2019 Annual Conference

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Association of Children’s Residential Centers

63rd Annual Conference

New Orleans, LA – April 23-26, 2019


Member Conference Rates
$615 Early Bird Rate/$715 after March 29th
$225 Add Pre-Conference with Stuart Ablon & Bruce Perry
$65 Add Pre-Conference Raising our Advocacy Megaphone
$325 I want to attend ONLY the one day Pre-Conference with Stuart Ablon & Bruce Perry

Non-Member Conference Rates
$765 Early Bird Rate/$865 after March 29th
$275 Add Pre-Conference with Stuart Ablon & Bruce Perry
$85 Add Pre-Conference Raising our Advocacy Megaphone
$375 I want to attend ONLY the one day Pre-Conference with Stuart Ablon & Bruce Perry


Pre-Conference Institutes:

These are one-day events that will take place on Tuesday, April 23rd prior to the start of the full conference.


                 Together the Voice: Lifting our Adcocacy Megaphone


As service providers to youth and families with complex needs, we intercede and advocate for their individual health, safety, and long-term success by providing high-quality programs that result in sustainable positive outcomes. Beyond the boundaries of our individual programs and services, it’s vital that we advocate broadly to ensure our continuums of care are both flexible and accessible and support innovation and best practice.
Do you want to be more intentional and effective in your advocacy efforts?
Would you like to leverage your expertise to inform and shape public policy, but aren’t sure what your next step should be?

At this highly interactive pre-conference workshop, we will build your understanding of public policy and advocacy, why it matters, and what it takes to have an impact. Advance reading and background materials will ensure opportunities to learn and grow, whether you are brand new to advocacy or a veteran at shaping public policy. We’ll present clear connections between policy and research, provide resources to support your advocacy efforts, and develop individual and collective strategies to become more influential. In addition to big picture discussions, we will drill down to on-the-ground efforts and you will leave with concrete advocacy plans, including action steps and strategies to move the needle in partnership with youth, families, and other partner stakeholders in our individual communities, states, and countries.

Presenters: Lisette Burton, J.D., Vice President, National Advocacy & Public Policy, Boys Town and ACRC Public Policy Chair; Lisa Holmes, Ph.D., Director, Rees Centre, University of Oxford, UK; Brittany Pope, M.S., Director of Applied Clinical Sciences and Research, OhioGuidestone & ACRC Public Policy Co-Chair; Wendy Wang, Vice President of Public Policy and Strategy, Hathaway-Sycamores. Moderator: Christopher Bellonci, M.D., DFAACAP, Vice President of Policy and Practice, Chief Medical Officer, Judge Baker Children’s Center


Trauma-Informed Care: The Impact of Trauma on

Brain Development and What to Do About it


Dr. Bruce Perry from The ChildTrauma Academy and Dr. Stuart Ablon from Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital will come together to make complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible and provide a practical evidence-based process for trauma-informed intervention that all adults can follow in any setting. Specifically, Dr. Perry and Dr. Ablon will integrate The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Participants will learn an overview of both of these approaches and practical examples of strategies for their integrated implementation. The conference will build on several years of collaboration between Dr. Perry and Dr. Ablon to combine the models in practical clinical application. The conference is intended both for those new to NMT and/or CPS or those skilled in their application.



Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston (www.ChildTrauma. org) and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. 

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D. is Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he specializes in the treatment of explosive, inflexible, easily frustrated children and adolescents and their families. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.                                                                                                                                                                               


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