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Cornell Project 2Gen sponsors early education research

By Sheri Hall for the BCTR

Cornell Project 2Gen sponsored two researchers’ presentations at the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium meeting last month in Washington D.C.

Portrait of Lisa McCabe

Lisa McCabe

BCTR research associate Lisa McCabe, Cornell sociology professor John Sipple and Cornell alumnae Hope Casto, associate professor of education studies at Skidmore College, gave two presentations to early education scholars on research sponsored by Project 2Gen, which focuses on helping vulnerable families by developing programs that support parents and their children jointly.

The first explored factors related to child care deserts, neighborhoods and communities that are lacking access to child care for working families, particularly for children under 5 years old. The work is in its early stages, McCabe said.

“Project 2Gen has allowed us to expand our work to specifically look at Head Start, regulated child care centers, family child care homes and public pre-kindergarten,” she said. “We are particularly interested in how capacity may vary by rural or urban status and community wealth.”

Their second presentation focused on the challenges in working with administrative data, and various strategies for addressing them.

“As states across the country work to improve and expand their state-wide databases on early care and education, opportunities to use these data for researching policy-relevant trends are increasing,” McCabe said. “Yet working with these large, complex data sets can be difficult.

“By sharing lessons learned in the Project 2Gen work, we hope to facilitate better collaboration between state-level administrators and researchers to promote high-quality research that informs early education policy. “

Project 2Gen works to build a community of scholars focused on 2Gen approaches to support vulnerable families and partners with practitioners and policymakers throughout New York and the nation. Two-generational programs can begin by focusing on children and then add a component to support parents, such as parent education or skills classes. Others may focus on parents, and then add a component for children, such as child care or nutrition support. Still other approaches target systems that influence families, such as schools or workplaces.

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The science of successful aging

By Sheri Hall for the BCTR

What’s the secret to successful aging?  That’s the question two BCTR researchers took on at a panel discussion “The Science of Successful Aging” at the 2017 International Convention on Psychological Science, where thousands of researchers from more than 70 countries gathered to share research findings and techniques.

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Corinna Loeckenhoff

BCTR faculty affiliate Corinna Lockenhoff, associate professor of human development, chaired the panel. She began by discussing the idea of “successful aging,” which today often means thriving socially and intellectually in older adulthood.

“The concept may not generalize across cultures,” she said. “But one clear benefit of this new perspective on aging is that it encourages renewed focus on the processes that contribute to positive age-related outcomes.”

Lockenhoff said the panel sparked an interesting conversation because researchers approached the concept of successful aging from different vantage points.

“The presenters each highlighted a different approach to promote successful aging – from cardiovascular and strength training to cognitive and social engagement,” she said. “Ideally we should design interventions that integrate multiple aspects into one program.

“The audience in the symposium was composed of top researchers from around the world and it was fascinating to hear their ideas for realizing such programs within different cultural contexts,” she said.

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Karl Pillemer

During the panel, BCTR director Karl Pillemer presented his work about aging adults' need to engage in meaningful activities.

Social isolation is a major problem later if life, Pillemer said. That’s because as older adults start to experience losses due to divorce, death, and geographical mobility, they also tend to transition out of full-time employment. This transition often results in older adults losing the sense of purpose that comes with full-time work.

Pillemer and BCTR colleagues have been evaluating an intervention program called Retirees in Service to the Environment, or RISE, to help aging adults regain their sense of purpose. RISE engages retirees in volunteer positions around environmental issues. RISE participants receive training about environmental topics and how to apply their skills in a volunteer capacity. Then, participants each build and implement an environmental stewardship project.

In studies of RISE, adults who participate reported an increased sense that they were contributing to the next generation and an improved sense of social integration.

“We really have no alternative other than to address these issues,” Pillemer said. “We can’t promote successful aging, based on what we know, without also engaging in the promotion of social integration.”

Other participants in the panel were Teresa Liu-Ambrose from Department of Physical Therapy at The University of British Columbia; Monica Fabiani in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Denise C. Park from The Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas.

At the same conference, Lockenhoff led a workshop called “Age Differences in Time Perception: Translating Findings from Lab to Life,” which provided an overview of age-related shifts in different aspects of time perception and offered examples of how such concepts can be studied along the translational continuum.


