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  • This Partnership began in the 1980s. The Court and CSULA officials and the county created this innovative learning resource as an adjunct to the Edelman Children’s Court.
  • The initial goals of shared training, measuring the effectiveness of court inventions, and exploring continuing education launched the Partnership.
  • Now the Partnership is committed to providing educational experiences (internships) for students, providing opportunities for cross-training and education and helping the court measure and evaluate its interventions.

            Once the Partnership was formally approved by the Board of Supervisors:

  • A steering committee was convened in 1990; this group technically oversees the Partnership and meets three times a year. The steering committee consists of representatives from the Juvenile Dependency Court and the CSULA faculty members who have expertise in child maltreatment and family violence. That group continues to meet three times a year. The steering committee also contains the Advisory Committee for the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute.
  • One benefit that emerged from this Partnership was the creation of the CSULA Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute. In 1990, this Institute began serving as an educational resource for interdisciplinary education and multidisciplinary professional training and consultation. The Institute also coordinates the various aspects of the Partnership on the CSULA campus.

            At CSULA, the Partnership has three distinct components, headed by specific faculty members with expertise in child maltreatment and family violence:

  • Internship and Training and Overall Director Led by Colleen Friend, Ph.D., Director, Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute, this component is responsible for student placement, training exchanges between the organizations, maintenance of the resource center and general coordination.  Students who obtain the Child Maltreatment and Family Violence certificate complete an internship at the Juvenile Court.
                                                    

  • Research        Led by Mitchell Eisen, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Psychology, this component is responsible for encouraging and assisting faculty (and their students) with the complexities of research approvals in both agencies. Dr. Eisen initially coordinated activities and resources for “Court Scholars” who were attending CSULA after emancipating from the child welfare system. The CSULA Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) has now taken over that function. They actively support students with information, specific guidance and ongoing recognition of their accomplishments.
  • Conference Initially led by Hershel Swinger, Ph.D., this component is responsible for the annual conference known as the New Beginning for Partnerships for Children and Families in L.A. County. This last conference was its fourteenth year of operation. This interdisciplinary conference presents the latest research in juvenile justice and child welfare. Dr. Swinger died in 2012. The conference is now being planned for 2013. It will be held at its original home, the CSULA campus on September 12, 2013. Proposals should be sent to Judge Nash via the instructions on the attachment. The conference will also include a poster session to showcase student research. Abstracts should be submitted for consideration. Child abuse organizations have pledged awards for the best posters.
      • Proposal for workshops for 2013 conference

Annual Partnership Conference of A New Beginning for Partnerships for Children & Families In Los Angeles County

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Campus of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)

2013 Call for Proposals

Deadline:    Monday, July 1, 2013

Invitation for Proposals                               

The CSLA/Dependency Court Partnership invites you to submit a workshop proposal for their Annual Conference scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2013 on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)
The goals of this conference are to educate, train, present ideas and create dialogue on important issues concerning the welfare of vulnerable children and families.
In keeping with the multidisciplinary spirit of the program, we encourage practitioners, educators, researchers and advocates in all aspects of child welfare to participate.

General Guidelines for Presentations

All presentations are one and one-half hours in length, including time for questions from the audience.
Panels should not exceed one (1) moderator with four (4) panel members to ensure that each speaker has adequate time to speak.
Presenters should be able to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse audience.  Conference participants include mental health professionals, social workers, students, attorneys, bench officers and law enforcement, among others.  Presenters who read their presentations have not been well received.
Conference registration fees are waived for presenters.  Presenters are welcome to stay and attend the luncheon and other workshops.
Presenters are encouraged to submit   original material for inclusion in the Conference Resource CD.  Each workshop is limited to 50-pages only.

For More Information

For further information, call the office of the Juvenile Court Presiding Judge at (323) 526-6377.

Specific Guidelines

Each submission must include:

  • One copy of the Proposal Cover Page, filled out in its entirety.
  • One copy of the Presenter Information Form, filled out in its entirety.
  • The title of the presentation with a two to three sentence description which will be included in the conference brochure.  The description may not exceed the allocated space as indicated on the cover sheet.
  • One copy of a one-page, double spaced abstract on plain white paper which will be used by reviewers to make selections.
  • Resume and biography for each presenter.  (MANDATORY)

Completed proposals for presentations must be received no later than July 1, 2013
Guidelines will be strictly enforced due to the high number of proposals received.

  • Sample Title & Description             (This will appear in the brochure)
    New Issues and Pending Legislation in Child Dependency Law
    This workshop will address contemporary issues in child dependency law.  Topics to be discussed will include, but not limited to, recent developments in the child abuse reporting laws, protocols for coordinating juvenile cases and evidentiary conundrums and pending legislation.
  • Sample Abstract             (This will be used in the selection process.)
    This panel will focus on current legal developments in child dependency law including a discussion of recent cases and pending legislation.  Many of the issues will involve examination of complex evidentiary problems, as well as issues with system-wide implications such as how that evidence might change a criminal defendant’s plea negotiation strategy in a criminal case, or how it might impact a parent’s willingness to participate in court-ordered therapy.  In addition to discussing the ramifications of some legislative changes, the panel will debate other “hot” areas of dependency law such as hearsay rules, protocols for coordinating juvenile cases, and the child abuse reporting laws.
  • The Annual CSLA/Dependency Court Partnership Conference
    September 12, 2013, California State University, Los Angeles

    PROPOSAL COVER PAGE

    Complete this form for your panel’s contact person and the attached sheet for the remaining panel members.  Print names exactly as you want them in the brochure.  (e.g. John Doe, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.)  Proposals must be received no later than Monday, July 1, 2013.

