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The Office of Children’s Services is seeking proposals to provide training sessions at the 13th Annual Commonwealth of Virginia CSA Conference.  The audience will be child-serving professionals from public sector agencies (e.g., child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and education), private service providers, as well as family advocates and representatives.  Topical areas of interest are listed below, but presentations need not be limited to those areas.

Sessions will be conducted in-person and should be 90 minutes in duration (with the possibility of a livestream).  However, there may be opportunities for presentations that would take place over two sessions (180 minutes in total).  Please be sure to indicate on the application if you are proposing a two-session presentation.  Please use this form to submit your proposal. 

  • Local CSA Program Spotlight
  • Self-Care
  • Service innovations/Evidence Based Programs
  • Evidence based practices
  • Family-driven Practices
  • Leadership Skills

All proposals are due by July 12, 2024 and must be submitted to Proposal acceptances will be sent out by August 1, 2024 by OCS.

Please contact if you have any questions!

Download the application here!


Keynote Speaker

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Beth Macy

Journalist & bestselling author (Factory Man & Truevine) discusses the unraveling of rural America, from the aftermath of globalization to the opioid crisis, the subject of her latest book Dopesick.

Beth Macy is a Virginia-based journalist who writes about outsiders and underdogs. Raised poor in a small Ohio community, she is the award-winning author of three New York Times bestselling books examining rural communities left behind by corporate greed and political indifference. Her first book, Factory Man, explored the aftermath of globalization and won a J. Anthony Lukas Prize. Dopesick was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, won the L.A. Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, and was described as a “masterwork of narrative nonfiction” by The New York Times.

Dopesick was made into a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning Hulu series; Macy was an executive producer and cowriter on the show. Her 2022 book, Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis, was a follow-up to Dopesick and explored on-the-ground solutions to the nation’s drug epidemic.

A 2010 Nieman Fellow for Journalism at Harvard and a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow, Macy has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. Her next book, Paper Girl, is a combination memoir and reported examination of the rural-urban divide told through the lenses of declining upward mobility, political polarization, and the decimation of local and regional news.

Beth Macy is represented exclusively by the BrightSight Group

Pre-Conference Session

 Tuesday, October 15, 2024

 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Sobia Khan

Dr. Sobia Khan is the Director of Implementation at The Center for Implementation. She is an award-winning expert on how to practically implement complex initiatives in complex systems. Globally, she has supported and advised both researchers and practitioners on over 100 change initiatives across 5 continents, integrating multiple fields such as implementation science, systems thinking, and social network theory to achieve meaningful and large-scale change. She emphasizes pragmatic and equity-driven approaches, with a particular focus on the need for relationship building, advocacy, and collective action to create change at all levels of the system. 

 Wednesday, October 16, 2024

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 Thursday, October 17, 2024

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Speaker Information is available in Guidebook for each session.

This year, the Office of Children's Services is providing an opportunity to livestream a few of the conference sessions for virtual participants.  For each training block scheduled on October 16-17, 2024, one breakout session will be livestreamed, which will include the keynote address on October 16th.  The sessions will not be recorded and the livestream will end at the presentation's conclusion.  If your presentation is selected and you are interested in the livestream, you will be required to sign a Media Release form.

CONTACT: Liz Fillman, Virginia Tech Richmond Center