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May 2018

Shining a Light on What Works

May 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Children’s Hospital of WI – Community Services, 620 South 76th Street Room 201 (Upper Iowa)
Milwaukee, WI 53214
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Are you interested in exploring opportunities to learn more about effectively adapting evidence-based interventions? Being able to thoughtfully adapt evidence-based interventions is essential to being able to meet the complex needs of children and families. Please join UWM Associate Professor and Institute for Child and Family Well-Being Co-founder Dr. Dimitri Topitzes on Thursday, May 24, for a presentation and discussion on implementation science and its role in practice with families coping with complex trauma. Our discussion will focus on how…

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June 2018

Trauma in Our Community Conference

June 20, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
UWM Student Union – Ballroom, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53201 United States
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This conference is sold out. Drs. Mersky and Topitzes discuss trauma, resiliency and the conference in this episode of UWM Today: Listen to interview.

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July 2018

PCIT & Resilience in Our Community

July 10, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Children’s Hospital of WI – Community Services, 620 South 76th Street Room 201 (Upper Iowa)
Milwaukee, WI 53214
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Are you interested in learning about the impact of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in the Milwaukee community? PCIT is an evidence-based intervention offered to caregivers and their children ages 2-7 years old who struggle with externalizing behaviors and/or positive parenting skills. Through the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being (ICFW), PCIT is offered uniquely in the clinic, in the home, or in group settings to better serve the needs of at-risk families. Please join Katelyn Blair, Ph.D. on Tuesday, July…

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August 2018

Shining the Light on What Works

August 23, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
UWM Alumni House, 3230 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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Free

Are you interested in exploring opportunities to learn more about effectively adapting evidence-based interventions? Being able to thoughtfully adapt evidence-based interventions is essential to being able to meet the complex needs of children and families. Please join UWM Associate Professor and Institute for Child and Family Well-Being Co-founder Dr. Dimitri Topitzes on Thursday, August 23, for a presentation and discussion on implementation science and its role in practice with families coping with complex trauma. Our discussion will focus on how…

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September 2018

2018 PCIT Therapist Training

September 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Milwaukee Child Welfare Training Partnership 4425 N. Port Washington Road East Lake Towers, Suite 400 Glendale, WI 53212, 4425 N. Port Washington Road East Lake Towers, Suite 400
Glendale, WI 53212 United States
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$160

Registration for this event is closed. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a nationally-recognized, evidence-based parent management program for families who have children with internalizing and/or externalizing behavior problems. The program is unique in comparison to other parent management programs because it involves live coaching of parents as they interact with their young child (ages 2-7 years). There are two phases to PCIT: Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) and Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI). This workshop is an introductory clinically-based training for mental health providers…

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Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities Conference

September 26, 2018
Wisconsin Center, 400 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203 United States
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The Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities Conference will be held September 26-28. This conference will feature some of our country’s most notable experts who will share their knowledge about #TraumaInformed Care, child development, implicit bias and more. The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, UWM & Children's Hospital of Wisconsin will be presenting 6 breakout sessions. The conference is convening in Milwaukee in response to our city’s struggles with the effects of childhood and generational trauma. Register now at HealMKE.eventbrite.com. #HealMKE…

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October 2018

Mental Health in Schools Institute

October 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Conference Center, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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Associate Professor and Institute for Child and Family Well-Being Co-founder Dimitri Topitzes will present: Childhood Trauma Consequences & Effective Trauma Care at the American Council for School Social Work (ACSSW), 2018 Mental Health in Schools Institute. Link to event brochure. This multidisciplinary professional event is for school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, school nurses, school administrators and community based mental health practitioners.  

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Help & Hope Conference on Substance Use Disorders

October 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gateway Technical College, 1001 S. Main Street
Racine, WI
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Associate Professor and Institute for Child and Family Well-Being Co-founder Dimitri Topitzes will present: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Secondary Trauma, and Addiction at the 10th Annual Help & Hope Conference on Substance Use Disorders. This conference will assist professionals and para-professionals who work with families and individuals for whom substance use disorders are a concern.

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2018 WETA Conference

October 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 Geneva St.
Delavan, WI 53115
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Associate Professor and Institute for Child and Family Well-Being Co-founder Dimitri Topitzes will present: Promoting Resilience to Trauma within Employment Services at the Wisconsin Employment and Training Association (WETA) Annual Conference.

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February 2019

PCIT Level 1 Training – 2019

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, 620 S. 76th St. Suite 120
Milwaukee, WI 53214 United States
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$25

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Level 1 Training with CHW includes: A one-day workshop covering: Level 1 guidelines for training within agency, Level 1 materials, implementation of PCIT within agency training model, and challenges and solutions for PCIT integrity and fidelity. Monthly consultation calls for one year. Faculty review of required video sessions (up to 3). Learn more.

