8th Annual Indiana Systems of Care Conference

A truly excellent recipe combines diverse flavors and ingredients. As recipes are passed down from generation to generation, they are slightly changed to an individual taste, but the core ingredients stay the same. We hope the 8th Annual Indiana Systems of Care Conference…A Recipe for Success, will bring you the same result – diverse ingredients and an experience that is individualized to meet your personal taste. This year’s conference will be held at the Adam’s Mark Indianapolis Airport Hotel on October 3, 2008.


We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Indiana Department of Child Services, along with our valued collaboration with the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Each year mental health professionals, child welfare and juvenile justice workers, educators, families and youth come together to experience the Statewide Indiana Systems of Care Conference. The conference features breakout sessions with topics about the many aspects of systems of care and child welfare practice reform that we share, along with schools and those who work in juvenile justice and probation.  Attendees learn about new ways to serve youth while collaborating with other child serving systems in Indiana. This is one of the only conferences in Indiana that offers cross-system tracks, demonstrating to those who work in mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice and special education how we can work together with youth and families to achieve outcomes we all desire.


Our Guest Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker: Dr. Mike Thomson. For the past 25 years, Dr. Mike has been described as “The Master of Entertainment, Fun and Learning”. More than 2 million people worldwide have enjoyed his presentations. Dr. Mike has been an author, therapist, consultant, coach, education, university professor and internationally admired speaker. His variety of professional experience began in the public school system in Austin, Minnesota, where he worked with the schools, court system and the police department.

Dr. Mike will deliver an inspiring and insightful message entitled “Strategies for Saving your Sanity”. For more information about Dr. Mike, visit his web site at www.itsallaboutcharacter.com.


Concurrent Sessions (Click to Download Session Guide)

  • WRAP for Youth and Families: A Tool for Transition
  • Engaging Families: Know When to Modify the Recipe
  • A Better Way to Work with Difficult Situations: Kids Who Are Medically Fragile
  • Flavor Appreciation: A Cultural Taste Test
  • A Pound of Cure or an Ounce of Prevention: Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence
  • The Elephant on the Table: Recognizing and Dealing with Substance Abuse Issues
  • Indiana DCS Practice Model
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Supports: Quality Ingredients for Successful Schools
  • Substance Abuse, Addiction and Youth in Care
  • Using PowerPoint to Empower Families in Teams
  • 30/Thirty/30: The Ingredients for Early and Effective Child and Family Team Meetings
  • Measuring Strengths and Needs to Dish up Effective Decisions
  • Swapping Recipes
  • Potluck: Putting Together a Successful Team
  • A Better Way to Work with Difficult Situations: Youth with Sexually Maladaptive Behavior
  • Community Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities Demonstration Grant: Seasoning Indiana’s SOC
  • Adding a New Ingredient: Success Using Motivational Interviewing

Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Units will be provided for social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors. We have applied for Continuing Renewal Units for teachers through the Department of Education.


Family Scholarships
A limited number of family scholarships are available. For information please contact Michelle Moreno at 888.543.9727 ext. 8312.


Conference Schedule

  • 7:30 - 9:00 am
  • 9:00 - 9:15 am
  • 9:15 - 10:30 am
    Dr. Mike's keynote
  • 10:30 - 10:45 am
  • 10:45 - 12:15 pm
    Concurrent sessions
  • 12:15 - 1:30 pm
    Lunch and networking
  • 1:30 - 3:00 pm
    Concurrent sessions
  • 3:00 - 3:15 pm
  • 3:15 - 4:45 pm
    Concurrent sessions

Special Thanks to this Year's Conference Sponsors/Exhibitors:

  • Diversified Support Services
  • BKD
  • Hamilton Center, Inc.
  • Valle Vista
  • ChildTrax
  • Lifeway for Youth
  • Indiana Debra Corn Agency
  • The Indianapolis Institute for Families, Inc.
  • Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force
  • Columbus Behavioral Center for Youth and Adolescents Resolute Treatment Facility
  • Bloomington Meadows Hospital
  • Community Health Network
  • Midwest Psychological Center
  • OPG Therapies, Inc.
  • National Youth Advocate Program - Indiana
  • Resource Residential Treatment Facility
  • Damar Services
  • Options Treatment Center
  • Children's Bureau
  • Whites Residential and Family Services, Inc.
  • Midwest Center Gibault Children's Services
  • The Villages
  • Whitewater Valley Care Pavilion
  • Key Consumer Organization
  • SAFY/Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth

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