Caregiver Training Schedule_February 2024

Advanced Adoption: Effects of Trauma and Loss on Adopted Children 
This course takes you beyond the introductory level into beginning to understand more deeply the emotional, mental and physical needs an adoptive child may have. A startlingly high number of adoptions are not successful, which is why it is so important that you have realistic expectations and adequate support, both of which are explored in this training.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 3
9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 26

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Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
This training for caregivers develops an understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as presented in DSM 5 and alternate behavioral descriptions from Daniel Amen, MD. The training also covers the common developmental course of ADHD and a 7 Step Intervention pathway for home and school success.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20
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Behavior Management Tools for Foster Parents and Caregivers

This training provides a foundation for understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and challenging or escalating behavior among children in out-of-home care. The training provides specific behavior management skills for caregivers to deescalate and manage behavior including trauma informed caregiving, authoritative parenting, therapeutic environments, engagement, and more.
5-8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27

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Building Life Skills for Drug Impacted Children
This training will focus on how children exposed to prenatal substance abuse in their life have an increased chance of experiencing many effects, such as poor social, cognitive, and emotional development, physical, mental, and health issues, depression, anxiety, concentration and learning difficulties, trouble controlling their responses as well as other traumatic issues.
6-9 p.m. Feb. 6
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Building Parental Resilience for Kinship Caregivers
This course helps you understand the importance of self-care and practical ideas for how to do it. You will understand signs of stress and burnout and recognize the importance of maintaining their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 12
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Caregiver’s Understanding and Supporting Family Time
This training is designed to provide an understanding of Family Time. As caregivers, you play an important role in supporting children, siblings and families in maintaining their connections. Family Time will be developed to give parents and children quality time, in the least restrictive setting, so their family bonds and connections will be preserved while temporarily not being able to live together. You will learn what will be included in Family Time plans and the reasoning around supervision levels.
1-4 p.m. Feb. 7
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Cultural Humility
This course provides participants with an overview of cultural humility and helps participants recognize the importance of honoring a child’s cultural identity. Course learnings include strategies for parents who are fostering or adopting to respect as well as navigate differences in values from the children and families while acknowledging imbalances of power and inequities.
6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 14
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Emotion Coaching
Emotion Coaching helps prepare children from birth to 5 years old for the challenges they face throughout their lifetime. A child’s ability to delight in the happy times and recover from the bad ones is a key part of emotional health. By learning and practicing the 5 steps of Emotion Coaching, you can make an important investment in a child’s future.
1-3 p.m. Feb. 5
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Healthy Sexual Development
This course will provide you with tools and resources needed to ensure the children in your care have the necessary information and support to become healthy adults. Upon completion, you will be able to identify what healthy sexual development is by age and stage of development, recognize your own possible discomfort in talking about healthy sexual development with children and youth, and you will be able to integrate healthy sexual development conversations with children and youth into everyday life.
1-4 p.m. Feb. 1
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Honoring Their History: Memory Preservation for Children in Care
The new training “Honoring Their History: Memory Preservation for Children in Care” focuses on how to support a child’s well-being through the recording of memories and other parts of their life during their time away from their family. This webinar introduces the idea of memory preservation as central to a child’s welfare, because it provides many benefits to emotional and mental health. 
1-3 p.m. Feb. 12
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Impact of Substance Use
This course helps participants understand the short- and long-term impact on children exposed to substances prenatally. This includes FASD and issues that may be present if parents use(d) substances, and medical issues that can arise due to substance exposure, including higher risk of later addiction.
1-3 p.m. Feb. 7
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Impacts of Prenatal Drug Exposure
This training will identify and address the various types of drugs used during pregnancy; the impacts those drugs have on the Infant, toddler, and school-age child; and recognize the effects of prenatal drug exposure so caregivers can be proactive in their care and guidance of the children in their care. 
12-3 p.m. Feb. 14
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Introduction to the Investigative Process for Caregivers
Going through an investigation can be scary. Understanding the process, knowing your rights, and being informed about the laws and process can make it a lot easier. This course provides licensed and unlicensed caregivers a deep look at the Licensing Division (LD) Child Protective Services (CPS) and Licensing Investigation (LD) processes, starting with Intake, through the investigation, and concluding with the report and the potential for appeals.
1-4 p.m. Feb. 27
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Kinship Parenting
This webinar acknowledges the complexities associated with caring for children who are related, including: divided loyalties, redefining roles and relationships, setting boundaries with parents and other relatives, and the range of emotions including anger, resentment, guilt and/or embarrassment that caregivers can feel. Strategies for how to manage family dynamics and conflicts, identify triggers and effectively manage stress are shared.
1-3 p.m. Feb. 12
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Maintaining Children’s Connections
This course helps you understand the importance of integrating and maintaining ongoing communication and connection between siblings, including understanding sibling dynamics and the importance of sibling bonds. Tips for how to navigate and support visits with siblings are shared. This course also helps participants recognize the importance of maintaining connections with extended family members and the community at large (i.e., schools, church, friends, sporting teams) and identifies strategies to keep children connected to their community.
6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7
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Mental Health Considerations for Children
This course provides a foundational understanding of mental health disorders and conditions that commonly occur in childhood. Content is shared to illustrate that not all “survival” behaviors or symptoms of grief are connected with mental health disorders. Commonly administered psychotropic medications are described and information about how to obtain consistent, adequate and appropriate access to mental health services is highlighted.
9-11 a.m. Feb. 13
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Paper Trail: Documentation Training for Caregivers
This training will cover best practices for documentation to prepare and support you and others involved in the child’s life, with the ultimate goal of sharing information, concerns and progress. Focused learnings around why documentation matters are central to the course – specific scenarios help translate ideas to real-life examples.
1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 13
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Parenting in Racially and Culturally Diverse Families
This course helps you understand the impact of parenting children from different racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds and to know how to honor and incorporate child’s race/ethnicity/culture into their existing family system. Strategies are identified to help children develop positive and proud identities and to help children and families prepare for and handle racism in all forms.
1-3 p.m. Feb. 13
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Parenting Teens
The “Parenting Teens” series comprises seven parts for prospective and current foster, adoptive, kinship and guardian parents who are or will be raising older children from foster care who have moderate to severe emotional and behavioral challenges.

