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Conference Presentations

Training Institutes Conference, Portland, OR (July 2014)
Presented by Wendy Durst, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, and Jenny Ventura, Manager of Strategic Education Initiatives

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Allied Interventions: Integrating Academic, Behavioral, and Therapeutic Interventions to Promote Student Success.
Seneca Family of Agencies presents its Unconditional Education Model, which serves as an example of how schools can work in partnership with multi-service organizations to create an innovative framework that infuses the multi-tiered approach of School Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (SWPBS) with a spectrum of mental health services that aim to improve school climate and ensure the success of all students.


Family Group Decision Making Conference, Vail, CO (June 2014)
Presented by Bob Friend, Director, National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness

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Exploring Implementation Similarities and Differences in two sites integrating Family Finding with differing Family Involvement Strategies
In 2012, five new discretionary grant projects aimed at combining Family Finding and Family Involvement Strategies were funded by the Children’s Bureau.  This discussion group will examine the efforts of two of those projects in determining their needs, installing the desired practice components and braiding new and existing strategies into practice models.  Early results and fidelity measures will be shared with the audience and the implications of these results will be examined.  Facilitated discussion will follow, focusing on implementation strategies that promote family centered practice that establishes the importance of family involvement and participation in decisions affecting their family.


National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, New Orleans, LA (May 2014)
Presented by Bob Friend, Director, National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness

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Lifelong Connections Initiative: An innovative public/private partnership to promote family engagement, participation and permanence
With support of a grant from The Children’s Bureau Administration for Children and Families, the San Francisco Human Services Agency and Seneca Family of Agencies partnered to blend Family Finding and Family Group Decision Making to fully engage extended family in supporting permanency for youth who have recently entered, or re-entered, the child welfare system. This interactive workshop includes a presentation of the development, early implementation and initial results of the initiative, while fostering a discussion of the benefits of thoughtful public-private collaboration, policy changes, worker training and supervision strategies, and share some helpful tools that guide our common effort.


International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Chicago, IL (March 2014)
Presented by Lihi Rosenthal, Division Director, All-In! Partnership, and Jenny Ventura, Manager of Strategic Education Initiatives

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Allied Interventions: Integrating Academic, Behavioral, and Therapeutic Interventions to Promote Student Success.
Seneca Family of Agencies presents its Unconditional Education Model, which serves as an example of how schools can work in partnership with multi-service organizations to create an innovative framework that infuses the multi-tiered approach of School Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (SWPBS) with a spectrum of mental health services that aim to improve school climate and ensure the success of all students.


California Charter School Association State Conference, Sacramento, CA (March 2014)
Presented by Lihi Rosenthal, Division Director, All-In! Partnership, and Enikia Ford-Morthel, Chief of Schools, Education for Change Public Schools

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Turning Special Education Upside Down
Education for Change Public Schools, in partnership with Seneca Family of Agencies, has created a systematic approach to addressing the needs of historically underachieving students. Utilizing the response to intervention framework, EFC schools have leveraged existing resources to focus on school-wide practices for maximizing achievement. Join us to discuss how blending extensive professional learning communities and a rigorous study of data with intensive special education and mental health services has changed teacher and leader practice across campuses.


Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL (March 2014)
Presented by Shannon Dickerson, Evaluation Project Manager

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Unconditional Education: “Doing Whatever it Takes” A multi-service non-profit agency partners with education providers in Alameda County, CA to implement a wraparound informed model with the goal of increasing academic success for all students. (poster)
Systematic supports and early interventions are required to meet the needs of at-risk students before they are referred to more restrictive, costly and exclusionary settings.  All-In!, a collaborative partnership between a broad based mental health and special education non-profit provider and a charter school management organization utilizes a wraparound planning process and Response to Intervention (RTI) methodology that aligns academic, behavioral, and social-emotional approaches designed to both prevent student struggles and remedy gaps in achievement. 


Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL (March 2014)
Presented by Katharan Cordell, MPH (University of California, Berkeley PhD Candidate), and Shannon Dickerson, Evaluation Project Manager, Seneca Family of Agencies

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Emotional Regulation and Youth Mental Health Crisis Events 
Mental health disorders put youth at risk of extreme and unregulated emotional states in which crisis services are indicated. This study evaluates the association of presenting emotional regulation issues, measured on the intake Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment, with the number mental health crisis events (MHCE) in the first six months of service. Regardless of program type, frustration, anger and anxiety, but not irritability were found to be associated with MCHE. Programs should include direct evaluation of frustration, anger and anxiety for crisis prevention.


Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (January 2014)
Presented by Katharan Cordell, MPH (University of California, Berkeley PhD Candidate) and Shannon Dickerson, Evaluation Project Manager

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A Method to Analyze Initial CANS Assessments to Identify Profiles of High Need Youth Served Through Family-Based Interventions
This study explores the profiles of incoming youth referred to a child mental health agency in order to identify factors associated with the most severe youth in need of intensive services. Seneca Family of Agencies serves families of youth using a model of unconditional care based on three streams:  1) a relational stream based on attachment theory (Bowlby, 1982), 2) a behavior stream based on learning theory (Rushton & Teachman, 1978), and 3) an ecological stream which recognizes the importance of contextual factors in the environment (Bronfenbrenner, 1988). At the beginning of service, a customized Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment identifies up to 315 actionable items associated with these streams to direct services. A high number of total actionable items (TAI) on the CANS represents a need for more intensive services. For example, youth with 50 TAI, represent a higher need as compared to youth with 10 TAI. It was of interest to explore if there existed a pattern of individual actionable CANS items which strongly predicted a high number of TAI, and to identify if the combination of the most predictive items predominantly represented one or more of the streams within the model of unconditional care.


Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, Baltimore, MD (October 3013)
Presented by Jenny Ventura, Manager of Strategic Education Initiatives

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All-in! for Student Success and Inclusion: Evaluating a Response-to-Intervention Partnership. (Poster)
Seneca Family of Agencies’ poster provides narrative and graphic insight into the Unconditional Education model, which utilizes an innovative, multi-tiered intervention framework that integrates academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports that are universally infused and enhanced by a trauma-informed understanding of the mental health challenges that may underlie students’ needs.  The poster includes: (1) results from program assessments which capture school staff perceptions of the quality of the partnership; (2) a case study illustrating how the partnership leveraged multiple funding streams to provide intensive services that maintained one struggling student within his local, public school, and; (3) a comparative analysis of special education expenditures between an All-in! school and that of its local district that highlights the difference in spending in terms of inclusive and exclusive supports and services.


Global Implementation Conference, Washington DC (August 2013)
Presented by Shannon Dickerson, Evaluation Project Manager and Bob Friend, Director, National Institute Permanent Family Connectedness

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How to Guide on Fidelity Tool Development; How an interdisciplinary team of program implementers, experts, researchers, and local stakeholders developed fidelity tools for a US federal grant project. (Poster)
Fidelity tool development is a crucial component of program implementation and is an expected component of quality evaluation practice. This presentation details the process an interdisciplinary team of program implementers, experts, researchers, and local stakeholders participated in to develop fidelity tools for an integrated model approach to improve permanency for children and youth in the child welfare system. Our fidelity tool development process included several elements that we hope will help inform other program implementers on how to translate model components and practices into fidelity monitoring instruments.


Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL (March 2013)
Presented by Shannon Dickerson, Evaluation Project Manager and Ruth McFarlane, Researcher (University of California, Berkeley Graduate Student Researcher)

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Doing Whatever it Takes
For six years, San Francisco agencies (child welfare, education, probation and behavioral health) and Seneca Family of Agencies have collaborated in an innovative partnership that leverages braided funding streams to increase the scope and quantity of services provided to vulnerable youth and families.  By reinvesting Wraparound surpluses, the county has funded adjunct services for an additional 1300 local youth.  Outcomes of Wraparound and adjunct programs suggest the effectiveness of funding additional services through surplus reinvestment.