Archived Webinars

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
August 14, 2018
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects many youth involved in Child Welfare.  These are the children with the most disrupted placements; the ones who so often become “crossover kids”—involved with the justice system;  and frequently end up homeless. They usually collect a variety of diagnoses but no treatment seems to work, even the most trauma-informed. This brief introduction to FASD will help you recognize this condition and learn some of the basics of successful intervention.

Infants and Toddlers served by Child Welfare
April 14, 2016
Recent updates to the Early Start eligibility criteria were presented. This webinar discusses the intersection of early intervention services and children being served through CAPTA, including the referral process and a new statewide focus on positive social-emotional outcomes for children and families.

Webinar:  Bridging Law and Trauma-Informed Care: Practical Tools to Enhance Trauma-Informed Legal Practice
February 25-26, 2016
Dr. Catherine DeRidder and Jessica Richards, MSW, LCSW, presented essential information about the impact of trauma for professionals in the child welfare system. Dr. DeRidder shared the hard science behind how trauma derails development, mental health and physical health. Jessica Richards shared practical tools from the Neurorelational Framework (Lillas and Turnbull, 2009) to detect “red flags” and ideas for interventions to mediate the impact. This webinar is ideal for judges, attorneys, CASAs, child welfare professionals and others who interface with children and families in the child welfare system.

Understanding Toxic Stress and Its Implications for Youth in Care: A Neurorelational Framework Training Module
June 26, 2014
Jessica Richards M.S., M.S.W., LCSW, provides hands-on tools for anyone interacting with children, especially those in the child welfare system. Using principles from the Neurorelational Framework (Lillas & Turnbull, 2009), she guides participants in identifying behaviors of the three primary stress responses inherent to infants, children and adults and identifying the four toxic stress patterns that can disrupt development especially birth to age five. Jessica will discuss the effects of trauma and chronic stress across the lifespan and the healing power of relationships as well as strategies to assess and enhance relationships. The material presented comes from the co-authored book by Lillas and Turnbull that is part of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Series by W. W. Norton.

Strengthening Families and the Community: A Formal Collaboration between County of San Diego Child Welfare Services and Neighborhood House Association Head Start
September 24, 2013. Presented by Rosann Myers, JD, RN and Stephanie Tesch, MSW
Child welfare agencies and early childhood education systems share the goal of promoting the well-being of the community's most vulnerable children and families. Recent policy recommendations from the Administration for Children and Families emphasize this common goal and encourage the establishment of formal partnerships between child welfare services agencies and early childhood systems, such as Head Start. Sharing specific strategies, tools, and case studies, presenters demonstrate how a dynamic partnership between Child Welfare Services and the local Early Head Start and Head Start agency was developed and implemented in San Diego County.
StrengtheningFamilies.pdf |

Impacts of Trauma on the Young Child: Emotional & Cognitive Development and School Functioning
Tuesday, December 18, and Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Jessica P. Greenwald O'Brien, Ph.D.
Children exposed to adversity and/or trauma in their early lives show a diverse range of impacts. Trauma in the very early years can bear a significant influence on attachment patterns which in turn shapes a wide range of developmental outcomes. All of this can influence a child's functioning in school at all levels. Children's reactions to traumatic or adverse events can effect classroom learning, social relationships, and behavior throughout the school community. The presenter will offer a model for considering these impacts and offer a framework for thinking about how schools can respond more effectively to the needs of these children.

Child Development (3-5 years old) May 17, 2012 10-11:30 am Julie law, Ph.D.
A broad overview of human development from 3 to 5 years. Physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children in the play years are reviewed. In bridging research and practice, we examine how development in the first three years provides the foundation for skill development in four- and five-year-old children. Emphasis is given to how children learn and how optimal development supports school readiness skills including self-regulation, empathy, cognitive focus and self-discipline.
Child Development 3-5.pdf |

Child Development (Birth to 3 years old) May16, 2012 10-11:30 am Julie law, Ph.D.
A broad overview of human development from birth to 3 years. Physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are discussed in relation to corresponding behaviors one can expect to see. In bridging research and practice, examples are given of healthy relational interactions and their importance in supporting optimal development in children. Emphasis is given to the effects of trauma and how development may look different or be altered when exposed to high stress environments.
Child Development 3-5.pdf |

