Conferences coordinated by TLFA exceeded expectations, several of which had extensive waitlists demonstrating the interest/need for innovative learning experiences.  Each includes an advisory committee, which TLFA believes is a critical element to planning and engaging key stakeholders while building relationships and consensus.  When partnering with TLFA, we coordinate all aspects of the planning such as: communicating with speakers & presenters, organization of all logistics, facilitation of planning meetings, development and design of all conference materials & publications (evaluation reports, resource toolkits, outcome reports, etc.), and coordination of volunteers & staff.

TLFA also utilizes a unique activity at conferences and convening’s called Conversation Café, derived from World Café. Conversation Cafés are structured small-group conversations to engage individuals in a fun, inviting, and open dialogues that serve to generate new ideas with broader solutions.  The strategies and emerging themes gathered during this activity are then created into a guide to the field.

TLFA Planned Conferences (in chronological order):

  • Cultural Competence & Mental Health Southern Region Summit XVIII – Beyond the Talk, Practicing the Walk: A Path to Bridge the Cultural Gap (December 2012)
  • California Community College Chancellor’s Office Foster Youth Success Initiative 5 Anniversary Statewide Training Conference (October 2012)
  • Early Childhood and Mental Health Conference – We Can’t Wait 2012:  From Science to Practice Relationships Matter Early Childhood Mental Health 0-5  (September 2012)
  • Supporting Students with Behavioral Health Challenges: A Conference for Southern Region Community Colleges (April 2012)
  • The Impact of Violence and Trauma in our Community: Building Effective Community Solutions Conference (August 2011)
  • Prevention WORKS – A Southern Counties Convening (January 2011)
  • CC25I Convening’s (I, II & III Final Convening) (January, June & November 2011)
  • Casey Family Programs Connecticut (April 2010)