in the supported living capacity.  All persons-served at TFS have developmental and intellectual disabilities, and we work with a team of staff to help provide them safe, stable, and personally-fulfilling lifestyles.

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Jim Evans, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home

Maximize Outcomes Through the Integration of Behavioral Filters and Critical Concepts

This presentation will familiarize attendees with the Critical Concepts which originated out of the first Teaching-Family Home, Achievement Place! In this interactive session, participants will learn the Critical Concepts definitions and new strategies for integrating these concepts into our counseling, teaching and self-government. Participants will better understand the correlation between the critical concepts and the appropriate use of behavioral filters to determine the level of intervention. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe the Critical Concepts developed at Achievement Place. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies to integrate these concepts into care at their organization. (3) Participants will be able to describe the correlation between the concepts and behavioral filters.

1 Hour, 1 CE

Capitol Dodge

Tools & Techniques

Jim Evans, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home

Jim Evans is the Assistant Director of Residential Services for the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home located in Lebanon, Indiana.  This year Jim is celebrating his 25th year in the Teaching-Family Model. Jim has 7 TFA Certifications.  He and Koral were nominated for the Lonnie and Elaine Phillips Award in 2005 & 2015. Jim has trained the Teaching–Family Model nationally and internationally; in Canada with Closer To home Community Services as well as training TFA strategies and philosophy to orphanage directors from Bulgaria, Philippines, and Peru through the Rotary Club’s Orphan Train Project.

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Adam and Alethea Harding, Berry Street

Implementing the Teaching-Family Model in Australian Out-of-home Care

This presentation will explore the key challenges and strengths in implementing this model in the Out-of-Home Care System in Victoria, Australia, with insight from the first Australian organization to implement the Teaching-Family Model. Topics such as Government Policy, Funding Streams, and Non-Government Organization will be discussed. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe key strengths of the Teaching-Family Model in the Out-of-Home Care System. (2) Participants will be able to describe challenges associated with TFM implementation in Australia. (3) Participants will be able to identify policy and funding issues related to TFM implementation.

1 Hour

Iowa

Innovations

Adam and Alethea Harding, Berry Street

Adam and Alethea Harding have provided Foster Care to 20+ children over a 10 year period, many of whom, due to their hard work and dedication, were returned to family and community.  In mid-2017 they became certified practitioners in the Teaching Family Model (TFM). They currently have 3 children in their home. 1 child was transitioning to Residential Care at age 10, another at age 6.  Their youngest child had experienced 16 HBC placements in 12 months. All 3 children have now displayed a reduction in their trauma symptoms and increased their school attendance and participation during their short placements. Adam and Alethea go above and beyond the expectations of Foster Carers, dedicating their lives to the improvement of outcomes for the children in their home.

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Jody Hoogwerf, Closer to Home Community Services

Trauma-Informed: It’s In Your Space

This interactive presentation will invite practitioners, consultants and administrators to think about the 6 principles of Trauma Informed Care and how you as an agency already implement principles of TIC, and how you can further deepen your understanding and implementation of the TFM and TIC as married models of practice. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe the six principles of Trauma-informed Care. (2) Participants will be able to describe how their organization already implements principles of Trauma-informed Care. (3) Participants will be able to identify strategies to deepen their understanding and implementation of Trauma-informed Care alongside the Teaching-Family Model.

1 Hour, 1 CE

Capitol Dodge

Tools & Techniques

Jody Hoogwerf, Closer to Home Community Services

Jody Hoogwerf is a Program and Training Manager at Closer to Home Community Services in Calgary, Canada. Jody has been in a leadership role at Closer to Home for 8 years and has spent 10 amazing years implementing, consulting, evaluating and training within the Teaching Family Model. Currently Jody oversees Closer to Homes Training department, Foster Care Team and the Home Again initiative which works to sustainably house homeless families in the city of Calgary.

