2012 Family Strengths Symposium

The first day of the Symposium will focus on evidenced based programs which enhance child and family well being through parenting programs. The second day will highlight outstanding Harris Country and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services family programs.

The family education day of the Symposium will gather a diverse audience and experts to address the parenting and evidence-based prevention strategies as these inform and impact the well-being of the family. The day will emphasize prevention approaches that have been proven effective in four core areas:

Through engaging presentations, innovative panel discussions involving experts on each topic, breakout sessions and networking opportunities, colleagues will become better acquainted with programs and strategies whose applications will positively contribute to a cohesive and productive overall family well-being.

Supplemental Files

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Workshop Presentations

Justice of the Peace Court Wrap Program: Partnering to improve outcomes for youth and families involved in the justice courts

Presented by Larry D. Brown, Jr. and Jeff Alexander

Research and data suggests at-risk youth and their families who appear in the courts often have complex needs beyond their single reason for appearing, requiring multi-system involvement. This workshop will focus on the use of wraparound principles to engage youth involved in the Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts, their families, and partners, to produce positive outcomes. This interactive workshop will explore methods in which the JP Court Wraparound Program works in collaboration with local JP Courts to address the needs of families. JP Court Case Managers work with families for up to six months, incorporating system of care principles to link the youth and family with a variety of services.


Kashmere School-Based Wraparound Program (SWAP)

Presented by Pam Schaffer and Lareatha Clay

Kashmere High School is faced with many challenges including a declining enrollment, low attendance, and low completion rate. Kashmere SWAP, currently funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, is a project designed to develop a continuum of mental health services, based on a public health approach, to the high school and the feeder pattern schools. The project also includes assisting the schools in incorporating the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports model to school culture modification and improvement. Participants in the workshop will learn how the model developed and evolved in implementation.


Strategies for Systemic Change: A Macro Level Response To Family Preservation

Presented by Katherine Barillas

Successful, large-scale family preservation requires systemic change within several arenas including housing, health insurance, mental health and child welfare. Relying mostly on the micro level, which identifies the individual behavioral causes of problems, serves to mask the underlying systemic issues that weaken families and ultimately serve to separate them. This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of promising policy strategies to preserve families and prevent their interaction with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.


Systems of Care: Uniting Families and Professionals

Presented by Pam Schaffer, Barbara Sewell, Eileen Chappelle, and Julie Bourne

System of Care is a framework for service development and implementation that incorporates three basic values:

  1. Incorporating family and youth voice
  2. Provision of culturally and linguistically competent services
  3. Providing community-based services

Implementing these values is a challenge. This workshop will provide participants with examples of family involvement at the program level. Discussion will focus on continuous quality improvement efforts and evaluation. The family members developed and implemented a questionnaire for client feedback to the program.