2018 National Tribal TANF Institute

July 16-19, 2018
Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California

Since 2006, The National Tribal TANF Institute has brought people together from throughout the country for a unique educational experience. This year’s Institute will be held July 16-19 at the beautiful Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The theme of the Institute is “Carrying the Water: Community Based Practice in TANF Programs.”

Who Should Attend

Directors, program managers, supervisors, tribal council members, community partners, case managers, employment counselors, training coordinators, intake specialists, wellness and prevention staff and case assistants all find opportunities for professional development and organizational growth.

What to Expect at the 2018 Institute

At this unique, interactive three-day event, participants will have opportunities to:

  • Gain university-quality, culturally competent professional development skills
  • Foster and encourage collaboration and interaction between tribal communities
  • Learn best practices in service delivery to those in need in our communities
  • Celebrate the diversity of culture and experience of institute participants and their sovereign nations

Institute Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, July 15, 2018
3:00-6:00 p.m. Institute Registration Opens
Monday, July 16, 2018
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Institute Registration
7:30 -9:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00-11:30 a.m. General Session/Keynote Address
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. Workshop Breakouts
5:30-7:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Workshop Breakouts
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. Workshop Breakouts
5:30 p.m. Dinner On Your Own
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Workshop Breakouts
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. Workshop Breakouts
5:30 p.m. Dinner On Your Own
7:00-9:00 p.m. Cultural Exchange
Thursday, July 19, 2018
7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:30 a.m. Track Capstone Sessions
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Closing General Session

Institute Tracks

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The 2018 National Tribal TANF Institute will offer courses in four distinct tracks designed to help participants in various levels of experience and responsibility.

101: This track is designed to introduce case managers to the nuts and bolts of the federal TANF program, including case management best practices and strategies to address common barriers to client success and long-term self-sufficiency. Workshops in the track include:

  • Historical Trauma
  • Introduction to Case Management in Tribal TANF (Full Day)
  • Where Not to Go: Professional Boundaries in Human Services
  • Work Harder, Not Smarter

Advanced Case Management: This track is for the more experienced worker, looking to further their skills and abilities in providing solutions to specific challenges faced in the communities that they serve. Workshops in the track include:

  • Addressing Barriers to Self-Sufficiency
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Certification
  • Community-Based Youth Services
  • Implicit Bias
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Strength-Based Assessment of Job Readiness
  • Suicide Prevention in Tribal Communities SAFE Talk (Suicide Alertness for Everyone)
  • Wellness and Self Care

Supervisor/Management: This track assists managers in developing strategies and skills to lead their teams to improved effectiveness and efficiency when working with their clients to self-sufficiency. Workshops in the track include:

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Performance Management
  • Reporting and WPR
  • Roadmap to Successful Program Collaboration
  • Team Building

Leadership: This track looks at the dynamics of program management, discussing how to effectively implement new projects and processes, as well as documenting and showing successes and progress on new initiatives. Workshops in the track include:

  • Best Practices in Program Development
  • Federal Regulations Interpretation
  • Leading Change (Full Day)
  • Measuring Successful Program Implementation

Keynote Speaker

Terry CrossTerry Cross, (Ha-ne-ga-noh), an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, received his master’s degree in social work from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is the founding executive director of NICWA, now serving as senior advisor. He is the author of Positive Indian Parenting and co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, published by Georgetown University. He has 40 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years in direct practice.

Keynote Address

Decolonizing Child Welfare for Indigenous Communities: The Role of TANF in Structural Change and Remembering Good Ways to Live

Indigenous families have experienced repeated, historic, intergenerational and complex trauma, resulting in an array of structural threats such as poverty, untreated mental health problems, substance misuse and family disruptions. Until recently, child welfare has too often compounded trauma with approaches designed to rescue children and police parents’ behavior. A decolonized approach seeks to end the trauma of unnecessary removals by recognizing and restoring the integrity of the culture, community and family. An indigenous framework doesn’t wait for bruises or abandonment. It creates “safety.” This presentation will examine how TANF plays a key role in helping build family strength and resilience and in prioritizing child safety. Terry Cross will discuss the roots of Tribal TANF and illustrate how case management can be a “Touchstone of Hope” in tribal child welfare.

About the Instructors

Learn more about the instructors presenting at the 2018 Institute

Lodging Accommodations

This year’s Institute will be held at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, located at 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, California.

Special room and parking rates: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. To receive this special rate, call the hotel at (888) 732-4264 or go online. Reservations must be made by Friday June 15, 2018, to receive the discounted rate of $139 per night. All self-parking and valet parking (based on availability) are complimentary.

Use the following information when making your reservation:

Group Name: UC Davis National Tribal TANF Institute
Group Code: 6011053
Check-in: 07-15-2018
Check-out: 07-19-2018

Enrollment Fee

The fee for the 2018 National Tribal TANF Institute is $1195. Take advantage of the early enrollment fee of $1095 by enrolling no later than April 30, 2018. The enrollment fee includes all institute materials plus the following meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner on July 16; breakfast and lunch on July 17, 18 and 19.

How to Enroll

Online enrollment is now closed. We will continue to take registrations on-site at the institute on a space-available basis.

For More Information

Get on our email list and we'll send you details about the 2018 Institute as it approaches. If you have questions, please contact us at (530) 757-8814 or email tribal@ucdavis.edu.

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