2023 Annual EBT Conference: Building Capacity and Strengthening Community

Building Capacity and Strengthening Community

The North Carolina Child Treatment Program seeks to address the gap between researched best practice and community-based mental health services for children and families overcoming trauma. Through the Spring 2023 Annual EBT Conference, NC CTP aims to help our Learning Collaborative graduates sustain and improve EBT implementation and learn about existing and emerging trends in community mental health.

This virtual conference, including three half-days of conference sessions and an optional half-day pre-conference, and three optional half-hour networking sessions, will cover an array of advanced topics aimed at enhancing clinical skills in areas such as:

  • Clinical considerations for working with special populations
  • Improving clinician engagement and support
  • NEW for 2023! Topical session tracks including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Systems Change

And much more!


Program Graduates and Senior Leaders (Supervisors) from NC CTP and CCFH Learning Collaboratives in ABC, CPP, PCIT, PSB-CBT-S, PSB-CBT-A, RPC, SPARCS, and TF-CBT


May 1st – 4th, 8:30 am-12:15 pm EDT

  • Pre-Conference:
    • Monday, May 1st 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT
  • Conference:
    • Tuesday, May 2nd 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT
    • Wednesday, May 3rd 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT
    • Thursday, May 4th 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT
  • NEW for 2023: Coffee Connections (Informal Networking Sessions)
    May 2nd-4th, 2023, 8:30am – 8:55am


Virtual Training via Zoom
Hosted by the NC Child Treatment Program


$160.00 for Conference, Three Half-Days
$215.00 for Pre-Conference and Conference Combo Package, Four Half-Days

**Coffee Connections sessions are open to all registrants, and participation is free-of-charge!**


NBCC Credits, NC Psychology Credits, Continuing Education Credits, and Wake AHEC Contact Hours are available to conference participants.
Additional credits and contact hours are available to Pre-Conference participants.

Credits are only available for participants who attend the EBT Conference in its entirety. No credits will be awarded for partial attendance.  


Registration is limited to graduates and senior leaders of NC CTP and CCFH trainings in ABC, CPP, PCIT, PSB-CBT, RPC, SPARCS, and TF-CBT. Clinicians who have trained in these models with other programs are not eligible to apply, but we encourage you to take a look at our other training offerings.

Conference Schedule

Events on Monday May 1st

9:00 am -12:15 pm EDT
Pre-conference (3 hours plus 15 minute break)
PCIT Beyond Training: Tailoring, Adapting, and Maintaining Fidelity
PCIT training and consultation is essential to any journey for a PCIT therapist; however, in just one short year, we cannot possibly discuss everything you need to know as you progress in your PCIT practice. As seasoned clinicians, we welcome you to discuss and learn more about the nuances and complexities that many cases bring and how PCIT manages them. Additionally, as we all know, model fidelity drifts over time. In this presentation we will provide tools and strategies to help PCIT clinicians maintain fidelity to the model throughout their career. As always, come ready to play!
Problem-Based Learning and 12 Core Concepts of Trauma: New Ideas for Enhanced Case Conceptualization and Treatment Recommendations
Participants will utilize their knowledge and practical experience with families who have experienced trauma to respond to interactive case material. Through the process of Problem-Based Learning, participants will learn strategies for slowing down the clinical reasoning process and deepening their case conceptualization. The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress and other dynamic learning tools will be integrated, making this session appropriate for those who are looking to deepening their child trauma knowledge or enhance methods of supervision.
Providing Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Children & Youth: Integrating FAP & TF-CBT
LGBTQ children and youth are at high risk for trauma that is both related to and unrelated to their sexual orientation & gender identity. This training will include providing trauma-informed care for LGBTQ children and youth with a focus on the Integrated Family Acceptance Project–Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model. Participants will learn about specific family rejecting and accepting behaviors that contribute to and protect against risk, strategies to increase family support and promote safety for LGBTQ children and youth, and multilingual resources to help diverse families learn to support and affirm their LGBTQ children.
How to Practice What You Preach: Applying Trauma-Informed Principals to Agency Leadership and Supervision
Supervisors and senior leaders in the current era are facing incredible demands as a workforce that is susceptible to burnout and secondary trauma is leaving their jobs and the field at high rates. This session addresses the many ways that leaders can help clinicians sustain a long-term career as a therapist while minimizing the occupational hazards of secondary trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue. This session will present practical strategies that are useful for supervisors and agency leaders in promoting a healthy clinical workforce. A primary focus will be on maintaining positive relationships with staff and fostering a positive workplace climate in an era of disconnection and stress.

