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Trainings for Child Welfare Audiences 

 

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Art of Parent Engagement Workshop - Customized for Child Welfare

4 hours (Half-Day)

Providers Only

Effective work with families depends on staff’s ability to engage and partner with them. Utilizing an extended role play format, this experiential workshop for child welfare professionals assists practitioners with developing empathy for their clients and in-depth understanding of the challenges they face. One workshop is targeted for staff working with intact families. Another is customized for staff working with families whose children are placed out of their home. Both encourage self-reflection as a foundation for strengthening parent engagement skills and surface practical parent engagement strategies for staff to put to work in their daily practice.


Assisting and Supporting Birth Parents with Getting on the Fast Track

4 hours (Half-Day)

Providers only

Be Strong Families has worked (and is working) with former birth parents to develop resources that support parents whose children are in the foster care system in getting their kids back and keeping them safely at home. In this workshop, staff will learn about the Get on the Fast Track workshop and group support that they can make available to their clients and the benefits that parents report on participating in the workshop.


Integrating the YouthThriveProtective and Promotive Factors Framework into Your Work

8 hours (Full-Day)

Providers only

Targeted to staff who work with child-welfare-involved youth, this workshop offers the Youth Thrive Protective Factors framework as a tool for thinking about, organizing, and enhancing their services. Through fun, interactive small-group work, professionals emphatically experience the Youth Thrive™ factors. They also build critical thinking and human-centered design skills to their work with child-welfare-involved teenagers. Participants explore how the stages of teenage development are impacted by trauma what it means to work with and help a teen; stages of development and how trauma impacts youth development are discussed.


Living the Protective Factors in Child Welfare

8 hours (Full-Day)

Providers only

This workshop for child welfare professionals introduces the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors framework as an important component of a comprehensive wellbeing paradigm and links the framework to trauma-informed child welfare practice, demonstrating its practical benefits for bridging communications between child welfare staff, courts, and families. This workshop is customized with and for the jurisdiction in which it will be provided so that it is maximally relevant for participants.


Maintaining Family Connectedness

4 hours (Half-Day)

For Parents & Providers

Navigating the child welfare system is difficult for any parent and doing the work to get one’s children returned home is a monumental feat. When reunification is the permanency goal, maintaining strong family ties while the child is out of their parents’ home is essential. Child welfare staff can do a lot to facilitate the process of maintaining family connectedness. This four-hour workshop highlights the importance of maintaining family connectedness and assists child welfare front line staff with understanding how they can strengthen family ties throughout the life of a case.


Shared Parenting: How Workers Can Assist Birth and Foster Parents with Building Collaborative Relationships

3 hours

Providers only

This workshop introduces child welfare staff to Be Strong Families’ Shared Parenting workshop for birth and foster parents. It also assists them with promoting healthy, meaningful working relationships and partnerships between birth parents and foster parents. The curriculum is also infused with strategies for effectively engaging parents and enhancing capacity to:

  • Find commonalities and promote harmony and collaboration between foster parents and birth parents
  • Practice communication skills for challenging conversations
  • Expand empathy and let go of judgment
  • Develop strategies to work together to benefit children in care

 


Trauma-Informed Parenting: Using Lifebooks

4 hours (Half-Day)

For Parents & Providers
Available in English & Spanish

Often when children are involved with child welfare, elements of their history can be lost due to a variety of reasons, including multiple placements. Lifebooks are an essential tool in trauma-informed parenting. This training is designed to assist participants with understanding the value of a lifebook for a child in care and the ways in which the collaborative process of developing a lifebook can promote psychological wellbeing and assist with maintaining positive family ties as well as partnerships between birth and foster parents.


Trauma-Informed, Strengths-Based, Family-Centered Practice in Child Welfare

4 hours (Half-Day)

Providers only

For child welfare staff who understand the basics of trauma-informed practice and the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors, this workshop takes practice one step further. Participants explore how the concept of emotional safety contributes to transformation and healing and the importance of emotional safety as part of safety and wellbeing, transformative child welfare practice, and parenting. This training introduces participants to Appreciative Inquiry as an interviewing method that, along with the Protective Factors, can surface meaningful strengths to build on for family reunification. Participants use a case-study method, working from a sample case plan description, to create a Strengths-Based Parent Profile.