Early Start, Promising Practices for Foster Youth, August 30, 2011 Presenter: Tricia Gonzalez
Early Start, Promising Practices for Foster Youth The building blocks to school success are the early identification of developmental concerns, timely service delivery and stability for children ages 0-5. This workshop will focus on a unique multifaceted program created in Fresno County to identify, screen and serve all 0-5 age children in foster care with the goal of improving overall wellbeing and increasing school readiness.
Promising Practices - 0-5 - Webinar 8-30-11.pdf |

What Happens After a Child is Referred to Early Start?
Thursday, June 23, 2011 Patric Widmann from the Department of Developmental Services and Connie Moreland- Bishop from Far Northern Regional Center will provide the State and local perspective regarding what happens after a child enters the Early Start service system. Intake, evaluation and assessment, the Individualized Family Service Plan process and transition procedures will be covered. Coordination and collaboration that fosters confidence and competence between partner agencies will be explored.
child_referred.pdf |

Trauma in Early Childhood: What Do We Know? What Can We Do?
May 3, 2011: Presented by Chandra Ghosh Ippen What do we know about trauma exposure in early childhood, its prevalence, its consequences? More importantly, how do we help young children who have been exposed to traumatic events when they are seemingly too young to fully grasp what has happened? While it can be difficult to think about trauma in early childhood, the first step in healing a wound is to acknowledge its existence. Trauma is over prevalent, even in the early years. Parental trauma, often referred to as "ghosts in the nursery" and historical trauma, the "ghosts in our society," influence the way caregivers respond to children. Fortunately, there are promising ways that we can work with families to address trauma across generations. These interventions build on relationships and strengths and enhance our focus on "angels in the nursery." This presentation focuses on the hope that new clinical interventions and research offer: although there is a wound, it can be healed. Throughout the presentation, clinical vignettes are used to illustrate core concepts and key principles that can be used when working with young children exposed to trauma.
trauma_handouts.pdf |

Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)
Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 Presented by Cynthia A. Landes M.P.H., M.A., E.T./P. The PEDS (Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status) is a fast, accurate, screening and surveillance tool for developmental and behavioral problems in young children. PEDS meets the recommendation by the California Department of Social Services to use standardized tools to identify children for referral. This ten short questionnaire uses the parents' and/or caretakers assessment of the child's behavioral problems and can be used to educate on appropriate child development, engage families and most importantly; identify children at risk for referral to early intervention services.
PEDS ppt and handouts.pdf |

Developmental Challenges and Outcomes for Young Children in Child Welfare
Tuesday, May 11h, 2010 E. Christopher Lloyd, PhD, LCSW Child welfare agencies and their community partners struggle with meeting the social and developmental needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children they serve. Knowing the risk factors and resulting outcomes for infants and young children associated with child welfare involvement can provide a context to create a plan and mitigate these negative effects. This webinar will provide a snapshot of these risks and outcomes and identify how to agencies can build upon services to support early involvement giving every child an opportunity to maximize their social, emotional and physical development.
Presentationslides.pdf |

Art Therapy for At Risk Children and Their Families
Tuesday, May 6, 2010, 10-11:30 a.m. Presented By Pamela M. Hayes, MFT, LMHC, ATR-BC, This course will provide participants the skills to utilize art with clients, including children and their families. Art therapy techniques will be demonstrated and participants will complete therapeutic art projects based on symptom management and rational psychotherapy. Attendees will analyze research and case studies that illustrate the effectiveness of art therapy with children at risk. Participants will leave with many new concrete skills and interventions to add to your therapeutic toolbox.