Parenting Teens Part 1: Introduction and Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Youth in Foster Care
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 13

Parenting Teens Part 2: Parenting Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 20

Parenting Teens Part 3: Developing and Sustaining Healthy and Supportive Relationships With Your Youth
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 27

Parenting Teens Part 4: Nurturing Youth’s Needs, Identity and Expression
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 29

Parenting Teens Part 5: Understanding and Managing Youth’s Challenging Behaviors First Session
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 5

Parenting Teens Part 6: New Suitcase of Parenting Knowledge and Skills
12-3 p.m. Feb. 16
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Suicide Prevention LEARN® Training by Forefront for Caregivers
LEARN is a suicide awareness training that helps participants identify and act on signs of suicide. LEARN® is designed to empower individuals to help others move in the direction of hope, recovery, and survival. Presenters for this training are contracted and trained by Forefront Suicide Prevention.
1-4 p.m. Feb. 7
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The Autism Basics: Behaviors and Coping Strategies
This comprehensive training aims to provide participants with valuable insights and practical strategies to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout their developmental journey.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 21
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The Inherent Strengths of Kinship Families
The Inherent Strengths in Kinship Families is a training series developed by Dr. Joseph Crumbley for kinship caregivers. The series takes a strength-based perspective in outlining different topics that are unique to kinship families and providing strategies for caregivers.

The Inherent Strengths of Kinship Families: Adaptability
8-10 a.m. Feb. 24

The Inherent Strengths of Kinship Families: Co-Parenting
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 24

The Inherent Strengths of Kinship Families: Healing
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 3

The Inherent Strengths of Kinship Families: Identity
8-10 a.m. Feb. 3

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Trauma Informed Parenting
This course helps participants learn the three Rs (Regulate, Relate, Reason) and other practical trauma-informed parenting strategies. Participants will learn to recognize the importance of finding activities to have fun with children; recognize the importance of connected parenting and the relationship as the foundational cornerstone; understand how to promote healthy behaviors; and recognize the importance of a parent’s self-regulation.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 1
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Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Module 2: Empowering Principles
TBRI is an attachment-based approach to parenting that is designed to meet the complex needs of children. This training module is designed to give participants insight into the roots of self-regulation difficulties common among “children from hard places.” This module aims to give participants practical tools to facilitate learning and practicing self-regulation skills.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 3
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Trust-Based Relational Intervention: Introduction and Overview to TBRI
TBRI® (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. This course is an overview designed to give you exposure to all parts of TBRI® by highlighting the ways in which each section of the intervention strategy fits into the holistic nature of TBRI®.
1-4 p.m. Feb. 13 and 20
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While You Wait: Post CCT Support for Prospective Caregivers
Now that you have completed the eLearning portion of CCT we invite you to participate in this facilitated discussion session to fulfill your field experience and support session requirements. You have thought long and hard about what it means for you to be an out-of-home caregiver. You may even have ideas of what it will be like to welcome a child into your home. While you wait for your license or first placement to arrive, this session will help you consider some of the needs in the fostering community and how you are suited to meet them. 
6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6
9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 8
1-3:30 p.m. Feb. 14
9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 17
5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 22
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 23
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Why Children Lie: Development, Trauma, and Supporting the Truth
This training will take you through understanding what lying is, why it happens and how to support the truth. “Why Children Lie” addresses lying on several levels.
5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 8
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