Virtual Expo Skills Seminar Presenters
Elliott Orrin Hinkle is an alumnus of the Wyoming Foster Care System, and an advocate for child welfare, mental health, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) population. Since 2011, he has been contributing to work for the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) and the Young Adult Training and Technical Assistance Network (YATTA). Mr. Hinkle currently continues this work with JBS International. Mr. Hinkle, a Daniels Fund Scholar and Ambassador, graduated from Portland State University in June of 2016 with a bachelor of arts in women’s studies with a minor in sexuality, gender, and queer studies. While completing his B.A., Mr. Hinkle worked as a coach for the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University on the Better Futures Project. Mr. Hinkle currently works as a consultant for the Capacity Building Center for States and JBS International, and is an Independent Living program Life Skills and My Life coach for PDX-Connect and an LGBTQ specialist at New Avenues for Youth in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, Mr. Hinkle was appointed as a Commissioner to the Oregon Governor’s Child Foster Care Advisory Commission.
Brenda Lockwood is a Senior Program Associate with the Organizational Development and Capacity Building team at the Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver. Ms. Lockwood provides training, coaching, and technical assistance to child welfare agencies and professionals around the country. She has experience at the national, state, and local levels and in tribal social services departments related to policy, practice, and program development and implementation, as well as expertise in delivering strength-based child protection services and case management at a county level. Ms. Lockwood participated as a reviewer for state and federal CFSRs in Minnesota and managed a regional child welfare training program to assess training and coaching needs of child welfare professionals. She has expertise in curricula development and delivery and in “Train the Trainer” facilitation on a variety of topics for frontline workers, supervisors, and administrators. Through her work at Butler, Ms. Lockwood has implemented curricula and training across the United States, including the Family Assessment Response in New York City and New York State, coaching in supervision for the State of Virginia, and coaching for supervision for Our Kids in Miami/Dade, Florida.
Alan O’Malley-Laursen brings nearly 40 years of experience in human services as a social worker, clinician, supervisor, clinical consultant, program developer, administrator, and trainer. He is certified as a compassion fatigue educator/therapist and as a clinical trauma professional. Mr. O’Malley-Laursen currently is Program Manager of the Youth Behavioral Health program with Olmsted County Child and Family Services in Rochester, MN. He is the lead manager in secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue and works at the forefront of trauma-informed child welfare practice, sexually exploited youth, and juvenile justice–child welfare crossover practice. His clinical experience includes work in the areas of child protection, sexual abuse treatment, substance abuse, couples and family therapy, and child/adolescent behavioral disorders.
Gretchen Robbins is a Technical Consultant with the Leadership Academy for Supervisors Program with NCWWI. She started her career in child welfare as a social worker and social work supervisor before she began applying her expertise to workforce development and training. Ms. Robbins’ more than 40 years of child welfare experience includes experience as the Training Systems Lead for the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI), which included coordinating the Peer-to-Peer Training Network. She served as a reviewer for the first two rounds of the CFSR, and has worked nationally in the field of child welfare and organizational improvement in multiple capacities. Ms. Robins also has served as a trainer and coach for multiple practice modalities, including family team meetings, advanced facilitation skills, and motivational interviewing.
Cambria Rose Walsh has worked for the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital for 17 years and is the Project Co-Director of the Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Practices, Program, and Policy Center. Her work focuses on revising the existing Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit and working with child welfare systems across the United States to become more trauma-informed. She previously managed the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project, which focused on implementing trauma-informed practices in five child welfare jurisdictions, and she managed the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. Ms. Walsh has worked with counties and agencies on the implementation of SafeCare® and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, and has worked to develop training and support for agencies around addressing the issue of secondary traumatic stress. Using her experience as a former therapist for children affected by abuse and their families, Ms. Walsh developed a training program that focused on educating child welfare workers about domestic violence and its impact on families and provided direct support to the workers during home visits.