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Behavior Management

Click to Preview Lying (2nd Edition)
Common behaviors addressed in this course include getting out of trouble, gaining attention, pathological, and getting others in trouble.
Click to Preview Anger Pie
Dr. Rick Delaney discusses how an understanding of the ABCs of behavior can help parents ward off angry outbursts.
Click to Preview Children with Autism
Dr. Robert Nickel addresses the many challenges parents of children with autism face: social and communication deficits, and common medical problems.
Click to Preview Childhood Anxiety Disorders
Viewers will learn to Identify symptoms and causes of anxiety disorders in children, emotional symptoms, steps to take & treatment options.
Click to Preview ADHD, ADD, ODD
This course explores diagnosis and treatments of ADHD, ADD, and ODD, and discusses steps to help children with these disorders.
Click to Preview Reactive Attachment Disorder
Healthy and unhealthy attachment, the emotionally promiscuous RAD child, the hyper-vigilant RAD child, RAD & other diagnoses are discussed in this course.
Click to Preview Self-Harm
This course examines self-injury, high-risk behavior, suicidal behavior, reckless accident proneness, and hair pulling.
Click to Preview Stealing
Topics covered in this course include shoplifting, stealing based on envy or revenge, kleptomania, and stealing from loved ones.
Click to Preview Running Away
Searching for roots, running from rules, running from love and intimacy, wanting to be wanted, and running to street crime.
Click to Preview Wetting and Soiling
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.
Click to Preview Sexualized Behavior
This course examines obsessive sexual behavior, sexual behavior with siblings, seductive behavior towards adults, and public masturbation.
Click to Preview Sleep Problems
Viewers will learn about roaming, nightmares and night terrors, sleeping alone, and depression.
Click to Preview Fire-setting
Fire-setting behaviors such as silent but deadly, impulsive, disturbed, accidental, and curious are examined in this course.
Click to Preview Anger Outbursts
This course covers temper tantrums, assaultive behavior towards other children, rage towards the mother, and erratic or unpredictable anger.
Click to Preview Eating Disorders
Causes of and strategies for dealing with stealing and hoarding food, gorging, refusing certain foods, and anorexia are examined.

Parenting Strategies

Click to Preview Cultural Issues in Parenting
Examines how parents can support children’s cultural development and why that is important to their healthy growth and development.
Click to Preview Foster Care to Adoption
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.
Click to Preview Working Together with Primary Families
Explores the benefits and challenges of building a working relationship between foster and primary families, and offers strategies for developing respectful, positive communication.
Click to Preview Reducing Family Stress
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.
Click to Preview Understanding Behavior in Foster Children
Explores problematic behavior in foster children and how foster parents can better understand the purpose of a child’s behavior through careful observation.
Click to Preview Child Development
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.
Click to Preview The Foster Home Investigation Process
Explores the foster home investigative process, Plans of Corrective Action, and the role of foster care investigators.
Click to Preview The Role of Mandated Child Abuse Reporters
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.
Click to Preview Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
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.
Click to Preview The Impact of Fostering on Birth Children
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.
Click to Preview The Child Welfare Team
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.
Click to Preview Parent-Child Attachment
Covers the difference between healthy and unhealthy attachment, how separation and loss affect attachment, and how attachment theory applies to real life.
Click to Preview Substance-Exposed Infants
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.
Click to Preview Child Safety and Supervision
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.
Click to Preview Culturally Competent Parenting
Dr. Tanya M. Coakley discusses how culturally competent parenting can provide minority children an environment that respects and nourishes their sense of self.
Click to Preview Grief & Loss in the Care System
Charley Joyce, LICSW, discusses grief and loss as it impacts foster children, birth parents and foster caregivers.
Click to Preview Child Abuse & Neglect
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.
Click to Preview House Safety
This course shows how foster parents can observe safety rules for licensed or certified residential care facilities using self-inspections.
Click to Preview Relationships: Strengthening Communications
This course helps foster parent couples improve communication with each other, resolve conflicts in their relationship, and promote intimacy.
Click to Preview Working with Schools
Roles and responsibilities, entering a new school, working with the school staff, special education, and parent advocacy are discussed in this course.
Click to Preview Working with Birth Parents I: Visitation
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.
Click to Preview Kinship Care
Viewers will learn about family feuds, allegiance to birth parents, distance and defiance with kinship family.
Click to Preview Positive Parenting 1
Viewers learn how to use cooperation, tracking behavior, and encouragement as parenting techniques.
Click to Preview Positive Parenting 2
This course discusses setting limits and behavior contracts as positive parenting techniques.
Click to Preview Positive Parenting 3
Strategies for using time-out, privilege removal, and assignment of extra chores to manage difficult behavior are discussed
Click to Preview Safe Parenting
Developing safety and treatment plans are discussed in the context of meeting state regulations and the individual child's needs.

