The Hidden Impact of Homelessness on Childhood (3 CEUs – DC) 

Facilitators: Janice Wellington, LCSW-C and Erica Garcia, MSW

  • Did you know that the impact of homelessness on children begins well before the child is born? Childhood poverty has a profound and negative effect on the development of children, leading many to repeat the cycle of homelessness as adults. Participants will gain awareness about the epidemic of homelessness for young families in the Washington metropolitan area, understand hidden impacts of homelessness on children, identify strategies for supporting families, and explore advocacy and change tactics that support the ability of these children and their families to overcome many of the detrimental effects of their experiences with homelessness and poverty.


Engaging The Hard to Engage Youth In Care (3 CEUs – DC) 

Facilitator: Efuntomiwa Adedeji, LCSW-C

  • Are you looking for new and innovative engagement strategies for connecting with hard-to-engage youth? Learn new ways to guide these youth on a path of a stability and success, equipping them with coping skills to deal with multiple life stressors. Stop “helping” youth and start “coaching” them. This interactive presentation will share an innovative, culturally responsive approach to engagement that promotes a better quality of life, assists hard to engage youth in meeting their life goals and prevent these youth from reverting back the complex issues that are symptomatic of their traumatic life experiences.


MORNING SESSION 9:00am – 12:00pm 

LGBTQ, SOGIE?: Improving Outcomes for Youth In Care (3 CEUs – MD) 

Facilitator: Kameko J. Styles, LICSW

  • Across America as many as 1 in 5 youth in care identify as LGBTQ. They have more placements, are more likely to end up in a group home and face poorer outcomes than their non-identifying peers. This presentation will provide a foundation understanding of the terms and concepts related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE); normative adolescent development; and the “coming out” process for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. The engaging session will deconstruct stereotypes and myths about LGBTQ youth and address common reasons that LGBTQ youth are more likely to enter the foster care system. Participants will identify barriers to serving these youth and learn effective strategies for supporting the healthy development of youth regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

AFTERNOON SESSION: 2:00pm – 5:00pm 

Sex Trafficking of Abused and Neglected Youth: A Growing Social Problem (3 CEUs – MD) 

Facilitators: Janelle W. Martinez, LICSW, LCSW-C and Unique Arnold, LGSW, LMSW Youth in the child welfare system have experienced an alarming amount of emotional trauma, physical abuse, criminal involvement, and health conditions. Sex trafficking is among the most difficult traumas for these youth to work through. Find innovative ways to appropriately support CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) youth through their experiences. In addition, victims of sex trafficking in the child welfare system continue to become more vulnerable to traffickers who deceive them. The session opens with the opportunity to test your current knowledge of the issue with a survey and working to process our answers as a group.