2016 Session Descriptions

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions are approved by the Missouri Bar Association.
Advanced Guardian ad Litem (AGAL) sessions are approved by the 13th Judicial District. MCSEA is willing to submit sessions for AGAL credit in your district upon request. Email mcsea77@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 25

Workshop 25-1 Taking a (short) Walk in Their Shoes (Understanding Payor Perspectives)(CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B
Presenter: Martha Stewart
Overview: This presentation uses an overview of psychological research to help shed light on NCP non-compliance and difficult behaviors, especially in the presence of complex family configurations, economic distress, and adverse childhood experiences.
Workshop 25-2 (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Columbia Room
Presenter: Paula Hernandez-Johnson, Esq.
Overview: This session will be an overview of the role of Special Counsel to the child support program. Paula will also discuss various aspects related to the legal representation of the agency by the Prosecuting Attorneys under their cooperation agreements with Family Support Division.
Workshop 25-3 Pocket Change (Deferred Comp) for State Employees
Room: Pines Room
Presenter: Tasha Reinkemeyer
Overview: The Pocket Change seminar teaches you that saving money-whether it’s for a short-term purchase or a long-term goal like retirement – truly is a journey. After you’ve attended the unique training session, you should have a better understanding of your financial situation as a state of Missouri employee. Visit the Pocket Change website www.mopocketchange.org for a number of additional resources to help keep you on track along the way.
Wednesday, October 26

Workshop 26-1 Child Support: Past, Present and Future(CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B, Plenary
Presenter: Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner, OCSE
Overview: Commissioner Turetsky will provide the latest child support program updates from the federal perspective, reflect on our past and share her vision for the future of the program.

Workshop 26-2 Child Support Accountability Court: Overcoming Obstacles (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B
Presenter: Tyler Wilke, Esq.
Overview: Problem-Solving Courts have been evolving and gaining momentum across the US justice system. Madison County, part of the Metro-East region of St. Louis, Missouri, has created the state’s first Child Support Accountability Court designed to help parents who, due to education or employability barriers, are unable to pay their child support obligation. The court has partnered with local community organizations to assist individuals in overcoming those barriers. We will talk about the obstacles encountered in creating this court along with providing a framework to create a similar court in your own jurisdiction.

Child Support Accountability Court Presentation

Workshop 26-3 (CLE)(AGAL) 
Room: Salon A
Presenter: Melissa Johnson, Esq., OCSE
Overview: What’s changed in the world of intergovernmental child support?  UIFSA 2008 is now in effect in every state and the President has signed the Instrument of Ratification for the Hague Child Support Convention.  All this and we have new Intergovernmental Forms!  Come get updates on the changes and resources for working cases as we go forward.

Workshop 26-4 The Many Hats of the Family Law Practitioner and the Intersection of Family Law and State Child Support Agencies (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon B
Presenter: Amy Markel, Esq.
Overview: This session will focus on the various roles family law practitioners are asked to fill within the family court:  advocate, mediator and Guardian ad Litem.  It will also examine the intersection of family law practice and the duties of the Family Support Division and the Division of Child Support Enforcement.  Special attention will be paid to how attorneys can avoid unintended drafting consequences when support is payable to FSD as trustee and the generation of ideas about how to improve interactions between attorneys and agencies.

Workshop 26-5 Safe at Home Part I: Introduction and Overview(CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Columbia Room
Presenter: Brenda Sites
Overview: Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program designed to help survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking in their efforts to stay safe.  Safe at Home provides a substitute address for survivors to use on new records with state and local agencies and the courts, and a mail-forwarding service that helps them to keep their actual address confidential. This session will cover the purpose of the Safe at Home program, how the program is being implemented in Missouri, and how participants interact with government entities.

Workshop 26-6 MOSERS Pre-retirement Overview
Room: Pines
Presenter: Thania Fitzgerald
Overview: The Missouri State Employee Retirement System (MOSERS) administers retirement, Life Insurance and Long Term Disability benefits offered to state employees. This session will provide an overview of these benefits discussing the three retirement plans (MSEP, MSEP 2000 and MSEP 2011), eligibility for retirement, BackDROP, the retirement application process, as well as information on Life Insurance and Long-term Disability.  Employees in all stages of their careers with the State of Missouri are welcome to attend.

