A choice of five intensive Pre-Institutes Training Programs will be offered on Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Each program will span two days and will cost an additional registration fee of $250. The registration fee for a Pre-Institutes Training Program includes attendance at the program, all materials, daily breakfast and refreshments, one luncheon, and one dinner reception. Continuing education credits will be offered for the Pre-Institutes Training Programs.
Standing Up! for Cultural and Linguistic Competence: Organizational and System Change in Challenging Environments
Creating organizational change for cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) requires informed and effective leaders who can stand up in challenging environments. This intensive, interactive, hands-on training experience is designed to enhance participants’ capacity to promote and advance CLC in their respective settings. The content is designed both for participants who are new to the role of promoting CLC in their work, as well as those who are more experienced. This Pre-Institutes Training Program is for you if you have responsibilities for or interests in CLC in state or local mental health or substance abuse treatment systems, child-serving agencies in any field, managed care organizations, early childhood services, services for youth and young adults of transition age, youth organizations, or family organizations.
Standing Up! for CLC requires a commitment to acquire cultural knowledge and skills to build effective relationships with diverse populations and in diverse settings, as well as knowledge and skills to facilitate individual behavioral change, organizational change, and system change. Demonstrating a “can-do” attitude, even in environments in which there is limited knowledge of or outright resistance to CLC can seem insurmountable.
This program is designed to address these challenges. It will offer successful examples from communities, states, and tribes that Stand Up! for CLC. It will provide the “nuts and bolts” of establishing processes to incorporate CLC fully into all aspects of a service system, organization, and agency including individual and organizational self-assessment, planning documents, committee organization, budget planning, and language access requirements, plans, and resources. It will guide participants on the application of organizational change and community mobilization strategies to promote and advance CLC. The program will challenge participants to examine their own perceptions, attitudes, and biases (conscious and unconscious) and offer tools to address these challenges for both themselves and to use with others. Opportunities will also be incorporated that will allow participants to learn about and practice the use of specific strategies, including media strategies designed to stimulate awareness and create change. As a special feature, participants will be offered strategies for self-care in this exciting yet challenging work to Stand Up! for CLC.
Leadership and Change Management to Promote Systems Change
- Have you met with resistance and pushback as you lead systems change?
- Do you often wonder what it’s going to take to manage the tension and remove complacency and stagnation?
- Do you want to enhance your skills at motivating and sustaining the commitment of others and develop what it takes to become an effective agent of change?
If so, this training is for you.
This Pre-Institutes Training Program is designed for leaders who are passionate about changing the status quo for children and families. It will address adaptive leadership skills and change management processes needed to overcome resistance and complacency and successfully navigate systems change.
The framework for system change in this training is based on the premise that the role of leadership in transformation is to create a context for individuals to learn, adapt, and absorb important new ideas, new values, and new behaviors over time. This framework requires that leaders be strategic and focused in their role as change agents and that they differentiate their work between change management, which helps align perspectives and foster change of hearts and minds, and ultimately behavior, and project management, which focuses more on tracking, reporting, and determining corrective action.
As a participant, you will emerge from this training with new ways of seeing your role, a renewed commitment to adaptive leadership skills and practices, and the ability to apply those skills within a rational and strategic change management framework. If you want to learn to embrace the rollercoaster of change and lead change more effectively in your state, tribe, community or organization, this Pre-Institute is for you!
Leadership skills include:
- Understanding John Kotter’s Change Management Framework to Address Resistance
- Managing the Tension of Changing Entrenched Practices
- Creating a Space of Trust and Safety
- Utilizing Facilitative Leadership in Managing Difficult Conversations
- Navigating the Dynamics of Difference
- Keeping Everyone Focused on the Work of Change
Faculty: Gary Blau, Ellen Kagen and Suganya Sockalingam
If you have previously participated in the Georgetown Leadership Academy or other Leadership Training programs, the content of this Pre-institute is the perfect addition to your leadership learning repertoire. However, previous participation in any other leadership program is not a requirement. Participation as a team is encouraged. We look forward to seeing you there!
Strategic Financing for Children’s Behavioral Health Services and Systems of Care: Health Reform and Other Financing Opportunities
Can states and communities improve and even expand children’s behavioral health services within a system of care approach in difficult economic times? The last few years have been difficult for state budgets and for the provision of publicly funded children’s behavioral health services. However, this is not the time for children’s services leaders and advocates to be discouraged. There are new opportunities to fund, and even expand, system of care approaches to services for children, youth, and young adults with mental health and substance use challenges and their families. The passage of the Affordable Care Act, new options through Medicaid and Title IV-E, the implementation of managed care technologies, and changes in the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs offer opportunities for states to use existing funding to organize services in new ways and even bring system of care approaches to scale.
