Family Preservation Conference

On October 22nd & 23rd, Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington, NC hosted a virtual “Intensive Family Preservation Services Conference”.  Several speakers from various organizations spoke on topics related to family preservation.  Approximately 140 people attended, mostly within North Carolina.  The presentations were very informative and valuable, and here are some of the highlights:

“The Intersection of Racial Injustice and Family Preservation”

Dr. Mit Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW, NASW President

This presentation focused on critical multiculturalism, intersectionality and ethics.

Challenges and complexities of culturally-competent practice in the current sociopolitical context were examined, and leadership and competency skills essential to successful interventions with individuals, families, and communities were identified. Discussion included the implications of ethics and values, self-awareness, professional education, and cross-cultural leadership and knowledge.

“Safety and Cultural Competency in Community-Based Services”

Logan Keziah-Hamill, MSW, LCSW, Coastal Horizons IFPS Region 11 Supervisor & Shantel Casiano, MSW, Coastal Horizons Region 7 Supervisor 

Best practices for ensuring staff and client safety in community-based services were highlighted. There was also discussion on safety considerations through the lens of cultural competency and an exploration of how cultural differences impact physical and psychological safety in the therapeutic relationship.

“Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health”

Diane Britz, MSW, LCSW, Child First NC Regional Clinical Director & Shannon Queiroga, MA, LPC, IMH-E® Clinical Director

Participants learned what infant and early childhood mental health is and how it directly relates to an infant’s/young child’s experiences with their primary caregiver. Together they thought about the caregiver-child relationship as a buffer to toxic stress and how to protect and support those relationships, even when a removal is imminent. Participants learned to identify signs and symptoms of social-emotional concerns for infants/young children in order to provide appropriate referrals that support an infant’s/young child’s mental health.

“Community Resiliency Model (CRM): The impact of community trauma on families”

Aimee Williams, MSW, LCSW, Intensive In-Home Coordinator

In addition to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), there are traumas in the community known as Adverse Community Environments which impact the health, safety and well-being of families. CRM® introduces six wellness skills designed to help adults and children learn to track their own nervous systems in order to bring the body, mind and spirit back into greater balance, and to encourage people to pass the skills along to family, friends and their wider community. Through hands-on experiences, participants were introduced to CRM and learned “The Basic Three” skills to bring them back into their “resilience zone” where they can function as their best selves.

The above presentations were video-recorded.  If you’d like access to view them, please contact Ryan Estes, Coastal Horizons Center Treatment Operations Director, at 910-202-3155 or restes@coastalhorizons.org.

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

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