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 Top Level Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative

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Train-the-Trainer: Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking Curriculum - Brenda Lockwood, M.A., Jennifer Marcelli, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Hung Pho, M.S.W., Taffy Compain

The Capacity Building Center for States has developed a four-module curriculum series to help States and territories implement the provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (P.L. 113–183). The “Training of Trainers” webinar provides participants with the knowledge necessary to use these curriculum modules within their agency.

This 90-minute session offers detailed information related to accessing, downloading, utilizing, and customizing the curriculum content for integration into agency training programs. State, Tribal and territory training managers, coordinators, and trainers, who plan to use this curriculum may find this webinar helpful in preparing for customization and presentation of this training.

CEUs for clinical psychology, social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy are offered for this webinar.

Credit: 1.5 CEs
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CQI Training Academy
The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Training Academy curriculum is designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge that participants need to develop and perform their specialized roles as part of a systematic, problem-solving approach to program improvement.

A total of 9 CEUs are available for training recipients who have completed all 7 units of the CQI Academy. To register, click the box below. Following payment of $40, you will be directed to an online 30-question test on CQI. Once the test is completed and your information is verified, you will receive a digital copy of your CEU Certificate.
Credit: 9 CEs
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Considerations for LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care - Traci Tippett, LCSW, Taffy Compain, Karey Scheyd, and Kristopher Sharp
Exploring Normalcy as it Relates to P.L. 113-183 CEs
This webinar will present information related to the normalcy needs of LGBTQ children and youth. The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (P.L. 113–183) changes the landscape of children and youth in foster care. For the first time, this federal law mandates that child welfare agencies, courts, and contracted providers provide foster youth with opportunities to engage in age-appropriate activities. P.L. 113–183 seeks to ensure that foster parents implement the reasonable and prudent parent standard regarding decisions related to activities and will be inclusive of LGBTQ children and youth and their needs. This webinar will raise awareness of what constitutes “normalcy” for LGBTQ children and youth, including issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, dating and peer groups, safety, and educational protection under Title IX.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Children and Youth - Traci Tippett, LCSW, Emmie Hinkle, BS, Judith Glassgold, Psy.D., Brian Altman, and Amanda Williams, LCSW
This webinar will provide States with affirming information and supportive messages related to sexual development, orientation, and gender expression. The webinar will highlight best practices related to serving LGBTQ children and youth and will outline the impact of harmful practices, such as conversion/reparative therapies. To bring attention to this issue, one of the webinar participants will speak briefly about the SAMHSA report released in October 2015 titled, “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.”

Credit: 1.5 CEs
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National Foster Care Month: Implementing Parent Partner Programs and Supporting Reunification - Jennifer Marcelli, LCSW, Taffy Compain, Cory Best, Denise Moore
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Strategies to Stage and Scale Up Implementation in Child Welfare Systems - Susan Maciolek, Cathy Fisher, Jennifer Williams, Cosette Mills
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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National Foster Care Month: Post-Reunification Supports and Prevention of Reentry Into Out-of-Home Care - Taffy Compain, Chrissy Triplett, Heather Ball, Phillip Redmond Jr., Karin Malm, and Jennifer Marcelli
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy (FELA) [E-Learning] - Angela Braxton and Charmaine Brittain
Credit: 3.5 CEs
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Train-the-Trainer: Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy (FELA) [Webinar] - Angela Braxton and Charmaine Brittain
The Train-the-Trainer: Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy is a companion webinar to Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy [E-Learning and Classroom] Curriculum. This webinar provides directions to training professionals on how to provide ongoing guidance for delivering of the Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy LE with content specific to their jurisdiction.
Credit: 2 CEs
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Opening the Door: Frameworks and Strategies to Develop and Implement Successful, Trauma-Informed Programs to Address Child and Youth Sex Trafficking - Sydney Nastasi, Tammy Sneed, Melissa Snow, and Charmaine Brittain
Credit: 1 CEs
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The Heart of the Matter: Collaborating to Improve Normalcy and Permanency Outcomes - John Romero, Alecia McConnell, and Alicia Davis
Credit: 1 CEs
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Having the Normalcy Conversation: Policy and Programs about Developmentally Appropriate Services for Children, Youth and Young Adults in Foster Care - Karen McGormley, Jenny Pokempner, Desiree Parker, and Amanda Williams
Credit: 1 CEs
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At Risk for Sex Trafficking: Collecting, Using, and Sharing Data to Inform Prevention and Intervention Strategies - Sue Aboul-hosn, Colleen Caron, Stacy Sloan, and Melissa Correia
Credit: 1 CEs
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Looking Inside: Considerations and Approaches to Understanding and Implementing Normalcy through the Congregate Care Lens - James Lister and Brandon Schlosser
Credit: 1 CEs
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Training of Trainers: Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking, Part 2 - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W., and Brenda Lockwood, M.A.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Helping LGBTQ Families Navigate the Child Welfare System - Traci Tippett, L.C.S.W., Melinda Feola-Mahar, Karey Scheyd, M.P.A., Kristopher Shultz, M.A., and Jackson Wright Shultz, M.A.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Perspectives on Youth Engagement Webinar - Liz Squibb, Lupe Tovar, Matt Rosen, Crystal Vail, and Matthew Hudson
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Parent Partner Program Navigator - Geraldo Pilarski, A.C.S.W., Denise Moore, and Jennifer Marcelli, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
This webinar introduced child welfare professionals and family leaders to the Parent Partner Program Navigator, a web-based tool designed to assist child welfare staff and parent partner leaders in designing and implementing parent partner programs.

