2024 National Wraparound Conference

Registration Now Open

Deadline to Register is May 31, 2024


The National Center for Innovation and Excellence is pleased to announce the 2024 National Wraparound Conference will be held June 19 - June 21, 2024 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The conference seeks to empower individuals and partnerships that will provide an inclusive and dynamic forum to foster peer networks, share information, and build skills while facilitating interactive dialogue and discussion. This year’s theme, Breaking Barriers and Strengthening BondsEngaging Fathers, Families and Communities in Wraparound will deepen attendees understanding of how system of care agents can engage in and undergo system transformation through the implementation of innovative wraparound values and principles of practice.

The conference will:

  • Disseminate and share state-of-the-art information on the use of wraparound practices and models existing within child welfare, integrated services environments, mental health, juvenile justice, and systems of care environments nationally;

  • Address policy issues, implementation, transformation, and reform in how we operate in the FFPSA environment.

  • Mobilize, inspire, and lead organizations to youth driven, family-centered engagement modalities -as a catalyst for system transformation- by challenging personal assumptions and values in way that strengthen capacity and commitment to youth and families.

  • Create a forum for facilitating the exchange of information among individuals, groups, and institutions, as well as across professional disciplines through dialogue and breakout sessions.
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Dr. John VanDenBerg will host a live broadcast Q & A Session. This interactive session will offer participants the opportunity to engage and ask questions of Dr. VanDenBerg.

Dr. VanDenBerg has lectured in every US state and almost all areas of Canada, and in Europe and Asia. He developed the first US demonstration of cross-agency state-wide wraparound process, the Alaska Youth Initiative. This was one of the first national efforts focused on services integration for children and families with complex needs. He has been a major innovator, researcher, co-founder and pioneer in the gradual perfecting of the Wraparound Process, which now reaches over a million families and adults worldwide. He delivered over 5000 on-site training and consultation days in communities across North America and other parts of the world. He has been honored with many national and international awards and recognitions for his ground-breaking work and research to improve the field of human services.

Dr. VanDenBerg has consulted with the federal government, state and local departments of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, education, including special education, adult corrections, and developmental disabilities, as well as with private foundations and private agencies around the U.S. and Canada. He is internationally recognized as a leading authority on innovative integrative services applications, and on systems of care and wraparound process development for persons with complex needs and their families.


A Black History Narrative in Honor of Juneteenth

Watch over 180 years of Black American history come alive, one voice at a time. “One Voice: A Black History Narrative” is a performance designed to go beyond a brief historical or political narrative. In this one-man show, JDew uses the real words and works of several significant Black history figures to let the audience experience the full impact of these leaders, covering history from as early as the 1850s to video vignettes of interviews with influential Black people from the 21st century.

Using the real words and works of influential Black figures, JDew brings Black history to life through his live performances of historical voices from as early as the 1850s and video vignettes of interviews with influential Black leaders from the 21st century.


"Welcome The Fathers"

The Essential Need for Father-Effective Pedagogy, Policies and Practices

For nearly 3 decades, David has been a father/family advocate, a community organizer, a minister, and an influential leader. He has successfully guided and grown a local direct service program for 11 years. Over time, he has coordinated multiple events, activities, and programs aimed at the acknowledgement, enhancement, appreciation, and promotion of the institution of fatherhood and raising awareness of the challenges related to father absence. This most notably includes the 2021 established, Commonwealth Center for Fathers and Families (CCFF), which is poised to enhance positive fatherhood engagement/programming across Kentucky and beyond. As Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of CCFF, David leads statewide efforts and beyond. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to the field and was most recently appointed to the National Fatherhood Initiative Board of Directors. David also serves on the Board of Trustees at Campbellsville University and several other committees, task forces, and action teams locally, statewide, and nationally.


David is widely called upon for his work around fatherhood and its correlated issues, including educational performance, violence prevention/ intervention, implicit bias, black male achievement, strengthening families and communities, child maltreatment reduction, and other related matters. His work and efforts have impacted policies, procedures, and practices and served thousands of fathers, children, and families. He is a past recipient of the Governors Annual Services Awards, receiving the honor of the Lifetime Achievement Award. He has received other national recognitions and acknowledgements for his work in the fatherhood field, with the most recent being a 2024 recognition in California at the 25th International Families and Fathers Conference.


Dr. Julie Radlauer-Doerfler, LMHC

"Connection For Equity "

Are you ready to take control of your mental health? Well, research demonstrates that 1 in 3 people are struggling with loneliness, which is the greatest indicator of depression. With so many people struggling, it’s time to take matters into our own hands. The good news is that according to Harvard University approximately 80% of people experiencing mental health symptoms can have their needs met through less formal treatment options. 


