Pre-Conference Institutes

TNOYS is excited to host four engaging pre-conference institutes on Tuesday, June 8. The institutes are virtual, full-day sessions that offer the chance for in-depth training. Three pre-conference institutes 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. Register for the conference and pre-conference institutes here.

Pre-Conference Institute #1: The Equity Chair for Leadership Teams

  • Date: Tuesday, June 8
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual format. We will follow up with details on how to access this institute virtually
  • Cost: $50 for conference attendees, $100 for non-attendees

This two-part training is designed to help participants take active roles as inclusive leaders in order to engage their organizations in diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and values. Part 1 focuses on disrupting organizational norms and learning how to navigate mainstream nonprofits through a cultural conscious perspective. Main topics include: culturally relevant leadership, speaking your truth, confronting tokenism, among others. Part 2 focuses on understanding the characteristics of an inclusive leader and how to create cultural shifts in your organization through your leadership. Main topics include: racial equity and why it matters, navigating majority culture, and leaving your legacy on an organization. This training is intended for leadership teams, and we encourage participants to attend in teams of 3 or 4, including an executive level staff, a higher-level staff, and a board member.

Presented by Paulina Artieda, The New Philanthropists

Pre-Conference Institute #2: Youth Thrive Training

  • Date: Tuesday, June 8
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual format. We will follow up with details on how to access this institute virtually
  • Cost: $50 for conference attendees, $100 for non-attendees

Developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), Youth Thrive™ is an approach that uses the latest science to identify protective and promotive factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents can develop into healthy, thriving adults.  Rather than a specific program or intervention, Youth Thrive™ is an approach that is relevant to everyone who works with young people including: public child welfare system administrators, supervisors and caseworks, teachers, staff at private agencies and nonprofits, judges and legal advocates, parents, caregivers and others who are concerned about teenagers and young adults.

Youth Thrive™ is based on the premise that youth are best supported by professionals who:

  1. Understand current research on neuroscience and adolescent development and its implications for working with young people.
  2. Particularly understand the impact of traumatic stress and how to use trauma-informed approaches.
  3. Recognize relationships as a primary source of growth and learning for young people.
  4. Competently provide culturally appropriate services.
  5. Assess and modify their own beliefs and practices and take care of themselves in challenging environments.

Sources: https://cssp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Youth-Thrive-TOT-FAQs.pdf and https://www.nspnetwork.org/youth-thrive-curriculum

Presented by Josue Rodriguez, Prince Hayward, and Lyric Wardlow, TNOYS

Pre-Conference Institute #3: Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool (CSE-IT) User Training

Please note: this institute is only available to conference attendees.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 8
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual format. We will follow up with details on how to access this institute virtually
  • Cost: Free for conference attendees

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool (CSE-IT) is a research-based screening tool that helps improve early identification of commercially sexually exploited youth (CSEY). The tool was developed by West Coast Children’s Clinic (WCCC), and it is appropriate for use by any provider serving youth, including child welfare workers, probation officers, mental health clinicians, and first responders. In Texas, CSE-IT is integrated within Lighthouse, an innovative software platform that enables users to complete screenings online and access and analyze CSE-IT data at any time. In this training, participants will become certified users of both the CSE-IT and the Lighthouse platform.

Presented by Tomi Grover, Office of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, Ann-Charlotte Proffitt and Alex Polk, TNOYS, and Allies Against Slavery

Pre-Conference Institute #4: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®): Practical Applications

  • Date: Tuesday, June 8
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual format. We will follow up with details on how to access this institute virtually.
  • 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. Connection is at the core of relationships which 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 principle like mindfulness and nurture group brings healing to our kids. 

Presented by Kimberly Jones, LMFT-A, and Ally Matteson, LCSW, Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, Texas Christian University

Following an engaging day of pre-conference institutes, TNOYS will host a networking event for attendees on Tuesday June 8 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!

Register for pre-conference institutes and the complete conference here.