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SBCT Cross Sites Meetings

Mar 8, 2017

Beginning in 2005, the Safe Babies Court Teams Project has hosted an annual meeting for judges, child welfare professionals, and other stakeholders to visit one of our Safe Babies Court Teams and discuss best child welfare practices for maltreated infants and toddlers.

The 2017 SBCT Cross Sites Meeting

When: August 16–18, 2017
Where: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Teams Project in collaboration with the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams will be hosting our 11th annual Cross Sites Meeting in 2017. Everyone working with infants and toddlers in foster care is invited.

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2016: Orlando, Florida

Meeting Highlights:

  • Violence And Trauma In The Lives of Young Children: Lessons Learned – Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW, Founding Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, Director, Child Advocacy Strand, Human Development and Psychology Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Helping Babies And Families From The Bench – Constance Cohen, Retired Judge, Des Moines, Iowa, Judge Kimberly Todd, Unified Family Court Judge, Florida/Pinellas County 6th Judicial Circuit, Joann Lycett, Assistant State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County, Florida Cindy Zarling, Ph.D., Former ECC Community Coordinator, Pinellas County, Florida Mariela Ollsen, Attorney, GAL Program, Pinellas County, Florida, Kerline Raymonvil, Child Safety Case Manager, Pinellas County, Florida April Lott, President & CEO, Directions for Living, Pinellas County, Florida Arielle Cooper, Project HOPE Counselor, Pinellas County, Florida, Dana Dean, Assistant Regional Counsel, Pinellas County, Florida

  • Caregivers As Champions For Enhancing Parent-Child Contact – Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland College Park, Amber Westra and Gary Westra, Sarasota, Florida, Danielle Wright and Chris Wright, Sarasota, Florida

  • Respecting and Honoring Family Strengths – Marva Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Tulane University; Director, The Natural Connections Center for Research & Training

2015: Des Moines, Iowa

Meeting Highlights:

  • Building On What We Know About The Brain: How What We Know And Experience Can Change What We Do (Infant Mental Health And Trauma)-Joy Osofsky, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
  • Overcoming The Psychological And Biological Challenges Of Substance Abuse And Exposure: The Biology Of Use, Exposure, Recovery, And Relapse- Larry Burd, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Director of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center, University of North Dakota School of Medicine; Rizwan Shah, M.D., Director, Regional Child Protection Center, Drake Children’s Hospital (ret.)
  • How Culture, Ethnicity, Race, And Historical Impacts Of Trauma Affect How We Are And What We Can Collectively Do About It - Marva Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Social Work

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2014: New Haven, Connecticut

Meeting Highlights:

  • Permanency - Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Maryland- College Park
  • **Promoting Safety for Victims of Abuse - Andrea Asnes, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine; Pediatrician
  • Child First: A Model Promoting Well-Being in the Child Welfare System -Darcy Lowell, MD, Founder and Executive Director, Child First; Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine; Section Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Bridgeport Hospital
  • Setting the Tone: Looking Past Family Poverty - Melissa Mendez, LCSW, IMH-E - Vice President, Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health; Director, Child First (Wheeler Clinic)

2013: Little Rock, Arkansas

Meeting Highlights:

  • Tour of Central High School, site of the first major school desegregation struggle led by nine students known as the Little Rock Nine following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  • Historical Trauma- Marva Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Social Work; Carlotta Walls LaNier: Author of A Mighty Long Way and the President of the Little Rock Nine Foundation
  • Substance Abuse and Trauma in Early Childhood- Nikki Connor-Burrows, PhD: Associate Professor University of Arkansas College of Medicine – Department of Family and Preventative Medicine; Doliza Reyes-Bibbs, PhD: Program Director, Ozark Guidance Early Childhood Center

2012: Cherokee, North Carolina

Meeting Highlights:

  • The Impact of Historical Trauma on Native Families - Eduardo Duran Ph.D., Moderator; Patty Grant, LCSW, CSAC, Anlenisgi Mental Health Services, Cherokee, NC; Ann Bullock, MD, Health and Medical Division Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC
  • Implementing Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Native Families in Cherokee - Thomas Slagle, LCSW; Steve Whitehorn, MSW, P-LCSW; Ralph Wright Murphy, MDIV, MSSW, ACSW, LCSW, Anlenisgi Mental Health Services, Cherokee, NC; Joy Osofsky, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
  • Unto These Hills, a dramatic production depicting the history of the Cherokee people through the height of their power to their forced removal to Oklahoma known as the Trail of Tears, culminating in the present day where the Cherokee people continue to rewrite their place in the world based in traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.

2011: San Francisco, California

Meeting Highlights

  • Promoting Infant Mental Health Through Child-Parent Psychotherapy - Alicia Lieberman, Ph.D. Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair of Infant Mental Health Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco and Director, Child Trauma Research Project
  • Mental Health Assessments - Patricia Van Horn, J.D., Ph.D. Associate Director, Child Trauma Research Project
  • Infant Massage - Toni Heineman D.M.H., Founder and Executive Director, A Home Within
  • Mental Health Consultation and the Infant Parent Program - Kadija Johnston, L.C.S.W., Director, Infant-Parent Program, University of California San Francisco
  • Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care- Mimari Hall, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Historical Trauma: Defining It and Identifying Its Effects in Child Welfare Cases - Eduardo Duran, Ph.D., Seventh Direction

2010: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Meeting Highlights:

  • Healing the Invisible Wounds of Exposure to Violence - Elena P. Cohen, LCSW, Director, Safe Start Center, JBS International, Inc.
  • The Physician’s Role in the Management of Children in Foster Care: Early Intervention and Medical Assessment - Theodore E. Atkinson, MD, FAAP, General and Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics, Children’s Clinic of Hattiesburg, MS
  • Risk for Intentional Injury in Developmentally Delayed Children Age 0-3 - Sheri M. White, MSN, APRN, Rural Health Clinic, Pretiss MS
  • Vicarious Trauma: Maintaining Emotional Health While Working with Trauma - Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans

2009: Des Moines, Iowa

Meeting Highlights:

  • Substance Abuse and the Impact On Children - Rizwan Shah, M.D., Director, Regional Child Protection Center, Drake Children’s Hospital
  • Preventing Disaster: Planning for Families Affected by FASD - Larry Burd, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Director of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center, University of North Dakota School of Medicine
  • The Impact of Family Interaction on Social/Emotional Well-Being: What Troubles Us? - Norma Ginther, MSW, Director, Norma M. Ginther Consulting and Training LLC

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