JRB/LIST Conference Open for Registration


Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Sponsored by CSSD, DCF & CHDI

Location:  CCSU’s Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD)
185 Main St, New Britain, CT

Fee: $25 includes validated parking, light breakfast, and lunch
(complimentary registration for employees of our sponsors CSSD, DCF & CHDI who actively serve on a JRB or LIST.  Please note this option is for sponsor employees only, and excludes contractors or others funded by these agencies. Thank you.)

Registration Deadline:  Friday, May 26

8:15-8:45 Registration
8:45-9:20 Welcome & Legislative Update
  Presentation: Diversonworks.org
9:30-11:00 Breakout Session I
11:15-12:45 Breakout Session II
12:45-1:45 Lunch & Special Presentation:
Advocacy through the Arts
2:00-3:30 Breakout Session III




Exploitation & Trafficking – Who is At Risk and How Do I help?
Christine Keys, LMSW, Director of Permanency and Youth Development Programming, Klingberg Family Centers
Participants will gain an understanding of the issue:  definitions, prevalence, and identification of red flags.  Participants will also explore how to discuss issues with youth and how prevention education may impact initial and/or re-victimization.  Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to consider how their role in the lives of families and youth may serve as protective factors or barriers to engagement. 

An Overview of Adolescent SBIRT
Mary Painter, LCSW, LADC, Director, Office of Intimate Partner Violence & Substance Use Treatment and Recovery and Inés Eaton, DCF, Program Manager, Substance Use Treatment & Recovery Unit
A-SBIRT is an evidence-based approach to screening and early intervention for substance use disorders and people at risk for developing substance use disorders.  Adolescent SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment.   This training will give an overview of A-SBIRT, and will highlight how JRBs and YSBs can use this important tool.   We will also examine current drug and alcohol trends for adolescents in CT and nationally, as well as the reasons adolescents use substances.  It will discuss signs of substance use and will demonstrate how SBIRT can be used to assess the need for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment.  Finally, the training will present and discuss available substance use services for adolescents.  Participants will be able to:
•Describe reasons adolescents use substances
•Identify signs of substance use
•Understand the purpose and use of A-SBIRT
•Identify substance use services available to adolescents

Trust Me, I'm a Practitioner: Infusing Restorative Practices into JRBs
Justin Carbonella, Director, Middletown Youth Service Bureau
A presentation that recognizes that change is hard...but also a catalyst to better outcomes. We'll examine a variety of restorative practices and philosophies and how their use can strengthen the process of Juvenile Review Boards. The discussion will include a primer of the restorative framework and its foundational theories while using the evolution of the Middletown Juvenile Review Board as an example of change. The goal will be for participants to identify both small scale and large scale opportunities to strengthen their community and their JRB process.


Child and Adolescent Fire Setters
Anthony F Campagna PhD, Youth-set Fire Intervention Specialist, Greater New Haven Counseling and Family Therapy Center
Attendees will learn the scope of the problem in Connecticut and nationally; the consequences of child and teen fire setting; how to distinguish “fire play” from “fire setting”; truths versus myths about juvenile fire setting; what causes juvenile fire setting and how professional classify fire setters; structure and characteristics of an effective intervention program for JFS.

The Color of Justice
Lara Herscovitch, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance and Michaelangelo Palmieri, CSSD
A film and presentation explaining the role race plays in juvenile justice and exploring solutions. The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC), Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), and the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance are partnering to help communities better understand racial disparity and find concrete ways that citizens can act to promote equality for all Connecticut youth. We will view the CPTV documentary The Color of Justice, and examine the role race plays in Connecticut’s juvenile justice system. The state’s own studies show that minority children enter the juvenile justice system at a higher rate than their white peers and are treated more harshly there. Research shows that these differences are not because of how kids behave, but because of the decisions that adults make.

Leaning In To Listen – Children Express the Pain of Relational Trauma and Attachment through Behaviors
Mary Dineen Elovich, LCSW Program Coordinator & Clinical Therapist, Klingberg Family Centers Child Abuse Treatment Services (CATS)
This inspiring presentation provides an overview on the impact that trauma has on a youth’s ability to learn and socialize within the school community. Challenging behaviors in classrooms serve to communicate the pain of violence, abuse and neglect. The children we are hoping to nurture enter into our care with a lifetime of experiential learning, taught within the early relationships formed with caregivers and family members.  This workshop will help providers gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of a youth’s past experiences on present day functioning.  Attachment research coupled with new breakthroughs in neuroscience, confirms the role adult relationships play in providing youth with the protective factors needed to thrive emotionally and socially, building a community culture focused on creating a new generation of resilient children.

Advocacy Through the Arts:
Using the arts to advocate for positive change is a time-honored tradition.  In this session, we will hear (and watch) one such example from Lara Herscovitch, the former Connecticut State Troubadour and touring singer-songwriter, who also happens to be the deputy director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance.  As Mississippi's Daily Journal worte, "Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn't write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart."


Children with Incarcerated Parents
Aileen Keays Yeager, Project Manager, Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative, Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University
As of June 2016, there were 18,034 dependents with at least one caregiver incarcerated in a Connecticut correctional facility. This is particularly concerning when, through a growing body of research, we know that children with incarcerated parents (CIP) are at greater risk for lifelong difficulties resulting from trauma associated with the arrest and/or incarceration of a caregiver, and attachment disruption during parent-child separation. However, research also suggests that interventions which preserve and strengthen positive family connections between the incarcerated parent and their children can have positive societal benefits. Yet, oftentimes, there is a lack of appreciation and respect for the role that an incarcerated parent can play to mitigate the harm their arrest and incarceration may have on their children.

It is widely understood that a child separated from their parent or primary caregiver will struggle. However, this awareness does not translate when incarceration is the cause of that separation. Everyone, even the most well-intentioned person, has biases. These biases influence our perceptions of CIPs and their families and, subsequently, our interactions with them and the policies and procedures we create that affect them. This discussion will provide an understanding of parental incarceration’s effect on children as well as an exploration of one’s own biases and how those biases may impact efforts to support CIP. In addition, information gathered directly from CIP about what they want and need from people in positions to support them will be shared.

Social Media Trends Taking Over Our Teens & Tips to Help Regain Control
Officer Tina Roy, South Windsor Police
A look into some of the current trending apps our kids are using on their devices and talk about some recommended practices to help adults take back control and keep their kids safe. 

Reducing Chronic Absences in Connecticut Schools – An Interactive Live Webinar
Kari Sullivan, Education Consultant, Chronic Absence and Community Partnerships, CT State Department of Education
Schools cannot do it alone.  Improving and sustaining good attendance requires the active engagement of district, school and community partners along with a clear articulation of roles and responsibilities.  The presentation will include successful strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism, e.g., forming district and school attendance teams with community stakeholders and partners, analyzing data, identifying trends and factors contributing to chronic absence, and implementing a multi-tiered approach to reducing chronic absence.


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