Issue No. 19 - September 2016
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Medically Complex Training Schedule
FY 2017
The Medically Complex Training Program is now offering ten sessions of the initial training,  Join Hands Together, for those foster parents interested in providing care to children with complex medical needs. This training includes several hands-on learning components. To see when and where these trainings are being offered, along with annual training events for existing Medically Complex foster homes, please click here.
For more information, contact Lisa Casebier , Medically Complex Training Program Coordinator.

2017 GAP Conference
The 15th Annual GAP (Grandparents as Parents) Conference will take place on March 16, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The Keynote speaker will be Joan Callander Dingle. Joan is a grandmother, mom, and speaker who talks from her heart about the difficulties and rewards of parenting your child's children. Joan is from Oregon and has spoken to groups of all sizes from California to Connecticut. As a free-lance writer she has written for The Oregonian, Portland Family Magazine and other publications. Joan is a member of Generations United Grand Network and Grandfamilies Advisory Group.

Joan spoke recently at the White House briefing on foster care. Her latest book, written with her adopted son, Chad, is Raising Children of Alcoholics and Drug Users. During the keynote address and afternoon workshop, Joan will discuss how to say "no" to adult children, how to protect minors legally, parenting creatively, visitations with parents at home and in prison, the importance of counseling, and how to defuse school related issues.

During the remainder of the conference, various experts will present other relevant and useful information related to grandparents raising grandchildren.
For more information, contact   Doug Burnham .

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FY 2016 Annual Report

Our mission is to provide training, technical assistance, service, and evaluation to professionals and caregivers working to improve the well-being of families, children, and communities. Through a collaborative partnership with the University Training Consortium and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Community Based Services, the team of staff and associated faculty at the TRC furthered this mission in fiscal year 2016 by expanding programming and providing services to thousands of Kentuckians.  
To learn more about the services provided from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, view the TRC Annual Report here.   
View the TRC Annual Report
Children's Justice Act Task Force
On Monday, August 15th the Children's Justice Act Task Force held its annual one day retreat at The Plantory in Lexington Kentucky. The Task Force was established in accordance with the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) which authorizes grants to states to develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve:  
  • The handling of child abuse and neglect cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the child victim
  • The handling of cases of suspected child abuse or neglect related fatalities
  • The investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • The handling of cases involving children with disabilities or serious health-related problems who are victims of abuse or neglect
During the retreat Task Force members focused on the Request for Proposals (RFP) process. This competitive proposal process will help determine how CAPTA funds will be dispensed throughout the state to meet the federal mandate of the Task Force. For more information about the new RFP process or to submit a proposal, please visit .  Proposals for FY 17 are due 09/30/16. 


For more information, contact LaToya Vaughn, Children's Justice Act Task Force Program Coordinator. 
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Continuing Education Summer Bootcamp

The UK College of Social Work's Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education held its first Continuing Education (CE) Boot Camp on July 21-22, 2016 at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. This event was designed to provide social work and other behavioral health professionals the opportunity to receive the majority of the continuing education required for licensure renewal in one setting.
The following presentations were offered to provide education related to clinical and non-clinical practice:
  • Looking Back: LGBT Seniors in the Bluegrass - Edwin Hackney, MSW, LCSW, CADC
  • Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management- Sherri Weisenfluh, MSW, LCSW
  • Understanding Domestic Violence- Darlene Thomas, MSSW
  • HIV/AIDS: It Can Happen to You- Mark Johnson, MSSW
  • Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum in Psychotherapy- Eva Markham, Ed.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • LCSW Supervision According to KY Law - Edwin Hackney, MSW, LCSW, CADC
  • Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal - Blake Jones, Ph.D., LCSW
  • Creating Balance for Sustainable Leadership - Lisa Williams, MSSA
  • Working with Law Enforcement Officers and their Families: Tips for Clinicians - Blake Jones, Ph.D., LCSW  & Captain Ron Wyatt (ret.)
  • Understanding Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma - Joel Griffith, MSW, CSW
  • Social Work and the Methadone/ Suboxone Controversy- Larry W. Whorley, DSW, LCSW, C-CATODSW, CCBT
  • The Science of Addiction- Theodore Godlaski, MSW, CADC
  • Gender Variance- Cassie Brown,  MSW, LCSW 
Participant feedback for the CE Bootcamp was overwhelmingly positive, and the CoSW Office of Professtional Development and Continuing Education plans to offer this event again in the Spring of 2017. 
For more information about future CE events and the Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education, please contact Christina Gevedon. 

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work's Training Resource Center (UK TRC) is dedicated to providing training, technical assistance, service, and evaluation to professionals and caregivers working to improve the well-being of families, children, and communities.
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