By understanding how social aspects of our lives impact our happiness and wellbeing, we can begin to incorporate everyday strategies into our daily practice. The goal is to harness these social influences to create the support that we need on a regular basis. By intentionally practicing the social aspects of your life, you can create the balance that you need to be happier and healthier. This book is designed to share research, tangible tools, and simple techniques. The good news is that most of these techniques are fun and easy to incorporate into your life. 

Dr. Radlauer-Doerfler is a leading expert in the social influences of mental health and uses her experience to create impact within communities, systems, organizations, and individuals. Her approach is collaborative, creative, and curious as she strives to educate utilizing unique avenues including media, stage production, video production, podcasting and writing. She has extensive experience in behavioral health, public health, and organizational development for more than 25 years. She speaks internationally and participated as a TEDx Miami speaker on social support, and social connectedness. Her research on structural racism in the behavioral health field has led to the development of a national curriculum designed to create more equitable systems. She is passionate about addressing behavioral health challenges in communities and speaks widely on the topic.

Collaborate with your colleagues in choosing from a diverse range of sessions across four distinct programmatic tracks, featuring educational sessions led by experts in the system of care field. This will enable you to broaden your knowledge and enhance your expertise.

TRACK 1- Wraparound Basics

Sessions within this particular focus area are designed to cultivate a fundamental comprehension of the Wraparound Process and its profound influence on communities when executed diligently. These sessions aim to furnish wraparound practitioners with essential insights into the core values and principles of wraparound practices, emphasizing the significance of involving fathers, families, and communities from the outset.

TRACK 2 - Advanced Topics of Wraparound Program Success

Sessions within this focus area offer practical strategies for implementing wraparound approaches effectively at both organizational and systemic levels. These sessions expand on fundamental principles essential for successful wraparound programs and delve into advanced topics such as system transformation, data collection and evaluation, workforce development, and other key areas. The aim is to enhance outcomes for youth and families not only during the wraparound process but also in the broader context.

TRACK 3 - Best Practice Program Models

Sessions in this focus area examine the impact of evidence-based practice models within the system of care. These sessions will provide research, practical experiences, and tools to incorporate best practices into communities as modeled by community-based organizations.

TRACK 4 - Youth and Family Engagement

Sessions in this focus area include youth and family engagement, youth voice, and programs that promote youth transition into adulthood. These sessions will also highlight the importance of father engagement and its impact on youth development and achievement from a trauma-informed lens.


(agenda subject to change)

Wednesday June 19

9:00AM - 4:45PM

Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Thursday June 20

9:00AM - 4:15PM

Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Friday June 21

9:00AM - 12:00PM

Breakfast Provided

7:30am - 9:00am.............Breakfast

7:30am - 9:00am.............Registration

9:00am - 9:30am............Opening

9:30am - 10:30am..........JDew Starring in One Voice, A Black History Narrative in honor of Juneteenth

10:30am - 11:00am.........Guest Speaker Dr. Julie-Radlauer-Doefler

11:00am - 11:30am.........Break

11:30am - 12:45pm...........1st Session

12:45pm - 2:00pm............Lunch

2:00pm - 3:15pm............2nd Session

3:15pm - 3:45pm............Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm............3rd Session

7:30am - 9:00am..........Breakfast

9:00am - 10:15am........4th Session

10:15am - 10:45am......Break

10:45am - 12:00pm.....5th Session

12:00pm - 1:15pm........Lunch

1:15pm - 2:30pm..........6th Session

2:30pm - 3:00pm..........Break

3:00pm - 4:15pm..........7th Session

7:30am - 9:00am..........Breakfast

9:00am - 9:30am..........Recap

9:30am - 10:00am........Keynote David Cozart

10:30am - 10:45am......Break

10:45am - 11:30am.......Q&A With Dr. John VanDenBerg

11:30am - 12:00pm.......Closing

Tuesday June 18

6:00PM - 9:00PM

Throw on your most outrageous tourist outfit and join us at our Tacky Tourist Meet and Greet! Our meet and greet is the perfect place to mingle and connect with other system of care professionals. Don't forget to strike a pose in our 360 photo booth and enjoy some epic tunes while you're at it. And as if that wasn't enough, prepare to have your taste buds tickled with some seriously scrumptious grub!

The 2024 National Wraparound Conference will be held June 19 - June 21, 2024 in sunny Cocoa Beach, Florida at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. Only a brief ten-minute drive to Port Canaveral Cruise Port, less than thirty minutes to Kennedy Space Center and an hour to Disney World. The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront offers an outdoor pool deck, oceanfront dining, direct access to the beach, with options to rent bikes, umbrellas, and beach chairs. They also offer recreational activities such as beach volleyball courts and surfing lessons.

Nearest airports:

25 miles - Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) 

50 miles - Orlando International Airport (MCO)

70 miles - Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)

A room block has been reserved at a cost of $199 + tax per room per night. Book your room before May 17, 2024 to receive discount rate.

Contact Us: For more information contact Osha Fordom at [email protected]