Over 25 internationally renowned experts will speak at the conference - giving delegates the chance to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and new research on street-connected children.

Meet international experts in: ending family violence, recovery from trauma and sexual abuse, missing children, reintegrating street-connected children, child development, clinical psychology, family therapy, arts therapy, and child protection.

Dr. Janine Roberts, Emerita Professor at the University of Massachusetts, is past-president of the American Family Therapy Academy, a Fulbright recipient, and advisory editor for Family Process. She is the author of Tales and Transformations: Stories in Families and Family Therapy (Norton Press); co-author of Rituals for Our Times: Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships (Jason Aronson); and co-editor of Rituals in Families and Family Therapy (Norton Press), as well as 65 articles and book chapters, and a poetry book, The Body Alters. She has lived, worked, and traveled in more than 70 countries beginning with Kuwait in 1963, and including decades of work in Europe and Latin America.

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KEYNOTE: The power of story in work with street-involved families and within organizations

We will focus on story techniques that are particularly useful for 4 different phases of work with marginalized children and their families. First, building trust and safety with youth on the streets, in shelters and in markets – with name stories, focusing on strengths, and drawing stories about who we are. Second, gathering their family with stories of being seen and heard; our listening, connection and attachment. Third, therapeutic work with multigenerational patterns and stories; trauma, witnessing and healing. Fourth, reintegration of street-involved children to home, schools, and community. Throughout we will look at how client stories and our stories intertwine, as well as how to use story circles within our organizations to nurture and support staff.

WORKSHOP: The power of story in work with street-involved families and within organizations

In this experiential workshop, we will explore in-depth techniques shared in the keynote “The power of story in work with street-involved families and within organizations”. Participants will learn how to create frameworks for storying such as genograms (family trees), drawing life cycle time lines, family sculptures using our bodies, and designing story circles.