First Time Summit Attendee
Is this your first time attending the Child Protection Summit? Do you have general questions about the Summit? Below are some tips on navigating the Summit.

Selecting Workshop Sessions
Over the course of a three-day training period, the Child Protection Summit offers more than 100 workshop sessions on a variety of topics designed to build and strengthen staff knowledge, skills, and abilities. With so many great workshops to choose from, first-time attendees are encouraged to review the listing of workshop descriptions to select topics of interest.  Consider topics you would like to learn more about as well as new topics you would like to be introduced to. Below are some recommended workshop sessions for first-time attendees who are child protective investigators and case managers.

CPI & Case Management

Workshops Recommended for Child Protective Investigations and Case Management
Advanced Training
Workshop Session A WEDNESDAY Workshop Session B WEDNESDAY Workshop Session C WEDNESDAY Workshop Session D
Using the Safe and Together Model to Improve Assessment Using the Six Domains of Information Addiction Science: How Drugs Hijack the Brain . . . and Functioning . . . and Protective Capacities! Making the Most of the Psychological and Parenting Evaluations in Child Protection Cases What to do with Present and Impending Danger: Intensive In-Home Support for Safety Plans Advocacy or Apathy?.... Autism Assessments within the Scope of a Family Functioning Assessment
Child Safety: Promoting Safe and Healthy Sleep for Relative Caregivers and Children Flying Under the Radar: Mental Injury, A Silent Maltreatment Understanding the Power of Language in Child Welfare Cases Involving Domestic Violence The Florida Child Welfare Practice Model: Practice with Confidence, Not Fear Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome: What Everyone Serving Child Victims Needs to Know
The Importance of ICWA: A Look at History, the Law, and New Regulations There Are No Bad Kids! Communication + Clarity = Confidence Psychotropic Medications 101: The Pertinent Essentials for All Involved in the Child Welfare System Open Doors - A Promising Coordinated System Serving Trafficked and Exploited Victims
Conflict Management: Diversity of Mind, Unity in Focus and Sustainable Passion Child Care Placements for At-Risk Children: the New Rules Serving Special Populations in the Child Welfare System: What ALL Professionals Should Know Helping Children at Times of Stress and Trauma Focus Household: Why Does It Matter?
Building and Strengthening Multi-System Collaboration: Improving Services for Multi-System Children

The Battle is Not Without an Army: The Human Trafficking Team in the Child Welfare Arena Working with Challenging Parents

Judges, Attorneys, and Court Personnel

 Workshops Recommended for Judges, Attorneys, and Court Personnel
Advanced Training


 Fundamental Rights in
Florida’s Child Welfare
System 2.0: Where
are we now? *
 Differentiated Case
Management in
Florida’s Dependency
Courts *
 2017 Developments
in Dependency Case &
Statutory Law *
 The Florida Child
Welfare Practice
Model: Practice with
Confidence, Not Fear
Improving Outcomes
for Young Children in
Child Welfare through
Trauma-Informed Child
Care *

 Transforming the
Dependency Court
Model: Update on
Florida’s Early
Childhood Courts *
 Kid’s Rights, Lawyer’s
 Making the Most of
Parenting Evaluations
in Child Protection
Medications 101: The
Pertinent Essentials for
All Involved in the
Child Welfare System
 Attorneys for Children:
Good for Kids (and
you, too!)
 Adoption Interventions:
Understanding Florida
Statute, Administrative
Code and Best Interest
 Guardianship &
Guardian Advocate
Training for Attorneys
and Advocates
Post-Regis Little Act
 ESSA Educational
Stability Requirements
for Students in Care:
A Panel Discussion
 Overview of Chapter 39
for Pro Bono and
Registry Attorneys ad
Litem for Children with
Special Needs
 Florida’s New
Medicaid Appeal
Process: How to Use
it to Help Children
Access Health Care

(*) = This workshop was coordinated and approved by the statewide multidisciplinary Dependency Court Improvement Panel chaired by Judge Hope Bristol.

Get the most out of your first Summit experience

  • Register early to receive the early registration discount
  • Book hotel reservations as early as possible to receive the Summit hotel block discount
  • Pack plenty of business cards – they are still a quick and easy way to share your contact information
  • Dress professionally, wear comfortable shoes and bring a sweater/jacket in case the meeting rooms are cool
  • Stay connected and download the Summit mobile app
  • Reference the maps provided in the Summit materials to find out how best to get around the Summit host hotel and exhibit floor
  • Keep handy the Summit brochure for an at-a-glance Summit agenda and workshop schedule
  • If staying in the overflow hotel, take advantage of the free Summit shuttles – onsite parking is limited
  • During network breaks, introduce yourself to those you sit/stand next to; circulate and say hello; spark conversations with other professionals; pass up trolling social media, overusing your cell phone or skipping sessions
  • Attend scheduled sessions and capture best practices by taking notes during or after each session, while the session content is still fresh in your mind
  • After the Summit, organize the information you learned/gathered and share it with your supervisor and colleagues
  • Identify at least one thing you will actually do as a result of your learning experience at the Summit
  • Complete the post-Summit feedback survey to rate your experience, reflecting on what went well and what you would like to see improved
  • Complete and submit your travel documentation as soon as possible
  • Keep all conference materials in an easy to locate place and revisit the materials one or two months post-Summit

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