Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Conference Agenda: Changing the Face of Adoption Conference

Participants can either register for both days ($80) or just the 1st day ($50). Participants cannot just register for the 2nd day.

September 27th Sessions

9:15 – 10:30 AM: Keynote

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Transforming Trauma - How to do this Work and Sustain

Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Session Description:

In the keynote, we will focus on raising awareness and responding to the cumulative toll on those who are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crisis, or trauma of humans, other living things or the planet itself.

10:45 – 12:00 PM: Workshop Session #1

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Transforming Trauma - Continuing the Conversation

Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Session Description:

In this workshop, we’ll dive deeper into vicarious trauma and we’ll broaden the conversation by looking at how to create sustainability for oneself within a larger context as well as how to create larger organizational, institutional, and movement-level changes.

Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics: "Brain Mapping" as Clinical Problem Solving

Ted Stein

Session Description:

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology- informed approach to clinical problem solving. Developed by Dr. Bruce Perry, it integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform work with children, families and the communities in which they live. It provides an easy to understand “brain map” and helps guide the selection and sequencing of developmentally sensitive interventions replicating normal sequence of brain development.

Infant Mental Health: Practical Tools for Families and Professionals

Jennifer Robers Miller

Session Description:

Mental health starts earlier than most folks think: there is evidence it starts in utero!! The earlier we start fostering healthy attachments and mental health, the better the outcomes! We will explore what to expect, risk factors, warning signs, and lots of interventions to help little ones grow up healthy and happy!

Trust-Based Relational Intervention: An Overview

Kimberly A. Johnson

Session Description:

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is an evidence-based intervention that addresses behavior issues in children and adolescents from hard places. This presentation will address the research and theories behind the intervention as well as the three guiding principles of TBRI, including the Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting principles.

Training for Adoption Competency: The Wisconsin Experience

Jeanne Wagner and Susan J. Rose

Session Description:

This presentation will describe the challenges of bringing a manualized training for adoption competent practice to Wisconsin clinicians. Presenters will describe all aspects of the training including purpose, recruitment, curriculum, evaluation, and ongoing consultation. Both fidelity and outcome evaluation data will be presented for the over 70 clinicians trained to date.

1:00 – 2:15 PM: Workshop Session #2

 

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Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics: "Brain Mapping" as Clinical Problem Solving

Ted Stein

Session Description:

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology- informed approach to clinical problem solving. Developed by Dr. Bruce Perry, it integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform work with children, families and the communities in which they live. It provides an easy to understand “brain map” and helps guide the selection and sequencing of developmentally sensitive interventions replicating normal sequence of brain development.

Legislation and Data

Danielle Karnopp

Session Description:

This session will provide an overview of the changes to Ch. 50 and 51 Administrative Rules, overview recent state legislation, provide information about how the Family First Prevention Services Act may impact agencies and families post-adoption, and include a presentation of recent Wisconsin adoption data.

Did You Know? Now You Know! A Parent's Perspective on Navigating Supports and Services for a Child with a Disability

Brigit Frank and Lynn Renner

Session Description:

Did You Know? Now You Know! Training explains resources and services for children with disabilities and special health care needs from birth through young adulthood. Learn about health insurance and how to best use your benefits, Medicaid, long-term supports, prior authorizations, community resources and more.

Navigating the Teenage Years

Dr. Samantha Wilson

Session Discription:

The challenge of building an identity while struggling with uncertainty (and often trauma) is complex. This presentation will highlight unique aspects of adolescent development, including concerns that are commonly seen during adolescence: self-harm, precocious sexuality, anxiety, and depression. Case examples and resources will be provided to support families to navigate the murky waters of adolescence.

Mandi Dornfeld, Tracy Hengst, Kay Hietpas, and Lynn McLaughlin

Session Discription:

Attend this engaging and interactive workshop to learn about the five protective factors and how you can integrate them into your life and work. We will introduce you to the five protective factors, discuss why they are important and provide you with the opportunity to identify small but significant changes you can make right away. This workshop will also introduce you to parents who have benefited from these protective factors in their lives. You must attend both sessions.

