Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

 

 


Upcoming Conferences

This section will be updated as new conferences are scheduled. 

 


Past Conferences

CFF staff have organized and conducted national meetings that have brought together policy makers, practitioners, researchers, consumers, and family members from diverse disciplines to discuss promising practices and to work together toward common goals.

 

September 5-6, 2012

Symposium Highlights:

  •  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, hosted and welcomed attendees to the National Symposium at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim.
  • The Symposium highlighted three voices of strength as introductions to the plenary presentations. Three parents shared their personal stories and experiences of hope and healing with our Symposium attendees. Click here to view the Voices of Strength page on the Symposium website.
  • Wednesday afternoon closed with a plenary session from Charles Wilson, Addressing Child Trauma. Mr. Wilson details the effects of trauma on children, adverse childhood experiences and the impact on development with long term consequences, transgenerational child maltreatment risk, environmental factors, the overlap of trauma and mental health symptoms and creating trauma informed systems of care.
  • There were more than 400 attendees consisting of judicial officers, legal professionals and attorneys, evaluators and researchers, substance abuse treatment staff and managers, child welfare staff and administrators, state drug court coordinators, and family drug court coordinators and program managers.
  • A total of 23 workshops, 7 discussion sessions and 5 plenary presentations provided attendees with an opportunity to learn from an expanded network of experts to promote multidisciplinary collaborative advances in practice, research and policy to lead to effective, coordinated and culturally relevant programming for family drug courts.
  • On Thursday morning Dr. Stephanie Covington opened with a presentation entitled Trauma Matters: The Connection Between Addiction, Mental Health and Trauma. The presentation illustrated the complexity of the work FDC professionals do in relation to the traumatic experiences of both our clients and those doing this work. Dr. Covington talked about the culture shift of being trauma informed, trauma specific services, the process of trauma, gender differences, secondary trauma, violence and sanctuary.
  • Following Dr. Covington’s Thursday morning plenary session, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention announced the Family Drug Court Peer Learning Court Program Awardees. In recognition of the best national practice models for family drug courts, the program will  further the exchange of learning through peer-to-peer technical assistance, this program has identified five (5) mentorship sites across the nation. These Peer Learning Courts demonstrate the use of sound evidence-supported practices and policies, and strong collaboration among the courts, child welfare, substance abuse treatment agencies and others. Peer Learning Courts will host visiting family drug court professionals to view their family drug court in action and will share policies and practices, as well as lessons learned. Click here for more information on the Peer Learning Court Program.
  • Dr. Douglas Marlowe concluded Thursday morning’s session with a Research Update on Family Drug Courts. He reviewed outcome evaluations for sites across the country, cost benefits, target population and best practices. Questions that followed his presentation prompted discussion in the audience around measuring child well-being, explaining risk and moving towards using prognosis, trauma services and looking working with child welfare.
  • Overall, the discussions were rich, content was attractive and there was a great turn out in attendance. Feedback was positive and we thank everyone that was able to attend in such challenging fiscal times. For those that were unable to attend, please visit the Symposium website by clicking here to view photos and download the plenary and workshop presentations. 

 

Putting the Pieces Together for Children and Families: The National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and the Courts

September 14-16, 2011

Conference Highlights:

  • The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director, Gil Kerlikowske, welcomed conference participants at the opening ceremony. Following the Director’s introduction, attendees witnessed a skit between different disciplines after an undercover drug raid. As the story unfolded,values, beliefs and disciplines collided; professionals shared their perspectives and reflected on considerations that are raised. The “cast” of actors were professionals from across the nation who have taken leadership roles to create change in their communities. Opening night concluded with a panel discussion of the actors’ professional and personal journeys through improving outcomes for children and families.
  • Children and Family Futures collaborated with National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children to host this national conference at the beautiful Gaylord National Hotel and Resort in Washington, D.C.
  • The conference highlighted four stories of recovery as introductions to the plenary presentations. Children and Family Futures also collaborated with Faces and Voices of Recovery to provide a Family in Recovery Card in each registration packet. These cards, in addition to the stories of recovery, shared personal experiences of hope and healing with our conference attendees.
  • Over 730 registrants consisting of front-line practitioners and administrators from child welfare providers, substance abuse treatment providers, juvenile and family court professionals, attorneys, maternal and child health care providers, physicians, nurses, researchers, community organizations serving youth, children’s mental health providers, representatives from Tribal organizations as well as law enforcement.
  • A total of 72 workshops and 4 plenaries provided conference attendees with an opportunity to learn from an expanded network of experts to promote multidisciplinary collaborative advances in practice, research and policy to lead to effective, coordinated, and culturally relevant services for children, youth and families affected by substance use disorders and child abuse or neglect.
  • In recognition of the passion and commitment of so many professionals across the country, a luncheon was held in celebration and certificates of appreciation we provided in celebration of the efforts of all National Conference attendees. NCSACW and National DEC presented the 2011 National Collaborative Leadership Awards, acknowledging the dedication and accomplishments of eleven outstanding individuals.

The National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and the Courts

January 30-February 2, 2007

Conference Highlights:

  • A pre-conference symposium on prenatal substance exposure, Behavior and the Brain: Prevention and Intervention for Children Across the Developmental Stages, was presented by the Children's Research Triangle.
  • Over 700 registrants, attracting front-line practitioners and administrators from child welfare providers, substance abuse treatment providers, juvenile and family court professionals, attorneys, maternal and child health care providers, physicians, nurses, researchers, community organizations serving youth, and children’s mental health providers, as well as over 100 representatives from Tribal organizations.
  • A total of 43 workshops, selected from 80 submitted for review, provided attendees with a wide range of content.

Conference program materials and presentations are available.

The National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and the Courts

July 14-15, 2004

Conference Highlights:

  • The conference attracted a great number of front-line practitioners and administrators from child welfare, alcohol and drug services and dependency courts, as well as policymakers and researchers.
  • Over the course of the two days, 36 workshops provided attendees with a wide range of topics and the perspectives of national experts.  

Conference program materials and presentations are available.