Workshop 26-7 PA Round Table (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B
Presenter: Lara Fors, Esq., Rick Pierce, Esq., Jason Howell, Esq.
Overview: Both PA staff and FSD referral techs are invited to come discuss legal issues affecting prosecutors in the world of IV-D judicial establishment and enforcement.  Come with your questions, and we will be prepared to discuss some of the  issues surrounding Social Security benefits received by one or more of the parties (are you completing the Form 14 correctly?), how to properly register foreign orders, and what to include in outgoing referrals for the responding jurisdiction to establish or modify support orders.  Do FSD referral child support specialists wonder what information is needed to make an excellent referral?  Come learn some IV-D tools of the trade.  Missouri statutes and case law and FSD policy will be referenced in the presentation.

Workshop 26-8 Safe at Home Part II: Application Assistants(CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Columbia Room
Presenter: Brenda Sites
Overview: Potential Safe at Home participants must meet in person with a registered Application Assistant.  Application Assistants are employees of state agencies, local government agencies, or non-profit agencies who have been trained discuss the program with potential participants and complete program enrollment packets. The session will build upon the background provided in Part I and provide the complete training needed to become a registered Application Assistant.  Participants must attend Part I to be eligible for Part 2.

Workshop 26-9 I found it on the Portal! – What’s new in the redesigned Child Support Portal and how can it save you time
Room: Pines Room
Presenter: Jan Raffauf
Overview: Where is that manifest, guide or state map? When is the next FCR meeting? Where can I find information about this parent’s benefits? The Portal already provides access to a lot of information, but knowing the best place to find what you are looking for can be challenging. This session for the Portal expert or novice will explain how new features will simplify your access to program, case, and participant information, and where to find new information not previously available.

Thursday, October 27

Workshop 27-1 Administrative Hearing Process 101 (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B
Presenter: Michelle Coleman, Esq.
Michelle will cover the various types of child support hearings conducted by the Administrative Hearing Unit, along with the elements necessary for each action, particularly hearings regarding enforcement actions, as well as how the AHU differs in flexibility and authority from the Family Support Division / Child Support Enforcement.  She will also answer any questions about actual hearing procedures, and the best way child support workers, parents, and attorneys can prepare for the administrative process.

Workshop 27-2 Performance Measurements –Yes, Fractions First Thing in the Morning!
Room: Columbia Room
Presenter: Bonita Weber-Vaught
Overview: Measuring performance has been a part of the child support program for nearly 20 years. In this session, we will discuss the who, what, when, why and how of performance measurement. We will discuss performance comparisons and review the tools available to assist us in impacting the numerator or denominator of a performance measurement.            

Workshop 27-3 Trainers Tips & Tricks to Make Worklife Easier
Room: Pines Room
Presenter: Michael Flynn
Overview: CTRL+mouse wheel, F12 in a word document, macros for a variety of task in MACSS, and an OnBase Viewer Control Toolbar resource, will be a few of the resources shared in this interactive session. Quick tips will be demonstrated and handouts provided. There will be time allocated for participants to share their tried and true tips. Please bring your ideas to share during the session and a USB flash drive so MACROS can be shared after the session.

Workshop 27-4 M.A.R.C.H. Mediation (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Meadows
Presenter: Larry Swall, Esq.
Overview: What is mediation? Is it binding on the parties?  How can it be a useful tool in child support cases? How do you decide when to offer or recommend mediation to the parties involved? MARCH Mediation Executive Director Larry Swall is here to answer all your questions.

Workshop 27-5 IV-D Case Law Update (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B
Presenter: Dan Pingelton, Esq.
Overview: Past-President Dan Pingelton returns for his 19th year to discuss the most recent and notable appellate decisions involving paternity, establishment, medical insurance, college support, Form 14, enforcement, modification, criminal nonsupport, interstate, procedure and more. We’ll also discuss new legislation regarding custody and what that means for the IV-D system in Missouri. Bring your brain, your questions, your comments and your sense of humor.

