Caregiver Training Schedule_January 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.
9-11:30 a.m.  Jan. 12
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African American Hair and Skin Care
This training teaches you to understand the complexity of caring for African-American and biracial hair and skin. Participants will gain skills and knowledge to be culturally responsive to the needs of the children/youth in their care. The provider will demonstrate how to properly wash, dry and style (including braiding) for African American children and youth in their care. The provider will give resource tools on how to get the appropriate hair and skin products for children/youth. You will gain knowledge, skills and tools to utilize with the children/youth in their care.
12-4 p.m. Jan. 21
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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. Jan. 9
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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.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9
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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.
6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 8
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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. Jan. 9
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Chaos to Calm: Promoting Attachment in Out-of-Home Care
This training provides an in-depth exploration of secure attachment and challenges to attachment as well as building caregiver skills to enhance attachment with children in out of home care.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 23 and 24
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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.
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 6
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 11
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Foster Care: A Means to Support Families
This course helps you understand the child welfare experience from the perspective of the child’s parents and supports finding compassion for parents and the challenges they may be facing. Strategies to nurture children’s relationships with their parents and to integrate and maintain ongoing communication and connection between parents and children are covered.
9-11 a.m. Jan. 20
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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. 
5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 16
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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.
9-11 a.m. Jan. 16
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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.
2-5 p.m. Jan. 18
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Invitation to Aggression Replacement Training

This training teaches what drives aggressive behavior and develops skills required to give youth a chance for success. You will learn skills to teach the children in their care increased moral reasoning, how to replace antisocial behaviors with positive alternatives, and how to respond to anger in a nonaggressive manner.
6-9 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17
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Kinship 101: Information for Relatives and Suitable Others
This course is designed for licensed and unlicensed caregivers caring for children currently or previously involved in the dependency system. Caregiver Core Training (CCT) is not a prerequisite. However, this course is supplemental to CCT for kinship caregivers, and can be a field experience during CCT.
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 24
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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.
4-6 p.m. Jan. 8
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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.
2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 24
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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.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 9
5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 30
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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.
10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 30
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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.
9-10 a.m. Jan. 22
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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
5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 8

Parenting Teens Part 2: Parenting Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma
5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22

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

Parenting Teens Part 4: Nurturing Youth’s Needs, Identity and Expression
12-3 p.m. Jan. 16

Parenting Teens Part 7: New Suitcase of Parenting Knowledge and Skills
2-5 p.m. Jan. 24

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Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
This series of courses for caregivers teaches the Positive Discipline model. The first course, Introduction to Positive Discipline, teaches the foundational concepts of the model and is required before taking any of the other six courses. After this first course is taken, the remaining modules may be taken in any order.

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: Introduction to Positive Discipline
9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 8

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: What Is Positive Discipline?
4-6 p.m. Jan. 10

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: Understanding the Brain
9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 19

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: Encouraging Parenting Solutions
12-2 p.m. Jan. 30

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Relative/Kinship Caregiving: Navigating Change and Supporting the Children in Your Care
This course explores how to navigate changing relationships between adults as well as the feelings and behaviors of the children. You’ll spend time in class focusing on yourself, too, looking at how you can cope and care for yourself through the inevitable ups and downs.
5-8 p.m. Jan. 31
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Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Module 1: Connecting Principles
TBRI® is an attachment-based approach to parenting that is designed to meet the complex needs of children. TBRI uses the Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. This module focuses on attachment, which is the most important dynamic system that a child experiences during development. 
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 6
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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®.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30
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Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children
The training develops caregivers’ understanding of the diagnosis (especially in those under 6 years of age) as well as covering Developmental Trauma Disorder for complex trauma events often experienced by youth in alternative care situations.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 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.
1-4 p.m. Jan. 29
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