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2012 Lecture Series

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Everything You Need to Know About Concurrent Planning BUT Didn't Even Know to Ask!

Register here to attend the lecture on Concurrent Planning

Description: The federal Adoption and Safe Families Act promoted concurrent planning for foster children as a best practice. What does councurrent planning for our foster children really mean and are we doing it effectively in Nebraska? How does concurrent planning impact the court and legal
processes? This training - offered at three locations - will provide thoughtful discussion aimed at child welfare professionals on this important topic.


Judy Blunt, M.S.W., J.D. is the Assistant Director of the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC), located at the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. The Center provides training, technical assistance, and information services to help strengthen the capacity of State, local, Tribal and other publicly administered or supported child welfare agencies. NRCPFC is a service of the Children's Bureau – ACF/DHHS and a member of the T&TA Network. Prior to joining the Center, Judy was the Program Officer of the Child Welfare Fund at the Center for the Study of Family Policy at Hunter College.

Margaret A. Burt, J.D. is an attorney in private practice in Rochester, New York. For 32 years she has specialized in the representation of children, adults and child welfare agencies in trial court and appellate practice. A substantial amount of her practice involves consulting and training for lawyers, judges, caseworkers and service providers all around the country in the areas of child abuse and neglect, permanency for foster children, the termination of parental rights, adoptions and trial techniques. She provides national and local training on such issues as the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Multi- Ethnic Placement Act, confidentiality, the representation of children and trial techniques. She also consults on legislation connected to child welfare issues.

When & Where:

South Sioux City
April 23, 2012: 1:00-4:30
Iowa Nebraska State Bank (2021 Dakota Ave)

April 24, 2012: 1:00-4:30
Holiday Inn Express (3605 Cimarron Plaza)

April 25, 2012: 8:30-12:00
Sarpy County Board Room (1210 Golden Gate Dr.)

The Use of Medications to Treat Behavioral and Mental Health Problems in Children - When Do They Make Sense?

Register here to attend the lecture on Medicating Children

Description: Behavioral and mental health problems in children are increasingly being treated with psychotropic medications. Whether their use represents the best care for the child depends on a number of factors including the child's history, diagnosis and the medications being considered. This talk will provide an overview of the neurobiology of some of the more frequent problem behaviors in children and the factors that can exacerbate behavioral and
mental health problems. A review of the medications most often prescribed to treat these disorders will also be covered as will their mechanism of action, evidence of their effectiveness and whether there are non-pharmacological alternatives that should be considered. Case examples will be provided to illustrate the decision making process in choosing the best care.

Trainer: Kayla Pope, M.D., J.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Director of Neurobehavioral Research at Boys Town National Research Hospital. She trained at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, with advanced training at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt, in Baltimore, MD, and Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she studied the neurocircuitry of children with a diagnosis of conduct disorder using fMRI technology. She is a past member of the American Psychiatric Association's Board of Trustees and currently sits on the APA's DSM Oversight Committee. She is also a member of the Board of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Before attending medical school, Dr. Pope was an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and child advocacy.

When & Where:

North Platte
May 14, 2012: 1:00-4:15
Holiday Inn Express (300 Frontage Rd.)

May 17, 2012: 8:30-11:45
Embassy Suites (1040 P Street)

May 18, 2012: 8:30-11:45
Harper Center-Creighton University (602 N 20th Street)

About the Lecture Series

All individuals with a stake in the child welfare court system are invited to attend, including judges, attorneys, caseworkers, clerks, school personnel, law enforcement, medical and service providers, foster families, treatment providers, CASA, FCRB, and court facilitators.
You must register to attend. There is no cost to attend but registration will close when limits are reached. You must register in advance to receive MCLE credits (approval pending). There will be a fee of $7.50 per credit hour.
If you are unable to attend, some of these sessions will become available through video streaming.

Combined flyer - Printable PDF
Concurrent Planning - Printable PDF
Over-medication of Foster Youth- Printable PDF