Workshop 27-6 Project Collaboration Child Support Outreach(CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Columbia Room
Presenter: David Hartsfield and Jeanne Sparks
Overview: Child Support has initiated several new collaborative projects, and looks forward to more initiatives being developed in the future.  The Customer Relations Unit established the Child Support Outreach Unit (CSOU) in order to facilitate these efforts in 2016.

FSD currently partners with other governmental agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to educate individuals and local communities about the Missouri Child Support program.  FSD also collaborates with the Department of Corrections and their partners to educate incarcerated parents and provide them with case-specific information.  By educating incarcerated noncustodial parents and providing case specific child support information to offenders prior to their release, FSD partners with community agencies such as Connections to Success, The Father’s Support Center, St. Louis, Inc. the Randolph County Caring Community Partnership – Focus on Fatherhood Network), and the St Louis Agency for Training and Employment (SLATE to educate parents about the Missouri Child Support program.  Finally, as the result of recent legislation, FSD has been given a mandate to establish Responsible Parenting Initiatives.  As the result of Senate Bill 24, FSD will fund six initiatives throughout the state.

This session will include information about how FSD/Child Support initiated several new collaborative projects and updated our outreach materials to reach out to our clients in our communities.  FSD currently collaborates with the Department of Corrections, other government agencies, and community partners to reach out to the community to educate parents about the Missouri Child Support program. We will also discuss Senate Bill 24, by which FSD was given a mandate to establish Responsible Parenting Initiatives and will fund six initiatives throughout the state.

FSD continually seeks to improve our performance and delivery of child support services to our customers.  FSD also updated outreach materials so that we can continue to connect with local communities at events throughout the year to provide information about the many services that FSD offers. During this session, David and Jeanne will share information and answer your questions about outreach.

Workshop 27-7 Training, After and During (MTRC)
Room: Pines
Presenters: Jolon Wickern and Jason Ford
Overview: Think back to your own past experiences when you started a new job. How well were you introduced to your new agency? Did you read a procedural manual for days? Were you shown around the building? How did the experience affect how you orient your own new employees.

This session is about preparing new employees for the best experience possible. It is important to understand how to orient a new employee to our organization. Orientation determines how new employees perceive and adjust. Orientation should make new employees feel welcome and provide them with the information they need to begin their new jobs safely and productively.

This session will help managers and supervisors prepare a successful orientation, by reviewing what actions should take place before classroom training starts, during and after formal training occurs.  We will also discuss the importance of conducting Case Reviews and share information about upcoming changes that will make reviews more consistent and a better learning tool for employees.

Workshop 27-8 Case Opening Review for Circuit Clerks
Room: Meadows
Presenter: Kerensa Morrow-Kempf
Overview: This session is designed especially for circuit clerks. In this session, we will cover screening for members and cases to avoid duplicate member and case situations, finding a person or case in MACSS, using existing information, member demographics and adding a case. This is great information if you have not yet attended formal training. For seasoned circuit clerks, this is an excellent refresher.  A trainer from OCSA and a MACSS helpdesk expert will be in attendance.

Workshop 27-9 Show-Me the Justice: Administrative / Judicial Process in Missouri (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B
Presenter: Dan Pingelton, Esq.
Overview: The past year has seen an interesting interplay in Missouri’s dynamic matrix of administrative process and judicial procedure. We will review recent developments  and discuss how to handle cases efficiently in this evolving symbiotic administrative-judicial landscape.

Workshop 27-10 Innovative Incentives for Arrears Reduction [Kansas’ Debt Compromise Policies, Child Support Savings Initiative (CSSI) Program](CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Columbia
Presenter: Amy Burgoon
Overview: Child support arrearages have become an increasing area of concern for many Child Support agencies. Many factors contribute to the arrears accumulation and there is potential the arrears may have negative effects on IV-D programs, parents, and children. States are using innovative measures to provide incentives and opportunities to noncustodial parents to reduce arrearages owed. Learn about a few of these processes and ways your state may be able to replicate the rewards of arrears forgiveness programs.

