Social Workers

Webinar – “Diverting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from the Criminal Justice System”

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (sometimes known as I/DD) are an often overlooked population in the criminal justice system because of a lack of identification, understanding, and service gaps that prevent providers’ abilities to address their needs. Criminal justice professionals looking to effectively divert people in this population from the justice system can look to this webinar for strategies and tips on diversion, with an additional focus on people who have co-occurring I/DD, substance use disorders, and mental illnesses.

Webinar: Examining the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Substance Use among Tribal Populations

Examine the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and substance use, with an emphasis on research specific to tribal communities and youth. Discuss the confounding effects of social economic factors and ethnicity-based differences in prevalence rates. Review culturally enhanced treatment options for ACEs. Explore specific strategies for caregivers, prevention specialists, treatment providers, criminal justice professionals, and community members. Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Summarize research on the prevalence of ACEs among Native American/Alaska Native youth. 
  • Explain the relationship between social economic factors, ethnicity-based differences, and prevalence rates. 
  • Identify culturally-enhanced treatment options for ACEs.
  • Describe specific strategies to increase positive outcomes for youth impacted by ACEs.

Webinar: Building Stress-Resilient Tribal Communities

Review stress factors, the toxic stress of poverty, and the protective nature of community on stress resilience. Discuss the generational impact on stress resilience. Explore the predictive quality of social and community support on building stress resilience and stress management and reduction strategies. Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

Webinar: Social Emotional Skill Development

Social and emotional development can be defined as a process through which individuals acquire skills to increase self-awareness, improve relationships with others, and achieve their goals. These skills are essential to succeed in family, school, workplaces, and communities and are increasingly recognized as important to one’s success in a variety of life outcomes. The benefits of social and emotional skill development can therefore be leveraged in tribal communities to maximize the protective impact of these skills against negative outcomes, including addiction. Attend this webinar to discuss the importance of social emotional skills (SES) among children, youth and adults and the buffering effect of SES on addiction and trauma. Examine strategies to support SES development. Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Summarize how social emotional skill development occurs at various ages 
  • Explain the impact of SES on addiction and trauma 
  • Identify four specific strategies to support SES development

Webinar: Examining the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Substance Use among Tribal Populations

Examine the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and substance use, with an emphasis on research specific to tribal communities and youth. Discuss the confounding effects of social economic factors and ethnicity-based differences in prevalence rates. Review culturally enhanced treatment options for ACEs. Explore specific strategies for caregivers, prevention specialists, treatment providers, criminal justice professionals, and community members.

Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

Webinar: Strategies to Reduce Underage Substance Abuse in Tribal Communities

Examine key predictors of underaged substance abuse. Discuss the long-term impact of underaged substance use, prevalence rates among tribal communities, and strategies to reduce or delay underaged substance use in tribal communities.

Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • List key predictors of underaged substance use
  • Explain the critical importance of delaying use
  • Identify skills and strategies specific to tribal communities in reducing underage substance use

Webinar: Intro to Neurobiology of Addiction

Given the high rates of addiction and co-occurring disorders in a criminal justice population, familiarity with the latest research on addiction is essential to attend to the needs of the clients we serve. A very high percentage of domestic violence and higher risk offenders struggle with addiction in addition to other criminogenic needs. This webinar will focus on the latest research on addiction and the brain. We will cover strategies and skills to support someone through the recovery process.

Webinar: “Part 2: Mindfulness Strategies for Law Enforcement”

Join the International Association of Chiefs of Police on June 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST for “Part 2: Mindfulness Strategies for Law Enforcement” webinar. This webinar is part of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Officer Safety Initiatives Program. It will be hosted by Mindful Junkie Founder, Gina White. Police officers across every rank, dispatchers, victim services personnel, crime scene personnel, other law enforcement personnel, and family members are encouraged to attend this 30-minute interactive mindfulness session.

California’s 27th Annual State ICWA Conference

Attendees will hear from the California Department of Justice, California Tribal Families Coalition, and California Department of Social Services. This conference will provide Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) litigation and legislation updates and also take an in-depth look at different Tribes’ organizational approaches and how they are developing their infrastructure. 

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