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Jennifer AhSing, is currently a Supervising Practice Consultant and the County Consultant for San Diego County with the Public Child Welfare Training Academy at the Academy for Professional Excellence. She has worked in the field of Child Welfare for 12 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University San Marcos in 2001. She began her career with Child Welfare Services of San Diego County working at the Polinsky Center for Children as a Residential Care Worker where she provided supportive services to foster youth. She graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2006 and then returned to San Diego County Child Welfare Services in the capacity of a Protective Services Worker. As a Protective Services Worker with San Diego County she conducted safety and risk assessments, case management services, and provided interventions in order to keep children safe. She promoted to Senior Protective Services Worker and in this role she supported training and staff development of new workers, supported the training and implementation of Safety Organized Practice across the county, and provided supervision to her unit in her supervisor’s absence. Ms. AhSing joined the Academy for Professional Excellence and the Public Child Welfare Training Academy in 2013. She has provided coaching to workers and supervisors across the Southern California region to support the implementation of Safety Organized Practice in five counties. Ms. AhSing has helped to design and pilot field advisor training and field activities related to California’s standardized line worker core, known in California as Common Core 3.0. She has expertise in safety and risk assessment, Safety Organized Practice training and implementation, training and implementation of coaching programs, training and curriculum development, designing field activities and field advisor training to support new workers, and training and coaching to support the Child and Family Services Review (she is a certified trainer for the CFSR case review training). Ms. AhSing currently supervises a team of Practice Consultants who provide coaching across Southern California counties.
Margie Albers, LCSW, has over 30 years of experience in child welfare. She has worked with abused children and their families in several intensive treatment programs around the State of California. For the past twenty years, Ms. Albers has been training professionals who work with abused children and their families. This work has included developing and implementing training programs for child protection service workers, mental health therapists, childcare workers and foster parents throughout the state of California. She currently teaches for UC Davis Center for Human Services, Northern Training Academy, Central Training Academy and Bay Area Academy.
Leah Albright-Byrd is the founder of Bridget's Dream, a survivor-advocate, consultant and trainer on the topic of domestic sex-trafficking. Leah loves to use her voice, passion, and skill to declare a powerful message of change to a variety of audiences. She is a skilled CSEC group facilitator and mentor! Please join Leah to learn about strategies and efforts to fight sex-trafficking and help survivors dream again.
Dr. Sevaughn Banks received a Ph.D. from the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. She is a two time graduate of the San Francisco State University, School of Social Work. Sevaughn is also a Lecturer at San Francisco State University. She has many years of experience training and preparing curricula for Social Workers, paraprofessionals, students, and others. Her teaching interests include social welfare policy/public policy, child welfare, hospital/clinical social work, and social work administration. Sevaughn's professional interests have always included the integration of technology into social work education and practice.
Jaime Bardacke, LCSW
Joel Baum, MS, Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects at Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He is a founding member and Director of Education and Advocacy with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF. Working throughout the United States and beyond, he is frequently called upon to help institutions think more expansively about the gender diversity of all children and teens, and ways to create more inclusive conditions accordingly. For nearly 30 years, Joel’s work as an educator has focused on issues of social justice and equity. First as an award-winning middle school science teacher and school administrator, he has also served as a district administrator in Oakland, California, as well as a school reform coach with the National Equity Project. Joel is also a professor at California State University, East Bay in the Department of Educational Leadership. Gender Spectrum provides education, resources and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. We accomplish this mission through school trainings, parent support groups and consultations, policy development, our annual Family Conference, and work with medical and mental health care providers, social service agencies, and others working with families and kids.
Rachel Bavis is a lawyer and certified intentional creativity coach and teacher working with professionals, organizations, individuals and youth. She designs workshops to help social workers and other professionals renew and heal secondary traumatic stress to maintain their ongoing health to best serve children and families. After representing social workers in dependency cases for twelve years as an Orange County Counsel Deputy, she embarked on a seven-year personal journey, volunteering in communities around the world to explore healing practices. She discovered art to be the most healing modality for both herself and thousands of others around the world after studying Intentional Creativity with the method’s founder, visionary artist Shiloh Sophia. Whimsy, humor, and the wise musings of Dr. Seuss and Nancy Drew are in her tool kit, along with a paintbrush, camera, and chocolate.
Irene Becker, MSW, LCSW is currently a trainer and consultant specializing in child welfare, social policy and organizational issues and has trained child welfare staff on child development, risk assessment, child maltreatment indicators and family dynamics of child sexual abuse. She has trained supervisors and managers in several organizations on topics such as leadership, roles of supervisor/manager, team development, facilitation, task and clinical supervision. She has facilitated organizational strategic planning meetings to improve organizational outcomes. Most recently she has been the Curriculum and Distance Learning Coordinator of the Public Child Welfare Training Academy, Southern Region.
Karri Biehle, MSW, CPCC, is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach and Coaches Training Institute Advanced Leadership Program graduate. Karri has a passion for working with courageous leaders and cutting edge organizations that want to take their lives and workplaces to the next level.
Focused on coaching, field-based training, leadership, organizational development, change leadership and program implementation, Karri has a well-earned reputation as a gifted front of the room leader and coach. She has the unique ability to cut through red tape and beliefs that hinder growth, clearing the way so organizations and individuals can identify and achieve their goals.
Invested in her personal and professional development, Karri is a member of ICF, completed her coach training with The Coaches Training Institute, and has a Master’s in Social Work. She has partnered with numerous state public child welfare agencies in the U.S. and most of the public child welfare agencies in California around improving child welfare practice. Karri has worked as a front-line county social worker and manager and as a consultant with the Annie E Casey Foundation and Director of the Putting Pride into Practice Project. Currently, Karri is the Coaching and Field-Based Training Manager at the Bay Area Academy.
Cynthia Billups is currently a Child Welfare Strategy Group consultant with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, focusing primarily on the eliminating racial disparities and disproportionality work in California. Cynthia worked as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Family To Family consultant, technical assistant, and trainer beginning in 2005. Her work focused on building community partnerships, engaging parents, and eliminating racial disparities and disproportionality. She facilitates courageous conversations about institutional racism to build awareness and spur attitudinal change inside child welfare agencies.
Cathy Boyle is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the CAARE Center, Department of Pediatrics, at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She is the coordinator of the CAARE Team providing 24 hour coverage for children and adolescents with suspected sexual abuse. Ms. Boyle served as an officer for the US Navy in charge of the hospital Corpsman training program. She has provided child physical and sexual abuse training for the District Attorneyís Office, Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, Judges, and teachers throughout the state of California. She has presented at various conferences throughout the nation in the areas of child physical and sexual abuse. Ms. Boyle has conducted thousands of child sexual abuse exams and has provided expert testimony in numerous cases. Ms. Boyle has also been a foster parent in Sacramento County for the last 24 years.
Nola Brantley is a dynamic and seasoned speaker and trainer. She is a leader in program development and treatment service development for sexually exploited children in Alameda County. Ms. Brantley's passion for her work inspires her audiences. She has successfully created and pioneered multiple programs in response to children and community needs. Nola is one of the four incorporators of Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Servicing Sexually Exploited Youth, an organization being established specifically and exclusively to address the service needs of sexually exploited children in Alameda County as well as to address the overall issue of child sexual exploitation in Northern California.
CARLOS BRAVO, M.A. Social Psychology, has more than twenty years of experience working in community education, where he has addressed issues of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse and acculturation issues. During the last nineteen years Carlos has worked for Children and Family Services in San Mateo County in the Family Reunification/Family Maintenance and Adoption Units. Since 2000, he has taught courses on Human Services and Early Child Education at Cañada College. Carlos is a single dad, father of fourteen year old twins, and is a regular guest on the Spanish radio program, Nuestros Niños.
Susan Brooks MSW, is the director of the Northern California Training Academy at The Center for Human Services. Susan has 25 years of experience in social services, with expertise in substance abuse, child welfare, collaboration, team-building, and supervision. For seven years, Susan supervised the multidisciplinary team for children’s services in San Mateo County. She was also the founder and executive director of the San Mateo Perinatal Council, a nonprofit community collaborative.
Patrick has been a licensed attorney for 15 years, primarily in the field of litigation, with more than 10 years as a representative for those involved in the 300 system. He has reviewed volumes of social worker documents and used such to determine the merits of pursuing a contested hearing to simply resolve the case. Patrick has conducted hearings in juvenile courtrooms as well as trials before juries. He has also written volumes of pleadings and motions for the courts. A former litigator for the state of California he is currently serving as an Administrative Law Judge.
Chris Burns is a stand up comic and writer who performs regularly in the bay area. She is a regular at the San Francisco Punchline and the Five Funny Females show at the Purple Onion. She was a finalist in the 2009 San Francisco Women's Comedy Competition. In addition to her back up career as a child welfare worker in the FR/FM unit for San Francisco City and County, Chris is also an actor and she has an upcoming guest role -as a social worker ironically- on the show "Shameless" on Showtime. Her comedy has been described by her therapist as "...wonderfully narcissistic...pure medicated fun..." She is also available for children's parties.
Kimiko Burton, Trainer
Juan Carlos Carmona has been a Violence Prevention and Gang Awareness Trainer for the last 20 years. Mr. Carmona has designed violence prevention programs and trained staff for school and community based programs throughout Alameda County. Mr. Carmona has worked as an outreach coordinator providing direct support for gang impacted youth and their families. He recently presented at the California Attorney General’s Office at the Neighborhood Summit Convention on Violence. Mr. Carmona has contributed to the development of the Oakland Unified School District’s Gang Policy Handbook. In his training today you will learn about the origins of gangs in your community, current trends, and how to identify at-risk and gang-impacted youth.
Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development. An internationally renowned keynote speaker, Dr. Chamberlain is known for her ability to translate science into practical information with diverse audiences.
Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., is President of the Childrenís Research Triangle and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of maternal drug use during pregnancy and the effects on the newborn infant and child. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on the effects of drug use on pregnancy and on the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning outcomes of prenatally exposed children. The recipient of several awards for his work with high risk women, children, and families, Dr. Chasnoff for several years has been selected by a poll of physicians across the nation for listing in Americaís Best Doctors, cited for his ability to translate complex medical and psychosocial issues into relevant policy that guides the delivery of quality services.
Amy McDonald Cipolla-Stickles has long been involved in struggles for equity and justice for trans-racial adoptees, children and families impacted by the foster care system, teenage parents, and people who are financially unstable. Amy has over 10 years experience in multicultural leadership and facilitation. She has led multicultural trainings in a variety of settings including schools, social service agencies, health care organizations and foundations. She is a known multicultural speaker at several independent schools in the greater Boston area. Amy joined NCCD as a Senior Program Specialist in October 2012 to support the LGBT youth child welfare permanency project. She has extensive experience with the foster care system. Personally, she is a trans-racial adoptee, second-generation former foster child and currently a kinship placement for her nephew. Professionally, she spent five years as the Diversity Initiatives Programs Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, where she co-designed and implemented the Diversity 101 for Social Workers and Diversity 102 for Managers training curriculum as well as trained a team of leaders to educate the entire department. Amy is the founder of FOCUS (Families of Color United for Success) at the Fessenden School, served on the school's Executive Diversity Committee and also served on the YSFJ (Young Sisters for Justice) Program Committee of the Boston Women's Fund and PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbian ad Gays). She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Health & Physical Education and Exercise Physiology from Howard University and a Master’s degree in International and Multicultural Education with a concentration in Human Rights from the University of San Francisco. Parents three children and resides in Oakland, CA with her partner, Katie.
Roger Coffman, J.D., is a Deputy County Counsel for Placer County. He has also served as a deputy in Tulare and El Dorado Counties. Roger graduated from the U.C. Davis School of Law in 1980 and has practiced as a deputy county counsel since 1981. He has over twenty years experience representing child protective services in all aspects of dependency cases. Roger has provided training since 1988 to child welfare and other social service workers in counties throughout California on a wide range of legal issues.
Jimmy studied in Spain and taught Spanish and English after he earned a Bachelors in Spanish from San Diego State University. In 2004, he graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Masters in Social Work and an emphasis on working with children and families. He came to Santa Cruz in 2004 and worked for eight years as a Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor for Santa Cruz County Family and Children’s Services before joining CASA of Santa Cruz as their Program Manager. Prior to his professional career in social work, Jimmy worked at a residential group home for youth in the juvenile probation system in Los Angeles. He volunteered as a Board Member for Limitless Horizon’s Ixil, a non-profit organization that advocates for youth in rural Guatemala. He also volunteers with the Northern California Special Olympics. Jimmy has provided court report writing training, coaching and support to child welfare social workers and social service aides for Monterey County through the Bay Area Academy. Currently, in his position as the Program Manager at CASA, he maintains a close relationship with child welfare partners which gives him a critical inside perspective of the foster care system. Jimmy is a husband, step-father of two grown children, son, brother and advocate for social justice.
Jeff Cotton, is a trainer with the National Foster Parent Association has worked with children and families for 30 years. For the past 22 years, heís conducted seminars for Child Care Associations; including group homes, residential treatment programs, foster family agencies, and schools throughout the United States. He is the author of the training manual, ìSkillful De-escalation with Children: Approaching Fear With out Fearî, certified by the state of California for group homes and residential treatment programs.
Kevin Coulter, M.D., is the medical director of the Child Protection Center and the Children's Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital. He is an expert in the identification of non-accidental trauma and has lectured around the state and country on this topic. Dr. Coulter is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF and provides training for medical and hospital staff on the medical aspects of child abuse.
Dr. Crystallee Crain is a national trainer in Violence Prevention Strategies and a leader in the human service field. In 2014 she was appointed to the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission for Alameda County. For over a decade Dr Crain has worked with communities impacted by poverty, violence, and incarceration. She has worked as a trainer, educator, and curriculum developer in nonprofit and governmental institutions in California & Michigan. Dr Crain specializes in utilizing community based research and other creative processes designed to engage stakeholders in systems wide change and project implementation. She specializes in capacity building for human and public service professionals that work directly with marginalized and at-risk populations. She believes in supporting her clients and colleagues to see the value of inclusive leadership by modeling an asset based approach to her work that instills community building and collective healing.
Jocelyn Cremer, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with expertise in children, adults, and families. She has worked for 15 years with a variety of children, adolescents, and their families in the Bay Area. In addition, she has worked in the public sector with severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. As the EPSDT coordinator for Marin Co. she did clinical assessments and therapy with many foster children and their families. Working with interdisciplinary teams as a lead case manager was an exciting part of this work. She has also taught several parenting classes to court mandated parents and foster parents. Currently she has a private practice in San Francisco and does speaking engagements throughout the greater Bay Area.
Ms. Joycelyn Crumpton is an independent trainer. Withover 35 years of experience as a professional social worker, she has beeninvolved with the bay Area Academy as a trainer, curriculum developer andtraining implementer in Child Abuse and Neglect. Joy Crumpton is founder anddirector of the Family Tree and served as Child WelfareOmbudsman for the Human Services Agency of the City and County of SanFrancisco. She is an inspirational speaker and trainer and has madepresentations to a variety of audiences from children and youth, to parents,graduate students, social workers as well as Probation Officers, Public HealthNurses, community advocates and theclergy. She worked as Project Coordinator and Field Faculty for the CalSWECTitle IV-E Stipend Program for MSW students in the UCLA Department of SocialWelfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs from 2004 to 2011. Professor Crumpton taught graduate courses inCross Cultural Awareness, International Social Work, Advanced Child WelfarePractice and the Child Welfare Semi
Mr. Dahlin is a private consultant, based out of Northern California, providing organizational development, training, and curriculum development services to a variety of organizations throughout the country. He is passionate about integrating creativity and fun in solving organizational challenges. For the past 15 years, he has created and taught social worker, supervisor, manager, executive and trainer courses and is a regularly invited presenter to regional and national trainer conferences. Currently, he serves his third year as Chair for the West Coast Child Welfare Trainerís Conference during its 2007 17th Annual Event.
Kim De Serpa is a mother of two children, a second grader and fifth grader who attend their neighborhood public school. She has worked as a social worker in the public purview for twelve years, in the departments of Public Health for Humboldt and Monterey Counties, as well as with Child Protective Services in Mendocino and Santa Cruz Counties. She has also coordinated the delivery of training and technical assistance for Child Welfare, Public Health and Juvenile Justice, concentrating on strength based initiatives. Currently, Ms. De Serpa practices as a medical social worker at Dominican Hospital-Santa Cruz, in Maternal and Child Health and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She holds a Master degree in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St.Louis, Missouri. In her spare time, Ms. De Serpa enjoys volunteering for her children’s school, raising money to improve their school site through grant writing. She lives in Aptos, with her family, 4 Rhodesian Ri
A Senior Program Specialist with the Children’s Research Center. He is a social worker and family therapist who has worked with children and families in inpatient, outpatient, home-based, foster care and emergency room settings for almost 20 years. He has written and taught extensively on children and families experiencing some kind of crisis and their intersection with institutional and informal helping communities during these times. He works regularly with the child welfare organizations nationally as a trainer and consultant.
Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present. Dr. Joy is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome —America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide , with a second book in the works , Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Part 2: Be The Healing.
Niki Delson, LCSW has spent more than 25 years in clinical practice, specializing in interpersonal family violence, providing psychotherapy services, forensic consultation and evaluations for victims, non-offending parents, and perpetrators of physical and sexual violence. She is an instructor with three California Child Welfare Training Academies, has presented at state and national conferences, was a consultant for 11 California Family Violence Demonstration Projects and has testified as an expert witness in the areas of Childhood Trauma, Forensic Interviewing of Children and Attachment. Her book "Using Conscience as a guide: Enhancing Sex Offender treatment in the moral domain" was published in 2003.
Daniel Dizon is a Systems Programmer Analyst with the County of Orange. He has eight 8-years of experience with application design, support, and new user training. He is also versed in various reporting tools, including: SAS, Crystal Reports, and Business Objects. Daniel currently provides training for both new and experienced Business Objects users and is an Active CAD users group contributor, as well as presenter.
Pam worked with Children and Family Services in Marin County for over 15 years before retiring in 2011. As a Senior Public Health Nurse in Children & Family Services, Pam provided consultation to social workers, made health-related home visits, created reports and testified in court as needed. She represented Marin and the Bay Area at Foster Care Nurse Committees locally and at the state, and is a board member for a local non-profit organization. She enjoyed precepting nursing students for 10 years, and attended graduate school to focus on nurse education. Pam has taught at USF and Dominican U. Prior to joining Children and Family Services in Marin, Pam was a District School Nurse in Sacramento. Personally, Pam loves to travel or be with friends and family.
Elizabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is a trainer for the academy. Elizabeth has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families dealing with trauma issues, specifically sexual abuse. Elizabeth has also worked as a foster care social worker and worked with the juvenile sex offender population. She has conducted her own trainings in the area of assessing and treating adolescent sex offenders. She has worked as an agency trainer for a non-profit, specifically training staff to use the Aggression Replacement Training Model. Elizabeth has also conducted staff trainings in the areas of multicultural issues and sexual abuse.
Bridget Early, LCSW
Valerie Earley, MSW has worked for the past 25 years with families and children involved in the child welfare system, most recently as the Children and Family Services Director in Contra Costa County. She has been actively involved in the statewide development of legislation and training on kinship care in California. In addition, Ms. Earley has provided management consultant services and participated in the federal review of State Child Welfare agencies to assist in the development of statewide assessments. Ms. Earley has also worked with private and public agencies in the development of programs and organizational development. Her roles within these agencies include consultant, trainer, facilitator and evaluator.