Workshop 27-11 Generational Differences in the Workplace, Part 1, (MTRC)
Room: Pines Room
Presenter: Darlene Fritz
Overview: Today’s dynamic workforce contains  5 different generations which represents a diverse cross section of values, preferences, perspectives and experiences.   Generational differences can sometimes lead to misunderstandings or conflict at work.   Thus, the workplace and everyone in it benefits when people understand the inherent differences between generations, appreciate the strengths of each generation, and foster respectful communication, collaboration, and the ability to resolve issues effectively.

Workshop 27-12 Orders and Obligations Review for Circuit Clerks
Room: Meadows
Presenter: Kerensa Morrow-Kempf
Overview: This session is designed especially for circuit clerks. In this session, we will cover adding orders and obligation to MACSS. This is great information if you have not yet attended formal training. For seasoned circuit clerks, this is an excellent refresher.  A trainer from OCSA and a MACSS helpdesk expert will be in attendance.

Workshop 27-13 Legal Ethics Issues in Child Support Enforcement (CLE)(AGAL)
This session will run from 3:15 – 5:00

Room: Salon A & B
Presenter: Sam Phillips, Esq.
Assisting: Lara Webb Fors, Esq.
Overview: The speakers will discuss eight-ten fact scenarios related to practicing law in the child support enforcement  field. Among other topics, the discussions will touch on prosecutor’s duties to non-custodial parents, dealing with unrepresented persons, compliance with discovery requests, and conflicts.

Workshop 27-14 Understanding Missouri’s Military Culture(CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Columbia
Presenter: 1SG Ret Jon Sabala
Overview: The Missouri military community makes up ~9.3% of the state’s population and has their own unique culture.  The hazardous nature of military service is taking a toll on service members, veterans and their families; PTSD, suicide, substance use disorder and homelessness are just a few of the issues. This presentation will help prepare child support enforcement professionals to engage the military community. Through this workshop participants will:

1) Learn about the experiences, values and beliefs that make the military community unique,
2) Understand the deployment cycle and its impact on service members, veterans and their families.

Workshop 27-15 Generational Differences in the Workplace, Part 2, (MTRC)
Room: Pines Room
Presenter: Darlene Fritz
Overview: Today’s dynamic workforce contains  5 different generations which represents a diverse cross section of values, preferences, perspectives and experiences.   Generational differences can sometimes lead to misunderstandings or conflict at work.   Thus, the workplace and everyone in it benefits when people understand the inherent differences between generations, appreciate the strengths of each generation, and foster respectful communication, collaboration, and the ability to resolve issues effectively.

Friday, October 28

Workshop 28-1 Mindfulness Solutions for Life (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B
Presenters: Alyson Campbell and Leigh Ann Hale
This session will present a broader understanding of what mindfulness is and how establishing a mindfulness practice can help us learn to be present in the moment. The more present we are, the better we are able to respond to stressful “in the heat of the moment” situations.  Mindfulness helps us regulate, which reduces physical and mental stress.  A mindfulness practices also helps us communicate better which builds lasting relationships with those we work with, those we encounter daily, and our loved ones at home. This session will address the importance of “self-care” and how a mindfulness practice can benefit our own overall well-being.

Mindfulness Solutions for Life Presentation

Workshop 28-2  Motown of Health (CLE)(AGAL)
Room: Salon A & B, Plenary
Presenters: Dr Arminta Phelps
It’s time to transcend, let’s do something different. Living healthy in an unhealthy world.

Dr. Phelps  favorite hit from the Motown era is “I got you,” better known as “I feel good” by James Brown. We all need more of that feel good feeling. It’s up to you to takes those steps.  It’s time to make a change. Allow the spirit of Motown to help you in the process. It takes a team, or an orchestra in James Brown’s case.