| Health/Human Services
Kinship Issues in Foster Care and Adoption
Kinship care providers face many issues that non-related foster and adoptive parents do not. Managing the boundaries of relationships with the birth parents of the children whom you are fostering and/or adopting is very different when the birth parents are your own children, or nieces, nephews, siblings, or other relatives. Providers often face very real issues of anger, confusion, frustration, and grief with respect to birth parents. This training is designed for kinship care providers, and human service professionals, to address those issues that are unique to kinship care.
Maintaining and Supporting Birth Family Connections: It’s a Family Affair
Reunification of children with their families of origin whenever possible is the primary mandate of foster care. Through lecture, case studies, role-plays and discussion, the role of the foster parent and human service professional in the reunification process will be explored. Expectations will be examined from the points of view of the foster family, biological family, and social work staff. Training emphasizes teamwork, and it also incorporates experiences of parents and children who have maintained those connections and explored the benefits of those connections following adoption of their children.
Domestic/Family Violence-Helping a Child through Trauma
Family violence is the most popular violent crime in America. Children who have witnessed abuse often suffer low self-esteem, depression, stress disorders, poor impulse control and feelings of powerlessness. They are at high risk for alcohol and drug use, sexual acting out, running away, isolation, fear, and suicide. Violence is a learned behavior, and children who have been raised in violent homes may learn to repeat the family patterns either by becoming abusers or becoming battered themselves as adults. This workshop will introduce evidence based strategies to caregivers/human service professionals on how to effectively interact with children/youth who have observed, or who have been a victim of domestic/family violence, and teach caregivers/human service professionals how to model and instill desired behavior.
HIV/AIDS in Foster Care
This workshop addresses topics such as, the impact of HIV-illness on youth, guidelines for caring for youth living with HIV/AIDS, precautions for caregivers (including a review of HIV transmission and universal precautions), social values and attitudes related to HIV, and concerns regarding HIV-related confidentiality and discrimination.
How to Recognize Childhood Obesity Risk Factors, and Prevent Chronic Disease
The prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in the United States is dramatically higher now than it was a few decades ago. Weight associated diseases and conditions that were once diagnosed primarily in adults, such as high blood cholesterol, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, are now observed in children and adolescents with excess body fat. (Dietary Guidelines 2010). Learn the risk factors for obesity and strategies to combat and reverse the obesity epidemic, and prevent chronic disease.
Addressing Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Children/Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Children and young people removed from their birth families and placed in a new care environment can find the development and/or maintenance of their cultural identity a difficult process. The transition from one cultural environment to the next can mean confusion and restricted access to linguistic, cultural and religious knowledge, norms, practices, people and institutions. Learn effective and proven techniques to facilitate the child adjusting to and incorporating the new culture (norms, practices and expectations) into his/her own.
Preventing Human Service Professional/Foster/Resource Parent Burnout
Human Service professionals/Foster/Adoptive Parents can suffer stress that is induced by a variety of factors, including the responsibilities of caring for children and working with foster/adopt/biological parents, meeting paperwork deadlines, school and court schedules, mandatory meetings, required trainings, and balancing career and personal life. Stress leading to burnout can hurt productivity and more importantly cause chronic illness and/or negatively impact existing chronic illness– but it doesn't have to be that way! This workshop will help you recognize and counteract the negative effects that environmental stress can have on your day-to-day life, and introduce concrete and sound techniques on how to de-stressyourself.
Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This training will define each step of the process for parent-implemented intervention, discuss specific procedures and practices within each step, and provide examples that can be used as models for parents and practitioners as they work with children with ASD.
Caring for a Child with a Disability: Helping Families Cope
This workshop is designed to give insight into the unique challenges and stressors that accompany caring for a child/youth with a behavioral, emotional, mental, or physical disability. Human service professionals/foster/adopt parents will learn strategies to incorporate into his/her interaction with the child/youth to create a positive synergy in which to build a relationship based on trust, cooperation, and mutual understanding of perspectives.
Staff Management Training
This training is designed to provide beginning and mid-level staff with a practical framework for managing human service programs and agencies. Emphasis is placed on developing good management techniques, leadership development, team building, understanding the importance of building relationships.
Technical and management consulting services are also provided to assist managers and other key staff in delivering and implementing efficient and effective management practices for delivering human services in public or private agencies and organizations.
Women’s Initiative to Secure Employment (W.I.S.E.)Workshop
This is a one day job readiness workshop to prepare women who are unemployed, underemployed, or are simply seeking new employment and need to know what job skills employers are seeking in today’s job market. This training provides evidenced based, effective strategies and techniques to help the job seeker get to the critical first step,the interview. In addition, each participant can receive one hour of individual one-on-one career coaching within 30 days of workshop completion.