Antoinette Fabela lives in Northern California where she works as a professional educator, advocate, counselor and consultant. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education at California State University in Sacramento and a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology at National University also in Sacramento. Antoinette was an educator for twenty years, in Southern California, developing curriculum and instructing students from Pre-k to high school. This included seven years as a sole proprietor of a private school, her appointment as a School Board Trustee, for the Garvey School District and a board member for the Southern California Association for the Education of Young Children. After relocating to Northern California, Antoinette worked as a certified domestic violence counselor, serving children and their mothers who were sheltered at WEAVE Inc. She then worked as a Social Worker in Child Welfare for Placer County for fifteen years where she received extensive training in Juvenile Court Dependency, forensic investigations, mental health and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). She became specialized in serving the Latino and Native American populationsand after ICWA training with Tribal Star, through the Academy for Professional Excellence, she was assigned as the Native services social worker and appointed as Chair of the Auburn Big Time – Pow Wow Committee through Placer County and Sierra Native Alliance.
Antoinette retired in 2011 and registered as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern through the California Board of Behavioral Science. She continues her work with ICWA as an advocate and expert witness, working with several Northern California County Dependency cases, regarding matters of ICWA that represent various Tribes throughout the nation. She is also a member of an ICWA work group that includes several California Tribal representatives and agencies, who meet bi-monthly to discuss ICWA policy and projects. Antoinette earned her ICWA trainer certification through Tribal Star of the Academy for Professional Excellence in San Diego. She also attends the annual ICWA Conference and participates in several workshops on topics of ICWA in order to stay abreast of any new information or additions to already existing law.
Marianne Farina, CSC, PhD is an assistant professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California and a religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana. Ms. Farina received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Santa Clara University and a PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She worked for 11 years in Bangladesh as a teacher, pastoral assistant and school supervisor. While in Bangladesh she ministered with Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal families and communities. With more than 25 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry, Sister Marianne has worked in education and social development projects that promote social justice and interfaith dialogue. Over the last three years, she has traveled in Africa and Indonesia as a delegate and teacher covering topics such as Religion and Democracy, Methods for Cross-Cultural Understanding, Interfaith Dialogue, and Human Rights.
Dr. Susan Fisher-Owens
Aprille Flint, MSW has been committed to serving Bay Area children, youth, families and their tribes and communities for the past nineteen years. She has developed an increasing commitment to supporting better access to; quality services, awareness, risk-prevention, intervention, and education for the most traditionally marginalized communities in her work at individual, family, community and system levels in a variety of child welfare, education, probation and mental health settings throughout that time. Aprille currently acts as the statewide Community Engagement Liaison for the California Partners for Permanency Project (CAPP)- A five year Federal initiative that aims to reduce poor permanency outcomes for youth most disproportionately represented in the foster care system, through the implementation and testing of the Child and Family Practice Model in four California counties. Aprille’s most recent work includes full-time case management, part-time Emergency Response and Hotline Screening, TDM facilitation and parenting education for San Mateo County Children and Family Services, where she has been employed as a social worker for a six years. While employed full-time as a case carrying social worker, she served as a core group member on the statewide California Disproportionality Project which aimed to eliminate racial disparities in the state’s foster care system through research, training and creative projects designed to make child welfare service delivery more equitable and bias-free and served as a leader in San Mateo County's Disproportionality Workgroup since its inception in 2007. Aprille is an experienced trainer and facilitator; has provided training curriculum development and facilitation for over 20 different Bay Area organizations and remains a reputable and long-time trainer for San Mateo and San Francisco Counties' Court Appointed Special Advocates Programs (CASA) primarily in areas related to service provision to diverse communities. She is also a contracted provider for RT Fisher Educational Enterprises as an expert in the fields of education, student outreach and development and academic enrichment providing private technical assistance, workshops and standardized test preparation for Bay Area children and families. Aprille's is passionate about seeing service delivery to families across systems improve through community and stakeholder partnership-building, training and coaching to best-practices that lift-up the power of culture, family and community self-determination. Aprille received both her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Social Work degrees at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. She resides in Oakland, California, where she enjoys spending time with her teenage son and teaching martial arts.
Dr. Fouras received his Bachelorís degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan, and then went to medical school at Ohio State University. He completed his training in the area of General Adult Psychiatry followed by Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center, finishing in 1990. He moved to San Francisco to take his current post as Medical Director of the Foster Care Mental Health Program, a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Health and Human Services Agency. Dr. Fouras is currently Secretary of the San Francisco Medical Society and chairs the Adoption and Foster Care Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Raelene Freitag, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is director of the Children’s Research Center (CRC) and director of international projects at NCCD. Raelene joined NCCD in 1997 as a senior research associate and was promoted to senior researcher in 1999. In 2005 she became director of CRC. Raelene has many years of experience as a child protective services worker, supervisor, and child interview specialist. She has also worked in law enforcement and mental health. Raelene has a Ph.D. in urban studies from the University of Wisconsin with an emphasis in social service systems.
Mary G. Bergman, MSW, is the Senior Staff Development Trainer for Child Welfare at Santa Cruz County. She has been working in child welfare for 13 years as a Senior Social Worker, Ongoing Supervisor, Adoptions Supervisor and now child welfare trainer. Her previous experience includes working in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment with mothers and children and as a clinical therapist with adolescents.
Dr. Castro-McGee has been involved in training design and delivery in the United States since the early 1980s. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of Higher, Adult, and Professional Education. Teresita has been an instructor for University Extension at the University of California at Davis, since 1992. At UCD her assignments have included the research and development of curriculum for courses in topics such as Supervision Skills, Management Leadership, Diversity in the Work Place, Wellness and Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Making Teams Work, Motivation, and Working with Difficult Employees. Populations served include Administrators, Managers, Supervisors and Staff employed by county governments and organizations throughout the State of California. She is a frequent guest speaker at local and national conferences. Her commitment to the field of adult education has been recognized through an Outstanding Service Award for Teaching from University Extension. She is currently a partner in a consulting firm where she conducts needs assessments for clients, designs, develops and delivers on-site training programs in English and to Spanish-speaking populations. She has expertise in the areas of employee management, labor relations, professional & career advancement, and personal growth and skill development. Teresita resides in Southern California enjoys power walking and participating in “5Ks” when the opportunity presents itself.
Elise Geltman, LCSW is a Clinician, Supervisor, and Trainer at WestCoast Children's Clinic. For the past five years she has served sexually exploited adolescent girls in WestCoast's C-Change program. During these past five years, Elise has presented at the Alameda County HEAT-Watch Conference, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and the Coalition for Clinical Social Workers on Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth. Elise also participated in the countywide Alameda Trauma Informed Care project. Prior to WestCoast, Elise provided community based mental health services in mobile crisis response and crisis stabilization at Seneca Center, therapeutic early intervention at East Bay Agency for Children, and studied at Smith College School for Social Work. Elise is continuing her training at SFCP and is Chair of the Education Committee at the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Elise maintains a private practice in the East Bay.
CHANDRA GHOSH IPPEN, Ph.D.is Associate Research Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She has worked on seven longitudinal studies and has conducted treatment outcome research on the effectiveness of psychosocial intervention programs with Spanish-speaking children and parents. She is co-author of a published randomized trial that documents the efficacy of child-parent psychotherapy (CPP) with children exposed to domestic violence as well as other traumas. She is also co-author of Losing a Parent to Death: Guidelines for the Treatment of Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood (2003), which describes CPP treatment for Childhood Traumatic Grief. She has 7 years of experience disseminating empirically based treatments and has conducted in-depth CPP disseminations in four states and trainings on diversity-informed practice in 14 states. As a
Paul Gibson, LCSW has thirty years of experience in developing, providing and managing programs for culturally diverse at risk youth in residential, public health, mental health and vocational services. Sixteen years of senior management and fourteen years of clinical supervision experience in the non-profit and public service sectors with extensive background in developing innovative program models. Twenty-one years of experience as a psychotherapist, program consultant and educator.
Dr. Eliana Gil is Director of the Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy which provides comprehensive clinical training in the treatment of child abuse and neglect, as well as play therapy with children and families. She is also Director of The Childrenís Corner, a program of the Multicultural Clinical Center in Springfield, Virginia. The Childrenís Corner specializes in the assessment and treatment of young children with a variety of social, behavioral, and emotional difficulties. Dr. Gil is a well-known lecturer, author, and clinician and has been a frequent guest on local and national TV and radio shows. She is bilingual and bicultural, originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. This year (2007) marks thirty four years that she has worked in child abuse prevention and treatment.
Darryn Green is a former foster youth that has been working along side professionals and youth involved with the Child welfare system for over 13 years as an advocate, educator/trainer and mentor. In 2005 he was hired with the YOUTH training project where he helped to deliver trainings throughout California to child welfare workers and supervisors on better ways to work with transition-aged youth (TAY). Currently Darryn is a Guardian Scholar at SFSU working to complete his BA degree in Communications with a minor in Counseling and plans to pursuit a Ph.D in Developmental Psychology.
Jennifer Haight M.A., is a senior researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She has worked extensively with staff from public and private child welfare agencies to help them use their data more effectively to understand the functioning of their child welfare systems and strategize for program improvements. A particular focus of hers has been incorporating information about abuse and neglect incidents into analyses of child welfare outcomes. She has worked most recently on launching a performance-based contracting initiative for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.
Lorraine Hanks, Foster Parent Co Trainer
Marcy Williamson Hara has worked in public child welfare for nine years. As a social worker in continuing service and court units, she provided case management and support to children and families dealing with child abuse and neglect for seven years before moving into a staff development position. Ms. Williamson currently trains and supports new and experienced social workers in addition to providing some community based trainings as well.
Evelyn Hengeveld-Bidmon has been working in the field of human services since 1979 – in public education, the non-profit sector and, most recently, in county government. Evelyn has served in positions of management and executive leadership for the last eighteen years. She recently retired from the position of Staff Development Program Manager for the County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department. Prior to her tenure in this position, Evelyn served as Executive Director of Mountain Community Resources, where she gained an understanding of the importance of fully engaging all members of an organization in achieving the agency’s mission. As a result of her experiences, she has developed a strong commitment to values-driven leadership, participatory decision-making, strengthening the link between mission and practice, and the importance of self-reflection. Evelyn has special expertise in leading and facilitating the development of individuals, groups and organizations as a whole
Holliedayle Hertweck has been a child welfare supervisor for 12+ years and worked in the child welfare field since 1993. She was Involved with creating CWS/CMS in 1997. Training child welfare since 1999 and CWS/CMS since 2004.
Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. is the Founder and Executive Director of Each One - Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, an organization that focuses on efforts to heighten community awareness of the overwhelming importance of reforming educational practices targeting at-risk youth. He is also the CEO/President of the Admired Man Leadership Institute, where he lectures and facilitates workshops based on his four year national research, and resulting book, “Admired Man Why: The Making of an Admired Man. His lectures, workshops and upcoming book represents not only an easy to understand commentary of a number of profoundly provocative findings; in addition, they outline age specific; evidenced based skills and strategies that are aligned with the Quality/Behavior/Characteristics (QBC’s) for the making of An Admired Man.
Darlene Hill, MSW
Jennifer Hubbs is a Social Work Supervisor of the Early Intervention and Home Supervision programs. Before becoming a Social Worker, Jennifer worked for 10 years as an Emergency Room Technician at San Jose Medical Center. After completing her MSW, Jennifer came to Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS). Jennifer spent her first 2 years as a DFCS Social Worker in the South County offices, where they follow a vertical client model so Jennifer worked with families from ER through continuing services and permanent placement. After 2 years in South County Jennifer then transferred to Dependency Investigation and has been there ever since.
Gabe Huerta is a 20 year veteran of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Gabe worked as a Correctional Officer before promoting to deputy where he worked a variety of assignments including investigative assignments with the San Mateo Gang Intelligence Unit and for the last three years as an agent with the San Mateo County Narcotic Task Force. Gabe has also worked in undercover capacities and is also a recognized narcotic and gang expert in the Superior Courts of San Mateo County.
Her background knowledge includes the interworking and programming of computers, various software/programs as CWS/CMS and CalWIN computer systems. She has trained all levels of staff throughout her thirty-five year career with Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD). In 2001, Ms. Hughesí became one of five initial System Analysts that developed the format for the CalWIN Help Desk. She has conducted individual, small and large group CWS/CMS computer trainings since 1997 for CFS and CalWIN .
My Huynh, MSW, is a Title IV-E graduate who has worked in child welfare since 2003. She worked in Marin County for 10 years as an ER Worker, Court Officer and Supervisor of ER and visitation. She then worked at CSU East Bay as the Title IV-E Project Coordinator, and is now a Training Specialist at BAA. She enjoys the shift from direct practice to helping workers in their professional development and assisting counties with implementing initiatives.
Margaret Jackson has over 25 years of child welfare experience as a line worker, Supervisor, and Trainer. Most recently, June 1, 2008 Margaret was appointed to serve as the Director of the California Disproportionality Project. Prior to that Margaret worked, the past 8 years, for the Central California Child Welfare Training Academy at California State University of Fresno as a lead Trainer, Regional Training Coordinator, and most recently as a Supervisor Mentor/Field based trainer for newly hired Child Welfare Supervisors. Margaret is also an Adjunct Faculty member at California State University of Fresno, teaching child welfare, diversity and practice courses in the social work program. Margaret has written, developed and trained curriculum in Child Welfare Services, for the Foster Parent Training Project and most recently assisted with the development and training of the Cultural Broker Paraprofessional training curriculum. . Margaret participates in Fresno Countyís Family to Family Community Col
Sandra M. Jackson is a trainer and consultant for California Statewide Training Academies. Ms. Jackson has extensive management, consulting and training experience with social service agencies, training academies, universities and colleges at the city, county and state level. She possess excellent presentation, interpersonal and written communication skills; and is flexible, motivated, and a team oriented person. Ms. Jackson is committed to a standard of excellence in both her personal and professional endeavors. Ms. Jackson has three decades of experience including: thirteen years executive experience in managing Staff Development, Training and Children Services Divisions; eight years as a social worker in CPS programs; and twenty-six years of concurrent experience as adjunct faculty teaching Psychology courses at the community college level; trainer in CPS, Welfare to Work programs; consultation, and executive coaching projects with leaders from various public and private agencies. She has trained all le
Lissette has worked with children, youth and families for over twenty-two years. Lissette’s experiences in child welfare include direct service social work(emergency response, family maintenance, family reunification, and public and private adoptions),social services supervision, strategic planning, and implementation of system change frameworks. In addition to social work experience, Lissette also worked as an attorney representing the state of Florida in dependency matters. Lissette has provided training to biological parents, prospective foster and adoptive parents, and various community members. In addition, Lissette has trained paraprofessionals and master’s level social workers. Currently, Lissette provides policy research and development for Solano County Child Welfare Services Division
Jaiya was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Immediately placed in foster care and eventually adopted, Jaiya's childhood branded in him a burning passion for giving his life to improve the way human beings relate to each other. Jaiya studied psychology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and earned his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz in social psychology with a focus on identity development and inter group relations. He lived during 1988 in the Himalayan nation of Nepal, where his research on Tibetan medicine instilled in him an appreciation for holistic concepts of physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Jaiya John has opened the floodgates on his own childhood. Black Baby White Hands, a waterfall of jazz splashing over the rocks of pain, love and the honoring of family. Magically, this book finds a way to sing as it cries, and to exude compassion even as it dispels well-entrenched myths. This classic is sure to find itself well worn, stained by tears, and brushed by laught
Ronda Johnson, SFHSA-FCS Coach
Michael A. Jones, LCSW is a therapist in private practice since 2004. Michael was licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences December 15, 2004. He has six and a half years training and experience working with traumatized children and their families at San Diego County Child Welfare Services. Michael worked with foster and adoptive children and families for three years. Then, Michael created an internship program in East San Diego County. He served as a full time field instructor for social work students from San Diego State University. The School of Social Work voted him undergraduate field instructor of the year in 2006.
Elaine Miller-Karas is the founder and co-director of the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) a nonprofit corporation. Her work has brought her to Thailand, Kenya, China, Haiti and New Orleans in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters. She has co-created projects to help underserved individuals to learn innovative biologically based interventions that can heal individuals and communities. Elaine is actively engaged in building local capacity in diverse communities nationally and internationally so each may develop trauma resolution strategies that respond to their unique cultural needs. Over the last years, Elaine has co-created the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) . Elaine co-leads the Haiti Earthquake Relief Project sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Chinese Earthquake Relief Project sponsored by the World Health Organization. Her work has also brought her to Africa, where she worked with the Kenyan Association of Professio
Emily Katz, MA, MFT, has worked in non-profit and public child welfare settings since 2008. Her direct service experience focused on Wraparound, managing a Visitation Center and furthering Permanency work by managing a national permanency study for family finding. Emily is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Regional Training Manager at the Bay Area Academy
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Deutron Kebebew has worked in local non-profit agencies in Santa Cruz for the last 9 years in various capacities to help nurture and develop unique programs to assist families, youth and children in the community. Deutron is currently the Program Director for PAP¡S, Supporting Father Involvement, a clinical state-wide research project focusing on positive father involvement and co-parenting. Deutron has a B.S in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Cruz. Deutron is a past President of the Board for California Youth Connection and is a current Board member for Smith Renaissance Society.
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In October 1990 Ms. King joined the Black Adoption Placement and Research Center (BAPRC) as the agency’s Clinical Director. Four years later after an extensive national search, she was promoted to Executive Director. She has a full background of clinical, administrative and counseling experience. Her professional positions include Advisor for Alameda County’s Oral Board, Chair for the Northern California Association of Adoption Agencies, Co-Chair on Adoptions and Foster Care for the National Association of Black Social Workers; Board Member for the Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Advisor for the California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, Board Member for the National Adoption Exchange Association. She has held counselor positions with Parental Stress Service, Alameda County Probation Department, and the Educational Psychological Services Center at California State University, Hayward.
Under her leadership, BAPRC was awarded two (2) of its largest multi-year adoption services contracts in the agency’s 32-year history. These contracts, awarded by the San Francisco Department of Human Services, reflect her expertise in leading a groundbreaking public/private collaborative effort. The agency was also awarded a targeted recruitment contract from the Alameda County Social Services Agency to facilitate the preparation of families to adopt waiting children in Alameda County. She is the co-founder of the Oakland Adoption Providers (OAP), which is a collaboration established to increase public awareness of adoption during National Adoption Awareness Month. OAP hosted a special public event called, “It Takes A Community” Calling Out Names of Children Who Wait Ceremony, each year in November for 10 years. The event is brought together public and private agencies with the community, faith-based organizations and businesses, in support of waiting children. Since its inception it has grown tremendously. Ms. King received Congressional Recognition as a co-founder of OAP.
In July 2003 Ms. King received a fully paid scholarship to attend Harvard’s Business Education Program, entitled “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management.” This training was very challenging, comprehensive and intensive for the 125 international participant leaders selected to attend. Additionally, Ms. King published an article in the Child Welfare Journal National Association of Social Workers Specialty Practice Section entitled, “The Face of Adoption and Foster Care Has Changed: What About Our Beliefs?” In September 2002, Ms. King received Congressional Recognition as a founding Board Member of “A Unity of Community.” This organization acknowledges local non-profits through sponsoring world-class gospel concerts under the direction of world-renowned artist, Edwin Hawkins. In June 2002, Ms. King was appointed to Love Center’s Minister’s Board and in 2005 she became the Church Administrator and Director of Education under the direction of Bishop Walter L. Hawkins. In April 2001, Ms. King was selected as the Adoption Expert as a part of a U.S. Delegation for a three-week mission to Sub Saharan Africa to address the impact of the AIDS pandemic on orphans with AIDS. Also, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and members of the United States Congress selected Ms. King as a 1999 “Angel in Adoption.” Congresswoman Barbara Lee nominated her for this prestigious award, which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adoption. In April 1996, Ms. King began to produce and host a weekly cable television show called, “Adoption Today.” This unique, groundbreaking venture is aimed at demystifying the adoption process, featuring interviews with families, and highlighting available children waiting for permanent homes.
