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APSAC's 28th Colloquium 

Tuesday, July 13

All times in Eastern. 

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Welcome and Plenary Session

The SAGE Charles T. Hedrix Keynote

Strengthening Families Using a Racial Equity Lens

Data shows that families of color are disproportionately represented in the foster care system, as well as, experience poorer outcomes. This virtual training will discuss the issues illumined by the data, and provide some historical context associated with child welfare and the formulation of the standards that our society upholds regarding parenting. There will be a discussion of the differing types of racism and how they are at play in our global child welfare infrastructure. Participants will be invited to envision a new system and articulate their role in addressing racial equity. This virtual training will focus on how child welfare professionals can collaborate with families to enhance their capacity to protect their own children. Family engagement is a key strategy for identifying and cultivating resilience. This training will focus on the power and privilege that our system holds and how we can share that power with families. Building relationships with families who come into our system takes a level of self and cultural awareness, understanding and trust. This training will create an opportunity for each participant to become aware of his/her/their own philosophical position on child welfare and will learn strategies for advancing equity. Lastly, there will be a discussion of evolutionary change vs. revolutionary change and how we can all contribute to transforming child welfare into an anti-racist system of care.

Jessica Pryce, PhD

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm 
Sessions 1 - 5                        


1. Reducing Racial Disparities in Child Welfare     (Intermediate)  
Overrepresentation of black and Native American children exists along all points of the child welfare continuum. An expert panel will outline existing problems, solutions, and ongoing challenges to achieving equity.            
Karen Zilberstein, MSW, LICSW; Jessica Pryce, MSW, PhD; Eric Fenner, MA; Gregory Owens, MSW                                                                        

2. Racism and Bias in Child Abuse Medical Diagnosis and Reporting (Intermediate)
Pediatricians have implicit and explicit racial biases that impact the health and well-being of children and there are similar effects of racism on medical diagnosis and child abuse reporting.       
Vincent Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP; Ann Botash, MD, FAAP                                                                                                                                                                

3. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth with Parental Substance Abuse (Intermediate)
This presentation provides clinical interventions for treating youth with traumatic separation or traumatic grief  related to parental substance abuse,  with attention to the layering impact of racial trauma.
Judith Cohen, MD; Anthony Mannarino, PhD                                                                                                                                                             

4. Striking a Balance: A Culturally Compassionate Look at Corporal Punishment and How We End It (Beginning)
This presentation will highlight the specific effects of corporal punishment (CP) in the African American community, as well as barriers to decreasing CP, and resources specific for families of color.  

Lauren Burge, MD; Karen Lakin  MD; Andrea Sebastian, DNP, APRN; Jasmyne Nelson, LMSW         


5. Affirming Support is Best Practice: Strategies for Forensically Interviewing LGBTQ+ Youth (Intermediate)
This workshop will assist in understanding the needs of LGBTQ+ youth and present strategies for providing effective, supportive, and affirming forensic interviews.
Kim Madden, MEd, LCMHC; Ali Munshi, BA        


1:45 pm – 2:30 pm 

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Sessions 6-10         


6. Reimagining Child Advocacy Centers as Anti-Racist: A Call to Action (Beginning)
We will discuss the steps taken by New York City's child advocacy centers to deepen anti-racism for staff and families, including successes and challenges.
Megha Sardana, MA; John Pickett, MA, MSW                                                                                                                                                           

7. You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Unusual, Interesting and Sometimes Bizarre Cases of Suspected Abuse (Intermediate)
This workshop will present cases of suspected child maltreatment that required a multidisciplinary team approach and cooperation to ultimately make a diagnosis.
Debra Jenssen, MD; Barbara Knox, MD                                                                                                                                                       

8. How Racist, Homophobic and Other Targeted Violence Against Children Affects Brain Development and Mental Health (Intermediate)
Targeted violence negatively impacts brain development and increases risk of poor mental health outcomes into adulthood. Clinicians should use a neurobiologically-informed framework to prevent, treat and improve child mental health.  
Jessica Black, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                        

9. The People in Your Neighborhood: Victimization and Sexual Minority Youth (Intermediate)
This session will examine factors that place sexual minority youth at greater risk for maltreatment and barriers these youth may face following victimization and trauma, and offer recommendations for intervention.     
Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC                                                                                                                                                                             

10. Forensic Interviewing: Variations on the single interview model (Intermediate)
The purpose of this presentation is to describe latest research, perspectives, and models for forensic interviewing and evaluation for children suspected of abuse, but who need more than one
Kathleen Faller  MSW, PhD; Mark Everson, PhD; Linda Cordisco-Steele, MEd, LPC         


4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Sessions 11-15

11. Keeping Your Child Exploitation Investigation Victim-Centered

We can fall short of keeping our child exploitation investigations victim-centered, even while recovering, and identifying victims.  This workshop will focus on how we can maintaining victim- centered investigations, beginning with the identification of victims all the way through the victim interview.  The instructors will explain and present this information through lecture, case examples and class discussion.

