THURSDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 8:30am-10:00am: Session I

Workshop and Speaker Information Subject to Change


ALL Sessions are approved for 1.5 Social Work CEUs
Social Work Cultural hours will be marked with **

All Sessions are approved for 1.5 General CLEs
Professional/Ethics CLEs will be marked with >>


>>White Fragility
White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment that builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress. I term this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. This talk will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and engage more constructively across race.
Speaker: Dr. Robin DiAngelo


Why Everyone Involved in Child Welfare Should Want Parents to Have the Best Lawyer in Town
This presentation is intended for all those who work in the child welfare system; it will focus on two themes. The first will address why a robust family defender system is good for children and furthers the values of the child welfare system. The second will look at a paradox: how and why reliance on the familiar and comfortable principle of serving “the best interests of the child” can lead to the disadvantage of children and undermine core principles of child welfare.
Speaker: Martin Guggenheim, JD


Unpacking the “NO” of Permanency for Older Adolescents: Exploring Permanency for Youth in Foster Care Please note that this session has moved, it was originally scheduled in Session II
Family and life-long connections are crucial in achieving successful outcomes for youth in foster care. This workshop addresses the importance of permanency and provide an overview of national data on older youth in foster care, major policy changes in foster care, definition of permanency, concept of permanency for youth, and strategies on how to change an initial “no” to permanency to “yes.” At the end of the presentation the participant will understand what permanency and permanent connections are and why they are important, understand how adolescent development relates to permanency, know how to talk to youth about permanency, and understand the importance of having youth involvement in permanency planning.
Speaker: Chauncey Strong, Center for States, 2018 CLI Featured Speaker