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2011 Nevada Court Improvement Program Conference "Focus on Kids" (CA, M/S, C)

July 20-22, 2011

Welcome to the 2011 Nevada Court Improvement "Focus on Kids" online conference material resources. These resources are made available as individual self-paced self-study and are listed in alphabetical order. Only those education sessions with conference materials are included. To view the complete Conference program, click here.  Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Addictions, Withdrawal, and Treatment

Session Description: Dr. Stalcup will explain what the drug-addicted brain looks like, and how we can recognize the effects of drugs and implement appropriate treatments. He will discuss the impacts of methamphetamine, heroin, pain medications, and synthetic drugs; withdrawal and its management; and the factors affecting tolerance.

Faculty: S. Alex Stalcup, M.D., Medical Director, New Leaf Treatment Center, Lafayette (CA)

Session Resources:
Addictions, Withdrawal, and Treatment

Bring Back the Dads: Engaging Fathers and Paternal Families in Dependency Cases

Session Description: Professor Sankaran, a foster care expert, strategizes on why, when, and how to engage fathers and their families in the dependency proceedings. This session focuses specifically on the reasons for making father engagement, support, and notification a priority

Faculty: Vivek S. Sankaran, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

Session Resources:
Bring Back the Dads

But I Did Nothing Wrong - Balancing the Rights of the Non-Offending Parent, the Child, and the Parent Found to be Abusive or Neglectful

Session Description: This presentation is designed to familiarize participants with the constitutional rights of the non-offending parent. Learn what solutions may be implemented to ensure that the fit parents remain the prime decision-makers in their children's lives.

Faculty: Vivek S. Sankaran, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

Session Resources:
The Rights of Non-Offending Parents
Parent's Run Amuck

Co-Occurring Disorders:  Chickens, Eggs, and Omelets

Session Description: Explore the challenges of co-occurring disorders including system limitations and social stigmas.  An overview of psychosis and mood disorder diagnosis is provided and reviewed in context with simultaneous alcohol and drug use. Attention will be given to adolescent co-occurring disorder with a focus on developmental impact. Integrated treatment will be considered as well.

Faculty: Melissa Piasecki, M.D., Board-Certified Psychiatrist

Session Materials:
Co-Occurring Disorders: Chickens, Eggs, and Omelets

Engaging Children in the Process

Session Description: Learn the answers to these and more questions: Why should children be included in the court process? When should they be included? How should children be prepared to participate? How do you ask children the right questions to get the responses you need?

Faculty: Robert G. Lewis, M.Ed., MSW, LICSW, Consultant

Session Resources:
Engaging Children in the Process
Seeing the Voices of Children & Youth: Setting the Record Straight
Tools For Asking Connection Questions

Evolving Standards for Child Safety Decision-Making

Session Description: Hear from an expert in child safety on how to make critical safety decisions based upon a decision-making structure addressing the fundamentals of safety assessments and planning. Learn the questions judges and attorneys can ask to glean specific safety information. Differentiate between risk and safety, and understand the significant information needed to determine when out-of-home placement is needed and when in-home is sufficient.

Faculty: Clint Holder, MSW, National Resource Center for Child Protective Services

Session Resources:
CPC Reference Sheet
Impending Danger Threats
Present Danger Situations
Evolving Standards for Child Safety Decision Making - Dark Background
Evolving Standards for Child Safety Decision Making - Light Background
Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys

The Fundamentals of the Indian Child Welfare Act

Session Description: In addition to outlining the ICWA basics including the higher burden of proof at the protective custody hearing, ideas will be shared on how District Courts can reach out to increase communication, cooperation, and collaboration with our tribal communities and courts.

Faculty:
Justice Cheryl Fairbanks, Inter-Tribal Court of Appeals of Nevada and Partner, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP and
Judge Stephen M. Rubin, Pima County Superior Court Judge (Ret.), and SMR Consulting

Session Resources:
The Fundamentals of ICWA
Choctaw v. Holyfield
ICWA Case

Mediation: A Tool for Families and Courts

Session Description: Mediation is emerging as an effective tool in child welfare to resolve disputes and expedite permanency for children. Learn techniques to help you empower parents to cooperate, give all parties a voice, facilitate communication, make conflict productive, and promote positive working relationships for the welfare of the children.

Faculty: Jeanette K. Belz, J. K. Belz & Associates, Inc. and
Margaret Crowley, Esq., Crowley Mediation

Session Resources:
Why Use Mediation


Navigating the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children: Tips for Child Dependency Judges, Attorneys, and Caseworkers

Session Description: This law professor and foster care expert will outline the issues commonly presented by placement of a child across state lines, which could trigger the application of ICPC.

Faculty: Vivek S. Sankaran, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

Session Resources:
Navigating the ICPC PowerPoint
Navigating the ICPC
ICPC Caselist

Permanency for Older Youth - Talking and Listening with Heart

Session Description: Become cooperative colleagues, empowering teens to own their permanency process.  Learn to make permanency as intuitive as safety. Learn why aging out should never be an option. Learn to listen with respect and speak with understanding and compassion.

Faculty: Robert G. Lewis, M.Ed., MSW, LICSW, Consultant

Session Resources:
Permanency for Older Youth
Raising Teens
Understand the Six Needs of Mourning
40 Development Assets
Building a Better Teenager
Parent-Teen Conflict

Recruitment is Everyone's Business

Session Description: This session will teach you how to expand the home recruitment process beyond the agency and the field. Learn to map connections, engage natural networks, and think outside the box.

Faculty: Robert G. Lewis, M.Ed., MSW, LICSW, Consultant

Session Resources:
Recruitment is Everyone's Business
The Voices of Children and Youth Setting the Record Straight

Safety Planning in Nevada:  Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal

Session Description: Discussion of the implementation of the enhanced Nevada Child Safety Model for Washoe and rural counties, and its impact on removals from home, the mitigation of safety threats, and timeliness to permanency.

Faculty: Clint Holder, MSW, National Resource Center for Child Protective Services and
Master Buffy Jo Dreiling, Second Judicial District Court, Family Division

Session Resources:
Safety Planning in Nevada: Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal
CPS Case Process and Decision Making
Safety Plan Determination: Process and Conclusions
What Criteria Can Be Used to Judge Provider Suitability
Safety Services Within Safety Plans

These resources do not necessarily reflect the views of the Supreme Court of Nevada, the Administrative Office of the Courts, or Judicial Education nor provide any warranties as to the currency and accuracy of the information in these works. Users are re-minded to check the subsequent changes to rules of court and statutes cited in the works before relying on them. These resources are provided for the personal non-commercial use of court employees and may not be used for any other purpose without the written permission of the Court Improvement Program or Judicial Education.