Title IV-E National Roundtable Conference 2013

This conference builds on the 14 year history of the IV- E Roundtable sponsored by the Center for Children & Families at Texas State University-San Marcos and the leadership of Dr. Nancy Feyl-Chavkin and Dr. Karen Brown.

We are pleased to welcome you to the National title IV-E Roundtable, sponsored by the University of Houston-Downtown’s Center for Family Strengths and the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work. This conference builds on the long history of the efforts of the Center for Children & Families at Texas State University-San Marcos and the leadership of Dr. Nancy Feyl-Chavkin and Dr. Karen Brown.

The theme of Professionalizing Child Welfare: Teaching and Training in the New Millennium affirms our ongoing commitment to children and families and diversity in all of our educational, service and research endeavors. Child Welfare will continue to be at the heart of our work, whether it is through state agencies’ training or universities’ education to serve families with neglect and abuse, mental health needs, developmental delays, substance abuse or violence issues. Our goal is to educate and train social workers for best practices in the new Millennium.

Evident throughout 23 workshops, we demonstrate the social technology, research skills and knowledge to improve services through professionalization. Many sessions are led or co-presented by state and university partners. Our keynote speakers will address critical national data, an application of IVE, and bringing about change in the legal system. We have wonderful agencies and universities exhibits for you to visit.

This Roundtable could not happen without the dedication and insight of many people, beginning with our planning committee listed in this program. All of our wonderful presenters and their universities and agencies have graciously donated their expertise and time to share their work with us. President Flores and his office, Dean Pelz and Ms. Paulette Purdy, Carlos Lacayo, and Carolyn Garcia of the College of Public Services and Mirna Medrano of the Center for Family Strengths, have played critical roles and have spent endless hours to bring this conference to you. The support of Dean Ira Colby, Dr. Patrick Leung and Ms. Arnitia Walker of the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work is most appreciated.

Please enjoy the Roundtable, Galveston and the beautiful San Luis Hotel and Spa. Do engage each other, as each of you are a great resource, too! We are sure the keynotes and the workshop presentations will help you continue the important work you do every day with students and workers. We appreciate your dedication and service and are glad you chose to join us! Have a great Roundtable!


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Supplemental Files

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Keynote Speakers


Ken Nakamura

Ken Nakamura, Professor Emeritus, retired after 17 years of teaching at Humboldt State University, Department of Social Work in 2008. As the Chair and Director of the MSW program at HSU, he was responsible for initiating a graduate program committed to rural and Native American communities. As a member of numerous boards and commissions in Humboldt County, Ken was involved with economic development, rural philanthropy, educational and social service organizations promoting poverty reduction, prosperity promotion and social justice. Currently, Ken is the Title IV-E Project Coordinator at San Diego State University, School of Social Work and is interested in more responsive and community-driven public services to promote socially just and culturally diverse practices for health and wellness. As a clinical social worker and social work educator, Ken has an extensive history of working closely with culturally diverse communities and with public systems of care to improve social conditions. He actively supports holistic efforts for personal and community change.


Karla Morales

As a Bilingual Protective Service Worker for the past 11 years with the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services, Karla Morales has worked in a variety of programs including investigations, prevention services, and reunification services for children and families in the Child Welfare System. She is currently a part of the Drug Endangered Children Unit, an elite unit specializing in children who have been exposed to drugs. In addition to her daily work, Karla works closely within her community and has co-facilitating trainings on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Bullying, Parenting, and General Neglect. Karla is one of the initial developers of the Bella Vista Apartment Complex project which worked to provide resources, improve safety, and reduce child abuse within a complex known to have chronic problems with law enforcement. Karla also mentors and oversees the interns working at Child Welfare Services, helping them to develop their professional skills. Karla received her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego Christian College in El Cajon, CA. She is currently in her last year of the MSW Title-IVE graduate program at San Diego State University in San Diego, CA.


