2020 Conference Presentations


2020 CWDA Virtual Conference

This year, CWDA welcomed over 1,400 attendees to our first ever virtual conference in October. We had phenomenal keynote speakers who are noted below and a wide-array of fantastic breakout sessions.

Below are PDF versions of breakout presentations from those presenters who shared visual presentations with CWDA. 

Keynote speakers:

  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka  - Author/Illustrator of “Hey Kiddo”
  • Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy  - Understanding and Addressing the Subtleties of Racial Trauma 
  • Cristela Alonzo​ - Cristela Alonzo is a stand-up comedian who made TV history in 2014 by becoming the first Latina to create, write and star in a network TV sitcom. Cristela was also the first Latina to star in a Disney Pixar movie when she starred as Cruz Ramirez in “Cars 3.”

Below are the breakout session presentations:


“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Preliminary Outcomes from Capacity-Building Efforts of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program”

The Tools for Well-Being is a mindfulness-based training that has been found to increase resilience, decrease stress level, build a more positive outlook on life, and promote well-being for staff. We will highlight the research and best practice informing this curriculum and provide a brief summary of study findings. We will discuss the staff-centered implementation process that led to capacity building for this wellness program, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Use of Administrative Data to Improve Identification and Outcomes for CSE-Impacted Youth

In partnership with the California Department of Social Services, researchers from the California Child Welfare Indicators Project at the UC Berkeley used statewide administrative child welfare data from 2014-2019 to conduct an exploratory analysis of case and child-level characteristics associated with commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) risk and victimization. CCWIP’s preliminary findings helped to inform the work of a Data and Outcomes Workgroup led by the Child Welfare Council CSEC Action Team, in which a set of outcome priorities and recommendations were developed.