Caregiver Training Schedule_November 2023

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.

4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 15
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African American Hair and Skin Care
This focused topic training for caregivers, social workers and supervisors teaches participants 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 participants get the appropriate hair and skin products for children/youth. The participants will gain knowledge, skills and tools to utilize with the children/youth in their care. Participants will learn how to seek necessary resources and support to promote a healthy self-concept for the children/youth in their care.

12-5 p.m. Nov. 12
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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. Nov. 14
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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. Nov. 21
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Caring for Drug Impacted Infants and Toddlers
This training for caregivers provides an in-depth exploration of Drug Impacted Infants and Toddlers. The training focuses on how to identify and address the impacts drugs have on infants and toddlers; how to recognize symptoms; set up a successful environment and work together with the team in providing care for the child. Caregivers will leave this training feeling empowered to care for a drug impacted Infant as they grow through infancy, toddlerhood, and preschool. 

6-9 p.m. Nov. 6
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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. Nov. 7

Healthy Sexual Development
This course will provide you with tools and resources about Healthy Sexual Development 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.

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 4
Honoring Their History: Memory Preservation for Children in Care
This course 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. Nov. 8
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Invitation to Aggression Replacement Training
This training for caregivers teaches what drives aggressive behavior and develops skills required to give youth a chance for success. Caregivers 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. Nov. 7 and 8
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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.

1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 9
5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 14
1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 27
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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. Nov. 7
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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. Nov. 18

Parenting Teens Part 2: Parenting Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma
1-4 p.m. Nov. 18

Parenting Teen Part 3: Developing and Sustaining Healthy and Supportive Relationships With Your Youth
5-7 p.m. Nov. 7

Parenting Teens Part 4: Nurturing Youth’s Cultural/Racial/Ethnic Needs and Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and Expression
5-8 p.m. Nov. 1

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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
1-3 p.m. Nov. 8

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: Understanding the Brain
1-3 p.m. Nov. 21

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: Family Management and Effective Communication
1-3 p.m. Nov. 14

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: Encouraging Parenting Solutions
1-3 p.m. Nov. 28

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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.

9 a.m-12 p.m. Nov. 29
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Talking With Children About Race
Recent research has shown that children have very complex understandings of differences and how they make meaning of stereotypes. Because of this, it is important to give children anti-bias messages, through actions and words that actively counter what they are internalizing and witnessing in the world. In this workshop we will explore how children and youth learn and practice racism and privilege. Participants will learn strategies to for acting on teachable moments and ways to create counter narratives.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17
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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. TBRI uses the Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. 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. This training is the second of a three part series.

5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16
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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®. 

5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 9
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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.  

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 6
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