National Citizen Review Panel (CRP) Conference
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The annual national citizen review panel conference brings together a diverse group of stakeholders from across the nation to share child welfare best practices, engage in solution-focused discussions to meet Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act mandates.
For more information on federal citizen review panels click here.
2019 National CRP Conference Happens In...
REGISTRATION CLOSES 30 MAY 2019!
California State University, Long Beach
Ms. Dixon is known nationally for her expertise in the areas of youth trauma, child abuse and prevention, domestic violence, human trafficking and implicit bias.
Dr. Raquel Garzon
President and Founder, Revitalize Project
Around the world, the Revitalize Project provides science-based strategies to assist organizations and communities to create cultures which inspire, empower and enable change.
Child & Family Program Specialist, ACF Region 6
Mr. Worsham has over 43 years of experience in child welfare including overseeing the expansion of federal support for programs.
Kate Gibbons, LCSW, Ph.D (c)
Janus, LLC Consulting and Co-Creating
Ms. Gibbons achieves organizational and system transformation through her ability to build relationships with a broad range of audiences and her national level work with Quality Service Review.
For more information contact Shelly Bucher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.469.4781.
This information will be updated as needed. Make sure you check here frequently for the latest information.
Dates and Times
Wednesday 5 June 2019: 4P – 6P Early Sign-In
5P – 6P Welcome Reception
Thursday 6 June 2019; 8:30A – 7P (includes opening reception)
Friday 7 June 2019; 8:30A – 5P
Saturday 8 June 2019: 8:30A – 12N
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
2600 Louisiana Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Conference fee includes all keynote, workshops, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 receptions, social worker CEU’s: $330.
We are pleased to partner with the Southwest Regional Training Center at New Mexico State University (SWRTC) for registration and payment. To complete your registration click here.
Conference attendees have the opportunity to stay at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown for the conference rate of $119 per night plus tax for single and double occupancy.
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
- Hotel is approx. 9 miles SW of airport
- Hotel does NOT provide shuttle service
- Ground Transportation Options: https://abqsunport.com/getting-around/ground-transportation/
- Shuttle services ($17.00 ONE WAY)
- Estimated taxi fare ONE WAY: $25.00
- Uber shared rides available
Check here regularly for updates as speakers and workshops are confirmed!
A Journey Through a Foster Youth’s Eyes
Members of Youth Uniting Voices, Youth Advocates (LUVYA) will share their stories regarding their experience in the New Mexico foster care system and their role in the development of New Mexico’s Fostering Connections Program (aka: extended foster care). New Mexico recently joined other states in offering extended foster care to youth. Participants will not only learn of the support provided to youth to prepare them for adulthood regardless of their permanency plan; they will learn how to involve and hear the youth who benefit from these services.
A Think Tank: Substance Impaired Parents
A think tank allows for people to join around a problem to explore current practices, challenges, and opportunities. With the devastation of the Opioid epidemic and the legalization of marijuana across many states, a multi-system approach to addressing impact of all substances and the safety of children is warranted. This panel will discuss a process for exploring needs and systems of care using a citizens-informed approach. Further, this think tank invites those interested in exploring the components and opportunities for a multi-system approach to addressing substance impaired parents. Facilitators will pose several questions specific to a multi-system approach aimed at addressing the impact of substance using mothers during pregnancy and child birth, and children endangered by substance impairment parents.
An Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach
The Nurtured Heart Approach, developed by psychologist and ADHD specialist Howard Glasser, aims to shift the way we engage in relationship with children and provides strategies for breaking patterns of negative behavior while provoking innate qualities of greatness. This workshop covers the Three Stands of the Nurtured Heart Approach – Absolute No, Absolute Yes, and Absolute Clarity – to help parents and guardians think through what actions unintentionally reward negative behavior, discover new opportunities to celebrate success, and create clear boundaries so everyone is playing with a consistent and compassionate rule book.
