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    • 12 Mar 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Webinar
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    Webinar Provided by CYC Net in Partnership with ACRC

    The Art of Relational Practice:
    Relational Weaving

    “The fabric of human life is woven with relationships.”  Mary Watkins


    Tuesday, March 12, 2024
    12 - 1:30 p.m. CST

    The term ‘Relational Practice’ is used within several caring professions, and knowing that fact might lead someone to believe that there is a single and universally accepted definition of what Relational Practice is. However, this is not the case, and instead there are different (but related) interpretations and definitions.  

    Whilst there might never be a true consensus of what Relational Practice really is, given its complexity, one of our goals ought to be to find out as much as possible about the concepts that make up Relational Practice, and to ultimately consider how these can be better understood, connected, and articulated.

    Relational Weaving offers a way of exploring some ‘essential aspects’ of Relational Practice, explain their relevance, and ponder how we can use them for the betterment of those we serve. Some of these may be considered values, some traits, some wisdoms, and others still are approaches, techniques, and ways of thinking and doing. This workshop will describe 25 ‘relational threads’ uncovered during an international research project and offers these as a type of framework for Relational Child & Youth Care.

    Presented by:

    John Digney, Ph.D., MSc, BS
    National Training & Learning Coordinator, Tusla (Ireland)

    Dr. John M Digney has been working with vulnerable children and families since 1991 as a frontline worker, manager and clinician. The majority of this time has been working with children and youth who exhibit ‘challenging behaviours’. John is currently the National Training & Learning Coordinator for Tusla, in addition to providing consultation, training and support to carers and practitioners internationally. John has professional certification in Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Coaching and other qualifications in Psychology, Management, Facilitation, and Adult Education. His PhD examined the therapeutic potential of humour in our work with troubled youth.

    Registration Rates:

    $20 Registration Fee (ACRC Members)
    $40 Registration Fee (Non-Members)
    $150 'All In' Staff Rate (ACRC Members)
    $250 'All In' Staff Rate (Non-Members)
    *The 'all in' staff rate allows all staff, volunteers, board members and foster parents of your organization to register.*

    No CEUs available.

    • 19 Mar 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join us for an ACRC Webinar!

    Restorative Practice and Circle
    in Residential and Community-Based Settings


    Tuesday, March 19, 2024

    12 - 1:30 p.m. CST

    This webinar will provide an introduction to the elements of Circle and Restorative Practices. Discussion will include an overview of the Roots and Elements of Circle Practice, Power Literacy, and transformative community responses to harm. Presenters will share stories from their own work with staff, youth, and families. Join us!

    Presented by:

    Jawaan Kellam, LCSW
    Jawaan Kellam, LCSW, is a skilled clinician and certified Family Therapist, dedicated to enhancing family and youth dynamics in the metro Boston area. His approach centers on core values that address trauma, mental health, and everyday life challenges. Adept in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention from Cornell, Mr. Kellam expertly employs these techniques in diverse settings, including family therapy and residential group homes. His commitment to restorative justice practices has been instrumental in his work, notably in residential settings and treatment meetings, where he leverages these tools to foster understanding and connection among families and youth.

    Previously serving as the Assistant Program Director for the Children’s Community Support Collaborative, Mr. Kellam advocated for the integration of Restorative Practices and pioneered intake Circles for youths and families. His expertise in managing Circles extends to addressing complex topics like racism and oppression within staff groups. Mr. Kellam, who holds a Master’s in Social Work from Simmons University, has shared his insights at notable conferences, emphasizing the role of Circles in mental health treatment. Currently, as a family therapist, he continues to empower youth, nurture leadership, and implement innovative therapeutic strategies in community-based and residential settings.

    Blanca Valentin, LMHC

    Blanca is a licensed clinician, trainer/teacher, healer, and coach. Blanca is the founder of Vida Wellness and Counseling, an organization committed to the healing, wellness, and liberation of historically marginalized communities. Vida Wellness and Counseling seeks to transform wellness through collective liberation, radical healing and reclaiming of cultural and ancestral healing practices.

    Blanca has over 25 years of experience in clinical, leadership, circle-keeping, and workforce learning & development. Blanca’s work has been grounded in social justice and anti-oppressive practices that are centered in uplifting voices, holistic healing, and in the well-being of individuals, communities, and organizations.

    Blanca shares her wisdom & knowledge with individuals, community groups and organizations-with Healing, Community & Learning at the foundation of the work. Blanca believes that community and connection are at the core of our liberation and wellness; healing is not linear, nor does it happen in isolation, we heal through community and connection.

