Plenary: Reimagining Residential and Call to Action
Lisette A. Burton, J.D., Director of National Advocacy, Boys Town (D.C.)
Mark Nickell, M.Div., Executive Director of San Francisco and Santa Clara, Seneca
Family of Agencies (CA)
Gary Blau, PhD, Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, SAMHSA (MD)
Laura Tate, Alumni of CA RBS; Founding Member of Seneca Family of Services Youth Advisory Board, (CA)
Lynette Lamadrid, Parent Council, The Children’s Village, (NY)
The journey of residential transformation takes residential providers to new practice paradigms that they had not ever imagined when they began their work in a residential program many years ago. Mark Nickell will share the journey of Seneca Family of Services over the past 30 years, from running traditional campus-based residential treatment programs to a primary focus on engaging and supporting families and permanency practices, using wraparound and re-imagining residential as a community-based practice model. A former youth served by Seneca will share her recommendations for practices that residential programs should implement as part of their residential transformation journeys. Her presentation will inspire attendees to re-imagine their own residential programs and have the courage to take big steps in their own transformation journeys.
As at the BBI 2015 Summer Training Event, Dr. Gary Blau will have the final words for the BBI 2017 Fall Training Event. He will pose specific challenges to attendees, and provide inspiring ideas for how each attendee can go back to their respective programs and communities and truly improve long-term outcomes for youth and families who receive residential interventions.