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Lisa Saldana, PhD, Oregon Social Learning Center

Facilitating Implementation Fidelity to Foster Success: Considering the How with the What

Although the last decade has seen many advances in implementation science, there remains a significant gap in the real-world uptake, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based practice (EBP). This dearth of knowledge regarding how to standardize implementation strategies to increase successful implementation of programs, across child and family service systems, hinders access to high quality services for vulnerable populations. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe recent advances in implementation science. (2) Participants will be able to identify factors contributing to a significant gap in real-world uptake of evidence-based practice. (3) Participants will be able to describe on-going challenges to standardizing implementation strategies.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Lewis & Clark

Leadership

Lisa Saldana, PhD, Oregon Social Learning Center

Lisa Saldana has a doctorate in clinical psychology with a research and clinical emphasis in child welfare populations and evidence-based practice. She focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based practices. Her current work is funded by NIMH, NIDA, and ACYF. Lisa is the primary developer of the Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC) and Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS) implementation tools, as well as the R3 supervisor implementation strategy, a workforce approach focused on infusing evidence-based strategies into every day interactions between families and frontline staff. She recently has launched a new grant to evaluate the SIC Coaching strategy to integrate the use of SIC data into clinical consultation processes. Lisa also is the developer of the FAIR model, an integrative treatment for parental substance abuse and child neglect that has undergone rigorous testing and for which implementation protocols are being developed. Lisa has been co-I on a number of additional federally-funded implementation trials, and clinical effectiveness trials, including the NIDA-funded Translational Drug Abuse Prevention Center at OSLC.

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Siope Kinikini, Utah Youth Village

Preparing for the Future: Teaching-Family Model Online

This presentation will guide participants to a better understanding the changing world of technology and how early adopters in the fields of mental health and medicine are expanding their work as people are looking for convenience. It will explore how Utah Youth Village seeks to expand the reach of the Teaching-Family Model to professionals and families by using technology in effective ways. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe how technology is changing the field of mental health. (2) Participants will be able to describe effective methods of using technology in mental health and medicine. (3) Participants will be able to identify strategies to expand the reach of the Teaching-Family Model using technology.

1 Hour, 1 CE

Iowa

Innovations

Siope Kinikini, Utah Youth Village

Siope is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. He has worked with families and children providing in-home services using the Teaching-family model for over 10 years. Siope has worked with various populations and cultures. He is active in community affairs and provides additional support and consultation services to agencies around the world. Siope is the current Director of Smarter Parenting, an online resource teaching the skills of the Teaching-family Model for people around the world.

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Eric Bjorklund, CEO, Utah Youth Village

A Simple Model to Reduce Anxiety and Increase Your Joy

This presentation will examine the Teaching-Family Model from the perspective of a "life coaching" model, and compare the TFM to the business and life coaching of a successful life coach, Brooke Castillo. We'll explore ways that the Brooke Castillo Model can help us be less anxious, more joyful, more purposeful, more accountable and more capable, and examine the overlap with TFM strategies. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will understand the correlation or lack of correlation of circumstances, thoughts, feeling, actions and results. (2) Participants will understand ways of reducing their own anxiety, being more joyful, more purposeful, more accountable and more capable.

1 Hour

Missouri

Tools & Techniques

Eric Bjorklund, CEO, Utah Youth Village

Eric W. Bjorklund has been President and CEO of Utah Youth Village for over thirty-two years. He graduated with honors from the J. Ruben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University and practiced law in the Salt Lake area where he was also associate counsel for the University of Utah and general counsel for Weber State College. He joined Utah Youth Village in 1985. He was the Chairman of the Eighth National Conference on Child Abuse in 1988; he received the Outstanding Service to Scouting Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 2000; the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Inter-mountain Area in 2012; the Montrose Wolfe Distinguished Contributions Award in 2013; and the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Utah Nonprofit Association in 2017.

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James Blair, PhD, Boys Town National Research Center

Plenary Session: The Brain Bases of Childhood Problematic Behavior

This plenary session will explore the Brain Bases of Childhood Problematic Behavior, The Impacts of Trauma and Substance Abuse, and Early Indications of Treatment Efficacy. James Blair, PhD is the Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research at Boys Town National Research Hospital, and will be discussing behavior, trauma, substance abuse, and treatment efficacy through the lens of neuroscience.