Ms. King has made presentations and conducted trainings at local, state and national conferences. She has been a guest panelist at Stanford University, a guest lecturer at University of California, Berkeley – Graduate School of Social Work, panelist for the California Department of Social Services’ Licensing Conferences, and workshop facilitator for the North American Council on Adoptable Children. She is frequently interviewed on local and national television and radio broadcasts, including an appearance on the Jim Lehrer Show.
Theresa Jo K. King-McCarthy, MSW, PPSC, worked in Child Welfare for seven years as a case carrying social worker and an intake social worker on the Child Abuse Hotline. Mrs. King-McCarthy initially started training Mandated Reporter Laws and Child Welfare Intake process to new social workers hired to Child Welfare. In 2008, she moved onto the Staff Development Department where she currently trains Child Welfare to new and experienced staff.
Barry E. Knight has committed his life to helping people reach their maximum potential. He is a man of faith and family, and maintains a high degree of integrity and commitment to his personal development. Pastor Knight is the founder of Barry E. Knight Speaks, a professional speaking, consulting, and performance coaching company. He is also the lead pastor of Celebration Worship Church in Moreno Valley, CA. Pastor Knight has been an influential speaker for more than 15 years.
serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for California Youth Connection (CYC), one of nationís leading statewide advocacy organizations for current and former foster youth. In his role, he directs the Humboldt County CYC Chapter component of the HUMBOLDT COUNTY TRANSITION AGE YOUTH COLLABORATION (HCTAYC) funded by HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, CYC Statewide Youth Advisory Board, and Bay Area Foster Youth Intern Program funded by Zellerbach Family Foundation. As Northern Region Supervisor, 2006-2010, he oversaw the chapter outreach and policy development for 20 chapters throughout the northern region of California.
Dr. Tonja H. Krautter is a licensed clinical psychologist as well as a licensed clinical social worker. She has her Doctorate Degree in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. She received her MSW from Columbia University in 1994. Dr. Krautter works with children, adolescents, and adults. However, most of her expertise lies with childhood and adolescent issues. For the past twenty years, she has worked in hospital, residential, and day treatment programs. she is an adjunct clinical faculty member at Stanford School of Medicine in the Psychiatry Department. She offers several workshops and training seminars to parents as well as a wide range of community agencies in the bay area.
Beverly has been a Public Speaker and Educator for more than 30 years with specialties in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; the Trauma Impact on Brain Development, behavior and Learning in Children and Youth, and Compassion Fatigue, AKA Secondary or Vicarious Trauma. Beverly has served as the EAP Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, and the Assistant Chief of Social Work Services, Bronx N.Y. Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. She has served several years working with children and families in the Foster Care system and is a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist. Beverly’s mission is to inspire and support recovery, resilience, capacity and determination for all who will help and care for the victimized, traumatized and most vulnerable in society. Roles in her career include: Trainer for Seneca Center and Family Finding, Readjustment Counseling Therapist, Psychiatric Social Worker, Social Work Field Placement Supervisor, Program Coordinator, Social Work Supervisor, and Grief and Trauma Educator and Consultant. Beverly’s participatory training style creates an interactive and collaborative learning environment focused towards seeking answers.
Ms. Lefler, who retired in June of 2015, was the Assistant Director of the Bay Area Academy from 2002 to 2015. Prior to that, she was a supervising Public Health Nurse in San Francisco child welfare. Ms. Lefler has been consulting and training for over 40 years. She specializes in Child Maltreatment, drug and alcohol exposed infants, infant mental health, trauma, teaming and interdisciplinary practice. She is also certified as a Legal Nurse Consultant and has served as a medical guardian ad litem for Solano County Superior Court. Ms. Lefler has been an active participant in many statewide committees including but not limited to: CSEC, California Practice Model, CORE 3.0, Fostering Connections, Bay Area Regional Children’s Committee and the Child Welfare Directors Association.
Ms. Julie Lenhardt, MSSW, has been working in Child Welfare since 1997. Ms. Lenhardt currently works for the County of Marin supervising Emergency Response, Training, Licensing, Intake and ICPC. In addition to her full-time work in Marin, Ms. Lenhardt provides training and consultation on Child Welfare practice, CWS/CMS and other technical tools to County Welfare and Probation offices across the State through the Bay Area Academy , and the UC Davis Center for Family Focused Practice. Her training specialties include Investigation Techniques, CACI/Gomez Preparation, CWS/CMS, and Safe Measures.
Trainer: Carl Lewis retired after 25 years as a police officer and senior criminal investigator, with the last 17 years focused on the investigation of crimes against children. Carl now consults with public and private attorneys in reported cases of child abuse, trains on a variety of related issues, and has offered expert testimony on the Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome in more than 300 criminal and civil trials. Carl is the elected president of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and is also a licensed California private investigator.
Michael Little, earned his MSW from UC Berkeley in 2004 and obtained his MPA from CSUEB in 2013. He has nearly 30 years of experience working with young children and families in the fields of education and child welfare. He has worked in a variety of Child Welfare programs including Emergency Response, Dependency Investigation, and Family Reunification. As the lead child welfare trainer for Alameda County Children and Family Services he has trained many CORE class topics; as well as Mandated Reporting, Dependency Procedures, Linkages, Extended Foster Care services, Customer Service Outcomes for Supervisors, and others. He currently supervises Alameda County’s Family Preservation program.
Since 2001, Mardi Louisell has consulted, trained and developed curriculum in child welfare permanency, including consultation for California Permanency for Youth Project (2002-2010). She is the author of Achieving Permanency: Guidelines for Expectations of County Child Welfare Staff (2009), CPYP Organizational Development Guide for Youth Permanency (2007), Six Steps to Find a Family: A Practice Guide on Family Search and Engagement, (2007), Recommendations for Effective Partnerships on Youth Permanence (2006), and Model Programs in Youth Permanency (2004). In 2002-2005 she organized National Youth Permanency Convenings under the auspices of California Permanency for Youth Project. Louisell has worked in the field for 30 years, as child protection social worker, supervisor, training director and consultant. At the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), UC Berkeley, she developed, implemented and supported the regional child welfare training academies. In that position, she developed and hosted th
Manuel Lua has been working with families involved with residential, foster care, probation, and county mental health services for over 12 years. He currently supervises San Joaquin County’s Wraparound services at Stockton VCSS, Family Vision. He is also a consultant with the National Wraparound Initiative, a certified State of California trainer for Wraparound, instructor with the UC Davis Extension, and serves on the State of California Wraparound curriculum development workgroup. Mr. Lua received his BA degree from San Jose State University and his MS in Clinical Psychology. Manuel’s areas of expertise includ Wraparound program and staff development, the family finding process and principles, and community and strength based mental health services. He is a co-author of the Victor Family Vision Wraparound manual and has contributed to the State of California Wraparound Curriculum. He has a personal passion for supporting foster children to increase their connections into natural supports, teaching leadership skills to youth and colleagues, and is an avid sports fanatic…Go Bears!
Benjamin Lum is a systems analyst with the County of Santa Cruz. He has 5 years of experience designing and developing business intelligence reports on the SAP Business Objects platform using both Deski and Webi. In addition, he has provided trainings at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels for Business Objects XI users in the Child Welfare domain.
Terry Luna is a trainer with the Central California Training Academy (CCTA). She is an expert with CWS/CMS and has many years' experience with teaching the system to social workers and other CWS staff. She was instrumental with the implementation of CWS/CMS in Fresno County, and continues to work closely with the state and regional development groups.
Founder and Director of the Family Centered Services Project. He provides international training and consultation regarding collaborative approaches to therapy and the development of institutional cultures that support family-centered work. Prior to his current efforts, Bill was the Director of the Program in Narrative Therapies at the Family Institute of Cambridge and a Senior Associate at the Public Conversations Project. He has spent most of the last 30 years working with multi-stressed families in public sector mental health, social service and health care settings. He has developed and administered innovative programs that combine outpatient and home-based services and has written and presented extensively about the development of strengths-based, collaborative partnerships between families and helpers. He is the author of Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (2nd Edition) and is currently working on another book tentatively entitled, Helping: Towards More Supportive Services, which is an effort to highlight a practice framework of "collaborative helping" for family support workers, case managers, and milieu workers.
Dr. Manning holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in California. He provides professional training and consultation on a wide range of topics related to child welfare, mental health and workplace issues to public and private agencies. He has presented at national, state and local mental health and child welfare conferences. He is a faculty member for several undergraduate and graduate level programs. He has extensive experience working in government and non-profit community mental health agencies and is a member of the Board of Directors for Youth In Mind ñ A California based non-profit agency that supports and inspires Youth leadership and advocacy within the mental health system.
Bree Marchman, LCSW has been working in the field of child welfare for nine years. During that time she has worked continuously in a public agency as an adoptions worker and supervisor, as well as in Family Maintenance, Family Reunification, and Permanent Placement. Ms. Marchman is currently supervising an adoption unit and ongoing services staff, as well as coordinating the county Wraparound services program. She has been trained in the SOP modules and has been coaching her staff with SOP principles for the past year and a half.
Chris Mathias, BAA Assistant Director
Kim McDowell, MSW, is currently the Continuous Quality Improvement Supervisor in a Bay Area county, and has been working in the field of child welfare since 1994. Her experiences in the field include many different programs both as a worker and supervisor, ranging from hotline through reunification services. Having worked in a large Southern California County and in New York prior to her return to California, she has a passion for understanding policies, improving practice, and translating policy and practice requirements into real world applications for social work staff.
