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Overview for Agencies

Evidence-based training for resource parents, at their convenience, for a modest price to your agency. Read more »

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Testimonials

"I thought that this course was very informational and helpful. I liked how it helped future and present foster and/or adoptive parents distinguish between accidental and intentional abuse. I enjoyed learning the characteristics of parents that maltreat their children. Hopefully others have taken away as much as my husband and I have from this course."
"Very informative and easy to follow, common sense approach. Thanks."
"This was an amazing course!!! We have been foster parents over 12 years now and watched the system change from keeping foster and primary families separate to what this class discusses ('Working Together With Primary Families'). Our last foster child we had, this is exactly how we approached them. I hadn't seen this yet but obviously this is the 'New' way to foster."
"I got some good information out of this course. My foster son lies and we really have stopped asking him questions. He is trusting us more and the lies are less-but I think he will lie for the rest of his life. Anyways, thanks for the course."
"Just wanted to say thanks for providing alternative training that's self paced for a person like me with a hectic schedule that sometimes hinder me from participating in group settings at my local agency! It's a blessing!"
"I thought this was wonderfully put together. I hope that something like this is available for birth parents. I think this type of education may be very helpful."
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The Child Welfare Team, Child Abuse & Neglect, Parent-Child Attachment and Understanding Behavior in Foster Children are included in Cluster 1.

16 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Child Development, Cultural Issues in Parenting, and Working Together with Primary Families are included in Cluster 2.

12 credit hours, $30.00 per person

Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused, Reducing Family Stress, and Foster Care to Adoption are included in Cluster 3.

12 credit hours, $30.00 per person

This course explores diagnosis and treatments of ADHD, ADD, and ODD, and discusses steps to help children with these disorders.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This course covers temper tantrums, assaultive behavior towards other children, rage towards the mother, and erratic or unpredictable anger.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Dr. Rick Delaney discusses how an understanding of the ABCs of behavior can help parents ward off angry outbursts.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores the emotional and behavioral effects of child sexual abuse on children in care and offers strategies to help overcome the challenges foster parents face.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

In this Advanced Parenting Workshop, parents learn about the types and components of anger. Then they work together to create an action plan for calming an angry child.

6 credit hours, $30.00 per person

This Advanced Parenting Workshop provides an in-depth study of lying. Participants work together to create an action plan for coping with lying.

6 credit hours, $30.00 per person

A pre-service course designed for individuals interested in caregiving which focuses on child maltreatment. Learn about the characteristics, symptoms and reporting standards for child maltreatment. Caution: contains graphic images.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Explores typical child development, developmental domains and stages, temperament and goodness of fit, and the effects of abuse and neglect on a child’s health and behavior.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Michael F. Quinn, M.A., uses a professional child care worker’s approach to child safety, providing foster parents with effective supervision strategies and tools for collecting background information, making in-home observations, and making supervision adjustments.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Covers how the child welfare system works, purpose and goals of the system, key terms, and who the child welfare team members are, as well as their roles and responsibilities.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Viewers will learn to Identify symptoms and causes of anxiety disorders in children, emotional symptoms, steps to take & treatment options.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Dr. Robert Nickel addresses the many challenges parents of children with autism face: social and communication deficits, and common medical problems.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Examines how parents can support children’s cultural development and why that is important to their healthy growth and development.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Dr. Tanya M. Coakley discusses how culturally competent parenting can provide minority children an environment that respects and nourishes their sense of self.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Causes of and strategies for dealing with stealing and hoarding food, gorging, refusing certain foods, and anorexia are examined.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Fire-setting behaviors such as silent but deadly, impulsive, disturbed, accidental, and curious are examined in this course.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores the process and challenges of moving from foster care to adoption and offers insight and advice for helping adoptive family members through those challenges.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Explores the foster home investigative process, Plans of Corrective Action, and the role of foster care investigators.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Charley Joyce, LICSW, discusses grief and loss as it impacts foster children, birth parents and foster caregivers.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This course shows how foster parents can observe safety rules for licensed or certified residential care facilities using self-inspections.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores the challenges foster families face pre-placement, during placement, and post-placement and offers insights and advice for helping birth children through those challenges.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Viewers will learn about family feuds, allegiance to birth parents, distance and defiance with kinship family.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Common behaviors addressed in this course include getting out of trouble, gaining attention, pathological, and getting others in trouble.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Covers the difference between healthy and unhealthy attachment, how separation and loss affect attachment, and how attachment theory applies to real life.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Viewers learn how to use cooperation, tracking behavior, and encouragement as parenting techniques.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This course discusses setting limits and behavior contracts as positive parenting techniques.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Strategies for using time-out, privilege removal, and assignment of extra chores to manage difficult behavior are discussed

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Healthy and unhealthy attachment, the emotionally promiscuous RAD child, the hyper-vigilant RAD child, RAD & other diagnoses are discussed in this course.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores adding a foster child to the family and offers insight into how to preserve the family structure and reduce stress caused by a changing dynamic.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

This course helps foster parent couples improve communication with each other, resolve conflicts in their relationship, and promote intimacy.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Explores the role and challenges mandated child abuse reporters face during the reporting process and offers strategies for helping insure subsequent investigations are not compromised.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Searching for roots, running from rules, running from love and intimacy, wanting to be wanted, and running to street crime.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Developing safety and treatment plans are discussed in the context of meeting state regulations and the individual child's needs.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This course examines self-injury, high-risk behavior, suicidal behavior, reckless accident proneness, and hair pulling.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

This course examines obsessive sexual behavior, sexual behavior with siblings, seductive behavior towards adults, and public masturbation.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Viewers will learn about roaming, nightmares and night terrors, sleeping alone, and depression.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Topics covered in this course include shoplifting, stealing based on envy or revenge, kleptomania, and stealing from loved ones.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Dr. Robert Nickel and Susan Edelstein, M.S. discuss the issues and challenges faced by parents who care for substance-exposed infants, including the effects of legal and illegal drugs, multiple substance abuse, working with the child’s professional team, and successful parenting strategies.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Explores problematic behavior in foster children and how foster parents can better understand the purpose of a child’s behavior through careful observation.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

Wetting as an emotional outlet, wetting as a self-defense, classic daytime or nighttime wetting, soiling and smearing feces, constipation and withholding stools and discussed in this course.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Explores the benefits and challenges of building a working relationship between foster and primary families, and offers strategies for developing respectful, positive communication.

4 credit hours, $20.00 per person

What to expect before, during, and after visitation with birth parents and strategies for helping the foster child transition back to their foster home are examined in this course.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Roles and responsibilities, entering a new school, working with the school staff, special education, and parent advocacy are discussed in this course.

2 credit hours, $10.00 per person

Designed for agency staff and social workers - Rick Delaney, Ph.D. addresses issues of family dynamics aimed at increasing placement stability and improved lives for children in care.

4 credit hours, $30.00 per person