Connecting Retirees to Conservation

Climate Change and Vulnerable Populations

"Aging is not Dying" - podcast episode with Corinna Loeckenhoff

Loeckenhoff reaps early-career award in gerontology

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PRYDE conference on social media literacy in youth


front (l to r): David Dunning, Elaine Wethington, Kristen Elmore, Jutta Dotterweich, Jamila Simon, Esther Kim, Rachel Sumner. back: Chinwe Effiong, Paul Mihailidis, Kayla Burd, Josh Pasek, Jonathon Schuldt, Monica Bulger, Neil Lewis, Norbert Schwarz.

By Sheri Hall for the BCTR

What does the research tell us about how young people use social media? And what can educators do to teach youth how to use social media in productive, positive ways?

These were the questions researchers addressed at the second annual conference hosted by the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE). The conference, titled “Media Literacy and Citizenship Development in Youth and Emerging Young Adults,” was held from November 9 to 11 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. It included multidisciplinary researchers and media developers from across the nation focused on youth, communications, misinformation, and media use.

Elaine Wethington, professor of human development and sociology and an associate director of the BCTR, organized the conference. She is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on stress, protective mechanisms of social support, aging, and translational research methods.

Sam Taylor presenting

Sam Taylor presenting

“There are few topics more urgent to address than the relationship of increased reliance on social media as a means of communication and the impact of the new media on social and political institutions,” Wethington said.  “Our long-term goal is to develop new ideas about how to translate research on promoting productive social media use among youth into effective programs that engage youth and emerging adults and their development as informed citizens.”

In addition to invited talks from leading media, communication, and social and developmental psychological researchers, the conference included discussions and group activities about how to teach youth to become positive stewards of social media and the information exchanged on the web. Moving forward, those ideas will help to inform projects in the Cornell Social Media Lab, a PRYDE collaborator.

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Videos on purpose and youth development

By Sheri Hall for the BCTR

Having a purpose in life is vitally important to youth’s health and wellness. That was the take-home message from the first annual conference hosted by the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE) in the BCTR.

The conference – held last fall in California – focused on purpose and health across the lifespan. It included researchers working in areas of education, psychology, biology, and public health from leading universities throughout the country. The conference was hosted by PRYDE co-director Anthony Burrow, an associate professor of human development whose research focuses on purpose as a psychological resource.

All of the full-length talks given by the researchers at the conference are available online, and each presenter also created short videos to explain their work to a wider audience. Motivating the conference was a desire to translate the latest research on purpose into an easily-understandable form for educators, social workers, and program directors.

“The amount of scientific evidence being produced showing the benefits of purpose is staggering,” Burrow said. “Yet, there is some distance between what researchers are finding and what the public knows about these findings. We believe this is unfortunate, and therefore designed a conference that invited leading purpose researchers share their insights, and then asking them to further unpack their findings for a wider audience.

“This is the kind of translation and information delivery PRYDE is well-positioned to do, and it is an exciting and enjoyable experience to be out front in making importance science more accessible to all,” he said.

Thanks to the conference’s success, PRYDE established it as an annual event, Burrow said. Its second conference on purpose – “Purpose in a Diverse Society” – will take place this October in St. Louis. This time, a new group of researchers will present their work on purpose and diversity in a variety of settings including university lecture halls, a museum, and a public library.

You can also find two playlists of the short videos – which include topics such as identity, work and family life, health and social and emotional learning - on the PRYDE YouTube channel.

PRYDE is a program created to promote positive youth development through empirical studies and by providing evidence-based best practices for 4-H and other youth organizations. Its goal is to generate new knowledge about youth development that will directly benefit 4-H participants in New York State and beyond.

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Joining parenting educators and researchers at annual in-service event


Marianella Casasola presenting

Parenting In Context (an initiative housed in the BCTR) holds annual in-service events at Cornell University for parent educators and others who work with parents and children across New York State. The in-service is a two-day event with networking opportunities, professional development workshops, and various academic presentations by Cornell faculty. By directly connecting those that work with parents with researchers studying parenting and child development, the initiatives delivers the latest research into the hands of those that can use it and allows researchers to hear from practitioners about research needs.