Rebecca has over 25 years experience as a social worker. She has worked in various public service roles, including Child Protective Services, Youth Mental Health and Adult Mental Health. For the past 14 years, she has specialized exclusively in the field of Co-Occurring Disorders (those who are recovering from both severe mental illness and addiction to drugs and/or alcohol). She is also currently an instructor in the Human Services program for a community college. Rebecca has an ever-increasing commitment to educating others regarding the dynamics and after-effects of trauma experiences. She works to promote empathy and understanding through facilitating effective, enduring patterns of communication within ourselves and between others. She believes that the method in which a message is delivered is more important than the message itself.
Thomas McGeorge, LCSW has been a social worker for over 16 years. He has worked as an adult mental health practitioner, child protection case worker and supervisor. He has trained and is certified in many child welfare teaming models. He currently works in the City & County of San Francisco as a Senior Planning Analyst focusing on improving Child Welfaredata. Headministers all Family and Children’s Services computer systems and has implemented policy and procedures that have positively impacted process outcomes. In collaboration with CRC Safe Measures he developed tools like Monthly Measures and an electronic version of a case summary sheet. In 2011 he became a certified Safe Measures trainer.
Lynná McPhatter Harris
Heather Meitner, MSW, is a senior program specialist with NCCD. In her role she works nationally with child welfare organizations as a trainer and consultant on their implementation of strength and safety-organized practice skills and their integration of those skills with the Structured Decision MakingÆ (SDM) system. Heather is a licensed social worker residing in Boston. She has worked in the human services and child welfare fields for 17 years in multiple capacities including direct service, management, training, and consultation. She earned her bachelorís degree in psychology from Gordon College and a masterís degree in social work from Salem State College, both in Massachusetts. Heatherís passion for building relationships and connecting with her audience is contagious. She is an expert in building training programs with varied methodologies to meet the needs of adult learners. She conducts workshops nationally on integrated child welfare practice, diversity and cultural competence, change management
Josiane Mengue has 16 years of direct experience in the field of social work services and 8 years’ experience in public health. She has extensive trainings around public speaking. She is a polyglot (French, Portuguese English and Spanish).
She has been working at CORA for five years now as the Community Education Coordinator. She has a Master in Public Health, with a concentration in Community Education.
David Meyers is the Principal Shareholder of the Law Offices of David M. Meyers and Chief Operating Officer of Dependency Legal Services, where he serves as a national consultant, trainer and advocate in child welfare cases. David has been working in child welfare since 1995, and served as a Senior Attorney with California’s Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Families Children and the Courts (CFCC). Prior to joining CFCC, David served an Assistant Attorney General in Tucson representing their Child Protective Services Division, worked for agencies in Sacramento representing children and families in child welfare cases, served as the supervising attorney for Parent Advocates of Sacramento, and spent several years in private practice defending children in juvenile delinquency matters.
is an Adjunct Professor of Spanish Translation & Interpretation at the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation & Language Education, Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate School of Middlebury College. She is a certified court interpreter and translator who has taught in the field for 35 years and has published many books and articles. She has been a consultant to government and private agencies on the testing and training of translators and interpreters, and has spoken at conferences all over the world.
Mr. Miller received a BA in Psychology from Westmont College, a Masters of Public Administration degree, with a specialization in Training and Applied Behavioral Science, from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1983. In 1988 he received his Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Azusa Pacific University. Mr. Miller has worked in public child welfare since 1983 as a line worker, Supervisor & Manager. Currently he serves as the Director of Training and Development for the County of Los Angeles, Department of Children and Family Services. He has designed and delivered training on child welfare topics since 1986 for Los Angeles County, the State's Child Welfare Training Project and various State/University Training Academies. He has also conducted courses in Graduate Education and Human Resource Leadership for Azusa Pacific University. His primary areas of training expertise include; Risk/Safety Assessment; Case Planning and Intervention; Placement and Permanency and Core/Advan
Matthew Mock, Ph.D, is the Director of the Family, Youth, Childrenís and Multicultural Services for Berkeley Mental Health, is on the faculties of John F. Kennedy and the California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda where he received his doctorate. He also has a private clinical and consulting practice in Berkeley, focusing on immigrant and multicultural families. He is third generation Chinese American and has been committed to social justice throughout his career.
Matthew J. Modrcin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, couples and family, and group psychotherapy, and maintains a private practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon. With over 30 years experience as a clinician, educator and trainer, he is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the National Association of Social Workers. He received both his M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. He has extensive on-going training in couples and group therapy. In addition, Matt has presented at National conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from couples therapy, sustaining passion in a long-term relationship, self-care, supervision, group therapy, to working with resistance in both group and individual therapy.
Lisa Molinar, MA is a Director of California Consulting. She started in Child Welfare in Australia in 1987 as a child welfare social worker and has worked in several different child welfare programs for eleven years since that time. After direct social work practice she was a Staff Development Specialist in Contra Costa County for six years, designing the New Worker Training Unit, Facilitating the leadership team of CCC, writing and monitoring the county System Improvement Plan, Facilitating the Comprehensive Assessment Tool work group and being the lead agency on the Framework core curriculum.. Ms Molinar co-developed the ìCross Cultural Communicationsî series and ìEngaging Families through Fairness and Equityî series and other innovative systems to address disproportionality in child welfare. Currently Ms. Molinar and her Consulting Company specializes in the AB636 process, training, curriculum development, evaluation and Fairness and Equity in child welfare.
Mary Moorer, Foster Parent Co Trainer
Katie Nakasone has been working with CWS/CMS for over 15 years and for the last 5 years as the Application Trainer Mentor (ATM). Katie has conducted individual and group CWS/CMS computer trainings since 2009.
Kymm Nelsen has been teaching professionals to use Microsoft Office, Adobe, and a variety of business-related applications since 1998. She has been an Adobe Certified Instructor since 2000. She specializes in hands-on training that demystifies software and helps students build confidence from basic to expert skill levels. Her background in adult learning styles and deep learning techniques provides engaging classroom experiences that make learning fun and successful. Kymm has traveled the world providing training for federal and state agencies, colleges, corporations, and her own business clients. Currently, she designs personal development programs, and provides training consulting and services to top level universities and Fortune 500 corporations.
Stefanie Nieto Johnson, MSW, is a certified Coach, trainer and consultant within the child welfare system, including on Team Decision Making (TDM) across the nation and in Puerto Rico. She is bilingual and has experience consulting within child welfare agencies around leadership development, CAPP (California Partners for Permanency), Reflective Practice, SOP (Safety Organized Practice), and working with interpreters. Stefanie has previous experience as a faculty member for the California Disproportionality Project, and was a continuing services worker, concurrent planning specialist, and bilingual TDM and Family Conference facilitator for Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children's Services.
Carolyn O’Neal holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work. She has 20 plus years in Children’s Services as a social worker, supervisor and manager. She developed curriculum for and taught Family Violence & Sexual Assault at CSU Stanislaus, School of Criminal Justice. She has been a trainer for California Training Academy since 1999.
Leonora Oliver- Williams
Mr. Palomo has worked in Child Welfare since 2006, and currently works for Napa County Health & Human Services as an application trainer and system administrator for CWS/CMS, CAT, and SafeMeasures. Prior to his current position, Mr. Palomo worked as a CPS Social Worker for Fresno and Napa Counties, including assignments in Intake/ER and Ongoing Case Management.
Dr. Paulson began treating people suffering from anorexia and bulimia nervosa more than 13 years ago. He quickly discovered a passion for this population, and a great desire to contribute in a meaningful way to the understanding of these disorders in an effort to alleviate the extreme suffering these patients endure. Dr. Paulson currently works as the Program Director of an Intensive Outpatient Program and an Inpatient Program serving Northern California. Over the past six years, he has developed and implemented treatment programs for people with eating disorders, given professional presentations on a state and national level and frequently lectures to community groups throughout Northern California.
Veronica Piper-Jefferson, MSW, has worked in Child Welfare for over 20 years. She has worked as a line worker, supervisor and manager and in three different Northern California counties. Veronica is a Trainer/Consultant for the Bay Area Training Academy and Northern Training Academy. Additionally, she is a Safety-Organized Practice Coach for Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco counties.
Rachel Prandini, JD
Angela Ramos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) that has over 20 years of working with at risk youth and their families in different capacities. She has 15 years of experience in Child Welfare and is a Title IVE recipient. She currently works for San Francisco Family & Children Services as an internal coach. She has been a Child Welfare continuing worker, a Child Welfare Supervisor for the Bilingual Unit overseeing the Court Family Maintenance, the Court Reunification, the Non-Court Family Maintenance and providing back up to the Bilingual Emergency Response Unit for 5 years. Additionally, Angela has worked for Kids Turn providing workshops for families enduring a separation or divorce, and has worked with at risk youth at Mission Girls, a gender specific program in SF. She is Bilingual in Spanish. Her area of expertise includes Safe measures, SOP, SDM, and Child Abuse Mandated Reporting training. Angela teaches Zumba® for fun and wellness in the community!
Debbie Raucher is a private consultant working with the local jurisdictions to facilitate the successful implementation of AB12. She also currently works as a Project Manager for the John Burton Foundation and has been active in statewide efforts related to the implementation of AB 12. Ms. Raucher has worked in the human service and affordable housing fields for more than 14 years, serving as an independent consultant, the Deputy Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic as well as the Director of East Bay Housing Organizations.
Maryanne Rehberg, LCSW, has over 10 years direct experience in the child welfare services arena as an Senior Social Worker, ER Supervisor and Sr. Staff Development trainer and loved every minute of it...well, most of it! After leaving the county, she worked as a trainer and Assistant Director at San Francisco State's School of Social Work's Bay Area Academy. She has been a trainer and a consultant for the past 12 years and has authored and trained curricula on a variety of topics such as The Art of Interviewing, Family Engagement and Case Planning, Inside the Teenage Brain, Family Team Meeting Facilitation and Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families. She has also been the Executive Director of a Public Access Television station, a therapist and a coach. Maryanne fills her time outside of work with foster parenting, doing improv comedy and waterskiing.
Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW is the California policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. Based in San Francisco, Reiman leads DPA’s marijuana reform work in California. Reiman has conducted numerous studies on medical marijuana dispensaries, patients and the use of marijuana as a treatment for addiction. Reiman served as the first chairwoman of the Medical Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley and has consulted with various cities and states on the development of medical marijuana policy. Reiman is currently a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California-Berkeley, where she teaches Drug and Alcohol Policy, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Sexuality and Social Work. Originally from Chicago, Reiman earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Reiman moved to Oakland in 2002 to attend the University of California-Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in Social Welfare in 2006.
Lois A. Ritter, EdD, MS, MA, MS-HCA, PMP is a Researcher at WestCoast Children's Clinic. Dr. Ritter has been a key member of the team developing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation - Identification Tool (CSE-IT). She has written Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications, research protocols, and developed data collection instruments. Dr. Ritter has recruited for and led the focus groups for the project as well as analyzing the data. She has worked in the health field for approximately 25 years. She has written several textbooks and articles in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered presentations at numerous conferences.
"Carol Robinson Fahmi is Deputy County Counsel for Santa Clara County. She has been an attorney in California for the past 14 years, working as a juvenile court trial attorney in Los Angeles and Santa Clara Counties. Carol has also worked as a legal consultant and instructor to social workers in the area of juvenile dependency law for the past three years and has conducted numerous workshops that include courtroom testimony and report writing.
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Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Youth Law Center
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Jennifer Anne Rose, MSW is currently the Project Director for the Bay Area Safe Havens Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Demonstration Project. Ms. Rose is a certified Domestic Violence Trainer in California for the Criminal Justice System, Child Protective Services, Human Resource Agencies, and community based organizations. She has conducted seminars in Domestic Violence including physical, sexual and emotional abuse of women and children.
Michelle Runnels is an MSW with many successful years of child welfare practice. She has worked as a DCF social worker in many areas of the department to include, Investigations, Court, Adoptions and Staff Development, where she was responsible for the oversight and training of all DCF social workers hired by CPS. Ms. Runnels was also a contract monitor with Riverside Family Law Court where she was instrumental in mediating and resolving disputes, working in an environment with conflicting parties, and over seeing the visitation process between custodial and non-custodial parents and child/children. Ms. Runnels has also worked as a Director of a Family Services agency where she played an integral part in the securing, and implementation of many youth centered programs to include the Transitional Housing Program +, Aftercare, Foster Care, Adoptions and others. Ms Runnels teaches from a strength based/team approach to interacting with families.
Judy Rutan, MPA, currently serves as the Transfer of Learning & Leadership Specialist employed with the Central California Training Academy. In her role she provides oversight for Field Based Trainer / Coaching program as well as the implementation of an advanced leadership program for county leadership that incorporates evidence-based practice to advance the leadership skills of supervisors and managers. Judy also provides executive coaching to county leadership and consulting to county staff on organizational readiness and development and system change. Prior to Judy’s employment with the Central Academy, she served as a public child welfare social worker, program specialist and program manager for the County of Kings and deputy director for the County of Tulare. Previous work experience includes her role the Executive Director for the First 5 Kings Children and Families Commission, as well as an educator for Brandman University teaching classes in system change and organizational development
John Sabel is an 18 year veteran with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and has worked a variety of assignments including 13 years as a member of the SWAT team and investigative assignments with the Redwood City Street Crime Suppression Team and for the last two years as an agent with the San Mateo County Narcotic Task Force (SMCNTF). John has worked undercover cases and is a recognized narcotic and gang expert in the Superior Courts of San Mateo County.
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Jef Samp, MSW trains child welfare workers, foster parents, CASAs and the staff of community-based child welfare-affiliated organizations on topics including Structured Decision Making, mandated reporting, HIPAA disclosure rules and special issues in working with sexually abused children. He has worked in three California counties in front-line child welfare roles ranging from hot-line report screening to long term placement worker.
Dawn Schoonhoven Scott has over 10 years experience in the field of social work. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Sociology with a Human Services emphasis from Westmont College in 2002 and then earned a Masters of Social Work degree from San Diego State University in 2006. Prior to working directly for a public child welfare agency, Ms. Schoonhoven Scott gained 2 years experience working in bay area group homes as a residential counselor and in a community organizing agency in San Francisco. After completing her MSW degree in 2006 Ms. Schoonhoven Scott was hired by Child Welfare Services in San Diego County as a Protective Services Worker (PSW). She continued to work as a Senior PSW and then as a Protective Services Supervisor over her 8 years with CWS in San Diego. She has experience working and supervising in nearly all of the programs within child welfare including: Emergency Response, Voluntary Services, Continuing Services, TDM, Placement and Quality Assurance. She has experience using both SDM and SOP in direct practice with families as well as in supervision with child welfare staff. While working directly for San Diego County child welfare, Ms. Schoonhoven Scott also worked as a per diem Social Worker for Sharp Mary Birch Hospital, providing a variety of brief therapeutic and supportive services to patients. Ms. Schoonhoven Scott has developed expertise in the following areas: • The impact of trauma on child development and school readiness • Utilizing family meetings to improve child welfare outcomes • Child Welfare quality assurance including gathering, analyzing and presenting both qualitative and quantitative data in order to improve child welfare practice and outcomes • Safety Organized Practice training and implementation • Intimate Partner Violence • Family Engagement in Case Planning and Case Management Since September, 2012 Ms. Schoonhoven has worked with the Public Child Welfare Training Academy, Academy for Professional Excellence. In her role as a County Consultant and the Coastal Region Manager she continues to work on curriculum development, training provision to CWS staff throughout California and works closely with San Diego CWS staff to identify and address training needs.
Ms. Shackelford is currently a County Consultant for the Academy for Professional Excellence, Public Child Welfare Training Academy. Ms. Shackelford currently trains Safety Organized Practice (SOP), The Coaching Institute, Adoption related trainings, and CalSWEC Core topics; Child and Youth Development and Permanency and Placement. Ms. Shackelford is also the lead PCWTA lead researcher on Human Trafficking in the Southern Region. She received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1997 and her Master’s degree in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2000. Ms. Shackelford is currently working towards her LCSW. Ms. Shackelford has worked with at risk children and families since 1991 in a variety of settings. She began her career as a Child Development Teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. She went on to work in Group Homes and Non-Profit agencies that served at risk youth in Los Angeles and San Diego. Ms. Shackelford was employed by the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services Program for over 12 years. As a social worker she worked with children and families in a variety of programs. As an Adoption Applicant worker she worked with families seeking to adopt a child and as adoptions children’s workers she worked with children in need of permanent placement homes. Ms. Shackelford has also worked as The Housing Coordinator for the HOME housing program in the Independent Living Skills program which serves youth in the foster care system, the Adoption recruitment department and the C.A.R.E unit in San Diego County. Ms. Shackelford served as a committee member on the Commission for Children Youth and Family in San Diego. Ms. Shackelford continues to teach and provide training to Child Welfare staff through the San Diego Community College District and PCWTA. Training topics have included: Working with Sexually Reactive Children, The Dynamics of Family Dysfunction, Cultural Competence, Cultural Communication, Trauma of Removal and out of home placement, and Discipline and Limit Setting and . Ms. Shackelford also worked as a counselor at the STEPS program in San Diego which provides day treatment services to sexually reactive youth ages 6-18. Ms. Shackelford is currently a member of the American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers and San Diego Association of Black Social Workers.
Valod Vic Shaverdian is an IT consultant specializing in Business Intelligence and database reporting. His project scopes vary from complete reporting infrastructure design and implementation to creation of statistical, compliance, utilization reports, dashboards and user training. He has successfully implemented multiple large and smallscale projects for Sapphire Technologies, CGI, Deloitte, EDS and Northrop Grumman. He has been retained by Orange County since 2000 where he has been closely involved with CWS/CMS-Business Objects, CalWIN (MR and CIS) environments. Additionally he has trained Business Objects for the Northern and Central Academies.
Mary K. Shean has spent the last 15 years in the field of Public Child Welfare. In San Mateo County she worked as a Social Worker in Emergency Response, Family Reunification and Maintenance, the Licensing Unit as a Recruiter for Foster and Adoptive Families, and finally offering support to the CWS/CMS application. She joined Alameda County in 2001 and has been the primary trainer for the CWS/CMS application since May of 2003. She also teaches MAPP for new Resource Parents.
Bryna Siegel, Ph.D., is a professor and a developmental psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco and director of its’ Autism Clinic. She also serves as Co-Director of the Autism Neurodevelopment Center. She has just published Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism (Guilford Press, 2008). She earlier wrote Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals, Oxford University Press, 2003 which describes an integrated ‘developmental behaviorism’ as a foundation for designing treatment of autism-specific difficulties in perception, processing and retrieval of information; and is also author of The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Oxford Univ. Press, 1996), a parent ‘classic’ for first learning about autism. She is the co-author of What About Me? Siblings of Developmentally Disabled Children (Plenum Press, 1994). She is the developer of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test (PDDST-II) for early identification of autism (Psych Corp,/ Harcourt Assessment, 2004), and co-author of major review chapters on autism treatment and research, as well as over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and abstracts. Her newest research project, JumpStart is a model for helping children with autism ‘learn-to-learn’, and for their parents to learn to use and evaluate integrated wrap-around home and school services. Dr. Siegel lectures frequently to parents and professionals in the US and abroad on treatments for autism.
Emily Sims is the Founder and Director of West Marin Advocacy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting survivors of family and community violence. Since 2002, Emily has provided training to nonprofit, governmental and law enforcement agencies, on topics ranging from Crime Scene Advocacy, Trauma-Informed Police Responses, Civil Restraining Order Applications and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth. Utilizing a combination of group work, examinations of case studies and survivors’ first-hand experiences, Emily’s training philosophy emphasizes trauma-informed interventions and the recognition of victims’ rights.
Christina J. Stimmann, LCSW, MHSA, has worked for more than 23 years in health and social services. Her Child Welfare Services experience includes emergency response investigations, family maintenance and reunification, licensing foster/adoptive families and relative/NREFM assessments, visitation, placement, family team meetings as well as supervising and training Child Welfare Services’ workers.
