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Call for Presentations for the Kentucky Child Welfare Student Research Showcase


Showcase Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022  | 1 - 2 PM (CST)

The National Title IV-E Roundtable is an annual conference that brings child welfare professionals across the country together to share resources for building a strong workforce. As a unique aspect of the 2022 conference, WKU will be accepting proposals related to child welfare research from undergraduate and graduate students attending universities and colleges across Kentucky. Current Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) students and MSW stipend students are encouraged to apply. The goal is to highlight the amazing work of our Kentucky students by showcasing a poster gallery at the conference for the national audience.


Accepted Student Submissions: 

Student Name School
Title Description

Emily Carter

Western Kentucky University (BSW) How foster care can improve  Foster care is a temporary home for a child with a caring family.These children enter foster care through no fault of their own. However, children who have faced trauma sometimes have learned habits or behaviors to keep themselves safe. Unfortunately we have so many children in foster care the number of workers and foster families cannot keep up. There has to be ways we can improve this system to ensure the best care for these children. 

John Doolin

Western Kentucky University (BSW) Mental Health and Covid-19

The Mental Health and COVID-19 presentation is designed to assess our Triagers psychological state during the pandemic and their overall ability to provide essential services during the duration of the pandemic. The project also helps us ask the following question. How do we deliver high customer services and protect valuable relationships in the time of COVID? 

Myriam Gray

Western Kentucky University (BSW) Parent Hood: The Scariest Stage of Life to Go Through

Does the Parent Cafe's discussion of Protective Factors give you the confidence to care for your family? This project aims to show that parents struggling to raise a family have the resources to connect and learn from other families facing the same difficulties.The parent café is designed to assist parents in achieving short-term outcomes that will serve as the foundation for the desired long-term outcomes, such as increased family well-being. This project is important because it encourages parents to be more connected with their children and engage in the programs, they may participate in.

Alecia Hatfield

Western Kentucky University Advancing Child Welfare: Practical Strategies to Disseminate Information and Build Connections An exploration of the student-led innovative process to utilize the electronic dissemination of media to advance child welfare at the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research.

Monica Hines

Western Kentucky University Proposing a Court Simulation to Enhance the Training of Child Welfare Students The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) is a model program for preparing new child protection workers in Kentucky, financially supported by Title IV-E.  The PCWCP program was implemented in 1996 with eleven undergraduate universities in Kentucky with accredited Social Work programs.  The Public Child Welfare Certification Program was created after Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Dr. Miller met with the Kentucky social work educators in April of 1996.  The goal was to create a statewide program to (1) recruit the highly professional persons, (2) help retain them, (3) have them start “job ready” at a local Community Based Services office, and (4) help protect children and families in Kentucky (Stafford, 2000).  

Cassidy Howard

Western Kentucky University (MSW) The Beacon Project The Beacon Project: At any given time, WKU is home to many students who were part of the foster care system. Tragedy, pain, and abuse experienced by the majority of these students is beyond what most of us can imagine.  Higher education can be a vehicle delivering foster care alumni to a prosperous and hopeful future – and the Beacon Project aims to provide both guidance and resources to these young adults on the road to college success.

Cullum Howard

Western Kentucky University (BSW) Motivational Interviewing

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) also known as the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is primarily responsible for recognizing the importance of a safe, a secure, and nurturing environment for each Kentucky child, adult, and family (CHFS, 2017). As a current field student, I am doing my internship in Warren County, with investigations, I noticed that each investigator had their own way of doing things such as organization and interviewing.

Kaitlyn Kennon

Western Kentucky University (MSW) Psychosis: An Underlying Phenomenon in the Heart of Kentucky Psychosis is as mysterious as it is misunderstood. Symptoms are often misunderstood and mislabeled by clinicians as Generalized Anxiety, or Depression. This presentation demonstrates the importance of community education regarding Clinical High Risk of Psychosis using the Barren River Region iHOPE program's example. This program is the only one of its kind in Kentucky serving both those at risk of developing, and those who have had, their first episode of psychosis. 

Miranda Kennon

Western Kentucky University (BSW) Measuring Covid’s Impact During the 2020-to-2021-time frame, there has been a large impact on our community from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many agencies had to make changes to their programs in order to remain open during this time. Understanding how COVID-19 impacted the community’s families and their needs is important in evaluating the overall impact. It also helps to better serve the community in the future, by allowing services to be more tailored to this community. 

Casey Lawson

Western Kentucky University (BSW) The Importance of Self-Care This presentation will include information on why it's important to practice self-care in high-stress situations including caring for individuals with special needs. There was a pre/post-test administered to gauge the caregiver's current stress and current needs.  My project offered the caregivers resources within the community to help relieve stress. There was also a PowerPoint explaining why self-care is important. My hope for this project was to help with self-care and to provide ways to assist with that. 

Shannon Moody

University of Kentucky The Motivating Factors of Attorneys who Represent Parents and Children in Child Welfare Cases A Kentucky child welfare researcher presents the findings from a new study related to the factors that motivate attorneys who serve parents and/or children in dependency neglect and abuse (DNA) proceedings. States and jurisdictions utilize Title IV-E monies for independent legal representation and/or functions of interdisciplinary legal offices. Understanding what drives attorneys to provide quality legal representation is key in ensuring sound investments and more importantly, the best outcomes possible for children and their parents.  

Lindsey Powell

Western Kentucky University Student Contribution and Engagement: The Foundation of a Child Welfare Applied Research Center  An examination of the critical importance of student contributions in research design, data collection, and data visualization when building an effective child welfare applied research center. 
David Roehm Western Kentucky University The Fabric of Child Welfare: Engaging College Students in the World of Child Advocacy How do we open the door for students to engage in child welfare? The key is not complicated, but it is simple. Learn about how to engage students with a practical example that illustrates a greater lesson in raising awareness, providing opportunities, and pave the way for child advocacy.
Kristen Thomas Campbellsville University What Do My Peers Know about Child Protection Work?  Annually Kentucky ranks worst in the nation in child maltreatment statistics. Carver School of Social Work students sought to educate their peers on the impact of child maltreatment and the importance of reporting suspected child abuse/neglect. Children who experience abuse/neglect are more likely to have long-term negative effects. By educating their peers through this research these students can have a positive impact on the life of a child who has experienced such maltreatment.  

Shaniqua Williams

Western Kentucky University (BSW) Skills Mastery & Resilience Traning (S.M.A.R.T. Moves) 

Skill Mastery and Resistance Training (S.M.A.R.T Moves) is a researched-based prevention program that is incorporated within BGC. In contrast, BGC focuses on three priority outcomes of areas, which are academic success, a healthy lifestyle, and good character and citizenship that help measure the development of improvements. S.M.A.R.T moves is a designed program that has four core focuses on building general social-emotional skills that are associated with effective communication, critical analysis, decision-making, and refusal of bad influences that follow underneath the targeted category of healthy lifestyles. This program is aimed to bring live representation on how its core focuses can bring effectiveness to after-school settings for youths to gain positive outcomes on their developments based on those specific core areas.    

For any questions or concerns regarding the registration process or the event itself, please call (270) 745-4254 or email TitleIVE2022@wku.edu.


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