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March 2019

TF-CBT Training in Racine – Learning Session Parts I & II

March 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Delta Hotels by Marriott, Delta Hotels by Marriott 7111 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53406 United States
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$120.00

If you are a Milwaukee or Racine-based clinician that serves CPS-involved children and are interested in being trained in and implementing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), we have a great upcoming opportunity for you. Through our Trauma and Recovery Project - funded by SAMHSA and in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families - we are able to provide this valuable training at a significantly reduced cost. Racine – Delta Hotel by Marriott  Learning Session Part I: March 13-15, 2019 …

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July 2019

TF-CBT Training in Eau Claire – Learning Session Parts I & II

July 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The Lismore Hotel, The Lismore Hotel 333 Gibson St.
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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$120.00

If you are an Eau-Claire-based clinician that serves CPS-involved children and are interested in being trained in and implementing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), we have a great upcoming opportunity for you. Through our Trauma and Recovery Project - funded by SAMHSA and in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families - we are able to provide this valuable training at a significantly reduced cost. Eau Claire – The Lismore Hotel Learning Session Part I: July 29-31, 2019 Learning…

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January 2020

Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference

January 15 - January 19

Dr. Josh Mersky will be presenting on "Integrating and Sustaining Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Child Welfare" on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 10:15am.

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February 2020

UWM Community Building Workshop

February 21 - February 23

The Workshop experience has been described by experts as “Trauma-Informed Care in action.” Others simply call it transformative. Learn about: Community Building skills Promoting acceptance Communication skills Developing a diverse, inclusive campus culture All UWM affiliated personnel along with Milwaukee community members are invited, and participation is free of charge. Register with Dimitri Topitzes at topitzes@uwm.edu. The workshop is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families along with Wisconsin Community Services and the Trauma Studies Association of the…

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April 2020

Webinar: “Evaluating Systems Change: An Inquiry Framework” with Mark Cabaj

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is proud to host the webinar “Evaluating Systems Change: An Inquiry Framework ” with Mark Cabaj, President of Here 2 There Consulting on April 8th from 11:00-12:00 CST. A nurturing environment promotes resilience, reduces toxic stress, and is the foundation of child, family, and community well-being. Families and communities face complex challenges that present barriers to achieving their goals and supporting the well-being of their children. Addressing root causes of complex issues around trauma, poverty, and racism…

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Webinar: “Authentic Community Engagement: Made in Milwaukee”

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is proud to host the webinar “Authentic Community Engagement: Made in Milwaukee” with Leah Jepson and Blake Tierney, Project Director and Manager of the Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health, and Reggie Moore, Director of the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention, on April 16th from 11:00-12:00 CST. Community engagement, or “the intentional process of co-creating solutions in partnership with people who know best, through their own experiences,” requires the creation of authentic, collaborative relationships between context and…

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May 2020

Webinar: “Making the Unspeakable Speakable: Making the Case for Trauma Screening and Assessment”

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is proud to host the webinar “Making the Unspeakable Speakable: Making the Case for Trauma Screening and Assessment” with Meghan Christian, ICFW Child and Family Therapist, Dimitri Topitzes, ICFW Clinical Director, and Cynthia Franzolin, Licensed Professional Counselor from Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and Franzolin Consulting Services, LLC on May 4th from 1:00-2:00 CST. Trauma-informed care has increasingly become common nomenclature to social service providers, therapists, researchers, school staff and the general public.…

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2020 Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Learning Collaborative – South Milwaukee

May 11 - May 13

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) TF-CBT is an evidence-based, short-term treatment model that effectively improves a range of trauma-related outcomes in children/adolescents, ages 3 to 18, and caregiver. TF-CBT is highly effective at improving youth posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms as well as many other trauma impacts, including affective (e.g. depressive, anxiety), cognitive and behavioral problems, as well as addressing the participating parent’s or caregiver’s personal distress about the child’s traumatic experience, effective parenting skills, and supportive interactions with the…

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Sustaining Advanced TF-CBT Practice Sessions

May 14 - May 15

Sustaining Advanced Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Practice Since 2012, the Wisconsin Trauma Project at the Department of Children and Families has trained clinicians throughout Wisconsin on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In the final year of the Wisconsin Trauma Project, efforts are being focused on sustaining and strengthening the practice of the clinicians and agencies already trained. To do that, the Wisconsin Trauma Project is offering regional Advanced Training Days in 2020. More details available here. Sustaining Advanced TF-CBT…

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Webinar: “Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) & Child Welfare”

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is proud to host the webinar “Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) & Child Welfare” with Dr. Emma Girard, PCIT Master Trainer, and Kate Bennett, Children's Wisconsin Well-Being Lead Clinician, on May 20th at 1:00 CST. Children who have experienced maltreatment and are involved in the child welfare system often exhibit behavioral difficulties, and their parents often struggle to provide effective discipline, may unintentionally engage in coercive parenting practices, or may appear to lack…

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June 2020

Webinar: “Trauma screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (T-SBIRT): An Introduction”

June 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is proud to host the webinar “Trauma screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (T-SBIRT): Introduction to a promising, brief protocol for social service and healthcare settings” with Dr. Dimitri Topitzes, Clinical Director of the Institute for Child and Family Well-being, and Lisa Ortiz, UMOS, on June 17th at 11:00 CST. This webinar will introduce participants to a discrete trauma responsive protocol – trauma screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment or T-SBIRT – which…

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July 2020

Webinar: Housing as a pathway to prevent child maltreatment

July 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stable housing provides a foundation for health, well-being, and prosperity for children, families, and communities. Stable housing can positively affect a broad spectrum of outcomes for children and families, including academic performance, employment, physical, and mental health. Threats to stable and healthy housing are complex and intertwined with systemic and interpersonal factors. Families experiencing housing instability face increased risk of their children being involved in the child welfare system. 81% of families with children entering the child welfare system identified…

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