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During Linking Systems of Care the demonstration sites participated in a variety of online guided discussions and webinars that are organized by topic for jurisdictions interested in replicating Linking Systems of Care to use.

Linking Systems of Care Montana, Trauma-Informed Approaches, Module 1

Jess Mayrer, MPA Program coordinator, Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth in Montana Social Science Research Laboratory University of Montana

Module One provides background information regarding the development of the seven key principles that drive the Linking Systems of Care Montana Trauma-Informed Approaches training.

This is the first module of the series, Click to View Entire Curriculum

Date added: April 3, 2021

Linking Systems of Care 2020 Virtual All Sites Meeting

Opening Discussion - A Balanced Life: Enhancing Our Emotional and Physical Stability

Honorable Victor Reyes, Retired

During this session, faculty will lead a discussion acknowledging the existence and effects of trauma in our professions and discussing antidotes to mitigate its consequences in all aspects of our lives. One method that may be beneficial is focusing on regulating reactions to situations and developing the ability to handle daily challenges with patience and wisdom. A stressful workload affects us at a coarse and subtle level and we can ameliorate the consequences by regulating our bodies and easing our minds.

  • Honorable Janice Rosa, Retired
  • Honorable Ramona Gonzalez, Presiding Judge, Circuit Court, La Crosse County, Wisconsin
  • Honorable Patricia Martin, Presiding Judge, Child Protection Division, Cook County, Illinois
  • Dr. Charlyn Harper Browne, Senior Associate and Project Manager, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Paula Gomez-Stordy, M.Ed., Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance, National Latina Network, Casa de Esperanza
  • Nikki Borchardt Campbell, Executive Director and Ansley Sherman, Program Attorney, National American Indian Court Judges Association
  • Jen Robinson, Co-Founder and Youth Intervention Director, Awaken: Communities United to End Sex Trafficking
  • Dr. Ramón A. Pastrano IV, MSM, MATS, President, Third Sphere, LLC

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Date added: December 14, 2020

Rethinking the Helping Sector: Managing the Business of Personal Change

John Lyons, Senior Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

This presentation describes the origins and conceptual framework of Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM), a comprehensive approach to creating and evolving systems that engage in person-centered care. This approach and its associated tools (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths, Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment, and Family Advocacy and Support Tool) are now used in at least one helping sector in 38 states and on every continent. 
Date added: October 9, 2019

Building Capacity for Continuous Quality Improvement Activities

Miranda Lynch, Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Building the internal capacity to implement and sustain a sound continuous quality improvement (CQI) process is critical for effective improvement planning and decision-making toward desired implementation and program outcomes.  During this interactive webinar, participants will learn about the essential components of a high-functioning CQI process and how to implement the key tasks of the Plan–Do-Study-Act (PDSA) improvement planning approach where data and other evidence is used to identify, implement and sustain improvement efforts. Participants will also hear about strategies that can help establish an organizational culture that is open to improvement and committed to ongoing learning.
Date added: October 2, 2019

Center for Victim Research and Linking Systems of Care: Collaboration in Building the Evidence Base

Marina Duane, Research Associate and Laura Puls, Research Librarian Center for Victim Research

Much like Linking Systems of Care's Guiding Principles, the Center for Victim Research (CVR) believes that researcher-practitioner collaboration is vital for informed decision-making in victim services. In this webinar, CVR will discuss how we connect practitioners and researchers working to improve the response to child victims and to understand the victim-offender overlap. Linking Systems of Care demonstration sites will learn ways to complement their collaborations and assessments with CVR's free tools, like research-oriented technical assistance, sample tools and instruments, and a full-text research reports library. 
Date added: January 9, 2019

Expanding Our Options to Create Safety: Supporting Healing for Males Who Have Experienced Trauma

Aswad Thomas, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice; and Peter Pollard, Office for Victims of Crime

Like women, boys and men feel many emotions including empathy, fear, sadness, protectiveness, joy, love, vulnerability, and grief. But Masculine Norms can make it physically and emotionally unsafe by shaming males who acknowledge or display the full range of emotions. So, from a young age, when boys feel threatened they will often opt for the coping strategies those norms allow violence against self or others; numbing; or isolation. This webinar examines the ways providers, caretakers, and policy makers interpret and respond to trauma-reactive behaviors can lead to healing and real change.
Date added: January 9, 2019

Changing Minds: State Policy to Prevent and Heal Childhood Trauma

Leianna Kinnicutt, Debbie Lee, Lena O'Rourke, and Laura Hogan from Futures Without Violence

This webinar discusses how Linking Systems of Care grantees can implement state policy approaches that help health, education, child welfare, and child development organizations advance the prevention and healing of childhood trauma through legislation and administrative action.  The Webinar will organize information from the Changing Minds: Preventing and Healing Childhood Trauma State Policy Guide developed by Futures Without Violence, and connect guidance to specific challenges encountered be demonstration sites during Linking Systems of Care.
Date added: January 9, 2019

Supporting Lifelong Youth Well-Being in Linking Systems of Care

Lyman Legters, Casey Family Programs; and Clare Anderson, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Every system that serves youth and young adults has a critical role and responsibility in supporting comprehensive, holistic, and lifelong well-being. This webinar discusses the science behind well-being, describe multi-systems application of well-being, connection of well-being to Federal priorities and funding - specifically Families First and Prevention Services Act, and share resources including a multi-systems framework designed to support policy and practice development and improvements around well-being.
Date added: January 9, 2019

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services

Bethany Case & Lindsay Waldrop, OVC Program Specialists

Vision 21 is supported by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in order to evaluate and assist the crime victim assistance field. Join Bethany Case and Lindsay Waldrop, Program Specialists from OVC, for a brief history of Vision 21, its partners and resulting programs such as Linking Systems of Care for Children of Youth.