    Workshop Title:__________________________________________________________

    Name:___________________________Highest Degree:__________________________

    Organization:_______________________________Position:______________________

    Address:________________________________________________________________

    City/State/Zip:__________________________________________________________

    Phone (   )_________________Ext.:________Fax: (   )__________________________

    Audiovisual Equipment & Other Needs
    q         White board & markers               q     VHS & monitor                q   Slide Projector
    q         Overhead projector                     q     Other:______________________________


    q         Please indicate any special needs you may have (i.e. ASL interpreter);                               

     

    Brochure Description
    The description cannot exceed the space in the box below:

     

     

     

     

    Send completed proposals to:             Judge Michael Nash
                                                                201 Centre Plaza Drive
                                                                Monterey Park, CA  91754    

    Or you may fax materials to:  (323) 881-3794
    Or you may email materials to: mnash@lasuperiorcourt.org

    PRESENTER INFORMATION FORM

    Please type or print names exactly as you want them in the brochure.  Panels can have no more than one moderator and four panelists (five total).

    #1        Name:_____________________________Highest Degree:_____________________

                Organization:________________________Position:__________________________

                Address:_____________________________________________________________

                City/State/Zip:________________________________________________________

                Phone: (   )___________________Ext.:_____Fax: (   )________________________

     

    #2        Name:_____________________________Highest Degree:_____________________

                Organization:________________________Position:___________________________

                Address:_____________________________________________________________

                City/State/Zip:_________________________________________________________

                Phone: (   )___________________Ext.:_____Fax: (   )_________________________

     

    #3        Name:_____________________________Highest Degree:_____________________

                Organization:________________________Position:___________________________

                Address:_____________________________________________________________

                City/State/Zip:_________________________________________________________

                Phone: (   )___________________Ext.:_____Fax: (   )_________________________

     

    #4        Name:_____________________________Highest Degree:______________________

                Organization:________________________Position:____________________________

                Address:______________________________________________________________

                City/State/Zip:__________________________________________________________

                Phone: (   )___________________Ext.:_____Fax: (   )__________________________

    #5        Name:_____________________________Highest Degree:______________________

                Organization:________________________Position:____________________________

                Address:______________________________________________________________

                City/State/Zip:__________________________________________________________

                Phone: (   )___________________Ext.:_____Fax: (   )__________________________

        • Poster session information
          • We are pleased to announce the reinstitution of the Juvenile Court/ Cal State LA Partnership Conference this year!  For those who are not familiar this, it has been an annual event held at the LA convention halls attended by over 1,000 judges, lawyers child welfare workers and various folks associated with the dependency and delinquency court  systems. This year the conference will be held on the campus of Cal State LA on Thursday, September 12, 2013.   The conference will consist of a plenary session, two workshop sessions of at least 10 workshops each, and breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Due to space issues, the conference will be limited to 800 attendees on a first come-first serve basis.  
             
            POSTERS
            As part of the conference we will also have a poster session with research done by faculty and students from around the greater Los Angeles area.
            Research should be related to the broader child welfare system, which extends from dependency to delinquency. This is an excellent opportunity to present applied work to the people who work in the system. The audience will be judges, lawyers, DCFS workers, probation officers and everyone else who works in the LA county delinquency and dependency systems.  Due to space constraints, only the presenting author will be able to attend the conference.

            HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPSAL
            Send a 200 word abstract describing your research (strict 200 word limit).   Make sure to list the authors, institution and contact information for the corresponding author (not included in the 200 word count). The abstracts should be sent to Professors Mitchell Eisen & Colleen Friend: meisen@calstatela.edu. Feel free to send this invitation to other interested parties.  Although research proposals can be submitted by anyone; we are especially interested in proposals involving student researchers who are former foster youth.  If one of the authors on the proposal is a former foster youth, please note this when submitting your abstract.
          • Due Date : June 29, 2013
          • Awards will be made for the top rated Posters. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, California chapter (CAPSAC) is one of the organizations that will be making an award to the top research poster.  Other organizations are being solicited to make awards.  This is a great opportunity to mentor your students to experience the benefits of a professional conference and for the prospect of winning an award!
          • Student Stipends:  Students who want to attend the conference, but are not able to submit a proposal, will want to contact us at the above email address for more information about student stipends to cover the registration fees.  We have requested stipends and will have more information in August. We are developing a list of interested students.

     

    All three of these components are supported by Juvenile Court funding and contracted through the CSULA College of Health and Human Services. Now that CSULA is the home of the new California Forensic Science Institute, the Partnership is in a unique position to educate students, faculty and court employees who are interested in serving maltreated children, their families and court related systems. This will be bigger (parallel with all 3 components) and last we have also attempted to expand the Partnership through outreach to youth emancipating from the foster care system and by recruiting more students for the Child Abuse and Family Violence Certificate Program.

     

 
 

 

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