Weekly Update July 15, 2016

Mark Your Calendar - August 16, 2016

NEW Mark Your Calendar  for August 16, 2016 10am - Together Georgia Board Meeting followed by Leadership meeting at noon to be held at 50 Hurt Plaza. Additional details will be forthcoming.

A Message From Ron

Yesterday I, along many of our members, attended the Division of Family and Children Services’ Solution-Based Casework Training/Recruitment & Retention Discussion in Macon.  As always during my decades of work in child welfare I was struck by the amount of change providers are facing but also I sensed there are many opportunities for providers to gravitate towards.  

The new practice model holds promises for such opportunities as it is built upon many values long held by the social work profession.  The notion of partnerships with both the families and communities (including service providers) is strongly embedded in the model.  Working together to create action plans that focus on solutions to everyday life events is the bread and butter of what many providers offer and should be a cornerstone in our collaboration with the Division.  One of the intriguing components of the model is that of celebrating with the child and families when they accomplish successful outcomes; we all know in this work we get excited by seeing those we serve succeed.  We all can benefit from coming together on such positive occasions.

Being asked to assist with solutions on the recruitment and retention of much needed foster homes is also a great opportunity.  Our conversation yesterday was honest and open regarding just how much of a partnership the Division is willing to embrace.  By the answers it seems like it will be a lot.  Those providers in counties with 50 to 100+ foster children which has many being currently served outside the county should find many opportunities to expand quality services both in creating needed homes and services to support these homes and successful family reunification.  

These areas along with the growing need for relative and kinship care. the shift in federal funding towards preventative services and DJJ’s need for more MWO RBWO offerings give me great hope that for those providers willing to transform there will be valued services in great demand.


Provider Update July 11, 2016 - ILP workshop improvement discussion 7/15/16
Provider Update July12, 2016 -
Caregiver Resources at FosterGeorgia.com

Provider Update July 14, 2016 - Foster Caregiver Retreat
Member Update July14, 2016 - Mike Angstadt Peer Reviewer Award Recipient
Daily Update July 13, 2016 - 2016 Human Services Compensation Report Available--TG Members are Eligible for Discount
Daily Update July 11, 2016 - Reframing Communication Tip #3: Do's and Don'ts of Correcting Mistakes


Member Calendar - http://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2016/06/27/-

July 21 at 10am - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter meeting at Family Ties, 270 Carpenter Dr. Ste 400, Sandy Springs 30328

Save the Date
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities 
January 18, 2017 - Together Georgia Day at the Capitol
April 25 & 26, 2017 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape


Principles of Effective Behavior Management

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training.  By understanding ‘principles of behavior’ we can increase effective interactions with those we serve and those we work with. Appropriate for front line staff, administrators, and program managers this session will allow participants to develop skills for accelerating positive, or pro-social, behaviors while decreasing undesirable behaviors.  

Presenter: Terence Johnson, MA; J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and David Meyers, MSW;  J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 
Location: Coleman Community Center c/o Twin Cedars, 701 Lincoln Street, LaGrange, GA 30241 
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG member discount is available--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration 
CEUs applied for  - 3.5 hours LCSW, LPC, LMFT CEUs  

Contact office@gahsc.org 


Secondary Trauma

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm  Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training.  By the nature of their work, child welfare professionals are at particular risk for developing secondary traumatic stress symptoms. This session examines the causes of secondary trauma, its effects on staff, treatment methods for working with clients to address their trauma responses, and more. 

Presenter: Brian Bride, Ph.D., winner of UGA's Creative Research Medal for work in secondary traumatic stress, Sandy Corbin, LCSW; Director of Programs, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children, and David Meyers, MSW;  J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 
Location: J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, 1240 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG member discount is available--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration 
CEUs applied for  - 3.5 hours LCSW, LPC, LMFT CEUs  
Contact office@gahsc.org 

Department of Juvenile Justice - Multi-Systemic Therapy Program - 46100-DJJ0000224 - Event Closing Date July 15, 2016
Rockdale County - Family Functional Therapy for Court Involved Youth - 16-24 - Event Closing Date July 14, 2016
YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016

REMINDER: Connecting with Legislators

Agencies are encouraged to schedule time with their legislators.  It’s important to develop and maintain positive relationships with your legislators; Summer and Fall afford time to connect while they are out of session back in their districts. Cultivating these relationships will help later when we need to reach out to legislators with critical issues and concerns.

Legislators often take time to meet with constituents in their districts during the legislative recess. Offering a tour with first-hand perspective of your agency provides legislators an opportunity to better understand our work in child welfare and dispel misconceptions.

Also, take opportunity to support your legislator’s community meetings within your district. Remember to invite them to your special events and take/share pictures via local media and social media.

Helpful Tips


Salary Survey:  The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results

►Please Respond Projected Overtime Survey: This survey was provided to assess the projected estimated amount the DOT revision of overtime will increase agencies expenses for calendar year 2017. Nine agencies responded with a collective total of $2,072,993. The survey remains active--please respond with your projections. 

►Please Respond  Practice Matters Meeting 9/27/16

The next Practice Matters meeting is scheduled September 27, 2016 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Hephzibah, 6601 Zebulon Rd, Macon 31220. In preparation for the meeting, providers are asked to respond to the following survey:


Additional information and reservation information will be forthcoming. 


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 user name and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (User name 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. )

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The Georgia Conference on Children and Families  - November 2-4, 2016