1 hour

Winnebago/Flanagan

Plenary Session

James Blair, PhD, Boys Town National Research Center

James Blair, PhD is the Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research at Boys Town National Research Hospital. He is an expert in the neurobiology of emotion, aggression and antisocial behavior and has published more than 200 scientific manuscripts on this and related topics. Dr. Blair’s primary research focus is on the development of neuro-cognitive systems that, when dysfunctional, give rise to the emergence of mood, anxiety and externalizing symptoms. His primary clinical focus is in understanding the dysfunction of affect-related systems in youth with specific forms of conduct disorder. His research approach includes techniques employed in cognitive neuroscience (both neuropsychology and functional imaging), psychopharmacology and, more recently, molecular genetics.

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Lisette Burton, VP of National Advocacy and Public Policy, Boys Town

Administrator’s Luncheon: Families First Preservation Services Act—Impacting Direction

Join fellow Teaching-Family Association agency leaders and administrators for a discussion, with expert input, on the impact of the Families First Preservation Services Act on practice in the United States, its impact in different States, and the directions your organization, and the Association, should take in responding and adapting to the coming changes. ADMINISTRATORS’ LUNCHEON REQUIRES AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF $75 AND REGISTRATION AHEAD OF TIME. For those not signed up to attend the administrators' luncheon, this is a lunch-on-your-own period.

1.5 hours

Dakota

Administrators' Luncheon

Lisette Burton, VP of National Advocacy and Public Policy, Boys Town

Lisette Burton is the Director of National Advocacy for Boys Town, where she advocates for effective federal and state policies related to child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and health. Lisette joined Boys Town in 2007 as a Family Teacher caring for girls in the child welfare system and boys committed to the juvenile justice system in a family-style, community-based, therapeutic residential program. Lisette received her B.S. in Science from the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University. She earned her J.D. at the University Of Maryland Carey School Of Law, where she was a Leadership Scholar and Schweitzer Fellow, a pro bono law clerk representing children with special needs, a student attorney at the National Association of the Deaf, and a legislative intern with the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Lisette drew on her varied experience when she served as a mayoral appointee to the Washington, D.C. Juvenile Justice Advisory Group in 2011-2013.

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Silipa Tupuola, Children's Bureau

Employee Experience Made Easy

Children’s Bureau used an innovative solution to improve communication across the organization, and ultimately improve the employee experience. This interactive session will detail the Children’s Bureau’s communication solution, how you might use it at your organization, and its benefits. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe an innovative solution to employee communication. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies to implement better communication technology at their organization. (3) Participants will be able to describe the benefits of improved employee experience and communication.

1 hour

Lewis & Clark

Leadership

Silipa Tupuola, Children's Bureau

Silipa Tupuola is an enthusiastic leader who is a member of the Children’s Bureau’s Residential Services team. Mr. Tupuola serves as the Assistant Director of the Teaching Family Model which involves Teaching Family Model program development & implementation, staff training, consultation services, and staff evaluation systems. Mr. Tupuola was first introduced to the Teaching Family model, where he and his wife Trina, certified as Family Teachers in the Sorenson boys home with Utah Youth Village. Mr. Tupuola and his family relocated to Indiana where he accepted a position with the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home as a Family Teacher working with adolescents, certifying a second time in the Teaching Family Model. Mr. Tupuola is very passionate in his role and is looking forward to site accreditation and model expansion within the agency.

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Roxanne McClintock, Executive Director, Northern Family Intervention Services, Inc.

Wrap-Around Facilitation and the Teaching-Family Model

This workshop will explore adapting the TFM model to provide Wraparound facilitation to the severely emotionally disturbed Medicaid population and to families impacted by abuse or neglect from a trauma-informed perspective and practice. It will share service delivery, lessons learned, practical tips, and adaptations to the Model. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe principles of Wraparound facilitation. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies for working with the severely emotionally disturbed Medicaid population. (3) Participants will be able to describe the practical interaction between Wraparound facilitation and service delivery of a programmatic intervention.