Ms. Stimmann has also worked in various other health and social service settings including HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, sexual assault, child forensic interviewing, adult mental health, primary care behavioral health and health education. Additionally, she maintains a small private practice and provides supervision to associate clinical social workers.
Ms. Stimmann is a certified EMDR therapist and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (M.I.N.T).
John Stirling, MD is the director of the Center for Child Protection at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California, and a Clinical Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford University, where he chairs the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Committee. After practicing general peds for more than twenty-five years in southwest Washington state, he now provides expert medical evaluations of suspected child abuse in San Jose. Working closely with protective services and mental health professionals, Dr. Stirling has helped establish a specialty clinic to provide a medical home for children in foster care in Santa Clara County. Dr. Stirling has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, receiving the AAP’s Award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children. He has provided child abuse training around the country to CPS, law enforcement, and medical audiences.
Mario Sulay is currently in his 30th year as a peace officer in Santa Cruz County. He has been employed by the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office as an Inspector II since July of 2010. He is currently assigned as the commander of the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team. As the SCCACT commander, Mario Sulay manages the operation and resources of two task forces; the Gang Task Force (GTF) and the Narcotics Task Force (NTF). These task forces are comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. Prior to the District Attorney's Office, He was employed by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years. While employed by the Sheriff's Office he worked assignments as a patrol deputy, in a street drug task force, as a detective, as a court bailiff, as a narcotics task force agent and a detective sergeant.
Lisa Tamres, MSW, has 25 years of experience at the County of Orange Social Services Agency including 23 years of service in child welfare as line worker, supervisor, trainer and manager. Her assignments included various aspects of the child welfare process ranging from emergency response, court dependency, family reunification/maintenance and adoptions as well as CWS/CMS planning, training, implementation, reporting & maintenance beginning in 1997. Ms. Tamres has additional experience at the county including managing the Program Integrity department which handles CACI grievance reviews, county and state appeals for all services & benefits, civil rights complaints, fraud and IEVS (Income & Eligibility Verification Systems). Her experience outside the county includes Regional Center for the developmentally disabled and university-affiliated hospital social work in neonatal intensive care and outpatient follow up clinics as well as dialysis and transplant units.
Jenell Thompson, M.Ed, MSW has worked as an emergency response social worker, intervention specialist, high-risk infant case manager and child development consultant. In addition to holding a Masters degree in Social Work, she holds a Master of Arts in Education & Child Life. She is currently a social work lecturer at CSU Hayward and a recurring guest lecturer at the Center for Community Futures in Berkeley, CA. She has also held lecturer positions at San Francisco State University and The University of Georgia.
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Traci Tippett is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience. Traci has been training in the child welfare community for the past ten years; traveling throughout New Mexico and California. She is currently employed with La Familia-Namaste, providing therapy and training to Therapeutic Foster Care and post adoption families. Traci specializes in issues related to attachment, trauma, foster care, and adoption. Traci is a licensed foster parent and is a pre-adopt parent of a two year old little boy.
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Jarred Vermillion: As a transformation change agent and recently named California Wraparound Champion, Jarred has been training, coaching, implementing and inspiring family focused initiatives for just under a decade. Jarred believes in whole person learning and uses his life experience, education, professional experience and both contagious and passionate energy to inspire. Currently CEO of Vermillion Life Circle Consulting and Wraparound Coach/Trainer with Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment and the Arts, he has received many special recognition awards for his commitment and leadership in supporting systems, youth and families. As a crusader, he has facilitated over 180 training's across the United States. Some of these National speaking events include: National Wraparound Initiative Webinar, Oklahoma Systems of Care Conference - Keynote and Training, California Partnership for Well-being Institute, Various University Of California Davis training's, and Brevard National Wraparound Conference, Coco Beach, Flordia. Subjects that Jarred specializes in are Wraparound, Family and Youth Engagement, Strength Based Practice, Parent/Peer Partners, Cultural Competence, Natural & Informal Supports and working with complex un-met needs. Amazingly surviving the harsh realities and traumas of growing up across systems of care with an incarcerated father and mother struggling with addiction, Jarred uses life experience to spark his passion for learning and tearing down system barriers while laying the foundation for compassionate system engagement to supports families. Jarred believes that regardless of the situation, with the right language and persistent commitment to cultural engagement, we can break down walls of isolation and build concrete slabs to support positive attachment for youth and families.
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Daniel Webster M.S.W., Ph.D., is a senior research specialist and project director at the Center for Social Services Research at the University of California, Berkeley. A consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation for the past eight years, he has worked with county and state child welfare staff in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Webster's major fields of interest include child welfare services, the mental health needs of children in out-of-home care and poverty.
Nicki Weld is currently a national social work adviser for a Child and Family NGO in New Zealand, and undertaking doctoral study. She is also a Director of CNZN Ltd, New Zealand, which provides training, facilitation, supervision, consultancy and solutions for child protection and social service management and workers. Nicki has worked for a number of years in a variety of social service and child protection roles, including professional leader for social work in general health, senior social worker, supervisor, senior trainer, and as a national social work advisor within the New Zealand government sector. She is the author of The Whole Sphere – Supporting well-being, and recovery from relational trauma (2014 Dunmore Publishing NZ), A Practical Guide to Transformative Supervision for the Helping Professions- Amplifying Insight (Jessica Kingsley Publishing, London 2011); Making Sure Children get 'HELD': Ideas and Resources to Help Workers to Place Hope, Empathy, Love and Dignity at the Heart of Child Protection and Support (Russell House Publishing, London 2009) and co-author of Walking in People's Worlds: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Social Work (Pearson Education, New Zealand 2008). She is the primary creator of the Three Houses information gathering tool.
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Liz Winter, MSW, MA, PhD is Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Winter is the Academic Coordinator of the school’s Child Welfare Education for Leadership Program (CWEL) which provides graduate social work education for public child welfare workers in Pennsylvania. As a clinical assistant professor, Winter teaches theory and practice courses in the MSW program. She practiced law in England before coming to the United States and obtaining her education in social work after spending several years as a professional rowing coach. She has worked in child- and family-serving agency settings in Pittsburgh and has provided training and consultation to human services and healthcare providers.
Dr. Winter uses Team-Based Learning™, an evidence-based collaborative learning and teaching strategy, in all her classes. She is also a certified Team-Based Learning™ Consultant and Mentor. Her professional interests include child welfare workforce development and retention, LGBTQ youth in child and family serving systems, co-occurring disorders, and traumatic stress. Winter maintains a private practice, working with a variety of behavioral health concerns.
Miriam Wolf, MS, LCSW, is a consultant, writer and trainer in the area of child abuse, forensic interviewing, parent education and related topics. She is the former Director of Stuart House in Santa Monica, California, a model multidisciplinary program for suspected victims of child sexual abuse. She served as the Director of Training and Staff Development at Children's Bureau of Southern California, a non-profit child welfare agency and has prior experience as a social worker and therapist. Miriam is an elected board member of CAPSAC, the California Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and holds masters degrees in social work and special education.
Rob Woronoff, MS, has worked with and on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and families for nearly 20 years. He is a nationally-recognized leader in efforts to address their needs Rob is currently the director of Family Builders’ Putting Pride into Practice Project (P4), an initiative designed to assist county child welfare offices in California in their efforts to support LGBTQ youth. Rob has delivered presentations, speeches and trainings at more than 100 conferences throughout the country. He has served on numerous LGBT boards of directors, task forces and advisory committees for organizations such as the American Bar Association, HRC, the Tides Foundation and the National CASA Association. Rob holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Drama School at Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Science degree in Human Services Program Development from the University of Massachusetts where he also taught Program Performance Monitoring and Evaluation at the University’s Graduate School of Community and Public Service.
Todd has a Master’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Psychology. He has been the Ombudsman for San Francisco Human Services Agency, Family and Children's Services for the past 12 years and San Francisco Juvenile Probation for the past seven years. He has participated in dispute resolution as a professional mediator and ombudsman for 20 years. He has worked in juvenile diversion programs, victim assistance, custody and visitation, and child welfare. Todd was also a mediator for the Consortium for Children and crafted post adoption contact agreements between birth parents and prospective adoptive parents of the child welfare system prior to becoming Ombudsman. Todd has taught college-level courses in public speaking, interpersonal, small group, dispute resolution and organizational communication at Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College, Baldwin Wallace College and City College of San Francisco. Below are a few courses that Todd teaches on a regular basis for City College of San Francisco: Conflict De-Escalation, Effective Communication and Listening. He has been a trainer and coach for the Bay Area Academy for the past four years specializing in Safety Organized Practice.
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Leslie W. Zeitler, LCSW joined BAA in September 2013 as the Curriculum, Research & Evaluation Specialist. She will be assisting both BAA and CCTA with training evaluation efforts regarding curriculum development, trainer development, coaching, and more. Prior to joining BAA, Leslie was responsible for coordinating and implementing statewide training and evaluation efforts, and for providing technical assistance to the California Regional Training Academies and to all 58 California counties through the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC). In addition to providing direct services social work with Legal Services for Children and training Head Start summer sessions for staff, she has also supervised clinicians earning their hours toward licensure. Interested in leadership development in the public sector, Leslie completed a fellowship with the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. Her interests range from training, to writing and editing training curricula, and to organizational human service delivery improvement. When Leslie isn't working, she enjoys swimming, watching epic martial arts movies, writing and speaking on suicide prevention and postvention issues, and spending time with her family and friends
Helga Zimmerer, LCSW, has over 25 years of experience in child welfare. Ms. Zimmerer currently works for the City and County of San Francisco as a supervisor of an Emergency Response Unit. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Zimmerer supervised a Family Maintenance and Family Reunification Unit, a Multi-Function Unit (including Court Dependency and Non-Court FM), as well as a Permanency Unit. Ms. Zimmerer has been a mentor for new child welfare supervisors, and has co-facilitated a supervisor support group. Ms. Zimmerer is a trained Family Conference and TDM facilitator.