Membership Meeting (held quarterly)

Upcoming Meeting Date:  Tuesday, December 4, 2018   

Time: Check in and networking: 9:45am - 10:00am

          Meeting: 10:00am - 2:00

Place: American Red Cross Baton Rouge (Board Room, 2nd floor)

           4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge
           (225) 291-4533
For our December Membership Meeting, we are planning a holiday time of sharing by and with all of our members, from across the state, offering a time for each attendee to share information about their agencies. We will have time for networking so, please, bring your agencies materials and help us make this a fun and productive time as we close out 2018!
Agency Spotlight:
New Member Presenter:
National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) 
Natalie Thomas, LISW, LICDC
Director, Community Communications and Advocacy
Director, Center for Adolescents and Families
To register, click on "Register Here" at the upper right hand corner of this page.  
Registration is $18 and due at time of registration.  
Lunch will be provided.  
If you require a special diet please indicate on the registration form or email jill@lacfa.org 
Please be sure to register no later than: Wednesday, 11/28/2018 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Location: EBRPSS Professional Development Center (PDC)
3000 N. Sherwood Forest
Baton Rouge, LA 70814
9:00- 9:20am - Registration/Networking
9:25- 9:30am - Introduction of Presenter
9:30am-12:45pm - Session 1
Building Trauma-Informed Youth-Serving Communities
Antoinette "Toni" Bankston, LCSW
Toni currently serves as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center.  A native of Baton Rouge, she has been a child and family psychotherapist for 28 years in the area of trauma and resiliency.  Her work in developing and executing several therapeutic curricula for children impacted by trauma and disaster has been published in professional journals.  She serves as needed with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, D.C. as a member of the U.S. Faculty and Global Trauma Relief Team in Haiti, Israel and the Gaza territories. In this capacity she has developed programs and trained other healthcare professionals in trauma recovery, with an emphasis on programs for youth and secondary stress in their caregivers and providers.  Locally, her local work in Louisiana has included bringing wellness programs to disadvantaged populations, including the street homeless in Baton Rouge, children in urban school-based settings, and working with Coastal residents in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac and the Horizon BP Oil Spill.  She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the LSU School of Social Work.  Toni is a wife and mother of four teenagers. 
3 CE Hours approved by NBCC
Approved for 3 hours CE by Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault as authorized by the National Association of Social Workers- LA chapter and the Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners.
12:45- 1:10pm - Lunch provided for full-day attendees
1:10- 1:15pm - Introduction of Presenter 
1:15-4:30pm - Session 2
Restorative Practices and Using Circles 101
Presenter: Maureen Laurent, LPP, LPC
Maureen is an educator with more than 35 years of experience in the Jefferson Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish public school systems. She began her career as a mathematics teacher at the middle school level and over the years developed an interest in promoting the health, safety, and wellness of students.  She earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Loyola University of New Orleans and accreditation as a Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor.  She served as a professional school counselor in both Jefferson and East Baton Rouge until joining the I CARE program in 2011.  As an I CARE Specialist she provides prevention services to students at five public schools.  She is a Licensed Prevention Professional and is a certified instructor for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), SafeTALK, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Restorative Practices, Using Restorative Circles, and Facilitating Restorative Conferences.  In 2016, Ms. Laurent helped to compile the Model School District Policy for Youth Suicide Prevention for the LA Dept. of Education.     
3 CE Hours approved by NBCC
Approved for 3 hours CE by Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault as authorized by the National Association of Social Workers- LA chapter and the Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners
REGISTER NOW to reserve your seat!
Please be sure to register no later than: Tuesday, 1/22/2019 


Your thoughts and input are important to us as we partner together!
What would you like to see brought up in meetings going forward? 
What are your training needs? 
Please let us know by emailing Jill at jill@lacfa.org 



Past Meeting Information:

Date:  March 13, 2018 - Tuesday  

Place: American Red Cross Baton Rouge (Board Room, 2nd floor)

4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge
(225) 291-4533
Check-in & networking - 9:45 to 10:00 a.m.  


Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health
Candace Grace, Director of Quality Management, will provide an overview of utilization and quality trends for the Coordinated System of Care (CSoC).  

CSoC is about a core set of values as well as about ensuring services and supports are delivered to young people with significant behavioral health challenges and their families. A child/young person might be able to be enrolled in CSoC if s/he:

  • is 5-20 years old,
  • is at-risk for out-of-home placement or is already placed out-of-home,
  • has a behavioral health disorder,
  • and lives in Louisiana.

Ascent Health, Inc. - Wraparound Agency

Presenter:  Curtis Eberts, Ph.D., Executive Director
Ascent started as a small non-profit in 2012 as Wraparound Services of Northeast Louisiana.  The focus was on influencing the community for good, and working with children and families in hope of making a difference.  Dr. Eberts will give a brief overview of Ascent Health and their services in Louisiana and Tennessee. 
Learn how a LACFA member, The Center for Children and Families, and Ascent have partnered together to fulfull the vision of coordinated care.  

Agency Spotlight - The Center for Children and Families 

Presenter:  Dr. Mathew Thorton, Director of Operations

The Center for Children and Famillies provides important advocacy, prevention and treatment services, and is a nationally accredited organization through the Council on Accreditation (COA). 

Their exemplary services are provided through four main programs.  

  • Therapeutic Services
  • CASA 
  • Childrens Advocacy Center
  • Delta Initiative


The Families First Preservation Services Act is now the law, and it will affect services for NMGHs, TFC and prevention programs.  Will your agency be ready for the mandatory changes in service delivery, staffing, treatment, etc.?   Join us to talk about:  

  • the new requirements,
  • what agencies can do to prepare,
  • and important advocacy efforts.    

Recent Training Opportunities included: 

Trauma & LGBTQ Session

Increasing Cultural Competency in Working with LGBTQ Populations

Carrie Patterson, LMSW, Therapist, Community Organizer and Trainer








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