2 hours, 2 CEs

Iowa

Innovations

Roxanne McClintock, Executive Director, Northern Family Intervention Services, Inc.

Roxanne has been employed at Northern Family Intervention Services, Inc. (NFIS) and a member of the Teaching Family Association since 1994. She is currently the Executive Director, and has served as a Program Coordinator, Family Specialist, Infant Mental Health Specialist, and Wraparound Facilitator.

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Courtney Keohohou & Tracy Lewis, Catholic Charities Hawaii

Self-Care: Not a Piece of Cake

Working in the social work field, we often hear the famous words “self-care,” but do we explore what it actually means for us? This presentation will broaden what self-care truly means and give participants some examples on how to handle things when it gets tough: a practical approach. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe effective self-care and its importance. (2) Participants will be able to describe how to practically integrate self-care into a busy schedule. (3) Participants will be able to outline a personal self-care plan, including self-care contingency planning for when things get tough.

2 Hours, 2 CEs

Missouri

Tools & Techniques

Courtney Keohohou & Tracy Lewis, Catholic Charities Hawaii

Courtney Keohohou and Tracy Lewis are a part of Catholic Charities Hawaii under the Community Based Residential Living Program level 2 care called Na ‘Ohana Pulama. They are both Family Teaching Parents within the program. They help teenage boys who are in a group home who are emotionally and behaviorally challenged. Within the Catholic Charities program they have implemented the family teaching model and has believed in its structure.

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Ellen Scarborough & Greg Harper, Methodist Home for Children

Keeping Talented Staff

Do you have talented staff that you want to keep but don’t have any upper mobility due to lack of positions? How do you keep these staff motivated, growing, happy, and engaged? Even without available supervisory roles, you can still meet each of the needs described. This presentation will share how to keep good staff motivated and growing professionally by using their skills and expertise in consultation and evaluation roles. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe a practical method of expanding consultation and evaluation roles for direct-service practitioners. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies to keep direct-service staff motivated, happy and engaged. (3) Participants will be able to outline a plan to reduce direct-service turnover at their own organization.

1 hour

Lewis & Clark

Leadership

Ellen Scarborough & Greg Harper, Methodist Home for Children

Ellen Scarborough has been at Methodist Home for Children, using the Teaching-Family model since 1991. She started as a Teaching-Parent who went on to become a consultant, trainer, evaluator, and administrator. Currently she serves as Director, Consultation & Program Development. Over the years Ellen has worked with and trained internally and externally in the areas of group homes, treatment foster homes, in-home services, and secured state facilities. In her current role she facilitates site development, assessments, training, fidelity visits, and technical support for agencies contracting those services with MHC. Ellen and her husband have two boys.

Greg Harper serves as Coordinator of Training & Staff Development for Methodist Home for Children.  He has been with MHC for 9 years.  Greg has worked in the child welfare and juvenile justice field for 30 years including residential programs, juvenile probation, intensive in-home, and foster care.  He has been training staff and foster parents for over 25 years.  Greg’s passion is to bring out the best of others and help them reach their unique potential.  He is also an adoptive father of two sons. 

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Teneisha Towe & Laverne Vick, Methodist Home for Children

Is Your Teen Ready for the Real World?

Is it time for your teenagers to begin to look at education and career options? When parents and practitioners take an active role in helping teens explore career options, the teen’s future options are broadened, and their chances of future job satisfaction and financial independence are increased. In this session we will explore what employer’s want, developing soft skills, perceptions and beliefs of teens vs. employers, as well as tips on what practitioners can do to help their teens. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to identify career-relevant soft skills for teens. (2) Participants will be able to identify skills employers are seeking. (3) Participants will be able to utilize career interest assessments and other tools.

