2017 FaCT Annual Conference Breakout Sessions

Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Supporting Families Overcome Barriers
Presentation from the 2017 FaCT Annual Conference

“Suicide is almost never the result of just one circumstance, but the combination of personal, interpersonal, and external events. The most prominent risk factors were mental illness symptoms, diagnosed mental illness, a history of self-inflicted injury, a history of substance abuse, previous suicide threats, and school or job conflict.” (County Study ? Risk Factors for Teen Self-Inflicted Injury and Suicide in Orange County, OCHCA & Sheriff-Coroner, May 2015). As family strengthening practitioners and agencies, come explore a deeper understanding of this issue that is on the rise in our youth in Orange County. Learn some promising practices that will help you identify risk and discuss prevention and intervention strategies as we help prevent this crisis from continuing to grow.

School Attainment and Teen Health
Creating Environments Where Teens Can Thrive
Presentation from the 2017 FaCT Annual Conference

There are so many challenges facing our teens today ? not least among them anxiety over family immigration status, a dearth of mental services in the county, a spike in regional suicide attempts, an increasing influx of heroin, and many others. This workshop explores the world of youth through the eyes of three organizations who are dedicated to serving them. Panelists will discuss the impediments to school and life success that they are seeing confront the teens they serve, the models and programs they use to empower their teens, and opportunities to align community work with county services and other private supports.

Poverty and Family Stability (Morning Session Only)
Beyond Pantries: Breaking the Cycles of Poverty With Lasting Solutions
Presentation from the 2017 FaCT Annual Conference

Many of the families we serve deal with food insecurity, sporadically if not daily. While hunger clearly puts stressors on a family that can be identified in many ways, at the heart of food insecurity, is financial insecurity.

Join this unique conversation that focuses on how families can be connected to services and opportunities that can stabilize income and lead to lasting financial security. Our panelists represent experts in food insecurity, financial literacy and community development, and entrepreneurship in low-income communities.

We will also be announcing the launch of a new micro-lending offering specifically developed for family resource centers to offer qualified clients.

Immigration and Strong Families
Navigating Immigration Policy: The Current Landscape And How It’s Affecting Families
Presentation from the 2017 FaCT Annual Conference

Changes in federal immigration policy are having profound practical and emotional effects on communities throughout Orange County, and Family Resource Centers are often an early point of contact for families seeking information or services. This session will provide updates on the changing policy landscape, discuss ways for families to protect themselves in the current environment, share information about local resources and responses, and give you an opportunity to interact with our panel of experts, who bring years of experience with immigration law, policy, and services.

Homelessness and Mental Health
Understanding the Interwoven Dynamics
Presentation from the 2017 FaCT Annual Conference

The 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Count found over 15,000 homeless people in Orange County, and an estimated 31% belong to families with at least one minor child. According to 2016 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, one in five people experiencing homelessness had a serious mental illness. As community-based hubs for family-oriented services, Family Resource Centers can be an early point of contact for families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, as well as for families dealing with mental illness. Our panel of experts will share their experience with promising practices to help families who are at risk for homelessness and to provide support for those who are currently homeless.

Family Violence
Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse: Outcomes and Interventions

How can we intervene and strengthen families that have experienced family violence? The health impacts of violence within a family reach far beyond the episodes of abuse. Understanding how this occurs can help in care planning and effectively supporting impacted families. Research and promising practices for working with victims of domestic violence and late life family violence will be shared and discussed. Find out from a panel of experts and community advocates what types of interventions and community based approaches can be implemented to address and reduce the long term consequences associated with family violence.

Understanding and Navigating County Systems
Simplifying the Complicated
Presentation from the 2017 FaCT Annual Conference

The County of Orange offers a wide variety of systems and services designed to strengthen families. Understanding and navigating these services can be a mysterious and cumbersome process for most of us let alone families facing multiple challenges and barriers. Join experts from Social Services Agency, Children and Family Services and Family Self Sufficiency, and Health Care Agency for an overview of the current systems and structures in place and learn how we can simplify the process for families to ensure they receive the services they need.

Arts, Stigma and Mental Health Recovery (Afternoon Session Only)
The Mental Health Benefits of Creative Arts with Children and Families
Presentation from the 2017 FaCT Annual Conference

The Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies, MECCA, is a coalition of community-based agencies serving the Arab, Chinese, Farsi, Korean Spanish and Vietnamese speaking communities. MECCA has been using visual and expressive therapeutic arts in these communities which has been a powerful way of reducing stigma and promoting positive mental health, helping people open-up and having a positive impact on distressed communities. Our presenters will share how art therapy has reduced both self and public stigma and the research that shows that the most effective method for reducing stigma is through direct contact with those affected and by bringing people together through interactive activities such as the mental health dialogues used in our sessions. Art opens the door for expression and dialogue especially in ethnic communities where stigma is deeply rooted. Come learn about art therapy interventions, ways this can be done in your community and the benefits it has had on community members.

CEAC Track: Education and Youth Development
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