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.

Effectively Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare

Tyrek McLarty, Family Engagement Specialist, Family Partnerships of Central Florida

Fathers and paternal relatives have historically received less attention from the child welfare system, resulting in lower engagement in case planning compared to mothers. Fathers play a pivotal role in a child's physical, emotional, and social development. The involvement of fathers yields numerous advantages, such as reduced instances of maltreatment, enhanced academic performance, and decreased behavioral and psychological issues in children. Implementing father-inclusive strategies within child welfare is crucial for ensuring child safety and well-being, ultimately minimizing familial separations. Fatherhood initiatives offer tailored support specifically designed for fathers, addressing needs often overlooked in other programs or systems.

The Parents as Teachers Model

Syrian McConnico, Director of Clinical Services, Brevard C.A.R.E.S.

Davine Vincent, Community Services Supervisor, Brevard C.A.R.E.S.

Participants will be introduced to an evidenced-based model called Parents as Teachers. This model was designed to educate parents and caregivers on early childhood development and how the parent and/or caregiver can take an active role in their child's healthy development. By the end of this presentation, participants will know specific tenets of PAT, as well as increase self-awareness and understanding of how cultural competence plays a role. 

Wrapping Littles - How to provide Wraparound for 0-5 population

Kim Stokem, Wraparound Fidelity Coach/Trainer, Instructor for UC Davis, Contra Costa Countywide Wraparound

Angelle Aldava, Youth with Lived Experiences

In this session participants will learn how to follow the Wraparound process while honoring the young child as part of the teaming process. Participants will develop skills on how to have the 10 Principles guide the Wraparound process with 0-5 youth and their families. Participants will gain knowledge on developmental considerations, early childhood development, how trauma presents in young children. Participants will develop skills on how to integrate Early Childhood CANS into Wraparound process within System of Care. Participants learn the value of having young children present throughout the Wraparound process to support Wraparound value of youth remaining with their family, in their community, and their culture.

Say it loud...break out of the box with Wraparound Project ECHO!

Samantha Lawson-Davis

Julie Radlauer-Doefler

LSFHS ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) established in 2022 provides an inclusive, interactive approach to connect and empower Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Primary Care Physicians (PCPs), multidisciplinary specialists/providers, and other professionals. LSFHS ECHO uses the Project ECHO educational, knowledge-sharing model to create a synchronous, virtual network of healthcare professionals to discuss didactic content regarding clinical and systematic practice changes and to review de-identified patient cases related to medical care, social determinants of health, and community services. Project ECHO increases access to high-quality specialty care in local communities through technology-enabled collaborative learning to eliminate silos, collaborate on solutions, and equip specialists, providers, and the community. The benefits are increased workforce capacity by building interprofessional communities that bridge gaps to bring positive change. Our efforts to spread the wraparound principles, model, and adherence to the fidelity of high-fidelity wraparound have increased the opportunity to provide telementoring to practitioners utilizing the ECHO model. Wraparound ECHO provides practical solutions for relevant real life challenges of participants, as well as providing access to input and perspective from subject matter experts in the respective field. These best practices, successful collaborations, innovations (successful or in progress), lessons learned, and solutions to challenges. 

Hey, Where's Dad?

Jordan Langford, Programs Fields Representative, Oklahoma Dept. Of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Emma "Gerri" Mullendore, Coordinator of Family Involvement, Oklahoma Dept. Of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

We know having everyone in the family present and participating is crucial to success in teaching the family Wraparound process, as well as fostering a healthy relationship between family members. Fathers are no exception; data shows their involvement has a positive impact on a multitude of outcomes for their children. During this presentation we intend to stimulate a dialogue on how we can support fathers in our communities towards the well-being of the children we love, value and care for. We aim to look at this data, as well as provide examples, utilization of tools we have present to us via the high-fidelity Wraparound process, and tangible resources on how to engage the father in services. Implementing these lived experiences and strategies can empower the father to take a more involved role in the development of their children and the family relationship as a whole. 

The Power of Persuasion: Helping Others Form New Attitudes and Beliefs

Curtis Campogni, Founder, Speak4MC

You are in the business of helping others, and the world is better for it! However, the job gets complicated when you collaborate with challenging people, ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. These interactions cause us to question ourselves and feel under attack when our attempts to improve the situation fail. This session will teach us how attitudes are formed and, more importantly, how you can inspire them to change. Through open discussion, group activities, and idea sharing, we will discover how cognitive empathy encourages critical thinking and changes in perspective. 

This workshop will give you evidence-based tools to invite new perspectives, evoke conversation, use strategic empathy, and influence new ideas. The workshop presentation will utilize breakout sessions, group discussions, and mind-bending challenges proven to engage the audience in the content. Topics are inspired by evidence-based models such as Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change. 

Breaking Barriers and Strengthening Outcomes: Using a wraparound principles aligned EHR/Case Management System to improve data driven decision-making with at-risk youth and families

Kelly Hyde, Fidelity EHR

Kathryn Parker, The National Center for Innovation and Excellence

This session will provide users with an understanding of how a specifically designed EHR/Case Management Record has helped behavioral health and human services organizations aligned with the principles of high fidelity care coordination/wraparound. The users will be provided examples of how this novel system has broken barriers by specifically aligning the record and users practice ed to a high fidelity care coordination/wraparound plan of care. 

Data from existing Behavioral Health Organizations will be presented demonstrating how this record has helped to drive decision making and change at the clinical level, and in turn has improved outcomes for at risk youths. 

Kathryn Parker from The National center for Innovation and Excellence will join the presentation to provide information on how this data system has been used within the local system of care and how it has helped her teams improve practice and outcomes with at-risk children and their families.

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