1 hour, 1 CE

Missouri

Tools & Techniques

Teneisha Towe & Laverne Vick, Methodist Home for Children

Teneisha Towe holds a Masters Degree in Psychology: Professional Counseling from Concordia University in River Forest Illinois. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, now with the Supervisor Credential, she has worked with youth and families connected with Child Welfare, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Systems for over 20 years. She has spent the past 6 years with Methodist Home for Children as the Director of In-home Services and is a strong advocate with the North Carolina Local and Statewide Coalitions against Domestic & Sexual Violence.

LaVerne Vick is a Vocational Specialist with Methodist Home for Children, who specialize in providing learning opportunities focused on improving academic, job and people skills needed for success in the workplace. She coaches at-risk youth ages 14 to 17 years old through different types of problems and situations affecting their daily lives. She brings her experiences in education to help youth shift from negative daily struggles to positive life experiences.

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Brandon Scott, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home

Marketing: It All Starts with a Plan

This workshop discusses the importance of being intentional in marketing TFM to placing agencies and consumers and helps to facilitate idea sharing as well as developing a plan to take back with you to your respective agencies. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe the benefits of intentional marketing of services to both consumers and placement agencies. (2) Participants will be able to identify effective strategies to market to these groups. (3) Participants will be able to design a focused marketing plan to promote their organization.

1 hour

Lewis & Clark

Leadership

Brandon Scott, Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home

A native of Richmond, Virginia; Brandon Cornale Scott, has worked in the Teaching Family Model for the last 6yrs. He, his wife (LaToya), and their son Braxton began their TFM journey as a Family at the Virginia Home for Boys & Girls (Richmond, VA); after leaving VHBG in order to serve as foster parents to 2 youth from VHBG, Brandon remained on as an Individual Family Teacher. After helping both youth reunify with their biological families, Brandon & LaToya accepted a position as a Family Teacher couple at Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home (Lebanon, IN); while serving at IUMCH Brandon & LaToya welcomed the birth of their 2nd son Brayden. Currently Brandon serves as Admissions and Marketing Manager and as the Interim Spiritual Life Leader for IUMCH. Brandon is an Ordained Minister and has served in previous roles as an Executive Minister/COO, Assistant Pastor and Assistant University Chaplain. Brandon is a proud alum of Wilberforce University (Wilberforce, OH). Prior to working in the TFM, Brandon was a Political Strategist and Campaign Management Consultant. In his spare time (LOL), he is a Partner of BC3 Consulting Group which is a full service Marketing and Public Relations Firm. Brandon & LaToya are the proud parents of Braxton (7), Brayden (4); Armaund (20), Alexander (19) and LaShanti (16).

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Jasney Cogua & Regina Costello, Boys Town

LIFT Together with Boys Town: A TFM Community-Based Intervention Strategy

This presentation will discuss using TFM principles within a tiered, community-based strategy intervention designed for community-wide impact. The Community Strategy and Program Directors will describe the intervention, its programs and preliminary evidence that supports the potential of the TFM to generate change in whole communities. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe how the TFM could be delivered across an entire community. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies to reach more families with services. (3) Participants will be able to describe a tiered, community-based intervention strategy and its impact.

1 hour, 1 CE

Iowa

Innovations

Jasney Cogua & Regina Costello, Boys Town

Jasney E Cogua is the Director of Community Initiative at Boys Town.  Dr. Cogua has a Ph.D. in Comparative Sociology from Florida International University. In her current role she is focused on establishing and guiding a multi-component, community-based prevention intervention that uses Boys Town’s family- and school-based programs to generate community-wide impact. She has worked in the area of program implementation and program evaluation primarily with the Latino community for over 10 years as a Project Director, Project Evaluator, and Principal Investigator. Her research addresses behavioral health access and disparities across ethnic and gender minorities.  She has been a part of several university, foundation, and SAMHSA/BJA-funded projects involving the deep understanding of the Latino community, family relations, and drug addiction recovery for youth and adults. Additionally, she has held faculty and research positions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University.

