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December Webinar

Hope for Holidays:
Supporting children experiencing grief/loss; issues with sensory or emotional regulation;
or who have other mental health needs

This workshop will focus on the impact of holidays, birthdays and anniversary dates on children and youth in the foster care system. Caregivers and clinicians will have a better understanding of developmental grieving and disappointment to provide treatment responses and to avoid placement disruptions. Overall, participants will be encouraged to look at holidays and anniversaries through the eyes of a child with special needs and/or who has experienced trauma.

Target Audience: Intermediate Clinical Staff and Caregivers

FFTA members will receive an invitation to register for this webinar. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Caregivers will learn at least 2 strategies of intervention (or even fun ideas!) specific to their child’s diagnosis or their emotional and behavioral needs during the holidays or other critical times.
2. Case managers, clinicians and caregivers, will be able to identify and name the stages of developmental grieving and state how the impact of disappointment affects a child biologically- not just emotionally or behaviorally
3. Children with special needs and traumatic histories will be better supported, understood, and receive treatment interventions during holidays and anniversaries and thus promote placement stability.

Jacqueline L. Barksdale, LCSW, is a clinical specialist/therapist at Boys Town North Florida. She has years of experience working with families in foster care and adoption programs, including previously managing her agency’s therapeutic foster care program (STFC) before semi-retiring. Jackie is certified as a Child Welfare Professional, in Adoption Competency Counseling, Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She enjoys training others and views herself as a lifelong learner as well.

Family Focused Treatment Association, #1659, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. FFTA maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 4/10/2019 - 4/10/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 general continuing education credits. Every attendee who attends the entire webinar will receive a certificate of attendance. In order to receive a certificate for ACE credit hours - you must attend the entire webinar and also complete an evaluation once the webinar is finished. You will be able to access your certificate online as soon as you complete the evaluation. Please check the map on the ASWB website for information on whether your state accepts ACE credit.

Jacqueline L. Barksdale

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