Fairness and Equity Symposium Centers on Engagement

Engagement along with bridging the practice issues common to both child welfare and mental health systems were the focus of this year’s Symposium on Fairness and Equity Issues in Child Welfare Training and Education. Engagement is also a key component of the new Core Practice Model that is part of the Katie A. Settlement Agreement.

With “Equity Through Engagement: Creating Positive Child Welfare and Mental Health Outcomes for ALL Children and Families” as its theme, the symposium drew nearly 100 trainers and educators from throughout California.


View or download a copy of the symposium program.

A panel of dynamic and resilient former foster youth from the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project, introduced by Project Director Jamie Lee Evans, spoke with poignant eloquence about the importance of individual caring adults who helped them surmount multiple life challenges to their mental health and overall welfare. 

On the systems level, keynote speaker Dr. Robbin Huff-Musgrove, a child psychologist, addressed the agency transformations that are necessary to support engagement by practitioners, while presenters Alberto Reynoso and Pastor Barry Knight advised trainers and educators about strategies for teaching engagement and coaching skills.

A series of breakout sessions focused on building effective engagement skills attuned to the life experiences of specific populations:


View or download photos from the symposium.

In the collaborative spirit of the Core Practice Model, mental health  trainers and educators will be welcomed to future fairness and equity symposia. 

The symposium is sponsored by CalSWEC in conjunction with the Regional Training Academies and the California Department of Social Services.

More Information
For more program details, visit the 2013 symposium page. Also, find out more about CalSWEC's fairness and equity activities, or contact Training and Currciculum Specialist Phyllis Jeroslow,