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Difficult conversations are inevitable in any workplace. Those conversations can create unhappiness, stress, and tension. They can also impair and even destroy relationships. When handled poorly, they are likely to result in serious problems that interfere with productivity and leave everyone involved feeling frustrated and dissatisfied.

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Plans are underway for next year’s conference to be held during Child Abuse Prevention month, April 17-18, 2019. This year the conference will be a 2-day event with breakout sessions and will feature a program of current and relevant training topics to further advance the knowledge of child welfare professionals in many critical areas. Conference attendance and lunch will be provided at no cost to all conference attendees for both days.

Many opportunities are available for sponsorship and each sponsorship level offers a variety of benefits and visibility. By sponsoring the 2019 annual conference you are providing training and networking opportunities to more than 250 child welfare professionals including: case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators, Child Protection Team staff, attorneys, court staff, DCF staff, relative and non-relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, Guardians ad Litem, law enforcement, and service providers. A limited number of booths are available for 2019.

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Synthetic cannabinoids, misleadingly called “synthetic marijuana” are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices.

In this webinar, Krista Osterthaler of the American Association of Poison Control Centers will provide an overview of synthetic cannabinoids and the scope of the problem among youth. She will also familiarize participants with the system of poison control centers, the data they collect and their prevention-related resources. Ms. Osterthaler will present data on calls that poison control centers nationwide are receiving about synthetic cannabinoids, and the challenges the toxicologists face when deciding on an appropriate treatment protocol and advice.

Dr. Seth Ammerman of Stanford University will share his experience in working with patients who use “synthetic marijuana” and discuss his approach as part of general screening for substance use. He will also review the recent literature on “synthetic marijuana” use in adolescents and discuss available prevention efforts.

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This webinar will provide an informative overview of the topic, Boundaries! Creating boundaries keeps us emotionally safe.

The training will be interactive; using visual aids and chat discussions to assist with teaching how to identify healthy connections with family and friends as well as the purpose of modeling how to maintain them. Setting clear boundaries has been identified as a necessary skill in all areas, yet specifically in child welfare as a result of the unique responsibility to interact with diverse populations and professions.

Those in attendance will be provided with tips and techniques to engage in mutually beneficial relationships and eliminate the guilt associated with disconnecting from unhealthy and dysfunctional people despite their roles.

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