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ALIGN Association Newsletter for MLA’s March 2021
We have just seen one of the most challenging and difficult years in recent history; the pandemic has had a monumental effect on children, families and those working to ensure their well-being. Our belief is that through collaboration with stakeholders, a respectful and positive environment can be created. To that end,the ALIGN team has created this newsletter to provide Alberta MLAs news and recent activities of our member agencies…
Community Services Staff Safety Initiative (CSSSI) Online Modules Final Launch March 2021 On behalf of ACDS, ALIGN, and the Government of Alberta Ministries of Children’s Services and Community and Social Services, we are very pleased to announce that all the resources are now completed and available through the Community Services Staff Safety Initiative (CSSSI), which aims to increase staff safety and reduce harassment and violence in community services workplaces in Alberta VIEW MODULES HERE
ALIGN and Children’s Services hosted these Communication meetings to provide a forum to support organizations to communicate with each other; as well as problem-solve together.This platform was intended to support agencies to streamline communications with other Providers with in the the Provincial Family Resource Networks (FRNs).
Final Recording, Documents & Videos
FRN Recording March 18, 2021
FRN Powerpoint Presentation March 4, 2021
FRN Powerpoint Presentation Feb.18, 2021
FRN Powerpoint Presentation Feb 4, 2021
Youtube Video re: FRN Portal Jan 25, 2021
PowerPoint FRN ALIGN January 25, 2021
Document November 26, 2020 FRN Interface Between FRN’s and Child Intervention
PowerPoint October 29, 2020 CS FRN High-level Implementation Plan
PowerPoint May 20, 2020 CS Well Being and Resiliency Supporting Safe and Healthy Children and Families
Q and A’s for questions and concerns that were raised March 26 and 27 2020 from the Communication Gathering Groups March 2020
FRN Q & A Engagement Sessions and FRN Portal
Video – FRN Data Collection System
Watch Michelle Ray Speak About Her Upcoming Series With ALIGN! Watch Video Here
ALIGN Introduction to Child Intervention In Alberta Online Self-Study Guide The objective of the 9 modules is to provide a base introduction to Child Intervention in Alberta for new people on-boarding into the work with agencies and is intended as an optional resource to organizations.
ALIGN hosted BILL C-92 Virtual Workshop Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge Presentation Materials
Bill C-92 -From Compliance to Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland and Koren Lightning-Earle
Resources for Individuals, Businesses, and Not-For-Profits During the COVID-19 Crisis May 20, 2020 : A resource from ALIGN , ECVO, and ACDS. This document is a follow-up to our March 24th publication on resources for individuals, businesses, and not-for-profits. Some clarification has been provided on what government resources not-for-profits and charities are able to access
ALIGN Presentation/Training Materials & Videos
Ideology, Evidence and the Great Residential Group Care Debate: Whose Keeping Score? ALIGN Group Care Symposium 2019 James P. Anglin Professor Emeritus School of Child and Youth Care University of Victoria
A Tailored Approach to Implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Youth Residential Facilities: Lessons Learned from Wolverine Human Services’ Journey ALIGN Group Care Symposium 2019 Cara C. Lewis, PhD Associate Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute Co-Founding Editor-in Chief of SIRC Journal
It’s Time for Innovation: Care Planning and the Hoax of Participation and Voice ALIGN Group Care Symposium 2019 Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi Director, School of Child & Youth Care Ryerson University Toronto, Canada
ALIGN Presentation/Training Materials & Videos
Videos that are part of the Indigenous Thought Leaders Series. Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers shared Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. These informative protocol videos showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta.”
Unless otherwise indicated, copyright in these oral history presentations are held by the presenters. You may download this content for your personal or non-commercial use but only in an unaltered form, with the copyright acknowledged and citing the name of the presenter, the date of the presentation and citing ALIGN Indigenous Thought Leaders Day Series. Anyone wishing to make this content accessible through their web site is encouraged to link to the required content on this site. ALIGN Association of Community Services reserves the right to revoke this permission at any time. Permission is not given for any commercial use or sale of this material. It is further understood that no copies of the vidoes may be made and nothing can be used from them in any published form without permission of the original source
Child and Family Service (CFS) Regions Caseload Trends 1015-16 to 2017-18 presentation by Jon Reeves, Executive Director – Child Intervention – Southern Alberta May 2018 at the ALIGN Membership Meeting.
