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Workshops Appropriate for Foster Parents 


A 3. Who’s Running the Show?: Innovative Strategies for Engaging Youth In Foster Care

Presented by Thomas Sykes, National Center for Children and Families

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.


Are you looking for new and innovative engagement strategies for connecting with hard-to-engage youth? Are you looking for ways to guide them into a path of a stable and successful life while learning coping skills to deal with multiple life stressors? Are you stuck in trying to figure out if you are “helping” v. “coaching” them? If you are struggling with ways to engage or work with the youth you are serving, these engagement techniques will help you broaden your approach.


B 2. Just a Feeling: Helping Children Understand Emotions

Presented by Stan Waddell, Envolve People Care

Monday, July 9, 2018, 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.


While the child welfare system has historically focused on the physical and safety needs of children, emerging practice within agencies across the country is to now take into account the emotional needs of children as well. This workshop will identify basic emotions that individuals experience, as well as explore ways to help children understand emotions.


B30. Sharing Our Stories: A Foster Parents’ “Campfire” Circle

Presented by Deborah Gold, Appalachian State University

Monday, July 9, 2018, 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.


An evening event for foster parents and their caseworkers to share stories within the community that best understands their experiences. Parenting children from trauma can feel isolating, and even good friends may not recognize the hardfought “wins” we hope children experience in our care. An opening reading from one presenter’s new foster parenting memoir, COUNTING DOWN, and other prompts will serve as a springboard for participants to share their own experiences of the daily revelations, challenges, and rewards of caregiving. All too rare in “real life,” the chance to connect with peers through storytelling and story-hearing can be a great source of support and renewal.


C 5. How Power Struggles Affect Youth/Parent Relationships and Placement Disruption

Presented by Thomas Holahan, Together Facing the Challenge

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.


Explore the impact that power struggles have in all human relationships, and primarily youth/foster parent relationships. Learn to examine your role in power struggles with youth in care. This engaging workshop will raise your emotional awareness relative to what “pushes your buttons” and offer specific strategies and techniques used to proactively avoid or diffuse power struggles. We will also consider what it takes to repair/restore the relationship, as well as re-energize ourselves and our youth after a power struggle is over.


C12. Parenting In OZ!: A Trauma Informed Parenting Training

Presented by Rolf Van Leeuwen, Alternative Family Services

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.


“Parenting In OZ!” is an experiential, memorable, trauma-informed, parenting curriculum designed to help parents and staff understand and respond therapeutically to the acting-out behaviors often exhibited by children who have experienced the trauma of neglect, abuse, and loss. Utilizing the vivid imagery from “The Wizard of OZ” and the emergency room, this unique training is an entertaining, multi-sensory approach to working with trauma that both professionals and parents cannot help but remember and integrate into their work.


C30. Writing for Our Lives: A Life-Writing Workshop for Caregivers Working with Foster Children

Presented by Deborah Gold, Appalachian State University

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 1:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.


Explore life-writing that focuses on the experiences and emotions of caregivers who work with children in care and their families. Written exploration of complex moments and revealing glimpses may help professionals and caregivers process the triumphs, losses, and challenging moments they experience. While much of the workshop will be experiential, a replicable “photo album” format and process instructions will enable you to re-teach the workshop in other settings. Reflective writing as a means of self-care and personal growth will also be discussed.


D 2. Trauma & Healing: Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Presented by Jessica Ferguson, Casey Family Programs

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.


Understanding brain development and how development may have been interrupted/impacted by trauma is necessary in order to know how to care and support children as they grow and heal from their past trauma experiences. The training will explain brain development, give examples on how trauma impacts brain development, and then provide activities for caregivers and social workers to help children heal from trauma. Understanding what happened to a child helps understand a child’s current functioning and behaviors.


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