Pre-Conference Institutes


Pre-conference institutes will take place at the Westin Galleria on Tuesday, June 23, the day before the full conference begins. The institutes are full-day sessions that offer the chance for in-depth training. They are open to both conference attendees and those who will not be attending the full conference. The cost is $50 for conference attendees and $100 for individuals attending the pre-conference institutes only. 

Note that while the full conference is open to both professionals and youth, pre-conference institutes are open to professionals only.

You can register for pre-conference institutes using our conference registration form. See below for information about the institutes — additional details will be coming soon.

Pre-Conference Institute #1: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)®

  • Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Westin Galleria Houston, PLAZA I
  • Cost: $50 for conference attendees, $100 for non-attendees

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a holistic, evidence-based, attachment-based and trauma informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of “children from hard places.” Children/Youth from hard places have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors and beliefs systems. Building connections and healthy relationships are vital to creating a safe space for a child/adolescent to heal from trauma. The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development created TBRI, a practical, trauma responsive approach for those working with children and youth. This workshop equips participants with tools based in the connecting principles like mindfulness, in order to bring healing to our kids.

Pre-Conference Institute #2: Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision

  • Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Westin Galleria Houston, PLAZA II
  • Cost: $50 for conference attendees, $100 for non-attendees

Join us to learn strategies that can assist social work supervisors during advanced clinical supervisions. The workshop will prepare supervisors to use collaboration, strengths-based approaches, and other best practices when working with supervisees. Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to use strengths-based conversations with supervisees to develop measurable goals for supervision, engage supervisees in discovering clinical strategies to use in their work with clients, reinforce supervisees’ strengths while addressing their challenges, and more.

Pre-Conference Institute #3: Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Humility

  • Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Westin Galleria Houston, West Alabama
  • Cost: $50 for conference attendees, $100 for non-attendees

Issues of equity and inclusion have a critical impact on the lives of the youth we serve. Join trainer Mia Williams of Melanin Marketing to help enhance your understanding of these issues and learn how to incorporate such principles into your work. Through immersive and engaging professional development activities, this institute aims to change the way organizations operate and the way people communicate relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. Attendees will dive into how history develops, shapes, and influences our core values, discuss the differences between cultural competency and cultural humility, and develop strategies for normalizing discussions that influence and generate inclusive policies.