2020 Partnerships for Well-Being Institute

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Event Date

Hyatt Regency, 11999 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Virtual Mini-Institute on June 3

Join us at the Partnerships for Well-Being Virtual Mini-Institute! This free, one-day virtual event is in addition to the in-person 2020 Partnerships for Well-Being Institute. Offered as a series of Zoom webinars, you’ll hear from national experts in the main sessions, and join interactive breakout sessions based on your interests.

To learn more and sign up for this free event, register here.

About the 2020 Partnerships for Well-Being Institute (In-Person Event)

We are excited to host the 11th Partnerships for Well-Being Institute, Visioning an Integrated Future, December 8-10, 2020. By learning from and with each other, we can create a culturally relevant and trauma-informed system of care that strengthens the voice and choice of the child, youth and family, and builds consensus around their strengths and needs in service planning and delivery. We will vision an integrated future, working to improve and enhance the well-being for children, youth, families, communities and tribes.

This includes professionals in the fields of:

  • Child Welfare
  • Behavioral Health
  • Early Childhood
  • Education
  • Probation
  • Providers (Community Partners)
  • Resource Families
  • Tribal Communities

Building a network for better practice

The Partnerships for Well-Being Institute is an opportunity to:

  • learn new skills
  • build a network of support by learning with and learning from one another
  • strengthen working relationships with families, informal supports and professional partners
  • examine and adopt practices, programs and policies that produce positive outcomes
  • enhance the role and use of parent partners

Bringing experts together

The Partnerships For Well-Being Institute brings together experts from around the state and nationwide. From clinical experts to those putting theory into action, we will learn and share with other individuals committed to children, youth, families, communities and tribes.

Keynote Speakers and Presenters

photo of Victoria RowelVictoria Rowell is an award-winning actress, producer, international lecturer, advocate and New York Times bestselling author of The Women Who Raised Me (HarperCollins), an inspirational memoir that details her rise out of the foster-care system through the stories of the incredible women who lifted her up in different ways. An Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-nominated TV executive producer/director and the recipient of seven NAACP Image Awards, Rowell has been able to use her celebrity status to gain a voice for foster children. Recognized by Congress for advocacy on behalf of education, arts, foster and adoptive youth, parents and social workers, she directed The Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan charity for 20 years and spent 15 years of collaborative service with The Annie E. Casey Foundation.


photo of Bryant T. MarksBryant T. Marks, Sr., Ph.D., is a minister, researcher, trainer and award-winning educator. His mission is to develop the knowledge, wisdom and skills of others that will allow them to reach their full potential and live with purpose and passion. Marks is the founder and chief training officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and he is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as senior advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was a contributor and trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper and 21st Century Policing programs. He has provided implicit bias training to several thousand police chiefs and patrol officers, including the entire Los Angeles Police Department. He has also provided training related to diversity and implicit bias to individuals in education (K-12 and higher education), corporations, nonprofits, and local and federal government. 


photo of Debra BetzDebra Baetz, MBA, is the Director of the County of Orange Social Services Agency. She began her long career with the organization in 1989 in the Assistance Programs Division as a Medi-Cal Eligibility Technician. She was able to move and grow within the division to eventually serve as Deputy Division Director, Regional Operations. In 2014, Baetz accepted a rotation as a Deputy Division Director of Professional Standards and Development, where she had oversight of Training and Career Development, Program Integrity, Centralized Operations and Volunteer and Outreach Coordination. From 2016-2018, she served Deputy Division Director of Operations Management and Support Services, then as Division Director of Family Self-Sufficiency and Adult Services before serving in her current role as SSA Director as of June 2018.

Additional presenters will be added as the Institute approaches.

2020 Institute Awards Nominations

If you would like to nominate an individual or organization for one of our awards, please fill out the nomination form after reviewing the award criteria. All nominations are due by October 12, 2020. Recipients within each award category will be recognized and receive the award during a plenary session at the Institute. 

Nominate a Family to Sharing Their Journey

The Family Panel is often mentioned by attendees as one of the highlights of the Institute. Not only is it inspiring to hear their journey, it’s also an important reminder of what we do, the impact our work has on families and how we can improve. On the nomination form, you’ll be asked to share your nominated family’s strengths, successes and how they were served by teaming efforts, integration across systems or other best practices. All nominations are due by October 12, 2020.

2020 Institute at a Glance

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

7:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00-10:15 a.m. Opening Plenary Session and Keynote Address
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops—Session A
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops—Session B
3:30-5:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops—Session C

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 
7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:00 a.m. Plenary Session
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops—Session D
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Plenary Session
3:00-4:30 p.m. Concurrent Workshops—Session E

Thursday, December 10, 2020
7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:15 a.m. Plenary Session
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops—Session F 
12:00 p.m. Conference adjourns

Enrollment Fee

The early enrollment fee for the 2020 Institute is $400 and has been extended to September 1. After September 1, the enrollment fee is $490. Groups of 3 or more from the same organization will receive the $400 pricing, regardless of when they register. The enrollment fee includes breakfast for all three days, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday and all program materials.

Enrollment Options

  • To enroll as an individual and pay with a credit card, enroll here.
  • To enroll as an individual or a group and pay with a check, purchase order or county training units, enroll here.

Hotel Information

The Institute will be held at Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, 11999 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Space is limited, so make your reservations early by booking online or calling (714) 750-1234 and indicating you are attending the Partnerships for Well-Being Institute to guarantee the special Institute rate.

Professional Credit: Partnerships for Well-Being Institute

BBS: This institute will be certified for 13 hours of continuing education credit.

BRN: The institute will be certified for 13 hours of continuing education for registered nurses. Please note that BRN credit can only be given for all 13 hours of completion. No partial credit can be given. will be charged for continuing education credit.

STC Credit: This institute will be certified for 13 hours of STC credit for probation officers.

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