Weekly Update August 30, 2019

SAFE model deployment

Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) is Consortium for Children’s standardized home study methodology that has revolutionized the way that both public and private child welfare agencies study and evaluate prospective adoptive, kin and foster families. SAFE aids home study practitioners in performing a thorough, structured and uniform evaluation of families who have applied to foster or adopt. http://www.safehomestudy.org/Home.aspx. The home study process is broad and goes beyond evaluating family dynamics.

In 2018, DFCS partnered with the Consortium for Children to integrate the use of the SAFE. In preparation of the Division’s’ upcoming implementation of the SAFE model, OPM surveyed CPA Providers  to obtain  information for training purposes. In addition, in May of 2019, OPM extended an opportunity for five  private agencies to be part of a test group.  Interested agencies registered and participants were randomly selected to participate.  The pilot began in December of 2018.  Training  for all providers and contractors began in March of 2019 and in May of 2019,  tutorials were offered to discuss converting an existing non-SAFE home study to the SAFE format. Deployment of the SAFE Model within SHINES was scheduled to occur on August 24, 2019.


Member Update August 26, 2019 - ODBI After School Coaching Program 

GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers): 

Aug 27, 2019 SHINES Update: SAFE Deployment


Our Worldview: from cultural awareness to cultural competence

Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10am – 2pm
Program Description: This session examines the implications of culture in our everyday work, including how it influences our assumptions and perceptions when working. Participants will build awareness of culture, discuss how we interpret and evaluate the behavior of those who are culturally different than oneself, and discuss institutional policies and practices in relationship to cross-cultural competence.

Instructor: David Meyers, MSW
CEUs: applying for 3.5 CEUs for Social work, LPC and LMFT. 
Location: Board Room, Twin Cedars LaGrange, 701 Lincoln St, LaGrange, GA 30240
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration 

Trauma 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children

Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development hosts the following training

Thursday, September 26, 2019 10am – 2pm

Program Description:This course will provide participants with foundational knowledge about child trauma and child traumatic stress. Three types of child trauma are defined. The course focuses on the impact of complex trauma on behavior and development, and helps participants identify strategies for working with children who have experienced trauma.

Topics covered:

  • Child Trauma: Definitions and Types of Trauma
  • How Trauma affects Children and Youth
  • Overview of Impact of Trauma on the Brain
  • Managing Physical and Psychological Safety for Children
  • Enhancing Child Well-being and Resilience

Instructor: Child Welfare Training Collaborative, Andrew Young School of Public Policy, Georgia State University
CEUs: 3 hours of CEUs available for MSW (core), LPC & LMFT (related), POST, DECAL, FVIP, Babies Can’t Wait – Project SCEIs in Area 1 | Children and Families – Birth to 8 and Nursing.
Location: Evans Room, The Rumford Conference Center, The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, 304 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31204
Cost for training and lunch: Free of charge  link to registration 


10/8/2019          Effective Supervision
12/3/2019          LBGTQ 101


Discounted training for TG members

20% off Prosolutions online training https://www.prosolutionstraining.com

Building Multi-Sector Partnerships for Promoting Community Wide Engagement in Evidence-Based Prevention: It Takes More than a Village 

The Fall 2019 John R. Lutzker Lecture hosted by the Georgia State University School of Public Health features Dr. Judith Carta. Dr. Carta is the Associate Director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas, and a Senior Scientist in the Institute for Life Span Studies. Her science focuses on developing strategies to minimize the effects of poverty on children’s language and social outcomes and developing practices that teachers and parents can use to promote children’s early learning particularly in vulnerable populations.

Immediately following the lecture, please join us for a reception and the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development Poster Session.

The John R. Lutzker Lecture Series was created to advance understanding of public health solutions that reduce violence and promote healthy development and well-being of children, youth, and families. The series is named in honor of Dr. John Lutzker,Distinguished Professor Emeritus and founding director of the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development (MCCHD). Dr. Lutzker is an internationally recognized scholar who dedicated his career to championing the prevention of child maltreatment. He created SafeCare®, one of the few evidence-based programs to prevent child abuse and neglect. With the support of an anonymous donor, the School of Public Health sponsors the annual Lutzker Lecture Series. 
Monday, September 9
2 p.m. Lecture
3 p.m. Reception & Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development Poster Session

Georgia State University, Centennial Hall Auditorium, 100 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Free and open to the public — registration required for entry. https://publichealth.gsu.edu/about/lectures-exhibits/the-john-r-lutzker-lecture/

Georgia Clinical Provider Training Webinar Series

Linked is the Peach State Health Plan monthly training flyer that lists for free CE training opportunities.

Caregiver Lunch and Learn
August 27 - MAAC office - link to flyer

Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
October 28-30, 2019 - Marriott Augusta


Special Thanks to our TG members who have signed up to sponsor the conference:

CORPORATE SPONSOR - Bethany Christian Services

GOLD SPONSOR - Childkind and WinShape Homes

SILVER SPONSOR - Centerstone and Inspiritus
BRONZE SPONSOR Bloom Our Youth, Inc., Community Connections, Eastchester Family Services, Family Ties, Inc., Georgia Center for Youth - Rescare, Inc., Georgia Parent Support Network (GPSN), Hillside, Neighbor To Family, The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc., Underdue Social Services/Embracing Arms, Inc., and Youth Villages

link to sponsorship information

 â–ºstill open Conference Watch July 30, 2019 - 2019 GCCF Awards Applications [archived list]


Archived:  TG Salary Survey:  The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results (You will need to download the document and open it to view all of the columns.)


Please note Together Georgia has a Job Bank to which TG members may post notices on the website at www.togetherga.net.   The system is new and members will need to log in with username and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (Username is the first initial and last name of agency director; password, if forgotten may be reset - reset will go to the agency director's inbox. )


Together Georgia corporate sponsors/partners improve services and can save your agency thousands of dollars annually. click here to review.


2019 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 28-30, 2019 at Marriott Augusta
2020 Together Georgia Day at the Capitol January 29, 2020
2020 Executive Retreat April 16 & 17, 2020 at Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge

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