An Overview of the QPR Institute Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention + Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)
Early recognition of suicide warning signs is critical in saving a life. Like CPR, the more people trained in recognizing suicide warning signs the more lives may be saved. Question Persuade Refer, or QPR is a nationally recognized program which equips anyone to recognize risk and protective factors, warning signs and responses on how to get help and save a life. CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) focuses specifically on how to mitigate the risk of access to lethal means such as firearms and medication. Participants in this workshop will learn the effectiveness of both QPR and CALM in recognizing and responding to suicide warning signs and how these programs may be implemented in their communities.
Child Abuse Cases from a Multidisciplinary Lens
This workshop will examine child abuse cases from a multidisciplinary perspective. The scope of law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, forensic interviewing, medicine, and mental health will be discussed. Issues and challenges from each discipline will be explored. The audience will learn about forensic interviewing, collecting medical evidence, legal issues related to investigating and prosecuting cases, and child protection intervention and services. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how child abuse cases are handled from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Childhood Sexual Abuse: What CRP Members Need to Know
This workshop is intended for members of CRPs who want to better understand childhood sexual abuse, how it occurs, why children don’t readily disclose, and how it can impact victims throughout their lifespan. Research, empirical findings, and the sexual abuse literature will be utilized to explore, dispel, and refute myths and misperceptions regarding sexual abuse. Dynamics inherent in sexual abuse will be examined and the sexual abuse disclosure process will be discussed. The short- and long-term consequences of sexual abuse will also be examined. Attendees will leave with a solid foundational understanding of childhood sexual abuse.
Community Engagement Approaches to Evaluation
This workshop will introduce participants to the South Carolina CRP’s (SCCRP) current work evaluating the state’s Child Protective Services’ domestic violence and kinship care processes by engaging members of the community. Through the strategic use of kinship care circles and domestic violence round tables, the SCCRP has been able to gain valuable information and feedback with which to inform recommendations. Presenters will share the best way of determining the desired outcome of community engagement approaches and provide a framework for determining which approaches best suit the panel’s needs.
Citizen Review Panels (CRPs) were formed through a 1996 amendment to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Citizen participation is important as it moves states toward ‘community based’ services, educates citizens about child protection and prevents an agency from becoming a system unto itself. This workshop provides an overview of the responsibilities and expectations of CRPs to meet this federal mandate.
Facilitation Tools and Techniques for Collaborative System Change
Engaging stakeholders is key to achieve the desired results of CRPs, dramatically reducing racial disparities, and improving outcomes for children and families. By using some tried and true facilitation tools and techniques, you can transform your meetings and workgroups to build consensus, create accountability, and sustain momentum for deeper reform efforts. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn and practice specific tools and techniques and leave with additional resources for further learning.
Family First: Responding to the Shifting Landscape of Child Welfare
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), a major overhaul of how the federal government funds child welfare programs, has significant implications for child welfare systems across the country. The recent passage of the FFPSA fundamentally shifts how children in and out of foster care are supported and provides opportunities for states to think about child welfare more broadly about the role of child welfare systems in preventing child abuse from occurring, intervening to stabilize families and ensuring children that are removed from their homes are raised in loving and committed families. This training will provide an overview of the changes in the law and focus on the potential impacts of the law on both our child welfare system and broader safety net programs. As each topic is discussed, the focus will be on strategies to improve access to critical supports and services for children and families.
Honoring Tribal Connections by Following the Indian Child Welfare Act
How to Quickly Collect Data and Use It
New Mexico ranked 50th overall in child well-being in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 Kids Count Report. In order to improve New Mexico’s child welfare system quality legal representation for families cannot be overlooked. The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, in partnership with the Administration for Children Youth and Families has recognized that access to an interdisciplinary team is a key component to quality legal representation for families involved in child welfare cases. More and more states are beginning to integrate interdisciplinary practice into their legal representation structure including: Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts, Wyoming, and Arkansas. The model maintains a child’s significant attachment to parents and family which can reduce the emotional stress and increase likelihood a parent will stay engaged, speeds time to not only reunification but other permanency outcomes as well, ensures services are tailored to the problem that led to the placement, and makes it easier for practitioners to make accurate and informed decisions about permanency. The workshop will inform the audience of the promising outcomes and demonstrate how interdisciplinary practice currently functions in New Mexico and stakeholder leadership goals for its’ expansion.
Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Fundamentals
The newest brain research proves that mindfulness reduces stress and prevents burnout, improves cognitive functions, promotes health and a general sense of well-being, improves performance and productivity and actually changes the structure and function of the brain! Mindfulness is the capacity to be aware and is the basis for inner sustainability and leadership. Awareness gives rise to understanding, clarity, empathy and truth discerning wisdom. This fundamental human capacity is essential to any sphere of learning and can be nurtured and developed systematically through training and guidance. Come join us to learn and practice the fundamentals of this core competency and life skill.
QSR: A Case-Based Review Methodology for Collaboration, Partnering and Shared Accountability
Real World Implementation of CRPs
Fresh off a redesign of the Citizen Review Panels, Ohio is beginning to settle into a routine of strategic planning, data collection, and report writing. This workshop will provide some real world examples of Ohio’s implementation of CRPs, and allow time for workshop attendees to provide feedback on their own experiences. Participants will have an opportunity to think through the best practices for carrying out the CRP duties of reviewing and evaluating child welfare practices.
Reducing Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Through Mandated Safe Sleep Training
Reviews that get Real Results: Best Practices for CRP’s
Safety-Organized Practice is an approach to day-to-day child welfare casework that is designed to help all the key stakeholders involved with a child – the parents, the extended family, the child welfare worker, supervisors, managers, lawyers, judges and other court officials, even the child him/herself – to keep a clear focus on assessing and enhancing child safety at all points in the case process. It integrates a strengths- and solution-focused child welfare practice approach with the Structured-Decision Making system – a set of research based decision-support tools – to create a rigorous child welfare practice model.
Strengthening Communities Through Resilience Leaders
Based on the book Anna Age Eight, by Dr. Katherine Courtney and Dominic Cappello, Kasandra Gandara, Las Cruces City Councilor shares her experience in organizing and facilitating a first of its kind data driven, cross sector collaborative, “Resiliency Leaders” to combat Adverse Childhood Experiences in Dona Ana County. Participants will learn how to develop a blueprint for addressing ACES in their communities by shoring up the 10 survival and thriving services and holding policy makers accountable for setting priorities to develop family friendly cities.
Supporting the Emotional Wellness of Child Welfare Staff
For effective system change to occur, child welfare staff need to be committed to the process, feel supported in their efforts, and acknowledged for the critical role they play in transforming a system of care. This workshop will focus on Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS); what it is, what it looks like and what can be done to alleviate its symptoms. This workshop will also look at factors that make child welfare staff vulnerable to STS and how Citizen Review Panels can support and acknowledge their work.
The Impact of Changing Immigration Policy on Child Well-Being and Child Welfare
This workshop will review key immigration policies that impact children and families. It will also discuss the risks and symptoms of stress and trauma in children of immigrants, and provide examples of appropriate responses to these children. Guidance will be offered for service providers and systems, especially the child welfare system, to lessen the damage to children in immigrant families. Strategies include cross-systems collaborations, legislative and policy advocacy, utilizing existing resources and supports, implementing clear agency policies and procedures for work with immigrant families, and developing alternative, positive narratives in support of immigrant children and families.
This workshop is an introduction to a population that is not known or understood by others. Increasing this knowledge will result in better system responses. Participants will have an opportunity to examine the cultural norms and expectations surrounding gender and sexuality, have questions answered and engage in dialogue for strategies to decrease the discrimination, fear, hostility and violence that is routinely directed towards transgender people.