Weekly Update October 21, 2016 - 3 Wishes


2016 Georgia Conference on Children and Families 

Georgia Conference on Children and Families
November 2-4, 2016
Marriott Augusta at the Convention Center 

We are looking forward to your participation Nov 2-4 at the Georgia Conference on Children and Families. Please note, registration is still open - you are encouraged to share the following registration link with peers and coworkers https://www.regonline.com/gccf2016

Your attention to the following three items is appreciated:

1) We need your help to ensure that we account for numbers as best as possible.  If you have already registered, please quickly review your registration and update as needed--it is especially important to note if you will be at the luncheons. (Some workshop sessions are too capacity and no longer available.) https://www.regonline.com/register/m/?eventid=1812816

2) Octavia Fugerson, a former foster youth, is presenting our closing session. The voice of foster youth is one of our highest priorities and we are honored to include Ms. Fugerson in our event. Although we sometimes see participants leave the conference early on the last day, we trust you will stay for this inspiring session.

Friday November 4, 10:15-12:00pm                                    
Disconnected Youth, Superpowers and Attention - Octavia Fugerson

This presentation is one of Fugeron’s Superhero Development Series for child welfare professionals. Surrounding her personal story as a youth in Georgia’s foster care system, the Development  Series uses a strength based perspective to shed light on the positive cognitive functioning of youth in foster care, homeless youth, juvenile delinquents, migrant students and other students of low socioeconomic status. This presentation highlights the cognitive functioning of professionals working with disconnected and disadvantaged youth to improve outcomes.

Ms. Fugerson is an educational psychologist with a focus on cognitive functioning of giftedness and creativity.  She received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Spelman College and her Masters in Education in Gifted and Creative Education at the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Cognition and Development.  


3) The Panel of Leaders this year has changed and you now have two selections--Please choose Plenary A or Plenary B 

Thursday, November 3, 3:00-4:30 pm

Help our Youth Thrive not just Survive!

Our panelists will be facilitated by Georgia EmpowerMEnt and will include David Meyers, with the Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia, Dr. Nia Cantey, Georgia R.Y.S.E./ILP Director, Lamar W. Smith, DFCS Well-Being Services Director, and Victoria Salzman, Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative, and a youth.

The path to thriving, not just surviving, for all our youth should be reinforced by our values and a focus of our work.  While we often concentrate on immediate and safety needs, using promotive and protective factors as a framework in our everyday work provides tools and resources for young people that not only help them to survive but THRIVE!  Utilizing the Youth Thrive Framework, ™ national and local partners will discuss ways we can support our youth that authentically support their well-being and developmental journey. We will hear about the importance of factors associated with supporting youth resilience, social connections, support in times of need, cognitive and social development, and knowledge of the adolescent brain.

Thursday, November 3, 3:00-4:30 pm
Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Toxic Stress - Debra Ross, MSW

Understanding child trauma and child toxic stress are vital to working with children who have experienced maltreatment. This workshop will provide participants with foundational knowledge of child trauma and toxic stress.  We will define key terms, discuss the types of experiences that constitute child trauma, and explore the individual's role in responding to toxic stress when working with children. We will also discuss the relationship between a child's history and his or her behavior responses. The workshop will be interactive, so come prepared to participate!

Thank you for making our three wishes come true!


attendee registration: www.regonline.com/gccf2016 
brochure: http://tinyurl.com/j32tzok
website: www.georgiachild.org
sponsor registration:  www.georgiachild.org/2016/gcsponsorship2016.htm


Provider Watch October 21, 2106 - Foster caregiver weekend retreat (Project F.R.E.E. year 2 planning)

Daily Update October 19, 2016  - Children's Monitor
Member Update October 18, 2016 - Tony Everett appointed to Neighbor to Family President/CEO

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. 

Mission vs. Margin

REVISED DATE ►Thursday, December 9, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: Leaders and decision makers often walk a fine line between implementing their agency’s mission and the need to sustain a successful business model. Too much focus on one or the other often results in frustrated or burned out staff and administrators. In this session, participants will explore how to achieve and or maintain a critical balance that keeps the doors open and the mission alive!
Goals/Learning Outcomes:
- Identify the things that deflate the energy of both management and staff as they engage in the agencies mission and/or margin
- Explore reengagement and revitalization methods for both staff and administrators
- Identify successful models for achieving both mission and margin
Presenter: Terence Johnson and David Meyers, Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
Location: Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, Inc. - 667 Fairburn Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration 
CEUs applied for  - 3.5 hours LCSW, LPC, LMFT
Contact office@gahsc.org


Child Welfare Training Collaborative
Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress - multiple dates - click here to view calendar

Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Nonprofit University, Development Institute


►NEXT WEEK Oct 27 - Faith-base Affinity Group - 11:00am - Chick-fil-A headquarters (RSVP required)

Save the Date
December 6 - Board Meeting 10:00a.m. followed by TG Leadership Meeting at noon- UMCH, 
500 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur
            30030 - details will be forthcoming
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

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


YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016


NEW► Together Georgia 2017 Training Survey

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


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. )

An email newsletter as a public service Editor   



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