    Elizabeth Woodruff, LICSW

    In her work in child welfare in Boston, MA, Elizabeth Woodruff has poured her energy into creating programs and practices that embrace transformative responses to harm, keep families together, and reduce out-of-home mental health treatment.  Since she began with The Home in 2011, Elizabeth has worked as a direct care supervisor, milieu manager, clinician, trainer, and Assistant Program Director overseeing a 20-bed intensive group home for youth and families living with the impact of complex trauma. Elizabeth has experience in family therapy, crisis intervention/prevention, and care coordination for youth and their families in group home, outpatient, and community-based settings.

    Elizabeth is a tireless advocate for aligning mental health service delivery with the values of Circle practice, Power Literacy, and Restorative Justice. Over the last 12 years, Elizabeth has kept Circles with youth, caregivers, employees, and her own family. Elizabeth works as a trainer of clinical interventions and anti-oppressive practices; and as a clinical supervisor and family therapist.
     

    Registration Rates:

    Free to Members / $50 Non-Members
    NASW CEUs Free to Members / $25 Non-Members
    *NASW CEUs Pending Approval*

    • 10 Apr 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    Join us for an ACRC Webinar!

    Everybody Needs a Coach:
    An Innovative Approach to Staff Training & Program Evaluation


    Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    12 - 1 p.m. CST

    In the current challenging climate of behavioral health services, innovative strategies are necessary for training skilled employees and monitoring and evaluating the implementation of specific learning programs and clinical initiatives. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has developed a unique learning and training model that incorporates best practices in coaching and supervision and utilizes implementation science to create built-in performance and fidelity monitoring. In addition, our commitment to technological innovation led to our development of software applications to assist with program monitoring. These learning programs have been developed for implementation of our clinical initiatives at every tier of our multi-tiered system of support. This presentation will provide an overview of best-practices and evidence base for the development of our learning and training model. The presentation will also walk through how the integration of our learning program, monitoring tools, and dashboards have served to guide implementation of our milieu-based, trauma-informed, preventative management system at Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels of support which are being utilized across our continuum of care in psychiatric residential placements, community group homes and through an in-home behavioral coaching program.

    Presented by:

    Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D.

    Dr. Crystal Taylor-Dietz is the national director of behavioral health services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has over 15 years of behavioral health/mental health experience working in community based, residential and outpatient services, including holding a number of leadership, management and supervisory roles. Dr. TD is a member of the supervising faculty at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program and is a teaching faculty member in the Child and Adolescent Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Her research/ teaching and clinical interests have included issues related to mental health/wellness, mindfulness, race/ethnicity, interculturality, and trauma-informed care.

    Jeremy Aho

    Jeremy Aho, Sr. Manager of Talent and Learning, is a workplace learning professional and performance innovator for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. A pioneer of eLearning at the organization, his background in psychology and Human Resources Management plus skill with technology, training, and user experience design has contributed to solutions that support organizational learning, talent development, and improved performance.

    Registration Rates:

    Free to Members / $50 Non-Members
    *Attendance Certificates Available for Live Participation Only*

    • 17 Apr 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Impactful Relationships: A Trauma-Responsive Approach to Building Connections


    Wednesday, April 17, 2024

    1:30 - 3 p.m. CST

    Join this interactive webinar with practical tools to engage youth with complex unmet needs. Gain knowledge and techniques shared from Together Facing The Challenge, an evidence-based therapeutic model of care for youth experiencing out-of-home care. Learn alongside Omni Family Institute’s team of presenters who share years of experience in the field in various roles from direct care to national directors. You’ll hear life stories from a TBRI practitioner, a Foster Mom, and a Mom who has adopted children with complex unmet needs from foster care.


    Presented by:

    Mindy Kiser, President/Executive Director - Melinda (Mindy) brings more than twenty years of experience working within the child welfare sector to the position. Mindy has been a trainer and consultant for TFTC and TBRI practitioner for the past 5 years and worked as the National Director of Quality Assurance with The Bair Foundation. Melinda has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Melinda has a deep passion for helping vulnerable children and families and has dedicated her career to advocating for trauma-informed practices that promote healing and resilience. She’s an experienced leader, particularly in curriculum development, and has played a pivotal role in the implementation of evidence-based interventions to address the complex needs of the foster care population..

    Michelle Wingate, Learning Ambassador - Michelle comes to OFI from Together Facing the Challenge, where she spent the past 5 years as a Certified Trainer and Consultant. Michelle is a mom of 6, 4 of her children came to her through foster care and adoption. Michelle and her husband, Chase, have been foster parents for over 5 years, serving over 20 children in multiple capacities. Michelle studied Human Development at Azusa Pacific University and completed her Masters in Family Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Michelle is passionate about supporting youth with complex unmet needs, an those who love and care for them.