2:30-3:45 PM: Workshop Session # 3

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When Difficult Behaviors Arise Post-Adoption

Dr. Samantha Wilson

Session Description:

Children enter foster/adoptive families with many needs. Some are evident early; others surface in the course of later development. A trauma-informed perspective will be presented to understand behavioral concerns that commonly arise in the school-age years. Content will include exploring the impact of early adversity on brain/behavior, expressions of grief/loss within adoption, and ways for families to promote healing relationships. Resources will be provided to support families in understanding common behavioral concerns from a different perspective and respond in a trauma-informed manner.

Birthmother Grief and Loss

Patricia Dischler

Session Description:

Everyone experiences grief and loss in different ways. Patricia will facilitate a conversation among participants about expectations for grief and loss in adoption and how to support those experiencing these emotions.

Mandi Dornfeld, Tracy Hengst, Kay Hietpas, and Lynn McLaughlin

Session Discription:

Attend this engaging and interactive workshop to learn about the five protective factors and how you can integrate them into your life and work. We will introduce you to the five protective factors, discuss why they are important and provide you with the opportunity to identify small but significant changes you can make right away. This workshop will also introduce you to parents who have benefited from these protective factors in their lives. You must attend both sessions.

Adoption Records Search and Reunion

Jacy Boldebuck

Session Description:

This session will discuss the nuts and bolts of adoption reunion in Wisconsin. We will also discuss recent changes and challenges posed by the current digital age.

AGES (Adoption and Guardianship Enhanced Support)

Frances Bass, Lisa Anderson, and Lisa Tuozzo

Session Description:

AGES is a voluntary program for adoptive or guardianship families who live in the Northeastern Region of the state and need help in reducing the familial stress. The goal is to reduce discontinuity within families. The presentation will provide information regarding the QIC-AG grant, program development, what AGES has to offer, what families can expect when participating, who the AGES workers are, the eligibility, entry points, program data, and lessons learned.

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Keynote

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Because I Loved You

Patricia Dischler

Session Description:

Through Patricia’s personal story as a birthmother, we’ll explore the life-long impact of adoption on everyone involved. Learn the key to helping women make a choice without regrets, how everyone’s role affects the outcome, and how to help all take those first steps towards building a trusting, loving relationship.

September 28th Sessions

9:00-1:00pm E&B

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Ethics and Boundaries: Biological Roots and Challenges of the New Genetics

David Mays

Session Description:

Studying ethical behavior in the research setting leads to some surprising insights, notably, we humans are remarkably similar in the way we construct our moral codes and remarkably inconsistent in how we apply them. Research in economics, social science, and biology tells us that our ethical behavior is complex, and our deepest motivations are not easily understood. Human history, though, provides ample evidence that by learning more about what we believe and why can give us more control over our moral behavior, allowing us to become better, more ethical people. New discoveries in genetics have suddenly presented us with a startling question: how much should we know about creating human beings, and how far should we go in changing them? The future of genetic manipulation is already here. This presentation will be about the biological origins of “ethical” behavior. The purpose of the day is to help each participant understand the roots of why we believe some acts are moral and some are not and how our brains complicate efforts to solve moral dilemmas. We will also look at how 21st Century human beings are on the threshold of changing everything, including themselves.

Session Outline:

“Trolleyology,” the doctrine of double effect, and self-driving cars

Making ethical decisions, the right tempero-parietal junction, Jonathan Haidt

Empathy and fairness

In group/outgroup

Honesty and our “fudge” factor

Moral disengagement, money, and privilege

Dealing with our cognitive biases

Dealing with our biology

Genetics – what’s different

Ethical challenges

Session Objectives:

Be familiar with how scientists study morality

Recognize the unconscious, yet persuasive nature of making moral choices

Be introduced to the 5 components of the moral mind

Understand how individuals disengage from their ethical standards

Learn about ways in which the new genetics can challenge what it means to be human