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Successful futures for our children are directly tied to their healthy development as human beings. One way to approach the vast topic of positive youth development is through the framework of the “40 Developmental Assets.” Join us for an in-depth discussion about how the 40 Developmental Assets can be a powerful tool to help caregivers support young people to become caring, responsible adults. This dynamic presentation will assist participants in the creating of strategies for the child welfare professional to partner with caregivers to support the 40 Developmental Assets in their daily involvement with children. These strategies will support the caregivers to provide a nurturing home environment where their children will thrive physically, emotionally, and cognitively.
Foster children need a sense of value and a way to maintain connections while in foster care. Lifebook’s document a child’s journey through foster care. This training helps to define what a Lifebook is for foster children. It discusses the importance of a Lifebook. The training teaches participants options for pages to work on with the child. It reviews the parameters and expectations of a Lifebook. Lifebook’s can prepare a child for reunification and/or adoption. The training helps to engage a child with the book.
In this presentation you will learn about child development and gender and orientation. LGBTQ+ youth are over-represented in the child welfare system, and this presentation explains that affirmation can be life changing for youth. You will learn about the psychological evaluation process, puberty blockers and hormone therapies, and the importance of seeking help from affirming professionals.
Is your child angry and irritable? Vindictive? Defiant? Our presenters explain the criteria for an ODD diagnosis, and several parenting strategies you can use to help with these behaviors.
This brief training defines dysregulation and provides examples of what dysregulation could look like for some children. The training also touches on brain functioning and the differences between “old brain” and “new brain” responses to dysregulation. Techniques on how to identify dysregulation for children and how to help children identify their own dysregulation, as well as techniques on how to encourage regulation when a child is triggered are also discussed.
Connections and relationships are foundational to help children manage their emotions and behavior. Our presenters offer several techniques to connect with children, and build relationships that will sustain challenges.
Whether big or small transitions, it is important to understand how to help our children. Our presenters give helpful techniques to use to honor our children and help them develop the skills they need to successfully manage transitions.
Our presenter is a former foster youth that shares helpful tips on how foster parents can help a youth get a job and maintain a job. The presenter discusses survival mode for youth and how this could be a struggle to maintain a job. How the youth can build a resume, search for work, and interview prep is also discussed, as well as soft and hard skills.
Participants will learn the meaning of consent and when consent is true. They will learn how to teach children consent and the importance of boundaries and activities. They will learn how to report sexual assault. Participants will learn who the child can talk to when they are dealing with trauma. Participants will also learn about disclosures and how to handle them.
Participants will learn to identify different types and attributes of relationships children may be a part of in the modern world. They will learn to develop skills to effectively communicate with their children. They will be able to recognize and adapt to boundaries presenting in your children to strengthen relationships. They will learn to keep children safe on the internet. They will learn to support children through changes with friends while encouraging them to venture out and meet new types of people.
Participants will learn to define self-care. They will learn to demonstrate simple self-care techniques. They will learn how the brain changes during stress. Participants will be able to demonstrate mindfulness. They will learn to understand the perception can be different among others but that does not make it wrong.
Participants will learn different social media platforms. They will learn to identify and understand risks foster children face on the internet. Participants will learn what to do and how to help children remain safe on the internet.
Embrace Families’ Diversity Action Team is committed to be the change we want to see for our kids, in our community, and in the world. The bias we aim to address and change is particularly difficult as so much of it is based on unconscious beliefs, associations or attitudes. Taking time to understand how this implicit bias colors our perceptions of those around is a critical first step. This training is designed to help us understand and address implicit bias, especially in the context of how it impacts the children and families we serve.
Since the onset of the pandemic especially, social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit, and sell children and youth for sex. Some traffickers use online ads to target victims, or they will send friend/follow requests to young people in their region, proceed to strike up a conversation, and develop online friendships. These conversations may start off friendly and innocent, but then the traffickers will begin to use manipulation to charm their potential victims. The online friendship quickly evolves to a romantic relationship, and this is where the sextortion techniques are used to lure their victims into human trafficking. During this session, attendees will learn to recognize signs of social media recruitment, and how traffickers lure their victims on the internet. Attendees will learn about the dangers of popular social media dating sites and apps. This session will also discuss popular emojis and their hidden meaning used to communicate sexual gesture when texting or communicating on internet sites and social media apps.