2019 Session Descriptions

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Tuesday, October 22

1:00-3:00 Opening Session
Room: Grand Ballroom
Presentation of Colors
National Anthem
Welcome: Kerensa Morrow-Kempf
Roll Call and Region Identifications: Dori Moore
Treasure’s Report: Donald Stream
Election Nominees: Vicky Randle
Announcements/Calendar: Angie Johnston
Presentation of Charity: Sylvia Harper introducing Camp David
Keynote Speakers: Reggie McElhannon, FSD Director Wade Horn, Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting

3:30-5:00

23-01 Permission to Rest – Plenary (FSD/FF)
Room: 
Grand Ballroom
Presenter: Elia Moreno, Founder/CEO Living Intentionally Ministries
Overview: In this session you will learn how 9 principles in just 90 seconds can allow you a way to build relationships and strengthen interactions with people living in the crisis of emotional and economical poverty. Because poverty has emerged as one of our country’s most critical issues, educating practitioners about the diverse perspectives of people who live in poverty, is essential. Join me as we create space to explore the diverse types of poverty, homelessness, communication theory and how the different lived experiences influence people living in poverty. You will leave with a different filter in which to address poverty; a filter without blame or judgment that allows you to better connect with people in the war zone of poverty.

Wednesday, October 23  

8:30-10:00

23-01  Pre-Referral Evaluation & Working with What You Get (AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Maui
Presenter: Kerensa Morrow-Kempf
Overview: 
Prosecutors receive referrals every day from child support field offices around the state. What happened before the case got referred the prosecutors office? In this session Kerensa will discuss the life of a child support case “pre-referral,” including a brief overview of the case opening process, the administrative actions that could have been taken and few simple tips you can use to make your life easier, help pass audits and hopefully spend less time updating MACSS.

23-02 Motivational Interviewing  (FSD/MTRC)
Room: Coco
Presenter: Martha Stewart
Overview: 
Martha will present an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a conversational technique that helps a person identify their own reasons and motivations to make decisions and/or changes in their life. This technique, while initially developed for the therapeutic environment, can be applied to any conversation where there is a need for decision making or behavior change.

23-03 See insert for title and description.    
(AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Fiji
Presenter: Rick Pierce and Charles Stephenson
Overview: See conference booklet insert for session description.

10:30-12:00

23-04  Prosecuting Attorney Round Table (AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Maui
Presenter: Lara Fors, Esq., Caitlin Keene, Esq., Melissa Mauer-Smith, Esq., Justin Mettlen, Esq., Rick Pierce, Esq.
Overview: 
This session will be discussion-based regarding topics dealing with interactions between Family Support Division and Prosecuting Attorney’s Offices, and how new rules from the Missouri Supreme Court are affecting Child Support Enforcement.

23-05 Meet MACSS (FSD/MTRC)
Room: Coco
Presenter: Vickie Endicott
Overview: 
This presentation will introduce you to the new, grown up MACSS! MACSS turned 22 years old this year. Come and hear all about his newest functionality and all of his expertise!

23-06  New Pathways for Good Dads Model (FF)
Room: Fiji
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Baker
Overview: 
Small to mid-size communities often despair about their ability to offer programs to encourage father engagement and responsible fatherhood. Learn ways to help fathers be more engaged with their children even when you don’t have a lot of financial resources.

1:30-3:00

23-07 Sovereign Citizen – Part II (AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Maui
Presenter: Jon Hensley, Deputy General Counsel, AGO
Overview: 
So-called “sovereign citizens” are an amalgam of litigants, tax protestors, and others who frequently hold that they are not subject to various federal and state laws.  The sovereign citizen movement is currently estimated to have more than 100,000 active members, and growing.  This CLE will (1) discuss and dispel various legal theories commonly advanced by those in the sovereign citizen movement, using federal and state court cases as examples; (2) provide recent examples of supposed “filings” sent to government officials, explaining why the filings are sent in error or have no legal impact; (3) discuss different approaches to responding to “sovereign citizens,” and (4) discuss ethical considerations for attorneys dealing with members of the sovereign citizen movement.  A special focus will be paid to trends within “sovereign citizen” litigation so that CLE participants are up-to-date on trending topics in this area of the law.
Mr. Hensley will provide some tips on working sovereign citizen cases.

