Workshops

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Women’s Leadership Forum Workshop: Leading Consciously: Understanding the Science of Unconscious (Implicit) Bias

We all have biases that can affect our behaviors.  These attitudes – unrecognized on the conscious level but powerful at the unconscious level – influence our choices, decisions and relationships.  Cognitive scientists and researchers continue to learn more about the human brain, how it functions and how most of our actions intended or not, are powered at the subconscious level.  With the current climate in local, state and federal entities, unconscious (implicit) bias has moved to the forefront of business as usual.

This interactive workshop will:

  • focus on how biases develop (naturally) and how those biases affect our decisions and actions in the workplace and beyond;
  • assist leaders, department heads, managers and associates understand the source of unconscious bias; and
  • include structural and individual strategies that can be utilized when managing the impacts of biases in the workplace. 

This workshop is an opportunity to increase awareness of unconscious bias, address structural and individual biases and be accountable to others in the workplace and beyond. 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Litigation in County Jails: The New Frontier

In recent years, jail populations have shifted from a younger, relatively healthy, shorter-term inmate population to an older, longer-term population with more complex physical health conditions, behavioral health conditions- including higher rates of mental health and substance use disorders, and other health and behavior issues.  Multiple counties throughout the state have been targeted with health-related lawsuits and have entered into settlement decrees. Panelists will discuss various ways for county officials to prepare in anticipation of a lawsuit, what to do if they are in the middle of a lawsuit, and how to utilize other counties as a resource.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019
8:30 am – 10:00 am
2020 Census: How Counties are Counting
With the 2020 Census just months away, this workshop will focus on the role counties are playing in California’s complete count effort.  Learn about important updates and key dates of county interest. Presenters will discuss strategies for challenges some counties have presented, as well as what is working locally. Leave this workshop prepared to engage hard-to-count populations and knowing how partnering with information service providers and other organizations, can help with Census complete count efforts in your county. 

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Shifting Toward Data-Driven and Evidence Based Practice in Criminal Justice Programs
Over the last five years, 10 counties have taken deep dives into their criminal justice program impact, effectiveness, and costs through the Results First Initiative.  There continues to be a need for more tools and resources to help counties make decisions about their criminal justice programs with an eye towards community impact and affordability.  In response, the CSAC Support Hub for Criminal Justice Programming has developed a strategic framework for data-driven and evidence based practices.  This workshop will share the five components of the framework with examples of how counties can apply these components to drive meaningful and sustainable changes in their criminal justice programs. 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
California County Roundtable
What’s Going On in Your County?
That’s the question at the heart of the “California County Roundtable”, a workshop featuring county supervisors discussing what’s important right now in their counties —whether those are thorny problems, clever solutions, or important issues they think other county officials should be thinking about. After supervisors give their three-minute presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to talk at length about the subjects that were raised and the connections they made with what’s going on in their own counties.

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Mobile Workshop #1: Tour of San Francisco's Homelessness Response System -- From Street to Housing - This workshop has reached capacity.

The San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) was launched on July 1, 2016 and through the provision of coordinated, compassionate, and high-quality services, HSH strives to make homelessness in San Francisco rare, brief, and one-time. Each year San Francisco rehouses nearly 2,000 people experiencing homeless and provide housing or shelter to over 12,000 adults, families with children and youth on any given night.  Nevertheless, the number of persons experiencing homelessness in San Francisco increased 17% between 2017 and 2019. 

San Francisco has been an innovator of model programs for more than two decades and has invested significant resources in addressing homelessness.  Creating coordination and alignment across all our interventions will take San Francisco from a community of model programs to one with a model response system.  The new Homelessness Response System is dedicated to ending homelessness quickly and effectively for as many people as possible.  Coordinated Entry is a key component of this response system, including a clear set of entry points, a standardized method to assess and prioritize people needing assistance and a streamlined process for rapidly connecting people to a housing solution.

The “Mobile Tour of San Francisco’s Homelessness Response System” will take CSAC participants on a tour that of San Francisco’s Homelessness Response System that begins with an overview of the Homelessness Response System co-presented by HSH and Catholic Charities, and then have a mobile tour of the system starting with accessing Coordinated Entry through the Bayview Access Point and then visiting the Bayshore Navigation Center, one of San Francisco’s low-barrier to entry temporary shelters. 

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
CSAC Mobile Workshop #2: Tour: Businesses Band Together to Help with Homelessness

Join CSAC for a walking tour with the Union Square Foundation to learn about their homelessness efforts. The groundbreaking foundation comprised of businesses in the Union Square District, works to connect those living on the street with relatives and employment. Their innovative model can be scaled from the largest city centers to the smallest historic districts throughout California.  

Sign-up list will be available at the CSAC Registration Desk – Available spots are limited. Groups will depart from the front entry of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square beginning at 1:30pm.

Note: This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.


2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Telling the County Story

Counties play a critical role in the daily lives of all Californians.  Yet for many individuals – including state and federal elected leaders and staff – that role can be highly complex, unknown, or even confusing.  No one knows or understands that role better than you; the key is how you tell it.  In this workshop, learn to effectively tell your county’s story when it comes to communicating or advocating with state and federal officials.  Learn from seasoned experts who understand the importance of turning complex issues into messages that resonate to help protect and advance your county’s interests.