The 2016 event was held in September and featured presentations on topics such as:

  • family life in an era of mass incarceration
  • spatial language and play in early childhood
  • the gap between research and available interventions for autism spectrum disorders
  • the community impact of school-based health centers in rural New York
  • an update on the Toddler Talk pilot study
  • as well as workshops on how to conduct a Community Café and the role of social media in outreach efforts

Presenters included Christopher Wildeman and Sharon Tennyson from the Department of Policy, Analysis and Management, Michael Goldstein from the Department of Psychology, Marianella Casasola from the Department of Human Development, and Lee Humphreys from the Department of Communications, as well as Parenting In Context Staff Kimberly Kopko and Eliza Lathrop Cook. Participants included parent educators, as well as others who work with families and youth.  Participants came from 17 counties across New York State.

Participant comments:

I always take away so much away from these events. I find it very useful when the presenters know their audience and discuss how we can use this info in the field. The ability to connect with colleagues is valuable and energizing.

The connection between researchers and us (educators in the field) has been incredibly valuable!

The connection to new initiatives, programs, and research have been great opportunities for our county associations.

Parent Education In-Service full presentation/workshop list (in order of delivery)
Day 1

  • Family Life in an Era of Mass Incarceration - Christopher Wildeman
  • Early Childhood Development: Spatial Language and Play - Marianella Casasola
  • Workshop: The Power of Community Cafés - Anna Steinkraus & Elizabeth Wolff

Day 2

  • Toddler Talk Update: Facilitating Cognitive Development in Social Context, Pilot Study - Michael Goldstein, Eliza Lathrop Cook, & Amanda Root
  • Workshop: Role of Social Media in Outreach Efforts - Lee Humphreys
  • Enhancing the Community Impact of School-Based Health Centers in Rural New York via Parenting Education: A Pilot Study - Kim Kopko, Sharon Tennyson, & Maria Arrieta
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Discussion of Gap between Research and Available Interventions - Michael GoldsteinPartnering with Cornell Capstone Course: Experience and Benefits - Jackie Davis-Manigaulte
  • Training for Family Professionals on Positive Discipline - Nancy Olsen-Harbich
  • Parenting In Context Updates - Eliza Lathrop Cook & Kimberly Kopko



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Conference explores Building a Community of Practice

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news-2015rccpconf-inpostThe Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) hosted its fourth international RCCP Conference this summer in Lake George, NY. The conference brings together professionals who work with vulnerable children and families to explore ways to provide the best care for the populations they serve.

Approximately 250 people from 13 countries, including Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, N. Ireland, Bermuda, Ireland, Burundi, Israel, Switzerland, Uganda, and South Korea, as well as 18 different states, attended.

In keeping with this year’s theme, Building a Community of Practice, the event encouraged conversation and collaboration through a variety of workshops, community of practice forums, and social events. The unique format included:

  • Community of Practice forums where professionals met in facilitated groups to share experiences and learn from each other.
  • Children and Family Experiences sessions where attendees heard the voices of children, families, and adults who live or have lived in care settings.
  • Stories of Practice sessions where professionals could record their stories of experiences with children and families in order to share them with other professionals.  RCCP plans to release the stories of practice recordings in a series on their web site.
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) program instructors and Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change (CARE) practice model consultants were available to answer questions about their program's implementation and training.
  • Workshops on understanding self-injury, research, proposal writing, trauma and healing, CARE principles and implementation, TCI implementation, threshold concepts, TCI training innovations using modern media, and many others.

The conference opened with a performance of original songs by The Hillside Youth Voice Band, made up of children in care from the Varick Campus, which is part of the Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, NY. Songs included,“I’m Gonna be Me,” “Can You See Who We Are,” and “You Make a Difference.”

Highlights included presentations by Anthony Burrow on Purpose in Life: Evidence of a Psychological Resource, Howard Bath on Translating Trauma: From Complexity to Clarity, Junelei Li on Simple and Deep Right Before Our Eyes – Simple Interactions as the Active Ingredient for Human Development, Xavier McElrath-Bey with No Child Is Born Bad, and John Lyons on Managing the Business of Personal Change: Transformation Collaborative Outcomes Management.