Events on Tuesday May 2nd

8:30 am - 8:55 am EDT
Optional Coffee Connections
Model Specific Networking Rooms
Join clinicians from across the state to discuss model specific implementation.
9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT
Keynote (1.5 hours)
Healing Interpersonal and Racial Stress and Trauma: Cultural Considerations for Integrating Racial Socialization into Clinical Care for Ethnically Minoritized Youth and Families
The negative consequences of trauma (e.g., physical abuse) take a disproportionate toll on ethnically minoritized youth due to the compounding stress of unique race related stressors (e.g., witnessing police brutality in the media, microaggressions). This keynote provides an overview of interpersonal and racial trauma; presents research on systemic, organizational, client, and provider barriers and facilitators to mental health service utilization; and discusses strategies clinicians and organizations can utilize (Psychoeducation, Relaxation, Affect identification and modulation, Cognitive restructuring) to integrate racial socialization into clinical services to help ethnically minoritized youth and families heal from interpersonal and racial stress and trauma.
10:45 am - 12:15 pm EDT
Session 1 (1.5 hours)
Introduction to Assessing and Treating Trauma in Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities
Trauma is experienced at a higher prevalence rate in individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DDs) than in their typically developing peers (Road to Recovery, 2015), yet individuals with I/DDs are less likely to receive timely appropriate supports and services. This session will include information about recognizing signs of trauma in individuals with I/DD and the appropriate steps for screening and evaluation. Evidence based practices to address trauma response and other behavioral health needs of individuals with I/DD will be reviewed.
Understanding and Affirming Transgender and Non-Binary Youth in Therapeutic Settings
The purpose of this session is for mental health clinicians to expand their understanding of transgender and non-binary identities and the unique needs of transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse youth so that they can offer care with an intentional and culturally informed framework. Participants will spend time deepening their understanding of the lived experiences of transgender and gender diverse youth including affirming actions and effective support systems. They will engage in best practices, practice using correct pronouns, and do individual and small group practical skill application so they will leave with an increased confidence in their own skills and how they can be applied to support the youth they work with in clinical settings.
Lessons for Implementation from Organizational Psychology
Many leaders struggle with staff retention and meeting performance goals within their agency. After decades of research, organizational psychology has a lot to offer these leaders. This session provides an overview of two main concepts in organizational psychology, the high performance cycle and the psychological contract. Agency leaders will learn how to use these concepts within their own agencies to increase their staff retention and performance. They will also learn how these concepts relate to implementing an EBT at their agency.
Supervision and Implementation
Creating a Culture of Equity: Shifting to values-based practices for organizational wellness and other strategies to produce equity outcomes within your organization
Creating a culture of equity within your organization requires active work. Join us in examining the invisible culture and power structures in place that prevent us from operationalizing equity to identifying organizational wellness strategies that promote radical individual wellness and self-care.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Legislative Engagement
During this session we will explore ways to plug in with mental health care policy at the state level. Join us to learn about the current shape of politics in North Carolina, how to navigate the state legislative process, and how you can share your story to help change policy.

