Pre-Conference Sessions


March 15-18, 2020

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Pre-conference sessions are open to all registered participants. Join us on Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Bayshore 5

Pre-Conference Session A

Broken Places

Daniella Rin Hover, New York, NY

Film producer, Roger Weisberg, has chronicled the lives of children and families growing up in adversity. BROKEN PLACES is Weisberg’s 33rd documentary, and poses the complex question of why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. To help answer this question, Weisberg dug into 40 years of his film archives to update a few of the stories of children growing up in difficult circumstances that he filmed decades ago. It turns out that some of these children were so scarred by abuse and neglect that they are now in mental institutions, correctional facilities, or drug rehabilitation centers. A few died prematurely. However, there are others who managed to overcome comparable childhood stress and are now healthy, self-sufficient adults. Viewers gain a unique time-lapse perspective, witnessing how a few of these troubled children evolved into the adults they are today.

After viewing the film, Daniella Rin Hover, who has been featured in the 2004 documentary, Aging Out, and in the current documentary, Broken Places, will lead a question and answer session with attendees.

About the Presenter

Daniella Rin Hover
Daniella has overcome countless difficulties throughout her life. She navigated the foster care system, managed teenage parenthood, and achieved legal immigration status and citizenship. She was featured in Roger Weisberg’s 2004 documentary, Aging Out, which chronicled the struggle of three young people as they went through the process of “aging out” of the foster care system. The film highlighted the financial, housing, legal, and emotional challenges these teens faced as they tried to fend for themselves. Of the three featured film participants, Daniella is the sole survivor and dedicates her continued advocacy efforts to the two young people who tragically died shortly after the film was completed. Currently, Daniella facilitates Wellness Workshops for Weight Watchers. She lives and works in metro New York City and attends Hunter College. Legally separated, she is co-parenting two teenagers; Elijah, 17, and Skye, 14, a high school freshman at a prestigious specialized high school in New York City.

Learn more about the film here.

Sunday, March 15, 2020
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ~ Bayshore 7

Pre-Conference Session B

Residential Interventions: A Framework for Transformation as Part of Community Systems of Care

Bob Lieberman, M.A., LPC, President, Lieberman Group, Inc., Grants Pass, OR; Beth Caldwell, MS, Former Director, Building Bridges Initiative, Pittsfield, MA; Ebony Chambers, Director, Family and Youth Partnership, Stanford Youth Solutions, Sacramento, CA; Lacy Dicharry, MS, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, Youth ERA, Baton Rouge, LA; Joe Ford, Senior Vice President, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, Altadena, CA

Residential interventions serving youth and families are changing dramatically. Over the past 14 years, the National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has brought together providers, families, and youth, along with local, state, and national advocacy leaders, to develop a practice framework that connects and aligns residential programs and their oversight agencies with communities and with emerging evidence and science. This collaborative approach has yielded significant innovation, transformation, and improved outcomes.

This pre-conference session will present the practice pillars of the BBI framework and significant trends that have developed over the past decade. The session will also be the first public release of the second BBI book on residential interventions: Transforming Residential Interventions: Practical Strategies and Future Directions. A panel consisting of chapter authors, contributors, and the co-editors will address key themes and share strategies that have been successful, related to family-driven and youth-guided practices; equity, diversity and inclusion; permanency; partnerships; and outcomes. Audience dialogue and workshop exercises will help attendees operationalize ideas and develop plans they can use in their organizations and communities. Participants will leave wanting to generate innovations and surpass current transformation expectations.

About the Presenters

Robert E. Lieberman, M.A., LPC
Robert E. (Bob) Lieberman has over four decades working with young people and families facing serious challenges, in a variety of capacities, including 28 years as CEO of a community integrated multi service organization that provided psychiatric residential treatment as part of a trauma-informed array of supports and services. He has written extensively and co-editor of “Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families: A Best Practice Guide” as well as of the book being released at the conference. He is currently President of Lieberman Group, Inc. and trains and consults extensively across the country.

Beth Caldwell, MS
Beth Caldwell is the principal consultant in a consulting group dedicated and committed to supporting individuals with special needs and organizations who serve these individuals in achieving their missions, and fully implementing their values, so that each individual, child and family served can realize his/her full potential. Beth is the former director of the national Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), an initiative dedicated to moving children’s residential programs, and their community counterparts, to the best practice arena. She also served as a faculty member for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care. Beth has provided training, consultation, and on-site reviews on BBI best practices for staff and programs in all 50 States and several countries.

Ebony Chambers
Ebony Chambers has been with Stanford Youth Solutions for over 13 years, providing youth and family support and leadership within Wraparound programs and other community based services. As a mother who has worked through and navigated multiple systems with her child, she brings that perspective to her role to provide oversight, advocacy and support to families in the greater Sacramento area and surrounding counties. Chambers is the recipient of the 2017 Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award for her outstanding professional accomplishments and community involvement. She is actively involved in the community, serving as the Co-Chair of the UC Davis Parent Partner Advisory Committee, a member the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Steering Committee and other community initiatives, ensuring family and youth voice is integrated at every system level.

Lacy Dicharry, MS, MBA
Lacy Dicharry is an internationally known expert in youth engagement, and has lead the nation in several innovative youth-led programs and helped set standards for youth engagement practice. Over the past 15 years, her work has impacted more than 250,000+ individuals in more than 40+ countries around the world. She was a 2014 VOICE Award winner for her advocacy efforts to promote youth engagement and National Association of Professional Women VIP Woman of the Year in 2016. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership and Human Resource Development.

Joe Ford
Joe Ford currently oversees numerous programs at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, including the Transitional Shelter Care, Residential, and Transitional Independent Living programs. He has worked with youth in the Child Welfare system for 34 years. He started his career as a Crisis Management & Recreation Specialist working with youth at Pacific Clinics. Concurrently he began working at Five Acres where he served for 17 years in several roles beginning as a Residential Treatment Child Care Worker & Crisis Intervention Specialist and advancing to become a Director of multiple programs. Joe worked at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena for over 17 years and currently serves on their Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and on the City of Pasadena’s Human Services Commission.