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Ramsey County CJI Mini Conference: Ideas and Concepts For Improving Child Protection System (March 24, 2014)

"Foundations 48" Mini-Conference:  Ideas and Concepts For Improving The Child Protection System (Ramsey County CJI Team)

This mini-conference is part of the Second Judicial District’s 2014 initiative to integrate best practices into its child protection system and focus on child well-being, concurrent planning, and timely access to services from the beginning.  In addition to hearing thoughts and recommendations from a panel of parents and juveniles who have gone through the child protection system, the program will also feature presentations by experts in substance abuse and psychology. This includes:

Dr. Ken Winters, Professor & Director, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at the University of Minnesota: Dr. Winters is the keynote speaker at the 2014 National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in California, and he’ll be giving us a repeat performance. Dr. Winters will be discussing, “The Intersection of Brain Science, Adolescent Health, and Family Court.”  To get a sense of Dr. Winter, here is a link to a YouTube video he has done on the adolescent brain:

Dr. Anne Gearity: Affiliated faculty and consultant at the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota: Dr. Gearity has a mental health practice with children, adolescents and adults; does community consultation and developed an innovative intervention model for very at risk young children presenting with aggressive behaviors in collaboration with the Washburn Center for Children. This manual is now available for download from the Washburn Center.

The mini-conference will also include presentations about innovative practices in Minnesota and other jurisdictions to better engage fathers, facilitate communication among stakeholders, and provide early access to services.



Foundations 48: Building a Foundation for Success within the First 48 Hours (Hon. Mark Ireland)

Defining the Role of the Guardian Ad Litem (Laura Miles and Amy Schutte, GAL Coordinators)

20 Innovative Ideas: Best Practices, Initiatives, and Model Courts  (Sarah Dunne)

Brain Science, Drug Addiction, and Family Court (Ken Winters, Ph.D.)

Co-Parent Court: A Problem-Solving Court for Children and Families (Hon. Bruce Peterson)

The Child's Experience (Anne R. Gearity, Ph.D.)