Moderated by Kendall Marlowe: The Human Touch - Bringing Real People the Right Help - A multi-disciplinary conversation about possibilities for prevention and the power of prevention in causing change for children and families. In honor of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, Kempe’s Café re-opened its doors! We hosted a panel of professionals (pediatric law, medicine, education, law enforcement, child welfare, policy, and leadership) to engage in a meaningful conversation and search for real solutions that could help real families and identify opportunities for us all to affect prevention. If you missed this stimulating event, watch now to rethink the roles that support children and families!
Presented by Kevin Campbell: Am I Standing in the Place Where I Can Do the Most Good? Mindfully Positioning in Revolutionary Times. William Beveridge the author of the Beveridge Report in 1942 famously said of his plan which launched the modern welfare state, "A revolutionary moment in the world's history is a time for revolutions, not for patching." These are revolutionary times, age old fractures of socially constructed inequalities have been exposed in a global health crisis and a worsening climate catastrophe. Our normal in Child Protection systems has been upended, leaving the question; is a return to normal an opportunity or a grave mistake? Are there better and wiser questions to be asked in the face of new difficult evidence undermining our service traditions?
Presented by Corey B. Best: Hearts, Minds and Collective Power - To be reminded of our inner and collective power, is shared power! Explore the relational connection we all have to power. During this conversation, ground yourself in a reflective space and cross-pollinate ways in which our inner power has and will continue to impact lasting change. The concept of the word power, many times, takes on the meaning of "power over others." It can also address the ways in which we empower ourselves; in Spanish it is called poder, to be able. Participants will share how power has played out in their lives, and utilize shared harvest to be reminded of the ways we have resisted oppressive power.
Presented by Paul Nixon: Seen and Kind of Heard? Exploring the Participation of Children, Youth, and Families in Decision Making. Family engagement practices that involve the family group in decision-making have become more embedded in child welfare practice and policy around the globe. Challenges remain in understanding the genuine, active, and meaningful participation of those with lived experience and members of the family group in these decision-making forums. Child welfare services often unrecognize children and families' capacities, struggle to balance the notions of protection and participation, and implement decision-making environments that are child and family unfriendly. How can systems create fertile ground so that the rights of children, youth and families to voice their points of view are heard and taken seriously? Join us to discuss these tensions and opportunities for innovative, inclusive decision-making processes.
Presented by Kasey Matz (Certified Dare-to-Lead™ Facilitator) Courageous Leadership. Faced with radical uncertainty and an insatiable demand for innovation, human-serving systems need a new approach to leadership. Bestselling author Brené Brown tells us "We need braver leaders and more courageous cultures." Kempe champions leaders to be conscious, compassionate, courageous! YOU ARE the brave leader(s) the world's been waiting for. Kempe is here to get you connected and courageously creating the change the world needs most now, together!
Presented by Ida Drury, PhD (She / Her / Hers): Child Abuse and Neglect in the Time of COVID-19: Stories of Un/certainty. Humans are adverse to uncertainty. We prefer to know what's happening and to accurately predict and plan for what's coming. A pandemic like this calls into question many of the 'certainties' we take for granted. This is true for child abuse and neglect during this time. We know our own experiences or the data that comes in, but we are uncertain about what the world looks like in this new normal with regard to child abuse and neglect.
Presented by Krystal Grint (she, her, hers): Utilizing your leadership role to develop and implement inclusiveness with a diverse workforce. Who you are is how you lead. As a leader, you have influence to create sustainable change. Diversity matters. Does your impact match your intent? Does your diverse team feel a sense of belonging? How do you create space for every member of your team to speak and be heard? What has the members of your team knowing how valuable they are?! Diversity does not equate to inclusion. Leadership is required. Let’s strategize how to cause inclusion. Embrace diversity. Enrich our work environments and change our outcomes, together.
Presented by Colleen Gibley-Reed (She / Her / Hers): Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud - Demonstrating allyship to LGBTQ+ youth and why it matters. June is Pride Month when LGBTQ+ communities come together across the world and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. This Kempe Café will introduce attendees to effective approaches to support LGBTQ+ youth who are particularly vulnerable. Join us as we learn about the history behind Pride month, key terms and concepts, and strategies to demonstrate allyship in both your personal and professional life.
Presented by Kendall Marlowe: We Don't Ever Give Up - Using What Works to Bring Families Back Together. Reunification is child welfare's first and highest goal, but how do we achieve it when parents are recovering from serious substance abuse? What do we know about what works? Journey with us through hope and triumph to learn from a mother of four, her worker, and the judge that brought them together.
Presented by David Mandel: Strengthening Community-Based Domestic Violence Interventions - Looking beyond the criminal justice system for answers to domestic violence. In the United States, the centerpiece of the efforts to hold men accountable for their violence to their families has been pro-arrest policies, criminal sanctions, incarceration and the enforcement of court orders. These efforts have worked to keep some women safer, hold some perpetrators accountable and have helped shift public perceptions of domestic violence from a private matter to a public safety issue. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge how these efforts have failed to help many women, particularly many women of color. In this online learning experience, David Mandel, Executive Director of the Safe & Together Institute will discuss how we need to expand our efforts to offer community-based options to promote safety and freedom for domestic violence survivors.
Presented by Colleen Gibley-Reed: We are in the Same boat but NOT the Same Storm - Understanding and Owning our Grief. Grief hits us at our core. Grief drives dis-ease. Grief creates discomfort. And grief is such a natural part of the human experience. As Mr. Rogers would say, "anything human is mentionable and everything mentionable, is manageable." The current state of our union has us all experiencing losses at disarming rates and with loss, comes grief. Join us as we explore your relationship with grief, grief's impact on you and the children and families you serve.
Making the Most of Our New Normal Presented by Michelle Mares: Understanding and Owning our Impact. In honor of May being National Foster Care Month, Kempe's Café will host an event you do not want to miss! Amanda Scott and Julian Lucas-McHenry are thriving, resilient adults, both whom, grew up in foster care. They'll join us for this Thursday's Kempe Café and have agreed to share their unique stories with you. Join us for this exclusive and enlightening conversation. Connection, from the inside-out, is guaranteed.
Presented by Dan Comer: The Power of Positivity - Seeing Possibilities Everywhere. ‘Resilience’ refers to a person’s ability to “bounce back” from hardship. For many, Covid-19 has revealed some of the biggest challenges of our lives. Never have we needed to be more resilient than now. We’ll dig into the science behind the power of positivity. We’ll discover the resources you need to champion your resilience. We’ll show you the way back to your ‘best self’ and we’ll move forward together, through these unprecedented times.