Keynote speaker Xavier McElrath-Bey has noted,

My childhood traumas of living in poverty, having a mother diagnosed with mental illness, living in fear of an abusive step-father, and being placed in and out of foster care made me ripe for the occasions of impulsive and destructive behavior -- especially gang involvement which gave me the sense of having a new family.

I am a firm believer that no child is born bad...and that all children deserve another chance for positive change.

The final event of the conference, was the panel presentation Children and Families Speak out on “What Works.” The panel was moderated by James Anglin and featured youth and young adults formerly in care and parents of children/youth who have been in care facilities. Panelists spoke of the pain and difficulties surrounding being in care, but also of facility staff that helped and encouraged both the youth in care and their families.

Please see the conference page for further information, including some presentation powerpoints.



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Fifth Biennial Urie Bronfenbrenner Conference, Monday, October 15, 2018

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Fifth Biennial Urie Bronfenbrenner Conference

Minimizing the Collateral Damage: Interventions to Diminish the Consequences of Mass Incarceration for Children

September 15-16, 2016

Conference program

The fifth biennial conference in honor of the legacy of Urie Bronfenbrenner convened a panel of leading researchers in an effort to cultivate interdisciplinary perspectives and consider the micro-, meso-, and macro-level interventions that best minimize the consequences of parental incarceration for children, families, and communities. Presentations emphasized the strongest interdisciplinary research on the consequences of paternal and maternal incarceration for children (with special attention to mediators and moderators) as well as discussing policies and individual-level interventions that could help lessen the likelihood of parental incarceration or help children whose parents have experienced incarceration. The conference’s overarching goal is to strengthen the connections between research, policy, and practice in the area of collateral consequences of mass incarceration for children.

Minimizing the Collateral Damage: Interventions to Diminish the Consequences of Mass Incarceration for Children

September 15-16, 2016

Conference program

The fifth biennial conference in honor of the legacy of Urie Bronfenbrenner convened a panel of leading researchers in an effort to cultivate interdisciplinary perspectives and consider the micro-, meso-, and macro-level interventions that best minimize the consequences of parental incarceration for children, families, and communities. Presentations emphasized the strongest interdisciplinary research on the consequences of paternal and maternal incarceration for children (with special attention to mediators and moderators) as well as discussing policies and individual-level interventions that could help lessen the likelihood of parental incarceration or help children whose parents have experienced incarceration. The conference’s overarching goal is to strengthen the connections between research, policy, and practice in the area of collateral consequences of mass incarceration for children.

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Conference shares latest youth development research

By Olivia M. Hall from the Cornell Chronicle:

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Anthony Burrow, assistant professor of human development and PRYDE co-director, presents a poster on youth and life purpose at the Youth Development Research Update.

Runaway slaves, social media, environmental education, the wisdom of elders – the sixth annual Youth Development Research Update June 1-2 in Ithaca covered a lot of ground.

Funded by the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) in the College of Human Ecology, the conference brought together 55 Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and program leaders, youth service providers from community agencies and Cornell faculty members from across campus to explore how these and other topics relate to children and teens and how to better serve their needs.

“This event creates a unique, interactive space for practitioners and researchers to engage in sustained dialogue about ongoing research and the potential for future collaboration,” said assistant professor of human development Anthony Burrow, who organized the event with Jutta Dotterweich, director of training for BCTR’s ACT for Youth project.

Stephanie Graf, a Youth and Family Program leader with Jefferson County Extension, has developed several fruitful partnerships over five years of attending the conference. For a past project on Defiant Gardens for military families, for example, she worked with professor of natural resources Marianne Krasny, who this year spoke about environmental education programs to support positive youth development.

Krasny outlined how environmental stewardship activities have potential to stimulate positive growth in young people, leading to healthier physical habits, skills for future employment or greater self-confidence and emotional self-regulation. Educators, meanwhile, face the challenge of guiding youth without overly imposing their own experiences and decision-making – a dilemma for which she suggested a reflective practice of providing structure, support, mutual learning, open communication and ultimate accountability. “Positive youth development is possible,” she said, “but it’s not easy.”