Events on Wednesday May 3rd

8:30 am - 8:55 am EDT
Optional Coffee Connections
Implementation Challenges
Join clinicians and agency leaders from across the state to discuss EBT implementation challenges.
9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT
Session 2 (1.5 hours)
Working with Parents and Caregivers of Transgender and Non-Binary Youth
This course is for professionals who work with trans and non-binary youth and their caregivers or families. Join us to learn how to meet both the parent/caregiver and the young person where they are in their process, and help to identify where the adult is on the spectrum of acceptance.
The Art of Promoting Culturally Sensitive and Responsive Practices in Clinical Supervision
The vast majority of clinical supervisors have learned and been exposed to skills that inspire cultural competence and sensitivity in supervisees. In order to foster both personal and professional growth, in the supervisor and supervisee, the infusion of cultural sensitive practices and intentional activities into the clinical supervision process is an integral next step. Culturally sensitive supervision practices are not solely aimed at teaching knowledge or skills. By providing supervisees and supervisors with opportunities to reflect on their own cultural identity, attitudes and experiences in the process of clinical supervision, a deep awareness and ability to respond in a culturally sensitive manner can be cultivated. This training focuses on assisting clinical supervisors to be more culturally sensitive, responsive and self-aware through experiential activities, active discussion and participation.
Supervision and Implementation
The Truth about Racism, Trauma, and Racial Healing
This session will address the dynamic interplay between racism and trauma and the pernicious effects on children and families. Relevant concepts and frameworks for dismantling racism and potential recommendations for intervention and the promotion of racial healing will be explored.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Looking Inward to Living Outward: Are We Living the Values of Equity-Based, Trauma-Informed, and Community-Led Work?
Community-led efforts, centering equity with an intersectional lens, and earning trust in our relationships are foundational in trauma-informed community work. This session will provide a shared language in what is trauma-informed, community-led, and equity-focused work and how to live these values in our partnerships. Time will be spent on important reflection on how the work is currently being done and areas of growth through a learning/growth mindset in our own systems.
10:45 am - 12:15 pm EDT
Session 3 (1.5 hours)
Your Feelings Matter: An Exploration of the Psychological Effects of Domestic Violence on “Silent Victims”
Many studies have proven that children exposed to Domestic Violence (DV) can be impacted negatively, thus experiencing a realm of emotions and physical responses. The use of psychoeducation, creative interventions, and safety planning are imperative to the healing of children and parents/caregivers alike. After completing this workshop, participants will be able to: understand the cycle of DV, recognize the short- and long-term impact of DV on children, understand how young survivors of DV are affected at each developmental stage, identify emotional disturbances and symptoms (WNL or Severe) relative to young survivors of DV, create a safe space to promote discussion with the young survivors of DV and parents/caregivers, match strategies and interventions to a child’s needs for improved outcomes, administer simple interventions to assist with the mitigation of acute symptoms, articulate the importance of giving children a voice about their experience.
Reflecting on Reflective Supervision
Reflective supervision is an integral part of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health services. This session will provide didactic content on the history, role, and principles of Reflective Supervision. Participants will then reflect on their role as Reflective Supervisor through applied case vignettes and small and large group discussion.
Supervision and Implementation
DCFW Update: The Division of Child and Family Wellbeing’s vision and priorities for child behavioral health, whole child health, and EBPs in NC
This session will focus on the current DHHS priorities related to child behavioral health and whole child health including the role of evidence based therapies and programs, the vision for the Division of Child and Family Wellbeing. Participants will learn about current initiatives such as the Coordinated Action Plan, School Behavioral Health Action Plan, Child Welfare and Family Wellbeing Roadmap and other work designed to improve access for children and families. Participants will have opportunities to engage in discussions and provide feedback on how these address current needs of children and families.
Implicit Bias in the Workplace
Implicit Bias is related to a natural part of the way our brains work. Yet, implicit bias can lead to low levels of diversity in recruitment and retention, inclusion, and belongingness in the workplace. This session will focus on reflective and communication strategies to increase awareness of implicit bias and the use of data and criteria-based decision making to mitigate the negative impacts of bias.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Events on Thursday May 4th

