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Children Youth and Families (CYFSOC) Conference 2018

Children Youth and Families System of Care Training Academy Presents
Unpacking Hope: Understanding the Unique Needs of Children, Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Homelessness in San Diego County is a complex and persistent problem. For children, youth and families experiencing homelessness, the challenges can be amplified because of their unique needs and characteristics. Challenges begin early, and without intervention can continue throughout the lives of children experiencing homelessness. In this full-day conference, presentations will address the impact of trauma and the resilience of families experiencing homelessness. Through robust workshop presentations, a powerful keynote speaker and an interactive panel, participants will be able to identify culturally responsive interventions, innovative tools and available resources that support self-sufficiency for children, youth and families experiencing homelessness.

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Training Materials

We are pleased to announce that we are going GREEN! All conference materials are available electronically on our website prior to the conference. Please print a copy of the training materials to bring with you if you would like a physical copy of the booklet.

Click here for the CYF-SOC Conference 2018 booklet.

Click here for the slides for the Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness breakout session.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • List common risk factors children, youth and families face for becoming homeless.
  • Describe experiences and events that can interfere with engagement and services for children, youth and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Identify culturally responsive interventions, tools and resources to housing and supportive services.
  • Provide services that support self-sufficiency for children, youth and families experiencing homelessness.

Trainer Bios

Vanessa Arteaga, LMFT is a Program Manager at San Diego Youth Services. She has about 10 years of experience working with youth and families experiencing homelessness. Previously she worked with families involved with CWS, at a Domestic Violence shelter, and a group home for teenage girls. She has facilitated teen group at a homeless family shelter and was a clinician with SDYS Counseling Cove for homeless and runaway youth. Vanessa has been trained in CHAT, TF-CBT, M.I, EMDR, play therapy, and Seeking Safety. She currently oversees programs which provide a drop in center for transitional aged youth (TAY), an art expressive program aimed at destigmatizing mental illness, short term housing for TAY, and street outreach for runaway and homeless TAY. She holds a B.S. in Sociology and minor in Criminal Justice from Cal State San Marcos, Master’s degree in Counseling from National University, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Indie Landrum is a youth advocate and artist who has had their own personal experiences with homelessness. They are dedicated to social justice and centering the voices of youth. They have worked as a community organizer, youth support partner, and case manager in San Diego with youth for the last six years. Indie has a wonderful dog and two grumpy cats who they love spending time with when they aren’t working.

Leah Porter, MS, MA, AMFT first joined the behavioral health field in 2011, working primarily with children who have experienced severe trauma and behavioral challenges. She moved into working with adults and worked as the Program Manager for CalWORKs East, focusing on addressing mental health barriers to employment for CalWORKs recipients and people experiencing homelessness in East County. Currently, Leah works with people experiencing Severe Mental Illness (SMI), and is the Program Manager for Action Central, an intensive program focused on serving people who are experiencing homelessness and co-occurring disorders.

Diana Rabban, LCSW is a Program Manager at San Diego Youth Services Counseling Cove. Counseling Cove is funded by the county of San Diego to provide community based outpatient mental health services to youth experiencing homelessness. She has worked with youth experiencing homelessness in various roles over the past nine years. Previously she worked at an emergency shelter for teens, a group home for teens involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile probation systems, and was a clinician with SDYS Counseling Cove prior to becoming the program manager. Diana has a trauma informed and strength based approach and has been trained in various treatment modalities including EMDR, TF-CBT, MI, and Seeking Safety. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Child & Family Development from San Diego State University, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Southern California, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Bryan Samuels, MPP is the Executive Director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s leading research and policy centers focused on improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities. Under Samuels’ leadership, Chapin Hall has continued to build its reputation as a center for excellence in data analysis, innovative research, and policy expertise. His tenure has been marked by a commitment to furthering the rigor and depth of Chapin Hall’s research, and by fostering connections with partners around the University of Chicago, within Illinois, and throughout the nation. He has also helped establish Chapin Hall as a national leader on issues ranging from child well-being to youth homelessness.

Before joining Chapin Hall, Samuels was appointed by President Barack Obama as Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), making him from 2010-2013 the highest-ranking federal child welfare policymaker in the country. As ACYF Commissioner, he emphasized the importance of child well-being and the use of data-driven approaches to improve the welfare of vulnerable children and youth. Samuels has over twenty years of experience in child welfare, including having served as the Chief of Staff of Chicago Public Schools under Arne Duncan and as Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He was also a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration from 1997 to 2003. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Susanne Terry, MPH has 25 years of experience in human services and education. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California; was the Administrator of Maui County Drug Court; spent 11 years as Director of a non-profit child abuse prevention agency and has consulted on a number of issues relating to the education of students in foster care, experiencing homelessness or those who identify as LGBT. Currently she is the McKinney Vento Homeless Liaison for the County Office of Education and provides support to the over 23,000 children experiencing homelessness and the 42 school districts that serve them in San Diego County.

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