TNOYS will offer a full day of conference pre-institutes on Tuesday, June 27. Registration for the pre-institutes is separate from registration for the full conference, and conference attendance is not required. CEUs will be offered and the sessions are offered for free or a minimal charge. 

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Pre-Institute Schedule and Descriptions


Pre-Institute #1: “Protecting Your Organization, Your Staff, and the Young People You Serve”

Part I: “Are You Prepared? An Interactive Media Crisis Workshop for Child and Youth Serving Organizations”, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

$25 for TNOYS members; $50 for non-members
(CEUs and working lunch included)

Unfortunately, tragedies happen. If a tragedy or crisis were to happen at your organization, how would you respond?

As a result of social media and other rapidly emerging technologies, communications are moving faster than ever before. When a crisis hits, you must be prepared to respond quickly. TNOYS is offering this workshop specifically for organizations that serve children and youth in foster care and other settings to learn about best practices in handling public crises. The interactive, scenario-based workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to test your own crisis communications skills and ensure that you are prepared in the case of a crisis or tragic event.

Anna Geismar

Presented by Anna Geismar of The Comms Shop, LLC, who has over a decade of experience in communications, including supporting Fortune 500 companies and other organizations facing major public crises, and conducting crisis communications trainings for companies and organizations across the country.


Part II: “Preventing Abuse and False Allegations of Abuse in Your Organization” 2:00 to 4:30 PM

Event is FREE – please RSVP (CEUs included)

This afternoon session will feature presentations by Praesidium and Angelo Peter Giardino, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Texas Children’s Hospital: 

“The Top 5 Things Leadership Needs to Know to Prevent Abuse and False Allegations in Your Organization” Presentation by Praesidium

Praesidium, a national leader in abuse risk management, will discuss the role of an organization’s leadership in protecting their children and youth from abuse and their staff, caregivers and volunteers from false allegations. This presentation will provide organizational administrators with an advanced understanding of how abuse happens in social service agencies. Praesidium and TNOYS will also discuss our new partnership, including the benefits and discounted Praesidium services for TNOYS members.

“National Best Practices for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth-Serving Organizations”

Dr. Angelo Peter Giardino

Dr. Giardino, a Professor of Pediatrics and Section Chief of Academic General Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), will discuss policies and practices endorsed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing child sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations.  He will discuss his experience working with the Catholic Church and Olympic Committee on responding to and creating policies to prevent child sexual abuse.


Pre-Institute #2: “Recovery through Participation: A Showcase and Introduction to Elevating Youth Voice with Trauma-Informed Practices”

10:00am-2:30pm (lunch included)

Event is FREE – please RSVP (CEUs included)

Featuring Lara O’Toole and Jack Nowicki of TNOYS as well as youth leaders and youth services providers

One of the key principles of trauma-informed care is to give people being served input into the services and decisions that affect their lives. Youth engagement, peer support, strengths-based practice, and positive youth development are all critical elements of a strong program that is trauma informed. Youth services providers across the state have experienced both challenges and successes when working in partnership with youth and working to incorporate their voices consistently into program design and service delivery.

Please join TNOYS and our partners as we release a new curriculum designed to share information on integrating youth engagement with principles of trauma-informed care and build a network of providers committed to this work. Participants will have the opportunity to network, share their successes and goals with youth engagement, receive guidance from TNOYS and other providers, and hear from organizations that have had hands-on experience with youth engagement. There are many ways to engage youth and elevate their voices within organizations. There are options for all programs looking to begin or strengthen their youth engagement efforts.

This event is appropriate for a diverse audience — administrators, youth care workers, clinicians, educators, youth leaders, and more.