ISFC All-Day Training Workshop

The Family Care Network, in partnership with the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services, recently presented a comprehensive, all-day ISFC Implementation Training Workshop. This included a comprehensive review of successfully operating an ISFC program, covering statutory requirements, best practices, lessons learned & preparing an ISFC program Statement Addendum!

Workshop Notes

This is a link to the presentation slides from the workshop

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Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CAMFT Provider Number: 128592

  • Title: ISFC Implementation Training Workshop
  • Description:
    • The history of CA, FFA-based programs, FFA, ITFC, ISFC & TFC
    • Statutory requirements, WIC §18360 et seq.
    • The 16 “Program Elements” Required by statute, such as: Program Goals, Culturally Relevant Services, Core Services, Treatment Practices, Needs & Services Planning, CFT’s, Program Statements, Program Staffing, Treatment Services (SMHS), ISFC Resource Parents Requirements & Resource Parent Philosophy, Training & Supervision
    • Family Care Network Best Practices for each required “Program Element” based on our 30 years of experience providing Therapeutic Foster Care—this will be a practical “how to” presented by FCNI clinical staff
    • Interagency relationships and collaboration
    • Lessons learned
    • Preparing an ISFC Program Statement
  • Cost of Course: $130 (Registration + CEU credit)
  • Course Schedule:
    • 8:30-9 registration & food
    • 9-10:30 agency overview, review CA FFA-Based programs & ISFC overview/state expectations

    • 10:30-11:30  ISFC Basic Program Elements (WIC §18630 et seq.)

    • 11:30-12 ISFC Program Statement Addendum requirements

    • 12-1 Lunch & networking

    • 1-4 ISFC Operations & Best Practices

  • Instructor Bios:
    • Jim Roberts, MBA, is the Founder/CEO of the Family Care Network, which was incorporated in 1987. Mr. Roberts has worked in the human services field for 45+ years, 10 years as a probation administrator, including Camp Administrator, Assistant & Chief Probation officer. He started the Family Care Network in order to create a family-based treatment alternative to the institutional care of children and youth. The agency has been providing some form of therapeutic foster care for 30+ years. Mr. Roberts was the principal author of San Luis Obispo County’s, state approved: Intensive Therapeutic Foster Care plan, Wraparound Services plan, and Transitional Housing Placement Program and Transitional Housing Placement–Plus Program plans. He was one of the principal authors of California Senate Bill 1380, singed into law in 2008, which substantially modified California’s Intensive Therapeutic Foster Care (ITFC) Program by incorporating Wraparound principles, creating conformity to current public policy and law, and greatly expanding eligibility for program participation. Mr. Roberts serves as a member of the Katie A. litigation workgroup for implementing Therapeutic Foster Care services statewide for California’s foster children, and served as a “provider expert” on numerous state committees and workgroups creating public policy or rates for services to children and youth. This includes California’s Continuum of Care Reform, AB 403/1997, implemented in 2017. He served on the Board of the California Alliance of Child & Family Services for seven years, including as President, Treasurer and a Committee Chair. Mr. Roberts is a current member of the FFTA Board, President-Elect and Chair of the Public Policy Committee.

      Mr. Roberts has been a presenter at numerous statewide and regional conferences on therapeutic foster care, wraparound services and transitional housing programs, including: the CIMH Rose Jenkins Conference, multiple Executive Conferences of the California Alliance of Child & Family Services, and eight California Wraparound Institutes. Mr. Roberts also facilitated workshops at the FFTA 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st Annual Conferences.

    • Jon Nibbio, MA, MFCC, is the current COO and Clinical Director of the Family Care Network where he has served for over 15 years. Mr. Nibbio has nearly 30 years of experience in the human services field as a social worker, therapist, probation officer/manager, deputy director, clinical director and COO. Mr. Nibbio served 12 years on the California Mental Health Planning Council where he chaired the Children’s Community on several occasions. He was instrumental in the development of ITFC, Wraparound Services and Transitional Housing Services within San Luis Obispo County in his role as a Probation Manager; and has been responsible for the implementation and management of these programs in his role as COO for the Family Care Network. Mr. Nibbio also has had extensive experience in mental health policy and program development at the state and local levels, including serving as a “provider expert” in the development of the state operations manual for the implementation and expansion of Therapeutic Behavioral Services throughout California. He currently serves on the National Wraparound Standards Committee, as well as the California Wraparound Services Steering Committee and the Family Partner Initiative.

      Mr. Nibbio has been a presenter at a variety of statewide and regional conferences on Wraparound Services, Wraparound Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care children’s mental health, transitional housing services, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and family/parent partner programs. He was a presenter at seven California Wraparound/Partnership for Excellence Institutes, the California Welfare Directors Association Annual Conference, numerous California Alliance of Child & Family Services Conferences and five FFTA conferences.

Refund Policy: Refunds will be given for cancellations received in writing to by 8am on March 21, 2018 (72 hour notice). Following this date, no refunds will be given. Please include your PayPal confirmation ID.

Instructions for requesting accommodations for disability; For participants in need of disability accommodations, there will be instructions on whom to contact at the sign-in area. 
Instructions for addressing grievances; For participants who would like to file a grievance, instructions will also be posted at the sign in area. 

CEU paper Certification will be handed out upon receipt of evaluation and initials on sign out sheet.