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Be Strong Families Café Trainings

 

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Introducing Be Strong Families Cafés™

2.5 hours

Available in English & Spanish

The best way to understand how and why a café works is to experience one. In this 2.5 hour session, Be Strong Families exposes participants to this highly structured, small-group conversation process that promotes peer-to-peer learning and deep self-reflection. A Café begins with welcoming and introduction; next comes an active listening dyad exercise (or in the case of a #WoWTalk Café, a theme-related ice-breaker), followed by three rounds of hosted small-group conversations. After the last conversation round is concluded, participants make a written commitment to themselves to act on what they’ve learned in the Café, debrief their insights and lessons learned through a large- group conversation, and conclude by sharing one word to summarize their emotional experience of the event. After the Café experience, staff answer questions about how to get a successful Café effort launched and sustained. 


Be Strong Families Café™ Training Institute

16 hours (Two full days)

Available in English & Spanish

A Café Training Institute is a two-day experiential and highly interactive training that prepares parents and providers to convene and conduct Be Strong Families Parent Cafés™ and to serve as table hosts at the cafés. By the end of the training, participants will know the anatomy of a Be Strong Families Café, the philosophical foundations and research underlying cafés as an educational and engagement strategy, how to create an ambiance conducive to maximizing the effectiveness of the café process, how to create their own café theme, and how to build on the café experience to enhance programming for parents and youth. Participants will also learn the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors in Parent and Dad Cafés, the YouthThrive Protective and Promotive Factors™ in #WoWTalk Cafés and the Vitality Domains in Vitality Cafés. They will also have had experience conducting and participating in three café experiences.


Café Hosting

8 hours (full day)

Available in English & Spanish

This is a one-day training for parents, youth, program participants, and staff who have participated in at least one Café. The Café host sets the tone and holds the space for the large group during the Café. The goal for participants is to become confident and competent as Café hosts.


Table Hosting at a Be Strong Families Café™

8 hours (Full Day)

Available in English & Spanish

This is a one-day training for parents, youth program participants, and staff who have participated in at least one café. The goal for participants is to become confident and competent as a café table host. Effective table hosting requires active listening skills, a clear understanding of the Be Strong Families Café™ Agreements, and ways to advance and deepen small-group conversations. It also requires knowledge of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors for Parent and Dad Cafés, the YouthThrive Protective and Promotive Factors for #WoWTalk Cafés and the Vitality Domains for Vitality Cafés.