Ale Levi, MSW, MA, LCSW; Kerry Ach    


12. Using a Racially Diverse Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Program Across Disciplines (Intermediate)
The Period of PURPLE Crying program is an evidence based SBS/AHT prevention program. The program has recently expanded to incorporate additional health and safety topics for families of new babies.
Danielle Vazquez; BSW                                                                                                                                                                                               

13.  Resilience: Implementing protective factors with individuals and culturally adapted groups following trauma. (Advanced)
This workshop addresses concepts and implementation of resilience across world cultures. We will explore information, examples, and therapeutic activities that build resilience through assessing and implementing youth protective factor improvement.   
Machelle Madsen Thompson, PhD, LCSW, MSW                                                                                                                                                                                            

14. Embedding DEI onto Organizational DNA - Taking a Closer Look within the Child Protection Sector (Advanced)
Darkness to Light will share how we are changing child protective behaviors and organizational culture by comprehensively incorporating DEI practices to best support child sexual abuse prevention work.
Katelyn Brewer, BA             


15. Research Sessions        


15.1 Building the Capacity of Child Welfare Systems to Serve Immigrant Families during COVID-19 (Intermediate)
This presentation will share data and discuss the implications of findings from an ongoing qualitative study of child welfare agency representatives' perspectives on challenges to serving immigrant families during COVID-19.          
Megan Finno-Velasquez, PhD, MSW; Kristina Lovato, PhD, MSW; Sophia Sepp, LMSW, MPH, CHES                                                                                                                          

15.2 Navigating the Child Welfare System in the United States: Experiences of sub-Saharan African Immigrant Parents (Intermediate)
This study explores the dynamics between the sub-Saharan African immigrant population in the United States and the child welfare system in the country.
Hadih Deedat, PhD, MSW, MPH; Zeinab Baba, DrPH, MS, CPH                                                                                                                                                                   

15.3 Supervised Visitation after Trauma: Assessing a Novel Custodial Parent Support Program and Children's Feelings of Safety (Beginning)
The needs of custodial parents and children with trauma mandated to supervised visitation are poorly characterized. Data show a need for structured parent support and children's varied feelings of safety.
Jacqueline Holloway, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                          

15.4 Adapting and implementing a parenting program in diverse community of refugees and immigrants (Beginning)
We will discuss how an evidence-based parenting program is being adapted and implemented in a diverse community of refugees and immigrants using a task-shifting approach.            
Daniel Whitaker, PhD; Shannon Self-Brown, PhD             


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Sessions 16-20        

16. Promoting Racially and Ethnically Minoritized Father Involvement in the Child Welfare System (Intermediate)  
This training seminar will address barriers to, benefits of, and resources to support father involvement in the child welfare system, particularly for fathers from racially and ethnically minoritized backgrounds.
Stephanie Miodus, MA, MEd; Audris Jimenez, MA ; Tiffany Rodriguez                                                                                                                                                        

17. Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Cultural Rite of Passage or Federal Crime? (Intermediate)
This training examines the cultural context of Female Genital Mutilation and delves into the investigative process of these cases and how to best support victims and families.      
Jennifer Sherfield, MSW, LISW; Amy Allen, MS; Candice Cooper, MSW, LMSW                                                                                                                  

18. Racism and Prejudice as Forms of the Psychological Maltreatment of Children (Beginning)
APSAC recognizes racism directed at youth as psychological maltreatment.  This truth is explored, with particular attention to colorism, the importance of affective capital, and suggestions for culturally informed interventions.
Stuart Hart, PhD; Marva Lewis, PhD, Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, PhD; Viola Vaughn-Eden, PhD., LJ, LCSW                                                                                 

19. Tele-Forensic Interviewing Emerging Research, Policy & Practice (Intermediate)
We will review tele-forensic interviewing research and practice guidelines, provide advice for implementation, and discuss the potential of tele-FI to reach underserved populations and help interviewers grapple with challenging case features.             
Crimson Barocca, MSW; Jason Dickinson, PhD      


20. Research Sessions    


20.1 Keeping Kids in Evidence-Based Treatment: Investigation of A Racially and Culturally-Sensitive Alliance Building Dropout (Intermediate)
This research session investigates the role that race and ethnicity play in evidence-based treatment completion and evaluates the effectiveness of a racially and culturally sensitive, alliance building/dropout prevention program   
Ginny Sprang, PhD; Jessica Eslinger, PhD                                                                                                                                                      

20.2 Is the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion Associated With Reduced Childhood Maltreatment Rates? (Beginning)
In this session, we present findings from an evaluation of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion on the reduction of child maltreatment incidents reported to child protective services.
Luciana Assini-Meytin, PhD; Reshmi Nair, PhD                                                                                                                                                           

20.3 Material Hardship and Child Neglect during COVID-19 in Grandparent-headed Families: The Role of Financial Assistance (Intermediate)
This study examined the moderating role of financial assistance in the relationship between material hardship and child neglect risk in grandparent-headed kinship families during COVID-19.           
Yanfeng Xu, PhD