Date added: October 24, 2018

Implementation Science

Lyman Legters, Senior Fellow, Annie Casey Foundation

Implementation Science refers to incorporating best practices and research of fields that serve children and families. Lyman Legters, Senior Fellow of the Annie Casey Foundation, presents the importance of practice changes and steps to implementation that extend beyond initial training. 

Date added: October 24, 2018

Considerations of Piloting a Victimization Screening Tool for Children and Youth in Immigrant Populations

Zadora Bolin, JD, Site Manager, Child Abuse and Neglect, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

This webinar will address implications and issues to consider when piloting screening tools for victimization in immigrant populations. Topics covered include: (1) who is considered an immigrant; (2) the different types of immigration status; (3) how immigrant populations are relevant to the Vision 21: LSC Project; and (4) discussing special needs and considerations for serving immigrant populations.

Date added: October 24, 2018

Focus Groups

Eryn Branch, Program Director, NCJFCJ, Kelly Ranasinghe, Program Attorney, NCJFCJ

Focus Groups are a type of qualitative research which is used in the social sciences and business to investigate phenomena that may not be easily quantifiable.  Focus Groups can be useful to clarify population opinions, particularly where you have populations who may not respond well to conventional methods. Kelly Ranasinghe and Eryn Branch from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges facilitate discussion on how and when use of Focus Groups is encouraged.  

Date added: October 24, 2018

Lessons Learned from the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program

Rachel Swaner & Lama Hassoun Ayoub, Center for Court Innovation

The Center for Court Innovation (CCI), in collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, present an overview of the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program, its implementation and recommendations. The goals of this program include prevention of children’s exposure to violence; mitigating the negative impact of such exposure when it does occur; and developing the knowledge and spreading awareness about children’s exposure to violence. Join Rachel Swaner and Lama Hassoun Ayoub from CCI for lessons learned from Defending Childhood sites.  

Date added: October 24, 2018

Linking Systems of Care: Screening and Assessment Tools

Jane Halladay Goldman, PhD, Director, Service Systems program at National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS),

Lisa Conradi, PsyD, Director of Clinical Operations, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, and

Cassandra Kisiel, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Principal Investigator and Director, SAMHSA-funded Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning, of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Partners in the Linking Systems of Care from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges present a webinar on development and implementation of screening tools in the field. Discussed are the types of screening tools, as well as ethical and logistical considerations regarding implementation of assessments. 

Date added: October 24, 2018

Language Access and Victim Services

Nancy Smith, M.A., Vera Institute of Justice and Tuyet Duong, J.D., Office for Victims of Crime

The presenters provided an overview of the unmet needs and barriers facing crime survivors who have limited English proficiency (LEP), including those who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Information about the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) language access initiative and examples of tools available to assist Vision 21: LSC demonstration site’s initial work on language accessibility were discussed.

Date added: October 24, 2018

Ethical Implications of Developing and Piloting a Victimization Screening Tool for Children and Youth

Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., Fordham University and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., National Crime Victim Law Institute

The presenters highlighted ethical procedures and issues to consider when conducting demonstration projects which plan to deploy screening tools for victimization by various professional and non-profit agencies, including juvenile justice and social services. Discussion topics included: (1) understanding informed consent and child assent procedures (2) communicating research risks and benefits; (3) ensuring voluntary participation during recruitment and screening; (4) communicating confidentiality; and (5) developing referral and information sharing procedures. 

Date added: October 24, 2018

Discovery and Implementation

Hon. Judge Ramona Gonzalez, La Crosse County Circuit Court and Caren Harp, J.D., Liberty University

The presenters explained how the discovery process in the criminal and civil systems is applicable to the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care (LSC) initiative and implementation activities. Presenters utilized case studies and hypotheticals to discuss record-keeping, subpoeana duces tecum (SDTs), and ethical/legal obligations. 

Date added: October 24, 2018

Screening for Violence Exposure and Trauma: Lessons from the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI)

Jakolya Gordon, Cuyahoga County Witness Victim Service Center and Jeff Kretschmar, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Cuyahoga County's Children Exposed to Violence Initiative is nationally recognized as a model of a successful demonstration project. Funded through the Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI), the Cuyahoga County initiative is similar in many aspects to the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth (LSC) demonstration project. Jakoyla Gordon and Jeff Kretschmar discussed the successful process behind the Cuyahoga County project, and how project staff at Vision 21: LSC demonstration sites can integrate the lessons learned in Cuyahoga County in their own state efforts. The information presented is particularly relevant to piloting a screening tool. 

Date added: October 24, 2018