Graf found research by Christopher Wildeman, associate professor of policy analysis and management and a BCTR faculty fellow, on the stigma associated with parental incarceration to be equally relevant to her work, where she sometimes encounters children of inmates in her county’s after-school programs.

Wildeman reviewed research on the United States’ historically high rate of incarceration – which at 500 prisoners per 100,000 citizens far outstrips other developed democracies – and its disproportionately negative impact on minority families. He then described a new experimental study in which teachers, presented with hypothetical students new to their classroom, expected more behavioral problems and less competence from children whose fathers are in prison. These results support the “sticky stigma” attached to paternal incarceration, Wildeman said.

History professor Edward Baptist drew a link from Wildeman’s talk when discussing his Freedom on the Move project. “I think that mass incarceration probably wouldn’t exist and certainly wouldn’t have the shape that it does without the strategies that were created to try to control and continue to force people into the institution of slavery,” Baptist said.

One such strategy was for slave masters to place runaway slave ads in newspapers, reinforcing the persistent scrutiny under which even free African-Americans found themselves. Collaborating with colleagues at Cornell and other universities, Baptist has built a crowdsourcing platform that will engage the public in transcribing and parsing data from some 200,000 ads that survive from the period between 1722 and 1865.

A poster session on the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE) concluded the conference, allowing attendees to question researchers about work in its four focus areas: healthy transitions for adolescents; intergenerational connections between high schoolers and older adults; the productive use of social media; and leveraging youth purpose to increase engagement and learning in 4-H.

Burrow, PRYDE co-director, said: “The update provides a rare space for researchers to attend a conference alongside needed collaborators. It’s like having your cake and eating it, too.”

Conference shares latest youth development research - Cornell Chronicle


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Register for the 2016 Youth Development Research Update

Group discussion at 2015 Youth Development Research Update

Group discussion at the 2015 Youth Development Research Update

Each year, the Youth Development Research Update creates a forum for practitioners and Cornell University researchers to discuss issues relevant to the well-being and development of children and adolescents. Together we will ask:

  • How can practitioners use research findings for interventions or practices that benefit young people within various social settings?
  • Which questions emerge from the field that researchers have not explored and need to address?

Registration is now open for the 2016 event.

Sixth Annual Youth Development Research Update

June 1-2, 2016
La Tourelle Inn ~ 1150 Danby Road ~ Ithaca, NY 14850

Day 1 - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

1:00pm - Welcome and Introductions
1:30pm - Research Presentation: Christopher Wildeman
2:45pm - Research Presentation: Marianne E. Krasny
3:45pm - Roundtable Discussions
4:30pm - Adjourn

Day 2 - Thursday, June 2, 2016

9:00am - Welcome Back and Refreshments
9:15am - Introducing the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE)
9:30am - Poster Session: PRYDE Projects

10:30am - Break
10:45am - Large Group Discussion: PRYDE Projects
11:30am - Roundtable Discussions
12:00pm - Lunch and Networking
1:00pm - Research Presentation: Edward E. Baptist
2:00pm - Final Roundtable Discussions and Wrap-up
3:00pm - Adjourn

Full talk descriptions are available on the registration form.

Registration is required and space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. There is no deadline, but registration will close once capacity is met. Please download and complete the registration form and mail it with payment to:

Amy Breese
ACT for Youth Center of Excellence
Cornell University
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research – Beebe Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Contact Amy with questions at or 607-255-7736.

Conference registration and lunch are provided at $60. Participants are responsible for hotel and travel arrangements and expenses. For the group rate of $109, reserve rooms with the La Tourelle Inn by April 29, 2016, and reference Cornell ACT for Youth/BCTR.

La Tourelle Inn
1150 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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Register for RCCP’s “Building a Community of Practice” conference

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The BCTR's Residential Child Care Project (RCCP)  is hosting its fourth International Conference for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Children and Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change (CARE) on June 21-24, 2016 in Lake George, NY. This event will highlight the importance of communities of practice in creating conditions for learning which lead to improving our practice and outcomes for children and families.