23-08  Screening in the Client Common Area  (AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Coco
Presenter: Jason Sax
Overview: 
Every time we have a new customer or customer, our assumption should be that they already have a DCN and it is our job to find it, not assign a new one.  Assigning new DCNs will be our last course of action, after completing a thorough search and reaching out to other divisions/departments. Remember, you are not searching to NOT find them, you are trying to FIND them!

23-09 See insert for title and description.
Room: Maui
Presenter: 
Overview: 
See conference booklet insert for session description.

23-10   Domestic Violence and Child Support
Room: Sahara
Presenter: Jeffrey Stocks
Overview: 
See conference booklet insert for session description.

3:30-5:00

23 -11 Ethics for Attorneys (AGAL/CLE)
Room: 
Maui
Presenter: Charles Lonardo, Esq.
Overview: Anxiety in the Legal Profession.  This session will address the prevalence of stress and anxiety in the legal profession, tips and strategies for how to manage them, available resources, and common ethical challenges. Putting Yourself First.  This session will cover work and life balance for practicing attorneys, simple tips for managing stress, and resources for addressing mental health and substance abuse concerns.

23 -12  Team Building Exercises for Building an Exceptional Team (FSD/MTRC)
Room: Coco
Presenter: Jason Sax
Overview: 
It is important to get to know your team members and team to build success. We will take a moment to look at some team building exercise so that you can incorporate them in your work, no matter what leadership program you are utilizing.

23 -13  See insert for title and description.   (FF)
Room: Fiji
Presenter: 
Overview:
See conference booklet insert for session description.  

Thursday, October 24  

8:30-10:00

24-01 Inclusive Excellence
(AGAL/CLE/D&I/FSD)
Room: Maui
Presenter: Seth Bauman
Overview:
Inclusive Excellence is a frame work that goes beyond traditional diversity efforts. It helps organizations to foster a workforce committed to equality, opportunity and connection.

Inclusive Excellence uses evidence-based research to emphasize the effectiveness of a comprehensive transformational diversity program.  It is especially critical in our increasingly interconnected society. Research from McKinsey & Company indicates that, “…more diverse companies are better able to win top talent, and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction and decision making, leading to a virtuous cycle of [optimized outcomes].”

24-02 “Dressing” for the Job You Want
(FSD/MTRC)
Room: Coco
Presenter: Jason Ford
Overview:
Do you ever see a job posting and think I would like to apply for that job?  Then you read the job posting and see that you don’t have all the required skills to even apply for the job.  Maybe, you feel like you are the most experienced person in your office to fill the next supervisor, office manager, policy or systems development specialist, or a training position when it becomes available.  Do you question your abilities since you are not sure what your supervisor or office manager does?  Are you prepared and confident about your abilities?  Come learn how you can help yourself and become better prepared for the job you want.

10:30-12:00

24-04 IV-D Case Law Update
(AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Maui
Presenter:  Dan Pingelton, Esq.
Overview:
Legal developments over the past year will be reviewed, including parentage, support calculation, college support, enforcement, and interstate issues. Dan returns for his 24th year. Once again, asking for your questions, opinions, sense of humor and energy.  MCSEA wouldn’t be a family without our favorite family law attorney, Dan Pingelton.

24-05 Adventures in Change: Understanding, Adapting, and Navigating Change
(MTRC/FSD)
Room: Coco
Presenter:  Darlene Fritz
Overview:
Change seems to be perpetual in today’s world and people respond to change in a variety of ways. In this session we will consider some of the questions, concerns, and challenges, as well as emotions, people often have during times of change and also assess individual readiness for change. Different behavioral responses to change impact the individual but can also impact the team/office. We will provide reminders of the value of a positive mindset while navigating change.

24-06 National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse: Innovative Approaches to Partnerships with Fatherhood Programs & Child Support Agencies (FF)
Room: Fiji
Presenter:  Eugene Schneeberg
Overview: 
Effective partnerships between fatherhood programs and child support can increase the ability of non-custodial fathers to make regular child support payments, ensure that fathers understand their rights and responsibilities, help fathers and mothers improve their co-parenting skills, strengthen the father/child relationship and, ultimately, increase the economic well-being of children.