Regina Costello is the Director of Community Support Services at Boys Town – South Omaha Office. In this role, Regina is responsible for managing and supporting Care Coordination Services and In-Home Family Services. Regina had worked as Bilingual Care Coordination Manager/Supervisor of South Omaha since May 2015. Prior to working in the South Omaha Office, Regina held numerous roles at Boys Town. In June 2003, Regina and her husband, Chris, began their careers at Boys Town as Family-Teachers. They held this role for seven years until Regina left Boys Town to start her own business. In 2011, Regina and her husband returned to Family -Teaching and held that role until August of 2012 when she transition into the position of After Care Specialist for the On the Way Home Program. Regina holds a Master’s Degree in Human and Family Services from Bellevue University.

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Anna Ninan, Closer to Home Community Services

Families Congregate

This interactive presentation will invite practitioners and consultants to implement a collaborative approach in supporting youth in short term congregate care with the goal of transitioning to the care of family through a supportive and skill based learning experience. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe how to facilitate a short-term skillbased transition intervention with individuals and families. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies to effectively support both youth and families in a congregate care setting. (3) Participants will be able to identify strategies to promote collaboration with families of short-term transitional clients.

1 hour, 1 CE

Missouri

Tools & Techniques

Anna Ninan, Closer to Home Community Services

Anna Ninan is a Program Coordinator with Closer to Home Community Services. Anna has been with Closer to Home for 3 years, she began as a part time Family Specialist in the Family Matters program and part time Group Care Practitioner in the Airdrie Teaching Home. Anna began her current role as Foster Care Coordinator in the winter of 2016. Anna has her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and has been working with families and youth for over 8 years in various capacities.

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Kristin Duppong-Hurley, Matthew Lambert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Irina Patwardhan, PhD, Jay Ringle, Boys Town

Results of a Randomized Trial of Boys Town In-Home Family Services

We will share the details of a recently completed randomized controlled trial on the Boys Town InHome Family Services Program with 300 families as part of a partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We will present the results of this study, and discuss strategies for data collection and program evaluation. Learning Objectives: (1) Participants will be able to describe results of a randomized trial on inhome family services. (2) Participants will be able to identify strategies for scientific data collection. (3) Participants will be able to describe effective and scientific methods for program evaluation.

1 hour, 1 CE

Lewis & Clark

Leadership

Kristin Duppong-Hurley, Matthew Lambert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Irina Patwardhan, PhD, Jay Ringle, Boys Town

Dr. Kristin Duppong Hurley is a Research Professor and co-director of the Academy of Child and Family Well-Being in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research is focused investigating programs and strategies directed to improve the lives of families of children with or at-risk of emotional and behavioral disorders, specifically on parent-to-parent support and in-home parenting interventions. She has secured over 5.8 million dollars in research grants or contracts as a Principal Investigator or Co-PI and has served as a Co-Investigator on numerous other studies.

Matthew C. Lambert, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Lambert’s background is in educational psychology with a focus in measurement and statistics. He has co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed research articles in the areas of emotional and behavioral disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, strength-based behavioral assessment, cross-cultural assessment, and child welfare. Dr. Lambert is also a co-author of the Scales for Assessing Emotional Disturbance–3 (SAED), and has recently served as a Fulbright Specialist and as an associate editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Irina Patwardhan is a Research Scientist for the Child and Family Translational Science Center. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and previously held research positions at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, and the Early Development and Learning Research Lab at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Dr. Patwardhan has received multiple professional honors and awards, including a Fulbright research scholarship, Max Plank research scholarship, and a scholarship from the American Psychological Association, Division 15 (Educational Psychology).

Jay Ringle is a Research Analyst for the Child and Family Translational Science Center. Jay has a M.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Jay has experience as a behavior interventionist in schools, research design, database development, and multivariate statistical analysis.

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Annual Awards Banquet

Everyone’s invited to the Teaching-Family Association’s Annual Awards Banquet, honoring association and agency-level award winners!

3 Hours

Ballroom

Social Event

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