(Part of ALIGN Foundations of Caregiver Support)
ALIGN Association: Presentation Materials from the workshop The Three Pillars of Transforming Care by Dr. Howard Bath February 1, 2018 Red Deer The Three Core Trauma-Related Needs Dr. Howard Bath Alberta, January/February
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About: The Three Pillars of Transforming Care distils the core propositions of trauma theory into a clear, concise and accessible framework for those providing care, mentoring and education for young people. It does not primarily target therapists or clinicians but residential workers, foster carers, kinship carers, teachers, and young justice workers as well as those that support, train and mentor them Dr. Howard Bath has been involved in the provision of child, youth and family services for over 40 years. Trained as a clinical psychologist, he has worked as a youth worker, manager, and as the CEO of a child and family services agency. From 2008 to 2015 Howard was the inaugural Children’s Commissioner of Australia’s Northern Territory. In 2010 he co-chaired a major government inquiry into Child Protection Services in the Northern Territory. Howard is widely published in the areas of family preservation, out of home care, child protection and developmental trauma
ALIGN Presentation/Training Materials & Videos
This Tip Sheet that has been developed by a committee representing provincial Children Services , AFPA and ALIGN.
The Role of Caregivers in Assessing and Managing Risk Related to Opioid Use – A Tip Sheet
As a caregiver you are the closest person to the day-to-day activities of a child or youth who may be using opioids. You have a key role on the team who together ensure the tasks in the above diagram occur, plans are implemented and reviewed as circumstances change.
The tip sheet is going out to all the members as agencies have all types of caregivers providing service to children, youth and families. Specific Caregiver Training has also be developed and will be piloted for the fist time at the Alberta Foster Parent Conference this coming weekend. Once feedback is incorporated into the training the manual will be made available for all to use. I will keep you posted as information becomes available. In the meantime please give the TIP Sheet the widest distribution. Questions can be directed to [email protected]
See Additional or Related Opioid Information
ALIGN SUBMISSION TO CHILD REVIEW PANEL
ALIGN AFPA – Foster and Kinship Care Presentation for the Ministerial Panel for Child Intervention June 15, 2017
ALIGN CHAPTER MEETING SUBMISSION TO CHILD REVIEW PANEL
ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 1 – Working Relationships and Collaboration
ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 2 – The Practice of Child Intervention
ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 3 – Funding Community Agency Services A Sector in Crisis
ALIGN Edmonton Chapter Submission to Child Review Panel May 1, 2017
ADDITIONAL AGENCY PRESENTATIONS
Inter-Agency Foster Care Committee (IFCC) Submission to Review Panel June 29 2017
CSD Collaborative (Edmonton) The Family Centre Blog/Letter Submission Letter May 30, 2017
CSD Collaborative (Edmonton) Illustration of The Work 3 Stories May 30 2017
CSD Practice Manual Edmonton Region May 30 2017
The main theme of the Mental Wellness for Children and Youth in Care: Support for the Caregiver symposium was the mental wellness of children and youth in care, the use of psychotropic medications and how caregivers can become more knowledgeable in supporting these youths. Caregiver encompassed agency and department foster parents, kinship parents, adoptive parents, residential and group care staff. The theme of the day presented by culturally informed medical experts, is the mental wellness of children/youth in care and the use of psychotropic medications considering issues such as the child’s emotional, medical and cultural needs. Youth themselves and representatives from the Office of the Children’s Advocate presented. The day ended with a panel discussion. Presenters: Dr. Wanda Polzin; Clinical Director at CASA in Edmonton, AB Dr. Lana Potts; Family Physician Siksika Family Clinic and Jeffery Cheng and Sheena Stevens; CYS Mental Health Nurses.
Because of the good work done by the Psychotropic Medication Committee who developed the “Pathways to Better Mental Health” resource, the same individuals were asked to participate on the MHFA symposium/ training committee. The committee members representing foster parents ALIGN, Ministry of Human Services, agencies, CASA, and the AFPA met on June 20, and August 11 and Sept 15 to discuss the symposium development and other training that will be helpful to support caregivers in the mental health area. “Caregiver” encompasses agency and department foster parents, kinship parents, adoptive parents, residential and group care staff.
The main theme of the symposium will be the mental wellness of youth in care, the use of psychotropic medications and how caregivers can become more knowledgeable in supporting these youths. We plan to have medical expertise as well as culturally informed individuals presenting. Representatives from the OCYA have agreed to present and this will include hearing from youths who are or who have experienced treatment with psychotropic medications. The presentation will include what worked, what didn’t work and what could caregivers do differently to support the youth better.
ALIGN Presentation/Training Materials & Videos
The Family Finding Model developed by Kevin A. Campbell is an evidence-based six-step model that responds to those involved in the child welfare system with the same urgency as the Red Cross during crisis, using the philosophy of Article 26 of the Geneva Convention -“The Right to Know”. Evidence shows that workers trained in Family Finding get results for the children in their care. Research on a variety of Family Finding projects has demonstrated that Family Finding works to significantly increase the number of relatives and other important known adult connections for children in care and leads to an average of five to eight offers of help from these adults (www.familyfinding.org).
ALIGN Videos of Family Finding Presentations
Welcome & Opening Prayer
Kim Spicer – 6 CIPF Principles
Kevin Campbell Part 1
Kevin Campbell Part 2
Kevin Campbell Part 3
Kevin Campbell Part 4
Presentation Materials February 2015
Child Intervention Practice in Alberta – Current and Future Directions
Kinship Initiative – Brenda McLaren
Intro to Caring Together Workshops
Intro to OBSD
Introduction To The Signs of Safety David O’Brien
OBSD Lead Agency Woods Homes
Combined Notes from the Table Conversations – Leth and MH
Presentation Materials October 2014
Outcome Based Service Delivery – Alberta Children and Youth Services
Signs Of Safety Barb Lacroix
Historical Guidelines 1
Historical Guidelines 2
Historical Guidelines 3
Notes from the Table Conversations Caring for Our Children: We Are in This Together
Presentation Materials June 2014
Working Together as Child Intervention Practice Is Changing to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families – Sandra Maygard
Signs of Safety: Improving Child Intervention Practice – Toni Morkin
Aboriginal and Cultural Engagement Aboriginal Framework – Carmen Esch
Mapping for Reunification A Signs of Safety Success Story by Marla Gill-Gentile
Supporting Children/Youth Through Enhanced Mental Health Initiatives – Chris Tortorelli
The AASCF (ALIGN) invited agency staff to a presentation and discussion with Paul Brown from 3e Training. The intent of this workshop was to assist agencies in gaining a better understanding of what is being requested and how to respond to an RFP!
Video – Paul Brown from 3e Training April 23, 2015
Public Sector Procurement 3e Training Document pdf
Public Sector Procurement Developed and Delivered by 3e Training -April 2015 pptx
Request for Proposals for Outcome Based Service Delivery Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services Mar 2015
Stabilization and Residential Assessment Central Alberta Child and Family Services 2015
Political Forum January 2015
Video – View the discussion of the AASCF Political Forum January 2015 The intent was to hold a forum where interested Albertan’s can hear political leaders speak to their views on social policy and how people are cared for in Alberta.
ALIGN Presentation/Training Materials & Videos
Video’s (View All Videos From Bob Lonne Presentation Here)
Report Writing and Documentation – Family Preservation, OBSD – Part 1
Report Writing and Documentation – Family Preservation, OBSD – Part 2
Report Writing and Documentation – Family Preservation, OBSD – Part 3
Videos With PowerPoint
Casework Practice Model (CWPM) and Outcomes Based Service Delivery (OBSD) – Part 1
Casework Practice Model (CWPM) and Outcomes Based Service Delivery (OBSD) – Part 2
Casework Practice Model (CWPM) and Outcomes Based Service Delivery (OBSD) – Part 3
Additional Resource Shared by Chris Boyle
CommSync Chris Boyle 2013
Implementation will need to be a phased process, undertaken by a team of professional staff committed to the philosophy of family preservation who have abilities, knowledge and skills in practice, leadership and management…
I M A G I N E An exploration of the effective use of intensive family support services
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia Report(United Kingdom, Denmark, United States of America, Canada)
Reconstructing Group and Residential Care – The Discussion
Residential treatment has been used as the consequence of ‘cascading failure’, rather than a service or intervention at the right time in order to achieve successful outcomes. Need to rethink how we conceptualize group and residential care from a ‘placement’ to a ‘service’…
Reconstructing GroupResidential Care in Alberta A discussion paper version 2 by Rhonda Barraclough 2013
As part of an effort to examine and evaluate the group/ residential care outcomes for youth in Alberta service providers from around the province have participated in a discussion session at the request of the Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF). This paper is a recording of those discussions and is intended to be a starter for further discussion with the Ministry of Human Services.
