ICW Training Institutes
September 5-7, 2012 | Portland, Oregon
Workshops (Select One)
Promoting Youth and Family Involvement
Elders traditionally taught community members and families how to live in balance with one another and their surroundings, and young people worked alongside their parents and elders to learn the way of life. Similarly, in today's world, successful community-based programs include two elements that were present in past generations: youth participation and family voice. This workshop will provide tools and insights into how your community can become family-driven and youth-guided. Most funding opportunities today require programs to implement a family-focused and youth-guided component, and research is showing the importance of having youth and family members involved in the planning and implementation of community-based programs. This workshop will give you an understanding of these concepts to help you as your community acquires funding and implements these programs. We will present family-driven and youth-guided concepts and steps for how to begin to integrate these important components into your community.
The workshop will begin with the foundation of the Relational Worldview as the context for how we, as Native people, think and then move into the content of what a family-driven and youth-guided program in Indian Country looks like. In addition, communities that are not used to giving parents and youth a voice in their decision making and program development often find it difficult to change their focus to begin including the families and youth into the way they do business. So this workshop will include strategies to help guard you from losing this focus and keeping your program on the path to family-driven and youth-guided care.
Promoting Best Practices in Engagement and Recruitment of Tribal Foster Homes
Instructor: Nadja Jones, Senior Community Development Specialist
This train-the-trainer demonstration is specific to building the capacity of a tribe to improve the out-of-home placement experience for tribal children. This training examines the issues and tasks in Indian foster family care. It introduces the Indian child welfare worker to basic concepts and processes involved in the placement of children. The training is designed to provide the Indian child welfare worker with an understanding of historical and cultural factors involved in foster family care. Work with parents and children and recruiting tribal foster parents is discussed. This event is train-the-trainers; the participants will become trainers in their communities for this curriculum on capacity- and professional knowledge-building.
- Learn how to build a supportive network for families at risk for children to be removed.
- Learn how to engage and support the relationship between the placement family and the family of origin.
- Learn how to identify case management practices that support reunification and ICWA.
- Learn the steps to defining and asserting the rights of the child, the family of origin, and the placement family.
Early-bird registration (Postmarked/received on or before August 15, 2012) = $350
Regular Registration (Postmarked/received after August, 2012) = $400
Pre-registration for this event is now closed. Spaces are still available in both classes, however the registration process must be conducted on-site.
Training Location and Host Hotel
Red Lion Hotel Portland (Convention Center)
1021 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Room Rate = $89 per night (+tax) until Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Reservations by phone: (800) RED-LION or (800) 733-5466
Make your reservation at the Red Lion Hotel by the Oregon Convention Center by calling (800) RED-LION (800-733-5466). Be sure to identify yourself as a participant in the NICWA training institutes in order to receive the special room rate of $89 per night (+tax). Reservations must be made by August 14, 2012, in order to qualify for this special rate. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Individual cancellations must be received by 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to arrival, otherwise one night's room and tax will be billed to the credit card on file.
Please note: These training events are hosted exclusively out of the host hotel with no part of them taking place in the Oregon Convention Center. There will be signage in the hotel lobby on the day of your training directing you to the appropriate meeting room.
Airport and Ground Transportation Information
The closest major airport to the training location is the Portland International Airport (PDX).
The Red Lion Hotel does not provide an airport shuttle to training institute participants; however, travel from the airport can be achieved quite economically (approximate cost= $2.50) by utilizing Portland's MAX Light Rail system. Below you will find a list of links that may assist you in your travels.
Coffee and tea are provided throughout each day of training as well as lunch on the first day of training. Participants should plan to provide for all other meals, snacks, and beverages. The host hotel has breakfast, dinner, and snacks available on, a small sundries shop with grab and go snack items, and there are a wide variety of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, as well as a mall with a food court about 3/4 of a mile away.
The government per diem rates for the State of Oregon can be found here.
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For a list of commonly asked questions surrounding the ICW training Institutes, refer to the link below. All other questions can be forwarded to NICWA's event manager, Laurie Evans at email@example.com.