Trauma Stewardship

8 hours (Full-Day)

For Parents & Providers
Available in English & Spanish

Other people’s trauma impacts our wellbeing, whether the other people are our friends, clients, or foster kids. Learning how vicarious trauma affects us is the first step to improving our wellbeing and ability to sustain positive relationships. The workshop begins with learning about and identifying our own signs of trauma exposure response and our emotional triggers. Participants practice strategies for deescalating their own and others’ emotional responses in the moment. Further, they learn a framework for reading and shifting their own and others’ energy to move into a positive relational zone. This workshop offers tools for increasing staff awareness, skills, and tools for understanding how to best respond when trauma or trauma history is in play. The workshop concludes by exploring the ways in which supervisory relationships can best support trauma-informed care and how workers can create space for reflective practice.


TRAINING OF TRAINER OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING TRAININGS FOR BIRTH PARENTS, FOSTER PARENTS, AND YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS IN CARE:

 

Get on the Fast Track to Getting Your Kids Back

9 hours (One 3-Hour Introduction and Four 1.5-hour sessions)

Available in English & Spanish

Get on the Fast Track is an experiential education and support series that provides practical tools and strategies for child-welfare-involved parents to reunify their families. It begins with a 3-hour highly experiential and psychodynamic workshop that surfaces, validates, and then temporarily neutralizes negative emotions related to being involved with the child welfare system. After acknowledging the stress that is inherent in the process, participants brainstorm positive and negative ways to handle the stress. The last hour of the workshop is devoted to an empowerment- based method for birth parents to take control of their destiny and their struggle to get their children back at home. The 3-S concept, Strategy–Strength–Support, is shared. Birth parents gain practical knowledge, insight, and conviction about their potential to effectively lead the reunification process. All participants receive Be Strong Families’ publication The Get Real Guide to Getting Your Kids Back or in Spanish, ‘La Neta de los Padres.’

There are four follow-up or stand-alone 1.5-hour supportive workshops on the following topics:

  • Social Connections
  • Caseworker Relationship
  • Visitation
  • Relationship with the Caregiver

Get on the Fast Track to Keeping Your Kids at Home

3 HOURS

The first six months after the return home are extremely challenging for newly reunified families. The difficulty of the transition can be exacerbated by lack of preparedness and unrealistic expectations. This workshop, developed for and with former child-welfare-involved birth parents, assists with emotionally and practically preparing parents for when their children return home. Included are: reconnecting with your children, acknowledging your children’s emotions and experience, learning from foster parents, getting support from the child welfare system, and handling communications and relationships with friends and family.


Shared Parenting: Developing Collaborative Relationships Between Birth Parents and Foster Parents

3 HOURS

This 3-hour training brings birth parents and foster parents together, creating an opportunity to understand each other’s unique shared parenting role within the child welfare system with the goal of strengthening each participant individually and collectively as a team. This workshop allows parents to take a deeper dive into what does it mean to co parent and respect each other to help the child.


Trauma Stewardship for Foster Parents

6 hours: delivered in 2-hour modules

What is important for parenting a child who has experienced trauma? How can foster parents recognize and compassionately and therapeutically respond to behaviors that stem from trauma? How can foster parents recognize when their children’s trauma is getting under their own skin? The first workshop in the series begins with learning about and identifying our own signs of trauma exposure response and our emotional triggers. Participants practice strategies for deescalating their own and others’ emotional responses in the moment. The second workshop introduces and explores a framework for reading and shifting their own and others’ energy to move into a positive relational zone. This workshop offers tools for increasing staff awareness, skills, and tools for understanding how to best respond when trauma or trauma history is in play. The third workshop introduces the Anu Family Services healing trauma paradigm shift from Blame-Shame-Punish-Disconnect to Protect-Connect-Grieve-Regulate and begins a conversation about practical, realistic, responsive trauma-informed parenting.