Parent partner programs are recognized across the country as an effective approach to provide mentoring and support to parents entering the child welfare system. The Parent Partner Navigator is an interactive product that provides tools and resources for agencies to use to improve existing parent partner programs or to design and implement new ones. The Navigator walks participants through four learning domains: Assessing Readiness Needs and Capacity, Program Design, Program Management, and Engagement and Partnerships.

Presenters shared real-work examples and experiences that utilize the four domains as a framework for designing and implementing parent partner programs at the county and State levels.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Specialized Services and Placement Consideration for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation - Leslie Briner, M.S.W. and Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.


This webinar introduces strategies for developing a specialized service approach and considerations when placing sexually exploited youth in care. It has been developed in response to needs expressed by state agencies for best practices and placement considerations for survivors of sexual exploitation in response to the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, Public Law (P.L.) 113?183, which requires child welfare agencies to provide a wide range of individualized and trauma-informed support services to youth who have survived sexual exploitation.

Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Engaging Youth in Normalcy Planning - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
This course will share strategies for meaningfully engaging youth in discussions and planning around normalcy. To improve the system’s capacity to normalize the experiences of youth in the child welfare system, agencies must build in opportunities for youth to voice their opinions on the types of activities in which they want to participate, the skills they want to develop, and the people in the community with whom they want to connect. In this webinar, participants will hear from youth and child welfare professionals about effective strategies for engaging youth and their experiences in implementing the normalcy conversation into case planning. Presenters will share examples of policies and practices that will facilitate youth engagement and enhance opportunities for normalcy, offering strategies to implement them into agency practice.
Credit: 1 CEs
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Innovative Practices to Promote Reunification - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
This course is designed to highlight innovative programs and strategies that support reunification and emphasize caregiver and parent voice in these efforts, highlighting two specific programs from Nevada and Louisiana. Each set of presenters will feature parents and caregivers who have been involved in the innovative programs to illustrate how parent engagement and involvement can lead to better outcomes including increased placement stability, reduced use of group care, reduced sibling separation, and increase successes in reunification.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Supporting Caregivers While Promoting Positive Outcomes - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
This learning event is designed to highlight best practices to support caregivers and promote positive outcomes. Program leaders from three represented jurisdictions will share their strategies for developing programs to enhance capacity to recruit, develop, and support caregivers. Participants also will hear directly from caregivers about the critical need for support, and how support can increase engagement and connections that can reduce caregiver stress and promote positive outcomes for youth in care
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Promising Practices that Support Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Care - Kristina Gillan L.M.F.T.
Several States have adopted policies, services, and supports to address the unique needs of this population, including health equity promotion, and this webinar will feature information about these innovative ways to serve pregnant and parenting youth involved in child welfare. Additionally, the presentation will highlight promising practices in pregnancy prevention and sexual health with this population that were identified in part through review of States’ Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs). Holistic and integrated policies and services were of particular interest, and several States that were beginning to plan or implement innovative programming have been identified. The webinar will feature presentations from those States, and their practical experiences will help the audience consider potential barriers and offer strategies to plan and implement similar work in their areas. Participants will gain insights and considerations and learn practical examples of the elements necessary to create and sustain robust sexual health and pregnant and parenting services for youth involved in the child welfare system.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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