Resiliency: Heather Perry and Kobi Peach
Teaches the concept of resiliency, how it is impacted by trauma and identifies steps that can be taken to build resilience.
Heather Perry began her career in social services in California in 2001 where she worked with adolescent youth in residential treatment. Since that time she has also worked with adults with co-occurring mental illness and drug addiction, and completed a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008. In 2010, Heather relocated to the Seattle area where she worked as a foster home licensor and then a supervisor for a therapeutic foster care program. Heather joined the Cenpatico team as a community educator for Washington State in 2015. She and her husband have a son, two dogs and enjoy spending their free time in the great outdoors.
Kolbi Peach graduated from Eastern Washington University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work. While at Eastern, Kolbi received the Jeffers Chertok award for her leadership and work in the community in Spokane Washington. Later, she graduated from Boise State University with a Master’s in Social Work. While in graduate school, Kolbi conducted trauma therapy with all era veterans and provided readjustment counseling services to veterans and service members returning from war. Since graduating, Kolbi has spent the last few years working as a mental health therapist with Spokane Public Schools. Here, she has provided long-term and ongoing individual, family and group therapy to children and youth in a school setting. Kolbi joined the Cenpatico team as a Community Educator for Washington State in July 2016.
LGBTQ Protocol: Nicholas Oakley
Patrick Dowd: Ombuds Office
General Session where we will discuss the Crisis in Foster Care and Retaliation issues. Patrick is looking for your input and wants to help create a system that better protects foster parents.
Patrick Dowd is a licensed attorney with public defense experience representing clients in dependency, termination of parental rights, juvenile offender and adult criminal proceedings. He was also a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program and previously worked for OFCO as an ombuds from 1999 to 2005. Through his work at OFCO and OPD, Mr. Dowd has extensive professional experience in child welfare law and policy. Mr. Dowd graduated from Seattle University and earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon.
This class will help caregivers successfully communicate with Children's Administration staff and others related to the care of the children in their home. Attendees become empowered and report better outcomes. Learn to communicate assertively without the perception of aggression.
Keynote: Dee Wilson
A Vision of Excellence
It's time to develop a vision of excellence for Foster Care, a proposal which the Child Welfare scholar, Dr. Rick Barth, made several years ago and which is even more urgently needed today. I'm not talking about a poster on an office wall but a determination that starts with policymakers at the top of state systems and includes CA managers, DLR licensors, caseworkers and foster parents.