Webinar Replay – Improving Cultural Competency in Child Welfare
Do you practice from a culturally competent perspective?
Have you kept up as perspectives, attitudes, and success factors in child welfare have evolved?
In this informative session, expert practitioners shared leading strategies for better incorporating cultural competency into day-to-day human services work.
Key Topics Covered in this Webinar:
- The definition of cultural competency
- The impact of cultural competency (and lack thereof) in child welfare agencies and practice
- Strategies to overcome modern challenges and ensure successful cultural competency
Dr. Jaworski Davenport, Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (MDCPS)
Dr. Davenport serves as MDCPS’s Deputy Director of Child Safety, having past served as Deputy Director of Field Operations – Data Analysis, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Social Worker Advanced, and a Family Preservation Program Specialist. He began his career with MDCPS in Jefferson/Lincoln Counties (then region 5) as a family preservation social worker. Dr. Davenport is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program for social work at Jackson State University and the school of social work at Alcorn State University.
Dr. Lucy Cannon, LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Dr. Cannon is the CEO/Owner of LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC, a human services training and consulting company in the Atlanta area. She helps organizations with the development and implementation of new programs, and then supports those organizations in maintaining their best practices. A national trainer on mental health and cultural competency, Dr. Cannon works with the Department of the Navy Reserve and its Yellow Ribbon Programs. She is also an adjunct professor at Clark Atlanta University’s school of social work. Dr. Cannon serves as a board member for multiple healthcare organizations in Atlanta.
Bronwyn Armstrong, RedMane Technology Child Welfare Practice
Bronwyn Armstrong began her career over 25 years ago working with the developmentally delayed community and supporting children, youth, and young adults residentially and through community inclusion. Bronwyn then transitioned to working with adolescents aged 12-18 in the area of mental health assessment and treatment within a provincial treatment facility where she worked in a variety of roles with adolescents, their families and community supports. For the last ten years Bronwyn worked in children rights education and individual advocacy for both the British Columbia and Alberta’s Child and Youth Advocates supporting children, youth and young adults who are receiving government services to increase their self-advocacy, communication, and conflict resolution skills. Cultural competency and humility has been an important factor in working effectively with individuals, families and communities throughout Bronwyn’s career.
RedMane Technology provides software solutions and systems integration services that address complex, real-world challenges. RedMane’s human services expertise includes child welfare, child support, eligibility, and case management. RedMane is a problem-solving company. Technology is just one of its tools.
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