Dr. Joan Levy Zlotnik

Dr. Zlotnik work has focused on forging academic/agency partnerships and on strengthening the bridges between research, practice, policy and education. She currently serves as the director of the National Association of Social Worker’s think tank, the Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI). Dr. Zlotnik is an internationally recognized expert on workforce issues and author of numerous publications and monographs, including on accessing federal funding, child welfare partnerships, competencies and evidence-based practice. She has studied the history and policy impacting the use of Title IV-E funds in social work education and has taught child welfare practice and child welfare policy.
She currently serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Child Maltreatment Research, Policy and Practice for the Next Decade, the Dual Eligible Beneficiaries’ Workgroup of the National Quality Forum’s Measure Application Partnership, and the CDC Knowledge to Action Think Tank on Child Maltreatment Prevention and the National Advisory Committee for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.


Judge Suzanne Radcliffe

Judge Suzanne Radcliffe’s area of practice is Family Law and mediation. Judge Radcliffe has a J.D from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She has served as the Chief Family Law Division in Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney and also served as associate Judge in the 306th District Court, in Galveston County. She currently holds her own law firm in Galveston focusing on Family Law. Judge Radcliffe has received numerous awards including Victims of Family Violence in 1993 awarded by Galveston County Resource & Crisis Center, Outstanding Young Lawyer's Award, awarded by Galveston County Bar Association, Citizen of the Year " presented by Gulf Coast Board of NASW (Nationa1 Social Worker Association) and has received recognition for Outstanding Service to Children of Texas presented by the Department of Protective and Family Services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Galveston County Bar Association. Judge Radcliffe has given many lecturers including in the Advanced Family Law Practice Conference, Texas Council on Family Violence State Conference, and Justice of the Peace and Constable Training Center. Judge Radcliffe developed the Psychotropic Medication Guidelines for children in CPS care in Galveston County.

Workshop Presentations

Developing a new model for Title IV-E field instruction in California

Presented by Chris Mathias, Director of Title IV-E Program, California Social Work Education Center

CalSWEC created the Field Instruction Initiative (FII) in 2010 to strengthen field instruction as a learning tool by creating structures that support consistent high-quality field experiences that are sustainable over time to social work students in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. The FII was also in response to statewide economic concerns, changing staff caseloads, and the turnover of supervisory child welfare staff, which had, in turn, eroded the supply of Title IV-E public agency and non-profit field placements around the state as well as broad institutional familiarity with the CalSWEC partnership agreement.
As part of the continuous quality improvement process of the FII and the Title IV-E program as a whole, the need for a more unified and consistent delivery of field instruction was identified by leaders in the field in the summer of 2012. As a result, CalSWEC began to explore and develop an enhanced and integrated new model for field instruction that aims to better address the needs of university, agency, and student partners.


Experiential Learning to achieve cultural proficiency for Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholars

Presented by Traci L. LaLiberte, PhD., Executive Director, University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

This session will provide a description the process of creating a two distinct experiential learning opportunities, activities that comprise the experiential days, and results of the evaluation, including participant satisfaction and knowledge acquisition. We will also discuss the potential this model holds for growth and adaptation in other jurisdictions.


Integrating Child Welfare and CSWE competencies

Presented by Matthew Mattila, ACSW, Child Welfare Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

This facilitated curriculum workshop focuses upon the integration of child welfare and CSWE competencies / practice behaviors in Title IV-E programs in accredited BSW and MSW programs. By examining different models and sharing experiences, participants will learn how various programs are structuring their IV-E student learning experiences in the context of the CSWE framework.
A sample field learning contract will be presented as a basis for discussion. Recognizing the rich diversity that exists among IV-E child welfare education programs, participants are encouraged to share examples of course and field materials that reflect this integration. Developing a child welfare curriculum that meets accreditation standards, as well as expectations of our child welfare agency partners, is something all IV-E programs have in common. This workshop will provide a forum for sharing and a platform for learning how each of us has approached these challenges.


The Title IV-E Landscape

Presented by Kay Casey, Senior Advisor, Public Consulting Group, Inc.

The presentation will provide background on the Title IV-E reimbursement program for training associated with university costs. An overview of the allowable costs at the 75% and 50% reimbursement rates will be discussed and explained, including use of indirect costs. Discussion on acceptable allocation methodologies for the claiming reimbursement through the cognizant state agency.