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7th Annual Making a Difference Conference 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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6th Annual Making a Difference Conference for SESPs, Foster/Adoptive and Kinship Caregivers and their Professional Partners

A Community Approach to Trauma Sensitivity

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
8:00am – 3:30pm
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd W, 
Marlborough, MA 01752

The Making a Difference conference provides a wonderful opportunity for Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs), Foster/Adoptive and Kinship Caregivers, Educators, Child Welfare Providers, Community Partners and Others to experience a full of high quality education and networking. Attendees will come away with information and resources to assist them with supporting the students they serve. 

This program has been approved for 4 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 73101.

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2017 Conference Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Managing the Hearts and Souls of Many Dana Royster-Buefort, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

Dana has over 25 years of professional experience and is well versed in a wide variety of education and child advocacy areas including special education, adoption practices, student services, foster care, community resources, and program management. She is also an SESP!

Workshops (visit our conference website for workshop descriptions)

Creating a Safe Environment and Promoting Educational Success in Childhood Trauma
Denise Fisher, OTR/L M.S.

Tackling ACEs by Building Resilient Communities
Renee D Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

(*)Transition age youth. Options and Obstacles      
Joseph Katz, Transition Family Support Specialist, LINK Center, Federation for Children with Special Needs, 
Kristen Quinlan, Education and Training Worker, Department of Children and Families

Community Schools: Identifying Needs, Effective Implementation and Sustainability
Dr.Claire Crane, Salem State University, Director of the Community School Center
Dr. Lisa Bibuld, Director of Student and Family Support, Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
Kimvy Nguyen, Special Educator, Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School

Addressing the cultural and social emotional needs of children in foster care      
Lucinda Mills, Pupil Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker Boston Public Schools

What Are We Testing? Making Child and Adolescent Evaluation’s Effective
Joseph Moldover, PsyD, ABPP/cn Clinical Neuropsychologist

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): The DCF Response
Shirley Fan Chan, MA Department of Children and Families

Parenting is My Super Power & Self-Care is My Second Language
Christine “Cissy” White, Director, Parenting with ACEs,

Recognizing and Responding To Risk for Psychotic Spectrum Illnesses
Janine Rodenhiser-Hill, Ph.D. Center For Early Detection, Assessment and Response to Risk (CEDAR), BIDMC

Thank you to our 2017 Visionary Sponsors for their support of the RTSC and the Federation!  

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