Applying Child Development and Brain Science Research to Child Welfare Practice
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 Presented by Jennifer Rodriguez and Tricia Gonzalez The Youth Law Center for a webinar on the New Beginnings Birth to Six Initiative, a project to improve the ability of the child welfare system to met the developmental needs of infants and young children. Child welfare systems frequently struggle to meet the needs of young children in foster care for a consistent, loving caregiver and support in dealing with early trauma and neglect. This can have serious consequences on a child's long term ability to adjust to life changes, succeed in school, connect with others and achieve permanency. The Youth Law Center has partnered with several child welfare jurisdictions nationally to elevate child development research to daily practice by developing practice tools and policy changes to better meet the special needs of young children. This training will cover information on the project, changes implemented by sites, tools for better practice with young children in foster care, and information on innovative interventions that meet the needs of young children in the child welfare system.
All ppt for april 6th.pdf |

Mental Health Service Utilization and Outcomes for Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System
Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Presenter: Kathy Lemon Osterling, Ph.D., M.S.W. This webinar will present findings from a study that examined the influence of public mental health services on family stabilization outcomes among children and youth involved in the child welfare system, and how the child welfare and mental health systems collaborate. Experiences of trauma, maltreatment and being placed in out-of-home care increases the risk for mental health problems among children involved in the child welfare system. Research suggests that 50% to 80% of children involved in the child welfare system have a mental health diagnosis; however, relatively little is known about the influence of mental health services for these children or how the child welfare system and the mental health system collaborate to meet the needs of this population.
Powerpoint- 093WIS783.pdf |

Risk and Resilience: Successful Collaboration for Early Intervention for the Substance-Exposed Child
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Presenter Chris Shannon, MCCDP, Executive Director, Door to Hope/MCSTART This workshop will provide the professional with a better understanding of the constellation of developmental and neurobehavioral problems experienced by infants and children who were pre-natally exposed to alcohol and/or drugs. The workshop will present effective measures and interventions that can be promoted within the context of community-based early intervention and/or child welfare to promote resiliency and minimize risk factors as the child grows and develops.

Implications of Early Start Policy Changes Dec 8, 2009 By Patric Widmann
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C, require an appropriate referral for children under the age of three who have a substantiated case of maltreatment be screened and referred for early intervention services. This webinar presentation will review the recent policy changes to Early Start eligibility and the resources available for these vulnerable and at risk children. The need however to identify and serve these children remains an ever growing priority. Join us to learn the most recent statutory changes and how these changes will affect the identification, referral and resources that are available.
092wis780 handout for website.pdf |

Maternal and Infant/Child Health: Substance-Exposed Newborns June 23, 2009 By Neal Michaels, Enid Watson
Although prenatal drug exposure can have immediate and latent effects on children, current research indicates that the post-natal environment is a critical factor in child outcomes. Early identification and intervention with mothers, infants and families not only gives substance-exposed newborns the opportunity to achieve their full potential—it also saves society billions of dollars in health care, special education and child welfare services. A Helping Hand: Mother to Mother is a demonstration project funded primarily by the Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to implement the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requirement to identify and serve substance-exposed newborns (SENs). It is a collaborative project led by Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Department of Children and Families (Child Welfare). Brandeis University provides the evaluation. This webinar session examines a comprehensive, coordinated and effective system of care for SENs, their mothers and families, through effective engagement in services and collaboration among service providers.

Legislation: How It Drives the Implementation of Developmental and Mental Health Screens June 16, 2009 By Cheryl Treadwell
This course is intended to show how past and present legislation, on both the federal and state levels, drives the requirements for developmental and mental health screens for children in the child welfare system.

Funding Streams June 9, 2009 ByTodd Sosna
This presentation provides an overview of how Medi-Cal establishes rates and the developmental screening codes that can be used for billing the fee for service (FFS) Medi-Cal. The webinar also includes relevant policies associated with the codes, challenges relating to the codes and future changes.

Early Childhood System of Care: Orange County Public Health Nursing Program May 28, 2009 By Sarah P. Hoang, Virginia Schellberge, Kathryn D. Schnabl, John Zeimantz
This informative presentation will highlight a public health nursing program using a collaboration between a county health care agency and social services agency to implement the developmental screening of children in foster care. The programs rationale for development, goals, process for implementation and partnerships will be reviewed. Current challenges and opportunities for resolution will also be provided.

Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act Webinar Screening Tools and Evidence Tested Practice May 12, 2009 By Penny Knapp
This presentation will review evidence-based approaches to screening children for developmental and social-emotional problems. The particular risk of children in the foster care system will be identified. Specific screening tools will be reviewed. Current best practices will be described. Strategies for linking children to necessary services will be outlined.
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