2019 Schedule-at-a-Glance

Monday, September 30          Tuesday, October 1          Wednesday, October 2          Important CEU Information           Workshop Descriptions


OPENING GENERAL SESSION - 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Guest Speaker: A Vision for Child Welfare and Texas
Keynote: My Bag, My Home 

SESSION A - 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
A1  Communications Strategies for Child Welfare 
A2  Program Evaluation: Getting to the Heart of the Matter 
A3  Inclusion, Engagement, and Collaboration: Foster Care and Adoption as a Support (Not a Substitute) for Family  LCPAA ONLY
A4  When DMST Survivors Are Pregnant and/or Parenting: How to End the Cycle – One Family at a Time 
A5  Lessons for Child Welfare – Prevention and Community Based Care 
A6  Education Ethics in Foster Care from K-Higher Education* 
A7  Cutting Edge Tools: A Technology Showcase 

SESSION B - 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
B1  Updates from Residential Child Care Licensing and Residential Child Care Contracts 
B2  Enriching Staff Proficiency: Building a Framework for Long-Term Investment 
B3  Working with Kinship Families: Road to Permanency and Beyond  LCPAA ONLY
B4  Implementation of the Family First Act in Texas: Assessing the Service Provider Landscape 
B5  Beyond Background Checks: Screening and Selection Best Practices for Assessing Abuse Risk 
B6  What’s In It for Me? Designing Client-Centered Programs that Leverage Theory of Change to Deliver Value 
B7  A Necessary Discussion: Promoting Racial Equity in Our Child Welfare System 

CONFERENCE RECEPTION - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Enjoy happy hour snacks, cash bar, and live music. All conference attendees welcome


**Executive Leadership Track: This track is intended to support executive management and organizational leaders.
***Trauma-Focused Track: Trauma informed care focused track sponsored by The Maconda Brown O'Conner Trauma Institute at DePelchin Children's Center

SESSION C - 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
C1  Leaving It Better When You Leave – Succession Planning for Agency Leaders** 
C2  Fostering Trauma Informed Care: A Look into the Implementation of Integrated Mental Health to Support Healing the Foster Care Environment***
C3  Getting Ready for Single Child Plan of Service 
C4  Families First: Keeping Focus in the New Normal 
C5  The Value of a Continuum: Serving At-Risk and Child Sex Trafficking Victims 
C6  The View from the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Creating Normalcy for Children and Youth in Foster Care 
C7  Updates from STARHealth 

SESSION D - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
D1  Creating a Healthy Organizational Culture** 
D2  Trauma Professionals S.O.S.*** 
D3  Maximizing Medicaid Services through Access and Delivery 
D4  Enhancing Treatment Services: How to Effectively Treat Complex Trauma for GROs  LCCA ONLY
D5  Your Voice is Heard: The Office of Consumer Relations and the Foster Care Ombudsman 
D6  Youth Voice: Best Practices for Intersectional Work with Youth 
D7  How to Create Lasting Engagement of Parents in the Child Welfare System  

LUNCHEON GENERAL SESSION - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Keynote: Do You Believe in Magic? The Ordinary Magic of Resilience Is to be Believed 
Executive Leadership Luncheon: Executive Level Leadership in Challenging Times ** 

SESSION E - 1:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
E1  Reflections on Leading the Nation’s Largest Child Welfare System – A Discussion with DFPS Commissioners** 
E2  Creating Caring Connections*** 
E3  Strategies for Becoming a Resilient Leader 
E4  A New Approach to Measuring Progress and Performance 
E5  Texas Building Bridges Initiative: Youth Led Permanency and Transformational Partnerships 
E6  Feats from the Field: Ethically Changing the Game without Breaking the Rules*
E7  Fundraising: Whose Job Is It Anyway? 

SESSION F - 3:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.
F1  Good Governance: Bylaws, Board Selection and Onboarding Tips** 
F2  Implementing Trauma Informed Principles across Treatment Modalities*** 
F3  Accreditation and FFPSA – QRTPs and What It All Means 
F4  The Intersection of Child Sex Trafficking and Sexual Abuse within African American Communities
F5  Growing Therapeutic Foster Home Capacity 
F6  Adapting Foster Care Capacity to Better Work with Children and Youth with Unique Needs
F7  Serving Crossover Youth: A Collaboration between Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice 

TACFS MEMBERSHIP MEETING - 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.


SESSION G  - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
G1  High Performance Management: Building a Change Competent Organization 
G2  The Impact of a Trauma-Informed Model of Care in Families 
G3  Mentoring Youth Matters: Creating Effective Mentoring Programs for Youth 
G4  Keeping the Faith: Partnering with the Faith Community to Serve Children and Families 
G5  Community Based Care in Texas – What’s Ahead? 
G6  Supporting Families and Youth with Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction to the What, Why and How of It 
G7  Engaging Fathers in Social Services: How to Meet the Ultimate Challenge

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION - 10:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Keynote: A Conversation with the DFPS and HHSC Executive Leadership Panel 

All workshops and general sessions are pre-approved for continuing education credit hours for Licensed Child Care Administrator (LCCA) and Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator (LCPAA), except for those workshops designated as approved for only one license type as noted after workshop title above.

All workshops have been approved for continuing education for Licensed Social Workers (LSW) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).

Asterisk (*) denotes that this session satisfies ethics education requirement for LSW and LPC.