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Issue No. 15 - September 2015
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Continuing Education Program Announces New Fall Workshops and Integrated Behavioral Health Care in Primary Care Conference
The UK College of Social Work Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education is pleased to announce the following new fall workshops: Vulnerability and Resilience for Social Workers, Self Care and the Social Work Field, Understanding Complex Trauma, and Fundamentals of Traumatic Brain Injury.

Save the date
Friday, September 18, 2015 for the Integrated Behavioral Health Care in Primary Care conference.
Click here to see more information and conference details.

Check out all of our exciting training opportunities coming this fall. Full workshop descriptions, online trainings available here.
For more information, contact Jessica Morris, Continuing Education Program Coordinator.

F.A.S.Track on the Web
F.A.S.Track is an official publication of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Community Based Services. It is produced twice each fiscal year in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Training Resource Center's F oster/ A doptive S upport and T raining (F.A.S.T.) Programs.
You may view F.A.S.Track
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Medically Fragile Training Schedule
FY 2016
The schedule of upcoming trainings provided by the Medically Fragile Training Program is available here .


For more information, contact Lisa Casebier, Medically Fragile Program Coordinator.
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TRC 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 2015 by providing training and support to thousands of Kentuckians. Services were provided to health and human service providers, foster and adoptive families, and relative caregivers through an array of programs.


Fiscal Year 2015 also saw continued development of new ideas and the ongoing improvement of existing efforts. To learn more about all of the services provided by the UK TRC from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, please view the TRC Annual Report here.  

Click to view the TRC Annual Report


Expert Speaks on Bullying, Peer Victimization, and Anger
Dr. Malcolm Smith was invited to speak to college faculty, staff, students, and community members, as well as to those foster and adoptive parents serving as Adoptive Parent Liaisons, Resource Parent Mentors, and Special
Dr. Malcolm Smith
Advocates for Education,
through a collaborative effort between the UK College of Social Work, Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK), the Resource Parent Mentor Program, and the Resource Parent Training Program. Dr. Smith presented two one-day sessions in Lexington on June 12th and 13th. His presentation entitled, The Meanest Generation: Teaching Civility, Empathy, Kindness and Compassion to our Angriest Children, was well received. He provided evidence-based knowledge and strategies to help educators, service providers, and caregivers address bullying in the home and in our schools. Dr. Smith is one of the nation's leading authorities on bullying, peer victimization, and anger. He is also the founder and director of the Courage to Care Project and a former professor at the University of New Hampshire. To view an article featured in UKnow about Dr. Smith's presentation on June 12th, click here. You can also find an article about this presentation in the Lexington Herald-Leader here.

Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky
The Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky welcomes grandparents and other relatives raising children, as well as professionals who work with this population to become part of this new effort to ensure that the needs of relatives raising children are being met.

The mission of the Coalition is to promote policies and facilitate connections to increase support for and with kinship families in Kentucky . The goals of the Coalition are to advocate to improve legislative and administrative policies to increase support and remove barriers for kinship families; to support the development of and access to resources; to promote and apply research on best practice; to improve awareness of the needs and issues surrounding kinship families.
The Coalition meets regularly every month and alternates meeting sites between Louisville, Frankfort, and Lexington. For times and meeting places or for more information about the Coalition, contact Doug Burnham, Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Training Project Coordinator, at (859) 257- 4785.

What Works in Child Welfare Conference
On April 30, 2015, Kentucky's Statewide Citizen Review Panel (CRP) hosted the Third Annual "What Works in Child Welfare" conference in Lexington. Initially conceived by the CRP as a way to showcase emerging and evidence-based practices in child welfare, the conference has grown to include numerous topics of interest to child advocates.
"There are a lot of opinions out there about what is wrong with child welfare," said Blake Jones. "We want to showcase some things that are going right." Participants were treated to a number of excellent speakers, including a panel discussion (led by Commissioner Teresa James) about managed care organizations and Medicaid. Other topics included Project SAFESPACE: Systematic Screening and Assessment of Behavioral Health Needs for Children in Out-of-Home Care, Working with Caregivers who use Alcohol and Drugs, Preparing the Next Generation: Learning from Former Child Welfare Workers, and Fayette County Model Court Assessment Pilot Project.

Participants were also broken into small groups and asked to brainstorm ways that they could work together to better protect children and families. Each participant filled out a postcard to themselves and promised to do one thing for a child, family, or worker. There were a number of great promises given, including writing a letter of thanks to a foster parent and taking a CPS worker out for lunch.

For more information about the Citizen Review Panels, please contact Missy Segress
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