This workshop identifies practical, hands-on approaches to exploring with young people their painful life experiences. The 7 Skills of the 3-5-7 Model® will demonstrate engagements using presence, listening, affirming and briefly responding with teens who are not self-reflective and are not interested in therapy.
Kids with tough beginnings have to navigate so many challenges and unknowns as part of their everyday lives, but oftentimes don’t have the tools and relationship bonds that adults have to help them navigate these. As a result, kids often react to the stress or tension by withdrawing, acting out, getting hostile, or spiraling into anxiety or emotional upset. Fortunately, just like when we’re struggling ourselves, it often takes just a moment of support from someone in their corner to help them get their bearings back. This presentation will provide a better understanding of how caregivers and helping professionals can support kids struggling with life’s uncertainties in a way that brings out their natural resilience.
This 2-part workshop will look at some of the complex ethical challenges that adoption and permanency professionals need to understand to preserve the rights and dignity of all constellation members throughout the adoption process. Because practices are often be based on outdated norms, laws, and regulations, there is a need for a deep dive into the interventions, guidelines, and supports that are considered best practice for a positive permanence journey.
It has been well documented and generally accepted that trauma is healed in the context of relationships. Our closest relationships are typically the people we call “family,” so a better understanding of the role of the family in the healing process paves the way for lasting change.
This interactive and didactic conversation focuses on addressing the critical importance of professional and para-professional providers stepping out of the role of experts and replacing ourselves with the families we serve. A basic overview of trauma will be provided followed by a conversation addressing how such a change in roles will redefine how we see and engage our families and yield better long-term results for our families.
Topics to be discussed:
1) The nature, scope, and impact of trauma in the lives of our children and families;
2) Seeing and treating the family as the experts
3) The challenges and opportunities in our families being the experts
4) Family relationships are the only source of authentic, culturally aligned, and lasting healing.
Especially during these difficult times of social distancing and self-quarantine, there has been a dramatic increase in online activities by children, and a heightened concern for their safety by parents/guardians, educators, and child services professionals. This concern is even more real for our foster and adopted kids and teens who may already be struggling with trauma-related backgrounds, impulsivity, and other developmental delays. The good news is there are great ways to mitigate the risks our children face online.
This webinar provides child service professionals and parents/guardians with tools and resources to help create a safer environment for all children. Methods for avoiding inappropriate content, gauging/limiting excessive screen time, and protecting our children from online predators among other related topics will be discussed. Together we can safely guide our children to be successful digital citizens in this ever growing online world.
-Provide a basis for attendees to understand the specific concerns children face while online.
-Provide instruction on how to appropriately introduce and guide tweens and/or teens to smartphone use.
-Provide attendees with options to help tailor parental controls to the individual needs of a child.
-Provide attendees with additional resources to obtain further information for online safety
We all make mistakes and say and do things that hurt our relationships with others. This could be a spouse, coworkers, friends, or a child. How we handle these relationship “ruptures” is crucial to sustaining healthy and supportive relationships. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always come easy. Our kids see us make mistakes and we are modeling how to handle things when we mess up. Although we wish it never happened, times like these can be very valuable teachable moments and can ultimately even make the relationship stronger.