2013 Symposium on Fairness and Equity Issues in Child Welfare Training and Education

May 14, 2013 | Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, Emeryville

Equity Through Engagement: Creating Positive Child Welfare and Mental Health Outcomes for ALL Children and Families

In anticipation of implementing the statewide Core Practice Model, this year’s Symposium on Fairness and Equity Issues in Child Welfare Training and Education will examine how equity, as conveyed through engagement, promotes child and family well-being across California's child welfare and mental health systems. 

The event is sponsored by CalSWEC in conjunction with the Regional Training Academies and the California Department of Social Services. Now in its 10th year, the symposium will continue its tradition of providing a statewide forum for sharing training and education strategies to develop the workforce for delivering high-quality social services in California.


Robbin Huff-Musgrove, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to the development of cultural competency by individual practitioners and organizational training systems, including specialization in the effects of psychological and cultural factors on mental health and service delivery. 

Dr. Huff-Musgrove served as a member of the California Department of Mental Health’s Cultural Competency Advisory Committee and as a Master Trainer and Cultural Competency Consultant for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. At the 2007 symposium, Dr. Huff-Musgrove presented the California Brief Multicultural Competency (Scale Based) Training Program. This year, we are honored to have her return to deliver the keynote address, Achieving Fairness and Equity Through Systems Transformation and Community Engagement.

Additional Presentations

  • Representatives from California Partners for Permanency (CAPP) will discuss how to build a comprehensive cross-systems and culturally responsive approach with communities and tribes to create system-level  and practice change.
  • The USC Center on Child Welfare will present Engaging to Meet the Needs of Children and Families, a curriculum developed for use by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to serve children’s underlying needs.
  • A youth panel  from California Youth Connection will share their perspectives and recommendations about receiving mental health services through the child welfare system.
  • Population-specific sessions regarding mental health issues will address the needs and experiences of African American, Native American, Latino, and LGBT youth and their families.


  • Leaders, managers, trainers, and educators in the fields of child welfare and mental health
  • Parent and youth advocates
  • Community partners and leaders in community-level service provision

Historic Purpose of the Symposium

The symposium offers opportunities to formulate collaborative training solutions that advance fair and equitable practice and policy in child welfare.

  • Presenters and participants are invited to share their expertise and challenges in the training and teaching of fairness and equity concepts, practices, and values.
  • Participants—from new practitioners to seasoned supervisors and administrators—are called upon to critically examine their own biases and earnestly discuss how to raise awareness and improve outcomes at all systemic levels.

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