This interactive session will provide an opportunity to discuss ways to develop and maintain these types of partnerships. We will also reflect on the importance of fathers in the lives of their children and how fatherhood practitioners and child support professionals can engage with non-custodial parents, custodial parents, fatherhood programs, and other community services to improve outcomes for all.

Presenters will share tips and resources from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and share examples of promising partnership work, and showcase how a local fatherhood program has worked effectively with their local child offices.

24-07 Policy Session
(FSD)
Room: Sahara
Presenter: 
Overview:

1:30-3:00

24-08 Like or Dislike: Social Media Awareness for Attorneys (AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Maui
Presenter:  Ellen Rutledge, Esq.
Overview:
👍“Like” it or 👎“Dislike” it, social media is part of our daily lives, even for attorneys. DYK? Many states have issued ethics opinions around an attorney’s duties and obligations with respect to social media, and the body of case law that addresses social media issues is growing. Don’t miss out! We will use real life scenarios to explore how ethics and social media collide. #competentattorneys, #passthesmelltest

24-09 Unleashing Your Positive Genius
(MTRC/FSD)
Room: Coco
Presenter:  Darlene Fritz
Overview:
Being the best that we can be and tapping our potential, is a personal aspiration for most people. By unleashing our positive genius, we can experience measurable differences in our personal success. The ability to see matters from different vantage points, intentionally identify our focus, realize the significance of meaning markers, the power of perceptions, and our ability to cancel out the “noise” are all valuable components for our strategy for success. And when we unlock the secret to our positive genius, we can inspire those around us.

24-10 The Father Factor & The State of the American Family
(FF)
Room: Fiji
Presenter:  James Murray
Overview:

24-11 Systems Unit
(FSD)
Room: Sahara
Presenters: 
Overview:

3:30-5:00

24-12 Creative Alternatives to Incarceration for Child Support Offenses (AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Maui
Presenter:  Hon. Sherrill P. Roberts, Family Court Commissioner
Overview:
This program will discuss and identify the negative impacts and consequences on individuals, families, government/taxpayer resources of incarceration, particularly in furtherance of child support enforcement efforts.  This program will identify the components of a problem-solving child support enforcement court, and outline the structure, systems, partners and personnel necessary for successful outcomes.  The presenter will use, as an example, the innovative Parenting Court implemented in Clay County, Missouri, in 2017,  discussing its successes and challenges, and what can be learned from its experience. The Clay County Parenting Court provides parents with tools to meet the financial and emotional needs of their children by partnering with community organizations to provide them resources regarding housing, employment, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, mediation/legal services, and parenting skills.  The presenter will describe the process of imagining, creating, and implementing a Parenting Court program. 

24-13 Customer Service Turned Inside Out
(FSD/MTRC)
Room: Coco
Presenter:  Vickie Endicott
Overview: This intriguing session is really all about you! Come and have some fun as we discuss internal customer service, who it benefits, and how to achieve optimal results. This session includes personal sharing opportunities as well as activities! Come prepared to engage with your co-workers!

24-14 The Challenges of Reentry and Reintegration
(FF)
Room: Maui
Presenter: 
Overview:

Friday, October 25  

8:30-10:00

25-01 It’s a Family Affair, A Family Support Division Affair
(AGAL/CLE/FSD)
Room: Grand Ballroom
Presenter:  Alan Jackson, Lisa Schroeder, Jennifer Underdown
Overview:
Our job is primarily to collect child support. Caseloads have increased but the number of workers has not. We have a limited amount of time to spend with clients on the phone or during a walk-in. Where do you refer someone when you can tell they really do need assistance beyond what we have to offer? Alan, Child Support Outreach unit, Jennifer and Jeriane Workforce Development Unit, and Jennifer, Vocational Rehabilitation will provide you some resources you may not have known were available. Additionally, these resources could help the children we serve.

25-02 Fatherhood Models and State Collaboration: Filling the Gaps in the Fatherhood Program (FF)
Room: Maui
Presenter: James Murray, Charles Stephenson
Overview:

10:30-12:00

25-03 Know Your Why
(AGAL/CLE/FSD/FF)
Room: Grand Ballroom
Presenter: Francine Pratt
Overview: