2019 National Tribal TANF Institute

July 29 - August 1, 2019
UC Davis Conference Center

550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA

Hosted by the University of California, Davis, the National Tribal TANF Institute brings people together from across the country for a unique educational experience. Now in its 14th year, the theme of the 2019 Institute is “Honoring the Sacred Wheel.”

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 2019 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


Monday, July 29, 2019
8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Institute Registration
10:00-11:30 a.m. Opening Session/Keynote
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15-4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
5:30-7:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
7:30 -9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:00-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
5:30 p.m. Dinner On Your Own
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:00-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
5:00 p.m. Dinner On Your Own
6:30-8:30 p.m. Cultural Exchange
Thursday, August 1, 2019
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

Keynote Speaker

Theda New Breast

Theda New Breast, M.P.H. (Montana Blackfeet), is a founding board member and master trainer/facilitator for the Native Wellness Institute (NWI). She is one of the pioneers in the Native training field and an original committee member for the Men’s and Women’s Wellness gatherings. She has been a leading authority on indigenous cultural resilience internationally and has worked with over 500 tribes in 34 years on Proactive Healing from Historical Trauma, Post Traumatic Growth, Mental Health Healing and Sobriety/Recovery/Adult Child of Alcoholic (ACOA). She is the co-founder and co-writer of the GONA (Gathering of Native Americans) curriculum, one of the Ten Effective Practices and Models in Communities of Color. New Breast has facilitated over 600 GONAs. She lives on the Blackfeet Reservation in Northern Montana and is a Khan-nat-tso-miitah (Crazy Dog) Society member, herbalist, Sun dancer, pipe carrier, and lives as Niitsitapi, like all her Ancestors for thousands of years.

In 2013, the Red Nations Film Festival honored New Breast with a Humanitarian Award for her lifetime of healing work with tribes and with a Red Nations statuette for her documentary short film, Why the Women in My Family Don’t Drink Whiskey.

Keynote Address

"Historical Trauma to Historical Wisdom: Tools for Living and Working in Balance"

Keynote Follow-Up Workshop for Leadership Track

"Workplace Wellness: Building Relationships and Trust"

Institute Tracks and Workshops

The 2019 National Tribal TANF Institute will offer courses in four distinct tracks designed to help participants in various levels of experience and responsibility.


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.

Introduction to Case Management in Tribal TANF (Full Day<>)

In 1996, Congress replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This drastic change created the need for a paradigm shift for clients and workers. This intensive begins by introducing Tribal TANF to new case management staff. Many individuals, when hired, are not aware of the basic principles of Tribal TANF and the purpose of the program, including its mission and values. The first portion of this intensive will provide a background on Tribal TANF programs, clients and the role of the case manager/front line staff.

This interactive session will also examine the case management process in tribally diverse settings and how it can be used to serve the needs of clients, families and communities. Case management is a diverse, multi-step process designed to ensure coordination of Tribal TANF services for eligible clients and their families and support systems.

The session will provide an overview of the case management processes, including:

  • File set up
  • Documentation and case notes
  • Intake, assessment of needs
  • Service planning
  • Plan implementation
  • Service coordination
  • Monitoring and follow-up
  • Re-assessment, case conferencing
  • Crisis intervention
  • Case closure

Historical Trauma and the Relationship to Wellness and Self Sufficiency

Trauma is defined as a physical or emotional wounding or injury. With any trauma, healing is called for before the impacted individual can reach his/her full potential. Many of the families and communities served by Tribal TANF have experienced great loss, and the survival skills they have developed do not always support wellness and the working of a case plan. Understanding historic trauma and how it continues to impact the client can help the novice caseworker develop attitudes, knowledge and skills that can support the client in managing change and becoming self-sufficient.

Where Not to Go: Professional Boundaries in Human Services

The ability to set and maintain professional boundaries is critical to an effective, sustainable career as a helping professional. Workers make judgements regarding boundaries on a daily basis, and these decisions affect not only their own well-being, but also that of their clients, colleagues, and loved ones. It’s not surprising, then, that the topic of boundaries is a necessary and relevant part of the continued education of helping professionals throughout their careers.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

This workshop is for new and novice case management staff that are looking to maximize their time and energy through a variety of techniques that emphasize efficiency and effectiveness. Concepts and components of time management and prioritization will be covered with emphasis placed on the importance of organization, being effective, planning efficiently and prioritizing tasks.

Topics include:

  • Identifying time wasters
  • Learn strategies to enhance time management—useful tools
    • Outlook Management
    • Organization—It’s not just about you
  • The Focus Funnel—How to Procrastinate on Purpose and be a time multiplier
  • How and why timely thorough case comments are so important

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.

Addressing Barriers to Family Success

How can programs assist a client in moving towards self-sufficiency? This class addresses common barriers many clients encounter as they work towards transitioning away from TANF services. Topics to be addressed include, identifying barriers, resources, support systems, as well as, skill development and effective case management. Participants will review, discuss and evaluate possible solutions for assisting clients with strategies to overcome these barriers.

Suicide Prevention in Tribal Communities SafeTalk (Suicide Alertness for Everyone)

In many tribes we do not speak of certain things for fear that we may call them to us. Suicide is one of those things that is spoke about in hushed tones or as a private matter. However, we are seeing in Indian Country near and far, that our youth are in crisis. Native youth suicide rates are higher than all other racial or ethnic groups in the United States. This workshop will provide you with information on how to recognize risk factors, signs and symptoms of suicide and how to respond.

Wellness and Self Care

This workshop presents wellness as an approach to health that can result in greater vitality, control, responsibility, and on-the-job effectiveness. Participants will better understand factors that may contribute to health risk and ways to reduce chronic pain and tension.

Topics include:

  • The signs and symptoms of stress
  • The relationship of wellness to self-esteem and productivity
  • Better ways to handle job stress
  • Factors and habits that contribute to health risk
  • Relaxation techniques

Youth Services

Youth development is essential to ensuring our youth have the skills, knowledge and experiences available to them to be successful members of our communities. Developing and implementing services depend upon the resources and needs of your youth. This workshop will focus on CaseloadPro a risk and needs assessment and case management developing program focusing on the youth’s needs and strengths, childhood trauma, healing through culture, sports, and outdoor programming.

Handle With Care: Understanding Mental Health Issues

According to the United States Census Bureau, 1.2% of the U.S. population identifies as Native American or Alaskan Native. Of those, over 21% had a diagnosable mental illness in the past year. Education is the most important step in understanding mental health problems. This course will be focusing on case workers identifying mental health issues with their participants and learning how to work them in a more effective manner. The focus will be on education, resources, support, and communication.


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.

Motivating Yourself and Others

This workshop helps participants focus on achieving potential on the job and rekindling enthusiasm for both their career and the career aspirations of others. Participants learn how to clarify job expectations, develop and maintain pride and commitment, and create an environment that encourages productivity.

Topics include:

  • Define motivation and understand its relationship to productivity
  • Identify and navigate personal and organizational barriers to motivation
  • Recognize the relationship of personal values and attitudes to job satisfaction

Team Building

This session emphasizes both the individual and collective contributions within a team. Participants will gain insight through simple, easy to remember models and also be given practical strategies for continued team growth and health.

Topics include:

  • Defining team
  • Establishing team purpose
  • Understanding the team development process
  • Making tough conversations easy

Hiring for Success

By employing a framework that incorporates behavioral questions to encourage candidates to discuss specific experiences and accomplishments, you will be able to gain more information from each interview and improve the chances of selecting the right candidate for each position.

Coaching and Mentoring

This workshop will improve attendees’ ability to positively influence their relationships with their direct reports, peers, and superiors. Participants will be introduced to tools and models used by seasoned business and leadership coaches.

Topics include:

  • Defining Coaching, Counseling, Mentoring
  • Coaching Conversation
  • Coaching tools and models


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.

