So Much Potential: Sharing Youth and Provider Voices to Improve Cross-Systems Collaboration Conference

Knowledge and Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Child Maltreatment, and Educational Disadvantage ~

Annahita Ball, PhD, MSW

Annahita Ball, PhD, MSW

Elizabeth Bowen, PhD, AM

Elizabeth Bowen, PhD, AM

Annette Semanchin Jones, PhD, MSW

Annette Semanchin Jones, PhD, MSW

Description and Learning Objectives

Target Audience: Professionals in various systems who work with children and youth with needs related to homelessness, involvement in the child welfare system, and educational challenges.

Description:

‘I'm trying to deal with every obstacle that gets thrown at me every day.’ This and many other statements from youth reveal their feelings about dealing with homelessness, the trauma of abuse or neglect, and educational difficulties. This is a “triple-threat” of cumulative adversity for many children and youth – experiencing residential mobility and child welfare involvement, which increases school mobility and educational risk. These “cross-systems youth” who become involved in multiple systems often slip through the cracks, despite the best intentions of programs and policies.

This conference will present research findings from two projects focused on the needs of cross-systems youth. We will share critical areas of intervention and practice identified from our extensive interviews with youth and service providers that you can apply in your work. Many of these vulnerable youth felt like they had to “make it on their own,” underscoring the need to better connect youth to existing resources and supportive adults, build on their strengths and protective factors, and improve communication across systems. It also stresses the importance of using a trauma-informed approach with cross-systems youth, rather than punitive approaches that tend to exacerbate negative outcomes.

Using findings and narratives from our community-based research, you will gain awareness of the life experiences of cross-systems youth and their perceptions of services. You will also learn about the perspectives of providers in various systems and gain insights into potential facilitators of cross-system collaboration. Using the Collective Impact framework, strategies  will be provided to enhance collaboration within and across agencies and systems.

Time will be available for interactive discussion, networking, and activities. Content is applicable to other service systems in addition to the three focus systems from our research.

Learning Objectives:

·  Increase your awareness and understanding about cross-system youth experiences that can help improve your own practice with these youth;

·  Examine your own role and your organization’s role in cross-systems efforts, as well as the roles of other stakeholders;

·  Identify ways to increase youths’ access to supportive adults in their lives, both formally and informally;

·  Apply the Collective Impact Framework’s five key components and strategies in your work with the youth and their families (i.e., common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and having a backbone organization);

·  Employ trauma-informed strategies in practice with vulnerable youth facing multiple challenges.  

Research: All three faculty are working together on research projects related to: 1) Examining Service Provider Perspectives on Collaboration to Improve Educational Outcomes for Cross-Systems Youth; and 2) Improving Educational Outcomes for Homeless and Child Welfare-Involved Youth in Greater Buffalo through Cross Systems Collaboration. The second project is the recipient of the 2018 UB School of Social Work/Buffalo Center for Social Research Excellence in Research Award.

Fees, Discounts, and Registration

Early bird discount price is $135 by June 15th; $145 after June 15th. Lunch is included.

Counts as 6 elective hours in our trauma-informed certificate programs. Discount price for our trauma certificate participants and graduates is $135.

Individual and agency group discount information

Free if the conference falls on your birthday

CEUs included

Content level: intermediate 

NY Social Workers:
University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: approval pending

ASWB ACE Credits: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education, #1312, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/2/2015-7/2/2018. Social workers in states other than NY should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Content level is intermediate. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 clinical continuing education credits.

Our Trauma-Informed Certificate Programs - counts as 6 elective hours.

Instructor Bios

All three faculty are working together on research projects related to: 1) Examining Service Provider Perspectives on Collaboration to Improve Educational Outcomes for Cross-Systems Youth; and 2) Improving Educational Outcomes for Homeless and Child Welfare-Involved Youth in Greater Buffalo through Cross Systems Collaboration. The second project is the recipient of the 2018 UB School of Social Work/Buffalo Center for Social Research Excellence in Research Award.

Annahita Ball, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor at the UB School of Social Work. She conducts community-based research on social work and youth development services in schools, often in partnership with local school districts and youth-serving agencies. Ball states, “I recognize the importance of schools as community hubs uniquely positioned to impact the complex needs of children, particularly those who are most vulnerable." Ball provides national leadership within the American Educational Research Association and as an expert panel member for the Evidence-Based Actions for Schools component of the Center for Disease Control’s Whole School, Community, and Child Model. She is also the recipient of numerous teaching awards from multiple institutions.

Elizabeth Bowen, PhD, AM, is an assistant professor at the UB School of Social Work. She frequently collaborates with local organizations—including the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, Buffalo City Mission, and Compass House—on her community-based research with homeless youth and adults. Bowen is the UB School of Social Work liaison to the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative. Bowen states, “Good health is the ultimate bottom line. My research looks at housing and homelessness as social determinants of health issues, such as HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, and addictions. I’m excited about the potential that social work has to advocate for both health and housing as human rights.” Bowen was a 2016 Protégé in the American Psychological Association's Cyber Mentors Program for HIV/AIDS and health disparities researchers and received the 2017 Best Teaching Note Award from the Journal of Social Work Education.

Annette Semanchin Jones, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor at the UB School of Social Work. She has partnered with child welfare agencies to evaluate innovative policies and practices to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families in Western New York.  Jones worked with local organizations such as Hillside Family of Agencies, New Directions Youth and Family Services, and Erie County Department of Social Services, to improve youth well-being through strategies such as promoting relational permanence for youth aging out of foster care; evaluating the implementation of evidence-based trauma treatment; and identifying supports for families and children who experience chronic neglect. Jones has over 12 years of experience working in child welfare and family-serving systems in several jurisdictions, including Minnesota, Illinois, and Tennessee. She was also the recipient of the prestigious National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services Dissertation Award through the Children’s Bureau.

 

 

Location, Hotels, and Driving Directions

The conference will be held at the UB Center for Tomorrow, Flint Road & Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14260.  Select the Center for Tomorrow near the top of our driving directions web page.

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Contact

For questions about the conference, contact us at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or 716-829-5841.