Mental Health and Trauma Healing Courses

Finding Hope: The 12 Keys to Healing Hardship, Hurt & Sorrow, a Discussion with Author Amber Jewell (1 Hour, 20 Minutes)

A lively and educational discussion on Ms. Jewell’s book.

Sleep Health for Foster Care Children (1 Hour, 5 Minutes)

Trainers will discuss sleep basics, sleep health strategies, and typical pediatric sleep problems; share results of our research; and plans for the development of our curriculum for the foster care community.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder from a Trauma Lens (1 Hour)

Parenting a child with a disorder on the fetal alcohol spectrum can present many challenges for foster and adoptive families. It is vital for these families and the professionals who support them to understand the reasons behind the learning and behavioral challenges so they, together, can “try differently.”

Steps Toward Change: Replacing Trauma Bond with Healing Relationships (1 Hour)

This training will allow participants to understand better the links between childhood trauma and neglect, the child welfare system, and sexual exploitation.

More than Sad: Suicide 101 (1 Hour)

Using their research and national numbers, this training helps caregivers identify ways to start the conversation of suicide with professionals and youth, know the warning signs, and be able to develop crisis plans for the youth they encounter.

Supporting Your Child During Cutting and Self-Harm Episodes (10 Minutes)

Cutting behavior is not uncommon among teens and pre-teens in general populations and among foster kids, who have suffered trauma of some kind, it may be even more prevalent.

Not Taking It Personally (10 Minutes)

Foster parenting can be difficult. There are those times when the children we care for in our homes and living with our families may say things to hurt us. We'll discuss why it's important to not take these personally.

Getting on the Right PATH : Promoting Attachment and Trauma Healing for Caregivers (2 Hours)

PATH (Promoting Attachment and Trauma Healing) is a comprehensive framework of education that supports caregivers who are parenting children with known trauma effects and/or attachment difficulties.

Building Bridges of Hope After Loss: A Self-Directed Workbook for Foster Parents (Self Directed)

This resource uses a self-directed design so that foster parents can work with this resource on their own, with other members of their families and/or other social workers or other service providers.

Helping Kids Succeed Because of What They’ve Been Through (14 Minutes)

Using the lessons learned from living through an emotional roller coaster of a childhood, Rhonda Sciortino discusses the five points of prosperity that enabled her to persevere and start a successful business.

Healthy Boundaries, Healthy Relationships (1 Hour)

This session will discuss the rationales and realities of relationship boundary identification and implementation.

The Impact of Social Media on Children (1 Hour)

An examination of the impact of social media and technology on today’s society, including its influence on youths’ perceptions of reality reveals significant risks for the unaware.

ADHD vs Trauma in Foster Children (.5 Hour)

To discuss the important distinctions between ADHD and Trauma and how this affects children in foster care.

Transforming the Intense Child (1.5 Hours)

This approach shifts the target away from problems and into greatness. It inspires challenging children to use their intensity in great ways, while awakening all children to the greatness of who they really are, helping them to take charge.

Introduction to Complex Trauma Part 1 (.75 Hour)

In Part 1 of this 3-part series, we’ll discuss what Complex Trauma is, with the ultimate goal of learning tips, tricks and strategies that can help Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents to discover the best treatment approach.

Historical and InterGenerational Trauma Part 2 (35 Minutes)

In Part 2 of this 3-part series, we’ll dive into the topic of Historical/Intergenerational Trauma, with the ultimate goal of learning tips, tricks and strategies that can help Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents identify treatment options.

Complex Trauma Treatment Options Part 3 (40 Minutes)

In Part 3 of this 3-part series, we’ll review our sessions on Complex and Historical Trauma, and discuss Treatment Options.

ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences (1 Hour)

This training will explore the formation and research of the adverse childhood experiences studies.

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