Workshop Sessions IV, Session B4: Everything You Need to Know About Implementing Family-driven Care in a Residential Program
Jane Walker, MSW, Executive Director, Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) (MD)
Gayle Wiler, MA, Assistant Vice President of Peer Support, Hathaway Sycamores
Child and Family Services (CA);
Cynthia Williams, MA, Lead Peer Support, Hathaway Sycamores Child and Family
Carlene Casciano-McCann, MA, St. Mary’s Home for Children (RI)
Karen Anne Johnson, FDC, FPC, Family Peer Advocate, Community and Residential, SCO Family of Services (NY)
Many residential stakeholders want to improve staff skills in engaging families, but few have had the opportunity to learn about the most important strategy for engaging and supporting families with complex challenge. This strategy is to build a strong and deep foundation of family-driven practices throughout the organization. Residential leaders and lead family advocates representing two different residential programs will share their journeys and the successful strategies used to transform their organizations from primarily only youth-centric to youth-guided and family-driven, and building a strong family-driven foundation. Attendees will learn from both a California program that has been building their family-driven foundation for nearly twenty years, and a Rhode Island program that has been on their journey for only a couple of years – but already realizing tremendous success.
A long-term residential family peer advocate from New York will also share her recommendations for engaging families. Attendees will leave this session with a toolbox of strategies to improve family-driven practices in their own organizations.