Preliminary Program

Featured Speakers

  • Junlei Li, PhD, Co-Director and Associate Professor of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
  • John Lyons, PhD, Senior Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Howard Bath, PhD, Former Children’s Commissioner of The Northern Territory, Brisbane, Australia
  • Xavier McElrath-Bey, MA, Youth Justice Advocate, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Chicago IL
  • James P. Anglin, PhD, Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, BC Canada
  • Laura Steckley, PhD, Course Director, MSc Advanced Residential Child Care;Joint Editor, Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care; School of Social Work & Social Policy/CELCIS; University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  • Graham McPheat, Msc, Bed, Dip SW; Course Leader MSc Child and Youth Care Studies by Distance Learning; Senior Teaching Fellow, Social Work Lead, School of Social Work and Social Policy; University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK
  • Janis Whitlock, PhD, MPH, Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University, NY
  • Angela Stanton-Greenwood, MA, Med, CQSE, Lead Mentor and Positive Behaviour Coach, Hesley Group and Instructor, TCI Europe coordinator, Doncaster, UK
  • Troy Kennedy, Assistant to the Associate Executive, LaSalle School, Albany, NY USA

Panel Discussions

A panel made up of young people in care and family members will discuss their experiences and share what they need from a system of care.

Small Group Sessions

There will be opportunities to meet in groups and community of practice sessions to share innovations in trauma-informed interventions, implementing TCI in School settings, supporting developmental relationships, struggling for the congruency in the application of CARE principles or TCI practices throughout an organization.

Research Papers and Focus Groups

Researchers will have a forum to present research papers, conduct focus groups, and work with other researchers to discuss research, dissemination of research findings, and translational research.

Writing Workshop

Participants desiring to write a paper, an article, or presentation can receive assistance from published and experienced writers.

Trainer Certification

TCI trainers may attend this conference in lieu of a TCI update and apply for recertification. Opportunities for recertification testing will be made available on June 21, the afternoon before the opening conference reception.

CARE trainers may attend this conference in lieu of a CARE recertification workshop and apply for recertification. Opportunities for recertification testing will be made available the morning of June 22 before the opening session.


The registration fee at this 3-day conference is $725.00 USD. The conference fee will cover all programs including the Tuesday evening reception, Wednesday and Thursday lunches, Wednesday night BBQ dinner, Thursday night dinner cruise on Lake George, conference keynotes, panel presentation, small group sessions and workshops, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.

Early Registration Fee of $675.00 USD will be charged to those individuals or organizations that can register participants by January 15, 2016. In order to qualify, you must fill out the attached registration information and send a check or purchase order postmarked prior to January 15, 2016. If you have registered and cannot attend the conference, 50% of the fee will be refunded if we receive notice prior to March 31, 2016. After March 31, 2016 this early registration fee is non-refundable.

Group rate (registration of 3 or more participants) $650.00 USD per person.

A rate of $600.00 USD is being offered to individuals who are presenting conference workshops (2 presenters per workshop) and professionally certified TCI trainers.

Please address any questions regarding registration to: Alissa Medero at

Request for Proposals

Conference organizers are requesting proposals for workshop sessions, research paper presentations, and innovation group discussions. The proposals must be post marked, faxed, or e-mailed no later than November 30, 2015 to be considered. Authors of proposals accepted for the conference will be notified by January 15, 2016. The conference sponsors reserve the sole right to accept or reject any proposal, and to limit to 2 the number of presenters listed in the program. Only 2 presenters per workshop will receive the presenter registration rate of $600.00 USD.

We invite you to submit your proposal on one of the following or related topics:

  • Family engagement
  • Improving the quality of adult/child relationships
  • Trauma informed interventions and programs
  • Reflective practice
  • Innovative training strategies
  • Quality improvement models
  • Integration of evidence informed practices into programming
  • Creating a safe environment/culture of safety
  • Enhancing programming and enriching the environment
  • External agency influences on residential care, foster care, schools, juvenile justice programs
  • Cultural competence
  • Data informed decision-making
  • Implementation strategies
  • Organizational congruence

If you have a proposal that does not fit any of these tracks, please explain fully in a cover letter. In order to have your proposal reviewed, please follow the directions below. Any proposal that does not conform to the outline and requirements below or that has missing information is likely to be rejected.

Full conference and registration information is available here.

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