Virginia Association of Community Services Boards

2018 Development and Training Conference    
May 2-4, 2018
Guest Speakers

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
10:00 am
Opening Session - Presentation by Andrew K. Block, Jr., Director, Virginia
                                Department of Juvenile Justice 

Andrew K. Block Jr. was re-appointed by Governor Ralph Northam as the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on Dec. 19, 2017. Prior to his appointment as DJJ Director in 2014 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, he was an associate professor and director of the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law from 2010-2014. From 1998 until the spring of 2010 he was the founder and legal director of the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center. Director Block received various awards for his innovative and successful work as an advocate, including the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Child Advocacy Award, the Virginia State Bar’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, and the Virginia Bar Association’s Robert F. Shepherd Jr. Award. Director Block graduated from Yale University in 1987 and from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1994. Since his appointment, Director Block and the rest of the DJJ team are in the process of transforming the work of the Department, including using evidence-based probation practices across the state, safely reducing the number of youth in Juvenile Correctional Centers (JCCs), reforming reentry procedures and rehabilitative practices in the JCCs, engaging families, and ultimately replacing the JCCs with smaller, more therapeutic, secure facilities, and a statewide continuum of evidence-based programs and community-based supports and services built with savings reinvested from JCC downsizing and closure.

Thursday, May 3, 2018    
    9:00 am
Plenary Session by Dr. Joe Parks, Medical Director, National Council for                                      Behavioral Health

Dr. Parks currently serves as Medical Director for The National Council for Behavioral Health and is a Distinguished Research Professor of Science at Missouri Institute of Mental Health with the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is the national behavioral health representative at large for The Joint Commission. He practices outpatient psychiatry at Family Health Center, a federally funded community health center established to expand services to uninsured and underinsured patients in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Parks previously served as the Director of Missouri MO HealthNet Division (Missouri Medicaid) in the Missouri Department of Social Services. He was also Medical Director for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in Jefferson City and the Division Director for the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services.

Dr. Parks has conducted research and published in the areas of implementation of evidence-based medicine, pharmacy utilization management, integration of behavioral healthcare with general healthcare, and health care policy. He has received numerous awards for improving the quality of care and leadership.

    1:15 pm Ding Happens: How Professionals Can Improve , Adapt and Innovate in an Ever-Changing World, by Avish Parashar

Avish Parashar is an author, speaker, and humorist who transforms high-energy improv comedy into practical business skills. He weaves together humorous stories, witty observations, and interactive exercises from improvisational comedy to get people laughing, learning, and motivated! Avish is author of the book, "Improvise to Success!" and also has a variety of audio and video products designed to help people apply the ideas and techniques of improv comedy to their personal and professional lives. Avish has spoken to the very creative (actors and directors), the seemingly un-creative (IT professionals), the very casual (college students), and the very business-like (sales professionals). The end result is always the same - smiles, laughs, and a new way of looking at life and business.

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Thank you to our conference sponsors!
Gold:  Welligent 
Silver:  Therap Services, Credible Behavioral Health Software, Iris Telehealth