    Bridget Kucharski, Trainer and Consultant - Bridget Kucharski has worked in child welfare for 14 years in several capacities, including direct care through residential and case management, as well as leadership through program supervision and state organization leadership.  Bridget’s work has primarily focused on high-needs kids and families, with an emphasis on keeping kids in the community through supporting caregivers with effective interventions.  Over the last decade, Bridget’s trauma-informed and innovative approaches have helped caregivers and staff meet the needs of kids in community placements who may otherwise be in more restrictive settings. Additionally, this passion led Bridget and her husband to become foster parents and parenting 10 kids in their foster parent tenure.  They focused primarily on teens who were discharged from residential or juvenile justice settings, with high needs and difficult behaviors.  Recently, Bridget transitioned to Omni Family Institute to begin a new journey as a National Trainer and Consultant for evidence-based practice models.        

    Registration Rates:

    Free to Members / $50 Non-Members
    NASW CEUs Free to Members / $25 Non-Members
    *NASW CEUs Pending Approval*

    • 2 May 2024
    • 4 May 2024
    • Phoenix - Hyatt Regency - 122 N. Second Street
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    LEADERS OF COLOR SPONSORSHIPS

    $10,000 Diversity Includes 5 in-person registrations and virtual ‘all in’ registration for the entire organization and an exhibit booth

    $7,500 Equity Includes 4 in-person registrations and virtual ‘all in’ registration for the entire organization and an exhibit booth

    $5,000 Inclusion Includes 3 in-person registrations and virtual 'all in' registration for the entire organization and an exhibit booth

    $3,000 Access Includes 1 in-person registrations and virtual ‘all in’ registration for the entire organization and an exhibit booth

    $1,500 Belonging Includes 1 in-person registration or 3 virtual registrations

    $1,000 Justice Includes 3 virtual registrations

    $800 Fairness Includes 2 virtual registrations

    $500 Travel Includes 1 virtual registration

    $499 - $100 Individual Includes recognition on ACRC website

    • 6 May 2024
    • 9 May 2024
    • Coming to you virtually from Phoenix, AZ - Hyatt Regency Hotel
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    Registration Rates

    M = Member/N= Non-Member

    $200 M/$275 NM Virtual Attendance

    $1,100 M/$1,500 NM Virtual Attendance 'All in Staff Rate'

    Any Issues Registering as a member please contact: Amanda


    All keynotes and select workshops held in-person will be recorded or live streamed (and recorded) and placed on the virtual platform. Preconferences, Issues Lunches, Awards Lunch, & Policy Meetings will not be recorded.

    To view a list of the current virtual workshops CLICK HERE


    • 6 May 2024
    • 9 May 2024
    • Phoenix - Hyatt Regency - 122 N. Second Street
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    ACRC SPONSORSHIP


    $20,000 Grand Canyon Includes 8 in-person registrations and virtual ‘all in’ registration for the entire organization

    $15,000 Giant Saguaro Includes 5 in-person registrations and virtual ‘all in’ registration for the entire organization

    $10,000 Camelback Mountain Includes 4 in-person registrations and virtual 'all in' registration for the entire organization

    $7,500 Valley of the Sun Includes 3 in-person registrations and virtual ‘all in’ registration for the entire organization

    $5,000 Desert Beauty Includes 2 in-person registrations and virtual ‘all in’ registration for the entire organization

    $3,000 Joshua Tree Includes 1 in-person registrations and virtual ‘all in’ registration for the entire organization

    $1,800 Cardinal Includes 1 in-person registration or 3 virtual attendees

    $500 VOICE Champion Sponsor the travel of our Youth Advocates

    • 6 May 2024
    • 9 May 2024
    • Phoenix, AZ - Hyatt Regency Hotel - 122 N. Second Street
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    Early Bird Registration Rates

    M = Member/N= Non-Member

    $795 M/$995 NM In Person Attendance 

    + $100 after March 22nd 

    Pre-Conference Add-Ons 

    $85 M/$95 NM Phoenix Study Tour

    $0/Person  Public Policy Town Hall

    $0/Person Hiring Family Members as Staff

    $60 M/$75 Six Core Strategies

    $60 M/$75 Person-Centered Data

    **Registrations received after the early bird cut-off of March 22nd will incur a $100 fee increase

    Please register early!

    Any Issues Registering as a member please contact: Amanda

    • 6 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 9 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Phoenix, AZ - Hyatt Regency - 122 North Second St.
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    ACRC EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION

    Includes 1 conference registration, 1 in-person table 

    & participation in exhibitor bingo


    $1,000 for Exhibitors that are ACRC Members

    $1,250 for Exhibitors that are non-member, non-profit, 501c3

    $1,500 for Exhibitors that are non-members

    $300 Additional Exhibitor fee per person