Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing

Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing

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What is normalcy? A new guidebook and video from Texas CASA, Inc. and the Children’s Commission help define normalcy for children in foster care and ways we can all help support the children in our care. https://bit.ly/3uozTZB
We've gathered the latest social work news and events across Texas and nationally. Check out this month's News From The Field: https://bit.ly/3r7SMOs
Join us and UTMB Center for Violence Prevention for a virtual discussion of our new report on children exposed to domestic violence across Texas. 1.5 CEUs available! https://bit.ly/CEDV22
Register now and earn 1 CEU at our virtual lunch and learn on defense mechanisms! Helping professionals will learn how common defenses protect and harm clients. bit.ly/31q2UI5
Birth parents and foster caregivers participating in First3Years' Safe Babies program significantly improved their coparenting relationships. Learn more in our new evaluation report: https://bit.ly/3pSLZHH
Helping caregivers prevent harm is central to our work. Learn more from our researchers in a new blog post: https://bit.ly/3qDvvUf
Domestic violence survivors in Texas struggle to access childcare, housing, and other basic needs, according to a study we conducted with UTMB Center for Violence Prevention.

Join us on 1/27 to discuss key findings and recommendations from the report and earn 1.5 CEUs: https://bit.ly/CEDV22
We're showcasing our latest research at #SSWR2022! Check out our ePosters on family engagement in child welfare, healthy relationships for youth in care, and foster parents' ACEs.
"I truly envision that we can move from being a system that is mainly focused on placing children with strangers […] that we can move that to system that supports grandmas, uncles, cousins, people that the children already know."

Hear more from Sixto Cancel on transforming the foster care system through Think of Us: https://to.pbs.org/33gT4sD
We can't wait to hear our director Dr. Monica Faulkner present on how to help migrant children at Clarity Child Guidance Center's annual summit!

Learn more about Dr. Faulkner and the other expert presenters: https://bit.ly/3n29hsS
Apply now to serve as a paid foster caregiver consultant for our Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative!

As a consultant, you’ll get the chance to collaborate with caregivers across Texas to provide feedback on tools and resources while earning a $400 stipend for your time. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3kUj00x
Registration is now open for our next virtual Psychoanalytic Lunch & Learn! Register now to explore how defense mechanisms protect and harm and earn 1 CEU. https://bit.ly/31q2UI5

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing connects communities to research, training, and programs that promote the wellbeing and resilience of children & families

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) is located within the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Utilizing our experiences in both direct social work practice and social welfare policy, our researchers seek to build evidence for social work practitioners and policy makers to improve practices and systems.

Operating as usual

03/24/2022

Join us and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies for a discussion on the intersections of migration, mental health, and trauma-informed interpretation on Tuesday, 4/12. https://bit.ly/3L3dZQx

03/23/2022

The fight to #ProtectTransYouth is far from over. To support the ongoing movement, the Center for the Developing Adolescent and FrameWorks Institute put together 6 strategies for communicating about the needs of trans youth. bit.ly/37nuAzU

03/22/2022

In our latest blog, learn how our team at Girasol Texas is creating a network of mental health professionals to help immigrants in Austin avoid deportation. https://bit.ly/3vKpHeu

03/17/2022

Child welfare practitioners in Texas can now sign up for our foundational online courses designed to help professionals:

✅ Improve family engagement
✅ Center social justice
✅ Understand trauma + developmental stages

Learn more and register today! bit.ly/CWA-foundations

03/16/2022

Next Friday, earn 1 CEU and find out how borderline personality disorder and childhood attachment intersect at our virtual training. https://bit.ly/3pXxa6k

03/15/2022

As part of our advocacy alongside the Rooted Initiative, we're inviting immigrant students and alumni at UT Austin to share about their experiences on campus.

Join a focus group today to help inform our advocacy for an immigrant student support center! https://bit.ly/3w5ieHg

03/12/2022

Immigration attorneys in Austin can learn how to connect clients with free mental health assessments in our new 1.5 CEU workshop. https://bit.ly/3rFV3AF

03/11/2022

Foster youth who participate in National Angels programs are connected with support, guidance, and mentorship.

Read our evaluation report to learn more ➡️ bit.ly/NationalAngelsEvaluation

03/10/2022

Since 2019, our team members at Girasol Texas have trained over 100 mental health professionals to help immigrants in Austin seek asylum and other protections against deportation.