Advanced Parenting Workshops

These expanded courses offer parents a fun way to learn about difficult behavior challenges. Participants share their ideas and work together, via online discussion boards, to develop strategies for changing the behaviors.

Workshops feature:

  • no scheduled meetings; work when you want, 24/7
  • log out and return at your convenience
  • begin a workshop any time
  • 30 days to complete

Completion of a workshop yields 6 training credits and a Certificate of Completion.

Advanced Parenting Workshop on Anger

Click to Preview Advanced Parenting Workshop on Anger
In this workshop, participants learn about the types and components of anger. A case study is introduced, and participants collaborate to identify the components of an outburst and how it is influenced by the child's biases and beliefs. They then develop an action plan for the case family, with guidance and assistance by Dr. Richard Delaney and his teaching assistants.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the ABCs (components) of anger
  • learn the types of anger outbursts
  • identify warning signs for serious anger problems
  • distinguish between unhealthy and healthy anger
  • know when to seek help
  • develop and implement an action plan for coping with anger

Go to your Personal Home Page now and enroll

Advanced Parenting Workshop on Lying

Click to Preview Advanced Parenting Workshop on Lying
Workshop participants learn about the types of lying and why children lie. Then they look at the case of a 16-year-old boy who lies constantly, and at his foster parents' reaction. With the help of Dr. Richard Delaney and his teaching assistants, participants work together to develop an action plan for the parents, with concrete steps for coping with and curbing the boy's chronic lying.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the four types of lying
  • recognize behavior clues for identifying types of lying
  • understand six common reasons for lying
  • learn how to emotionally support a child who lies
  • develop and implement an action plan for coping with lying

Go to your Personal Home Page now and enroll


Family Dynamics

Click to Preview Family Dynamics in Foster Care
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.

Pre-service Training

Click to Preview Cultural Issues in Parenting
Examines how parents can support children’s cultural development and why that is important to their healthy growth and development.
Click to Preview Foster Care to Adoption
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.
Click to Preview Working Together with Primary Families
Explores the benefits and challenges of building a working relationship between foster and primary families, and offers strategies for developing respectful, positive communication.
Click to Preview Reducing Family Stress
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.
Click to Preview Understanding Behavior in Foster Children
Explores problematic behavior in foster children and how foster parents can better understand the purpose of a child’s behavior through careful observation.
Click to Preview Child Development
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.
Click to Preview Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
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.
Click to Preview The Child Welfare Team
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.
Click to Preview Parent-Child Attachment
Covers the difference between healthy and unhealthy attachment, how separation and loss affect attachment, and how attachment theory applies to real life.
Click to Preview Grief & Loss in the Care System
Charley Joyce, LICSW, discusses grief and loss as it impacts foster children, birth parents and foster caregivers.
Click to Preview Child Abuse & Neglect
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.
Click to Preview House Safety
This course shows how foster parents can observe safety rules for licensed or certified residential care facilities using self-inspections.
Click to Preview Positive Parenting 1
Viewers learn how to use cooperation, tracking behavior, and encouragement as parenting techniques.
Click to Preview Positive Parenting 2
This course discusses setting limits and behavior contracts as positive parenting techniques.
Click to Preview Positive Parenting 3
Strategies for using time-out, privilege removal, and assignment of extra chores to manage difficult behavior are discussed
Click to Preview Safe Parenting
Developing safety and treatment plans are discussed in the context of meeting state regulations and the individual child's needs.

Projects Under Development

  • Sleep Problems (updated)
  • It's My Marriage

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