Best Practices in Program Development

This session is designed to highlight innovative and effective best practices in instituting successful TANF programs. Presenting programs will share what they do to provide exciting opportunities and address unique challenges, as well as collaborate to assist others to develop meaningful programs for their communities. There will be a Question and Answer period with a panel of professionals with experience producing successful Community-based programs.

Creating a Culture of Excellence

This workshop will facilitate the conversation on Excellence and introduce participants to models and thought leaders to aid in creating the culture within their organizations to define, develop and maintain excellence. It is intended for all levels of leadership who desire to grow and develop as Champions of Excellence in their organizations and community.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to the Work of Leaders
  • The Excellence Gap “Thoughts to Actions”
  • Habits for Sustained Excellence

Tribal TANF Program Outcome Development and Data Collection

This management and leadership workshop will engage attendees in ways to determine and identify relevant and meaningful program indicators and outcomes. Additionally, the workshop with discuss the necessary collection of data to report results to stakeholders for accountability, program improvement and program success.

Interpreting Regulations for Maximum Flexibility and Compliance

The purpose of this session is to assist in the interpretation of federal policy, regulations and guidelines used by tribes or consortiums to administer Tribal TANF programs. Tribal TANF programs give federally recognized Indian tribes and consortiums flexibility to design welfare, jobs and child welfare programs that promote work responsibility and strengthen families. Auditing is an objective assurance designed to monitor compliancy and improve services. We will explore internal controls that can assist your TANF program in preparing for the annual audit. Participants should come prepared to discuss how various parts of the regulations, guidelines and codes are applied and/or could be applied to their Tribal TANF program.

This workshop will explore the following questions:

  • What are the purposes of TANF?
  • What is assistance?
  • What is allowable, not allowable or reasonable?
  • Where do you find the OMBs and why are they important?
  • Is an internal audit done periodically on all participant files?
  • How do you document participation and outcomes?
  • Does your program have internal controls?
  • Is there a case management system in place to monitor eligibility of participants at the time of payments to participants?
  • Is there a written procedure that specifies staff responsible and timeframes for the internal audit of participant files?
  • Do the financial statements accurately reflect the purchases and expenses?
  • Is there a review of expenditures to ensure that the costs are allowable and allocated to the proper funding source?

Enrollment Fee

The enrollment fee for this four-day training event is $1,275. The enrollment fee includes quality instruction by subject matter experts, researched-based curricula and course materials, as well as parking on a daily basis and meals as follows: Lunch and dinner on July 29; and breakfast, lunch and snacks on July 30, July 31 and August 1.

How to Enroll

To enroll online, complete the online enrollment form.

To enroll by phone, please call our Student Services office at (800) 752-0881 during business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (PST).

Lodging Accommodations

Participants are responsible for their own lodging. We have reserved a block of rooms at the following hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn Davis Downtown

110 F St.

Davis, CA 95616


Booking ID: 3770

Call (530) 753-3600

Price: $159 (Standard Queen or King)

Book Online

Hyatt Place UC Davis

173 Old Davis Rd.

Davis, CA 95616


Call (530) 756-9500

Price: $174 (Standard Queen or Single)

Book Online. Please make sure to input check-in date of July 29 and check-out date of August 1 in order to access the group rate

Aggie Inn

245 1st St.

Davis, CA 95616


Call (530) 756-0352

Price Range: $149 - $169 (Single, Queen, King, Double Queen, Suite)

Book Online

Best Western Plus Palm Court Hotel

234 D St.

Davis, CA 95616


Call (530) 753-7100

Price: $156 (King Suite Only)

Book Online

To receive any of these special rates, please call or go online for your preferred hotel option. Reservations must be made by Sunday, June 23, 2019.

For More Information

Get on our email list and we'll send you details about the 2019 Institute as it approaches. If you have questions, please contact us at (530) 757-8643 or email tribal@ucdavis.edu.

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