Learn more in our new blog post: https://bit.ly/3vKpHeu

03/09/2022

"We stand strongly in support of providing affirming medical care to LGBTQI+ children and youth, including those who are transgender, gender non-confirming, and those to whom such care is denied." Read more from the Children's Bureau ➡️ https://bit.ly/3pH2yWF

03/08/2022

Join us in welcoming our four new Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative partner agencies! These agencies will pilot and test our sexual and reproductive health interventions designed for youth, foster caregivers, and staff.

✨ THRU Project supports youth in Bexar County as they transition out of foster care by helping them get a job, apply to college, and more.

✨ THFC Trels Home For Children TH4C offers 24-hour residential care, counseling, and emergency shelter for youth in care in the Houston area.

✨ ​ Upbring in the Rio Grande Valley serves families hoping to foster or adopt and works to increase child vitality, wellness, and safety.

✨ Youth In View Foster Care and Adoption Agency is a statewide organization promoting the wellbeing of families through parent skill training, therapeutic foster care, + more.

Learn more about the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative: https://tfyhi.socialwork.utexas.edu/about-the-texas-foster-youth-health-initiative/

03/06/2022

Last year, we surveyed Steve Hicks School of Social Work - UT Austin conference attendees to explore the impact of COVID-19 on school social work services. Read our new one-pager breaking down key findings and recommendations for improvement statewide. https://bit.ly/3vsN0tc

03/04/2022

Our new evaluation report shows National Angels programs:

✨ Meet the needs of foster caregivers + youth
✨ Create long-lasting relationships
✨ Promote normal experiences for youth in foster care

Read the full report 👉 https://bit.ly/NationalAngelsEvaluation

03/03/2022

Join us next Tuesday, 3/8, for a 2 CEU workshop on conducting tele-mental health assessments for immigration relief cases. https://bit.ly/3B7lfHq

03/01/2022

NEW: We’ve launched online certificate courses and have been developing a practice model designed to help child welfare professionals engage with birth families.

Check out our new website to learn more about:

✅ Our practice model designed to help Texas child welfare agencies engage families

✅ Free virtual courses and certificate tracks focused on improving family engagement and mitigating bias

https://txpop.socialwork.utexas.edu/

02/28/2022

TDVAM - Ana Belén Zelaya

“Look for healthy relationships within your friendships and with people around you.” Learn more from our Houston coordinator for the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative. #TDVAM The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

02/26/2022

We're launching a post-graduate certificate in psychoanalytic social work this year. Learn more and fill out our interest form to be the first to get updates! https://bit.ly/3LVHFQO

02/25/2022

We're marking ✨18 months✨ of progress on our Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative! From July–December 2021, we:

✅ Grew our Texas Innovation Network
✅ Engaged consultants statewide
✅ Piloted 2 interventions for youth in care

Read our new progress report to learn more. https://bit.ly/3sMJgja Healthy Futures of Texas The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services North Texas Alliance to Reduce Teen Pregnancy

02/24/2022

NASW-TX Continues to Oppose any Efforts to Redefine Child Abuse to Include Gender Affirming Care!

NASW-TX stands opposed to any efforts to change the definition of child abuse to include “gender affirming care”. These continued attempts to change the definition of child abuse are in direct opposition to social work values, principles, and our Code of Ethics and pose danger to transgender youth and their families.

NASW-TX reminds licensed social workers that this a non-binding legal opinion and they still have professional discretion on mandatory reporting. No rules on reporting were changed through this opinion, nor through the Governor's letter. Here us our full statement: bit.ly/3v8ciwB

Take action now and tell Texas leadership that you support trans kids and their families: bit.ly/TXSocialWorkersSupportTransKids

#TXsocialworkerssupporttranskids #transrightsarehumanrights #translivesmattertexas

02/23/2022

Young Adult Consultant - Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

“If a friend came to me concerned about their relationship being healthy or not, I would let them know that I’m listening and there for them.”

Hear more from one of our TFYHI Young Adult Consultants. #TDVAM

02/23/2022

There's still time to earn 1.5 CEUs by joining our Lunch & Learn this Friday! Participants will learn about a psycho-educational intervention designed to improve foster and adoptive caregivers' parenting. https://bit.ly/3BiX9tc

02/22/2022

Tomorrow marks the start of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work - UT Austin's annual conference for school social workers!