Attend this intensive, hands-on, two-day training experience designed for children’s behavioral health leaders and advocates to explore a range of financing options for enhancing community services and supports and expanding system of care approaches. This program is intended for participants who have some knowledge and experience with their states’ funding of services to learn about and go further in exploring possibilities that are not yet being utilized. Faculty from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, national experts on financing, and administrators from states and communities with innovative programs are coming together to:
- Present information on a range of financing approaches that use a variety of funding sources and administrative arrangements
- Dialogue with participants to answer your questions and share different innovative financing approaches
- Host peer-to-peer small discussion groups to further explore the information presented and think through possibilities for participants’ states and communities
Participants will leave the training program with greater knowledge of financing options for improving system of care approaches and with a “library” of resources covering a range of funding sources, how they can and are being used, and requirements for accessing them. Participants will also meet with other children’s behavioral health leaders who they can call upon in the future to share ideas and program information.
Effective Residential Service Interventions in Systems of Care
Did you know that best practices in residential programs have been identified? Do you know what these practices are? Did you know that residential programs using these effective practices have better outcomes for youth and families and lower recidivism rates? Did you know that nearly one in three youth served in systems of care experience an out-of-home placement within two years of receiving services? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then this Pre-Institutes Training Program is a must for you.
When used appropriately, and with high fidelity to best practices, residential services can be an important component of a system of care. This program is designed to provide the most up-to-date information about best practices in residential treatment and will offer practical information about ways to advance partnerships among residential and community service providers, youth and families. Whether you are a family member, youth, advocate, residential or community leader, policy maker, or other stakeholder, you will improve your knowledge, skills and ability to make a difference in your program, agency, community, or state.
The program will include presentations by national experts combined with hands-on learning activities, including specific strategies to assess the strengths and needs of residential programs, to incorporate youth and families in program activities, to enhance cultural and linguistic competence, and to implement fiscal and policy innovation. The faculty team includes national consultants, state-level policy makers, residential leaders, and family and youth advocates – all of whom have real experience in ensuring positive outcomes in residential programs. Each of the experts also serve as a leader in the National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which is dedicated to supporting positive outcomes for youth and families served in residential programs across America.
Participants will leave this interactive training with:
- A strong understanding about what constitutes best programmatic and clinical practices that support positive outcomes for youth and families touched by residential interventions
- An understanding of state, local, and programmatic partnership practices, fiscal strategies and policies that have been proven successful in supporting successful residential interventions
- Knowledge of successful strategies used across the country to support the culture change necessary for residential programs to transform towards becoming a best practice program
- The ability to use a number of tools (e.g., Guidelines, Tip Sheets, Self-Assessment Tools) to support positive outcomes for youth and families
- A checklist of resources and contact information to support follow-up for the specific challenges faced by each attendee
In addition, participants will create an individualized action plan that identifies specific steps to implement best practices in their respective residential and service agencies, systems of care, communities, and states.
Collaboration Lab: Engaging in Challenging Conversations
No matter what role you play in your collaborative group, there are times when you must make choices about engaging in a challenging conversation. These conversations are risky. You may not be sure how you and the other people at the table feel about each other. You may feel unsure about how the conversation may impact the group’s ability to function. And too often, the choice is to avoid the conversation and try to move forward as if nothing is wrong.
How has that worked out so far?
Successful implementation of a system of care requires a diverse group of individuals to engage in challenging conversations. The ability to identify and engage authentically and productively in challenging conversations is a critical skill for those leading and participating in collaborative work. This interactive two-day seminar will introduce a framework for understanding the dynamics of difficult conversations along with strategies for improving personal and organizational effectiveness. Participants will increase their self-awareness and confidence in conflict situations. They will learn about the ingredients of conflict, mastering emotions and behavior, and staying curious about what motivates others as they practice the skills needed for approaching their own difficult conversations.
Participants will learn to:
- Identify the elements of difficult conversations and how they impact their relationships
- Recognize their role and responsibility in conflict situations
- Understand conversational styles and how to navigate stressful situations
- Learn a framework for approaching difficult conversations
- Practice skills needed for engaging in difficult conversations
In order to make lasting changes in a person’s ability to engage effectively in challenging conversations, there are three levels of learning: 1) increasing knowledge (knowing), 2) learning new skills (doing), and 3) adopting new values around collaboration and the conversations required (being). Through presentations, dialogue, exercises, and case studies, participants can expect to assess where they are on the knowing-doing-being continuum, raise their awareness of strategies and skills, and set goals to increase their effectiveness in challenging conversations.
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