Preparing and Presenting in Court for Staff Working in Child Intervention Services 2013
Presenter: Tracey Snow, Justice and Attorney General
The Ecology for Inter-Agency Collaboration Mark Cabaj 2012
A follow-up/continuation of the ideas presented at the very popular and well-attended Learning Our Way Symposium session, Collaborative Practice.
Videos Presentations including main speaker Dr. DeGagné on his work and what has been learned from Aboriginal Healing Foundation projects in communities across Canada followed by small group conversations about questions that link back to leverage points, strategies, policy, and service delivery for Aboriginal Albertans
Dr. William Bell’s Presentation -Consolidated Notes 2012
There are multiple decision makers/stakeholders: federal government, provincial government,
tribal government, contracted agencies, other ministries (health, education, justice) and
community players that need to be included in the discussions and conversations, as to how to best achieve the desired outcomes of young people becoming successful adults. Dr. William Bell discusses how improve the work being done directly with families and children and what the next steps are.
New Governance Resources January 2012
Advocacy for Boards of Human Service Organizations – Helpful Hints
Advocacy for Boards of Human Service Organizations – Questions and Answers
ALIGN PRESENTATION/TRAINING MATERIALS & VIDEOS
Learning Our Way Symposium Edmonton November 16, 2011
On November 16, 2011 Alberta Association of Services for Children & Families, Alberta Children & Youth Services & Alberta Centre for the Child Family and Community Research Presented Learning Our Way Symposium. It was an opportunity for staff of both the Ministry and agencies to come together and look at how we learn our way though our current transitions to an Outcomes Based Service Delivery Approach.
Welcome from Nancy Reynolds
The Honourable David Hancock, Minister, Alberta Human Services
Danica Frazer – President AASCF
Steve MacDonald, Deputy Minister, Alberta Human Services
Bob Lonne – Keynote
Joni Brodziak, Executive Lead, OBSD, Alberta Human Services
Gord Johnston, ADM, Alberta Human Services
Dr. Bob Lonne on Re-Imaging Child Welfare
Re-Imagining Child Welfare: Issues, Outcomes and Reform – Presented by Dr Bob Lonne
Dr. Bob Lonne is an expert in the areas of direct CP practice, management and program development. He has been involved in over 1000 investigation/ assessments & numerous applications for care and protection of children in high profile cases. This ppt presentation overviews current issues and outcomes and considerations moving forward with reform.
Consolidated Notes Re-Imagining Child Welfare: Issues, Outcomes and Reform – Workshops
180 people attended the workshops: Personnel from 46 agencies and government (16 people from the Alberta Ministry/CFSA’s and 1from the Northwest Territories), CEO’s/ED’s, senior management, supervisors and front line staff with a range of experience and knowledge of Outcomes Based Service Delivery (OBSD) The comments are a consolidation of the discussions from the tables and hopefully reflect the major points raised by the participants between agencies and ministry.
Supervision & Leadership
Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse & Neglect 2011
Presented at the Annual General Meeting Red Deer 2011 by Bruce MacLaurin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work Presentation Team: Nico Trocme, Barbara Fallon, Bruce MacLaurin, Vandna Sinha, Tara Black, Elizabeth Fast, Caroline Felstiner, Sonia Helie, Daniel Turcotte, Pamela Weightman, Janet Douglas & Jill Holroyd
Outcomes Based Service Delivery Overview Sandra Maygard 2011
Sandra Maygard – OBSD Lead presents a ppt overview to members at our 2011 AGM about OBSD – what it is and what direction the ministry is moving towards.
Outcome Based Service Delivery Presentation Sandra Maygard May 2011
In this ppt presentation Sandra Maygard – OBSD Lead reviews with members information gathering, lessons learned and the Alberta experience.
Change Management: Building Capacity in your Organization and Your Life – Paige McKenzie 2010
An excellent ppt presentation on all aspects of change management present by Paige McKenzie. The presentation touches on what change management is, goals, cycles of transitions, leadership, communication and more. If you are looking for a great training or presentation resource to support your change management initiative this is a great way to start the conversation within your organization.