Our Texas School Social Workers Network member Dr. Cynthia Franklin will present on solution-focused brief therapy. Learn more and register now: https://bit.ly/3Bmoaw3

Photos from Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing's post 02/22/2022

We're thrilled to announce our research assistant professor Dr. Tina Adkins won the American Psychological Association Division 39 Research Committee poster award! 🎉

The award-winning poster explored Dr. Adkins' research psycho-educational interventions for foster parents. Learn more about her research: bit.ly/3gVE9rg

02/19/2022

Pastor Pat - Teen DV Awareness Month

One of our TFYHI Caregiver Consultants offers advice to new foster caregivers on navigating conversations about sexual health with teens in a new video.

Find more resources for youth in care and foster caregivers by subscribing to our Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative newsletter! https://bit.ly/3Bmm8Mv #TDVAM

02/18/2022

If you're an immigration attorney in Austin, join our new training to find out how your clients can receive free mental health assessments!

Register now and earn 1.5 CEUs ➡️ https://bit.ly/3rFV3AF

02/17/2022

Join us on Friday, 2/25 to learn about a psycho-educational intervention designed to help foster caregivers improve parenting skills. https://bit.ly/3BiX9tc

02/16/2022

Every relationship is unique, but all healthy relationships have a few things in common. Find out whether your relationship is built on respect and support with our quiz! https://bit.ly/3IDdpYC #TDVAM

02/14/2022

This Friday, our director Dr. Monica Faulkner will present on trauma-informed work with immigrant families and children at Clarity Child Guidance Center's conference. Register now! https://bit.ly/34FCT8Z

02/12/2022

Mental health professionals can learn how to support immigration relief cases in our new training.

Register now and earn 2 CEUs! https://bit.ly/3B7lfHq

02/10/2022

Carolina Salmeron - Teen DV Awareness Month

“You can support a friend by listening and holding your judgment.”

Learn more from our Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative statewide training coordinator. #TDVAM https://vimeo.com/672851777

02/08/2022

This Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, our Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative is sharing resources to promote conversations about healthy relationships.

As a foster caregiver, giving youth in care space to talk about sex and dating can help them navigate their relationships. Explore our tools and resources for foster caregivers: https://bit.ly/3IGQ7Rq #TDVAM #TDVAM2022

Casa Portal 02/04/2022

Casa Portal

What is normalcy? A new guidebook and video from Texas CASA, Inc. and the Children’s Commission help define normalcy for children in foster care and ways we can all help support the children in our care. https://bit.ly/3uozTZB

Casa Portal Casa Portal

01/29/2022

We've gathered the latest social work news and events across Texas and nationally. Check out this month's News From The Field: https://bit.ly/3r7SMOs

01/27/2022

Join us and UTMB Center for Violence Prevention for a virtual discussion of our new report on children exposed to domestic violence across Texas. 1.5 CEUs available! https://bit.ly/CEDV22

01/26/2022

Register now and earn 1 CEU at our virtual lunch and learn on defense mechanisms! Helping professionals will learn how common defenses protect and harm clients. bit.ly/31q2UI5

Our Story

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) was originally a continuation/evolution of the Protective Services Training Institute (PSTI). Under the leadership of Dr. Jim Schwab, PSTI contracted with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to train Child Protective Services workers. For over ten years, PSTI trained thousands of caseworkers across the State of Texas. While the focus on training was successful, there was a general desire to expand the institute’s impact to include research activities related to child welfare services and family issues in general. Thus, The Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) was created in 2010 to encompass both training and research related to child and family issues, with a strong emphasis on child welfare issues. In 2016, CFRI changed it’s name to Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) to encompass the expanded scope of our work, factoring in our new programs, professional development opportunities such as our trainings and Child Welfare conference and our renewed sense to unite academia and research with practitioners and advocates who work directly with children and families.

Our Vision

Communities where all children and families thrive.

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TDVAM - Ana Belén Zelaya
Young Adult Consultant - Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Pastor Pat - Teen DV Awareness Month
Carolina Salmeron - Teen DV Awareness Month
For this month's edition of News from the Field, we are excited for our free upcoming two-part workshop for child welfar...
In this month's edition of News From The Field, we are excited to announce that registration is open for the Sue Fairban...
Summer's here! Which, for a lot of people, can mean a break in the routine (for you or your family), and perhaps an esca...
We don't know about you, but May at the TXICFW office is flying by! As we gear up for summer (😎), we’re excited to see o...
Good morning! In our latest edition of News from the Field, we have several exciting events and publications to share wi...

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