Are you planning on attending TFA 2010; the 33rd Annual Conference from the Teaching-Family Association? This conference offers professionals at all levels — from front line practice to administration — the opportunity to gain valuable insight and learn from experts and leaders. Human services professionals and administrators from all over the country will be coming to what promises to be another amazing event!

Teaching Family AssociationThe Teaching-Family Association (TFA) was founded in 1975 to ensure the quality of care provided by professionals who actively pursue the goals of humane, effective, individualized treatment of children, families, and dependent adults using the common framework of the Teaching-Family Model for treatment and support. What is learned in one agency can be shared with other agencies within the Association and incorporated into the standards of quality assurance processes within the Association. TFA’s goals are to certify members, recognize programs, standardize useful training and evaluation procedures, supervise program replication, and provide yearly conferences for sharing new material and program development. The Teaching-Family Association is the only entity in North America that defines and implements standards and reviews procedures related to the actual performance and quality of treatment and service delivery systems at all organizational levels.

Should I Attend the TFA 2010 Conference?

This conference brings together leaders, experts, and professionals providing support in residential care, foster care, home-based treatment, psychiatric centers, school-based programs and more. If you are involved in the mental health, social services or juvenile justice arenas, this conference is designed to support your practice and advancement!

Anyone involved in the provision, support or administration of the human services industry will find this conference extremely valuable:

  • Professionals with private agencies
  • Public service professionals
  • Representatives of regulatory organizations
  • Board leaders and volunteers
  • Residential service professionals
  • Foster Parents
  • Supervisors & consultants
  • Social workers
  • Administrators
  • Teachers

Teaching-Family Association ConferenceThe Teaching-Family Association 2010 Conference is going on from November 18th through the 20th at the Capitol Hyatt. The Capitol Hyatt is located at 75 East State Street in Columbus, Ohio. TFA has arranged for special rates for conference attendees — $109 single/double. Reservations must be confirmed by October 20 to ensure space. To book a room at the Capitol Hyatt call 614-228-1234.

What’s really exciting for Innovative Teaching Systems is that I’ll be speaking and moderating two sessions during the conference! I’ve had the opportunity to speak at the annual TFA Conference and I always look forward to it. Each year there are more and more past attendees who come back to participate in my sessions, as well as, a lot of new faces in the group who are attending one of my sessions for the first time. I really enjoy participating in the TFA Conference and am definitely looking forward to TFA 2010. Below are the sessions that I’ll be leading.

Special Workshops with Cristy Schlientz: Motivation Systems

On Thursday November 18th from 1 PM – 4 PM I’ll be providing attendees with a deep understanding of theTeaching-Family Model Motivation Systems. You can learn about the variety of systems available for a variety of populations. We’ll also review the theory behind motivation systems so that you can create your own. Learn when to apply this element and how to move clients through levels of systems. You will gain a broader understanding of when to move clients off of motivation systems entirely. A workshop fee is required, but I promise to make it well worth it! :)

Session 1: Teaching Parent Skills & Curriculum Guide

On Saturday November 20th from 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM I’ll be leading a session designed to help Consultants better understand Teaching-Family Model Consultation concepts to positively impact the work of Teaching-Parents. You will learn how to hit the right buttons to make the most out of interactions resulting in client success.

Session 2: Teaching Children Personal & Family Values

Teaching-Family Association ConferenceFollowing the Teaching Parent Skills & Curriculum Guide session I will lead another session from 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM designed to help practitioners better understand how to communicate the concepts that are difficult to master regarding personal and family values. How do you instill values in a person who has never had examples or understanding? Come hear how to teach to children while reinforcing what you teach all the time.

Attend TFA 2010

I hope that you attend TFA 2010 as I think it’s going to be a great 3 day event. If you do decide to come I hope you will join me at one of the sessions above. If you can’t make it to a session definitely stop by the Innovative Teaching Systems booth and say hi!

For more information about the event contact the TFA at 804-632-0155 or online at You can also download their brochure.