8:30 am - 8:55 am EDT
Optional Coffee Connections
Regional Discussions
Join clinicians and agency leaders from your region in NC to discuss EBT implementation.
9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT
Session 4 (1.5 hours)
Working with Caregivers with Trauma
Caregiver trauma and posttraumatic stress symptoms are associated with a host of parenting and child risk factors, including lower parent satisfaction, higher parenting stress, maladaptive parent-child interactions; less consistent discipline and supervision; more aggressive, controlling, and hostile-intrusive behavior, and more disengagement and emotional unavailability, which might confer risk for intergenerational experiences of trauma and PTSD. These data point to an urgent need to address the mental health of not only children, but also the caregivers in their family system. This session will review data on the impacts of caregiver PTSD and the effects of trauma-focused treatment for caregivers on parenting and child health and well-being outcomes. Videos will provide examples of effective strategies for engaging caregivers in trauma-focused treatment.
Peer Supervision for Clinicians
In order to stay in this work, mental health providers need ongoing support from their peers. While peer supervision is not consistently used throughout all practice settings, therapists who want to sustain their practice of evidence-based treatments often benefit from informal supports from their professional peers. This session will highlight a few models of peer supervision, discussion of ways to make these small groups meaningful for providers to sustain their practice, and how to engage peers in discussion to determine if peer supervision is the right model for you.
Supervision and Implementation
Naming the White (Supremacy) Elephant in the Room
First of all, I’m not calling you white supremacists. But guess what? White supremacy culture is everywhere. It’s in our social norms, moral codes, and media, and it influences everything. Including our code of ethics! I’m excited to unpack this topic with practitioners who want to learn more about how to implement more anti-oppressive practices in their work with clients. I hope this presentation helps you grow and think critically, and stirs the pot a little.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Time Modeling for EBT Sustainability
Agencies sometimes struggle to sustain evidence-based treatments because of the time and complexity of providing the model with fidelity. Clinical service time modeling can provide a framework for determining the true cost and delivery requirements of an evidence-based treatment (EBT). The NC Child Treatment Program has disseminated a Time Model Series to providers, policy makers, and Medicaid payers to support increased reimbursement rates and to decrease administrative burden. In this session, participants will become familiar with the Time Model Series and will have the opportunity to use these time models to help with planning, decision-making, and advocacy for the EBT array.
10:45 am - 12:15 pm EDT
Session 4 (1.5 hours)
Addressing the Unaddressed: Why labeling, assessing, and treating outbursts should be part of trauma informed care
Emotional and behavioral outbursts are trans-diagnostic symptoms that are a major public health dilemma, accounting for a large number of children’s referrals to emergency departments, inpatient units, clinics, and residential treatment centers. Variably defined, often around irritability, temper, aggression, and suicidality, these outbursts have often meant that diagnosis and treatment considerations have focused on bipolar and disruptive behavior disorders, rather than on PTSD or traumatic stress disorders, with a surprising dearth of research literature on the latter two. Dr. Amaya-Jackson will hone in on recent national work that will impact the DSM-5.
Advanced Topics in Infant Mental Health: Deepening your Relationship-Based IMH Assessment Skills
Given the significant role of caregivers in early childhood mental health and development, it is imperative to assess the adaptive qualities of the caregiver-child relationship. Clinician knowledge and skill in assessing relationships will enhance their diagnostic abilities with ZERO TO THREE’s Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0-5), particularly in identifying ratings on Axis II. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the importance of relationship-based assessment, discuss two standardized procedures used in caregiver-child relationship assessment, and practice approaches to providing feedback to families. We will use small group breakouts and discussion to strengthen knowledge and skills in relationship-based assessment approaches with families.
Peer Supervision for Supervisors
Whether we do it intentionally or not, we shape the culture of support for our supervisees largely based on how supported we are in our day-to-day practice. This session will focus on how peer supervision for supervisors can be a tremendous resource for professionals who carry a lot of responsibility and often do not have as many informal supports to help sustain longer term supervision practice.
Supervision and Implementation
Panel Discussion: Organization-Level DEI Change at Center for Child and Family Health
Human service organizations are beginning the work needed to prioritize and live out the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion – for the benefit of both clients and staff. This work involves education on the importance of DEI, examination of organizational practices, and shifting culture. Hear from a panel of CCFH staff and their equity consultant about their organization’s journey toward a sustained commitment to DEI across programs and services.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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