Be Strong Families also provides a number of topics that help support Strengthening Families implementation.
Assisting Families with Building Protective Factors (3.5 hours)
A half-day training that will help you apply knowledge of the 5 Protective Factors in your work with families and promoting meaningful parent engagement.
Building Strong Relationships with Families (6 hours)
Promoting positive outcomes for children is best achieved when the whole family is accepted and supported in an approach that strengthens the family. Recognizing the parent-child bond as the first, most important relationship in a child’s life, it is important to have strong, positive relationships with the whole family. Having such relationships allows for programs to implement programs that value principles of family-centered practice. This training promotes awareness of the importance of developing skills in building relationships with families through a variety of reflective and interactive activities.
Building and Sustaining Meaningful Parent Engagement (6 hours)
What is parent engagement and why is it important? What gets parents to participate and what keeps them there? What undermines parent engagement? This training will assist you with understanding the continuum of possibilities for engaging parents (in their children’s learning, in your program, as leaders in the community). It will assist you with clarifying your goals and being strategic in your implementation of these goals as you develop, enhance or support parent engagement activities within your programs. Discussions regarding parent engagement requirements vs. intentional planning efforts will help clarify your programs’ direction.
Nutrition, Stress and Taking Care of Yourself (1 to 3 hours)
This training helps you to identify what stresses you out and how nutrition plays an important role in reducing stress and balancing your mind, body, and spirit.
Developing Collaborative Relationships (3.5 hours)
This training is the beginning of building a team of allies, child welfare and early childhood professionals, to keep children safe and families strong. It is imperative that these professionals have an opportunity to explore the power of their collaborative relationship and the synergy that is created when working together. This training supports staff as they gain a greater understanding of the child welfare system including the various categories of child abuse and neglect, what happens to children and families when they are involved in the child welfare system, how early childhood professionals can support both the families and the child welfare professionals, and the importance of a well, managed collaborative relationship
Recognizing and Responding to Signs of Family Stress (3.5 hours)
Responding to signs of child abuse and neglect is crucial —but research now allows us to start even earlier in keeping children safe and families strong. By recognizing and responding to early signs of stress, early childhood and child welfare staff can help families get the kind of support that help prevent abuse and neglect. This training will help participants get in touch with their own stress and help them recognize early signs of family stress.
Communicating with Families (3.5 hours)
Being able to recognize when a family needs your support is important. Communicating with families in a respectful way is essential in building partnerships with families. This interactive workshop will help participants understand their own communication style, which includes active listening and filters and barriers to effective communication. Participants will also explore valuable insights about communicating effectively with parents. Participants will have an opportunity to practice effective communication skills and develop action plans for implementing effective communication with the parents they work with.
Engaging youth requires a collaborative relationship. For service providers, part of that relationship is understanding the trauma and trauma history that youth have experienced as well as their own. Part of Trauma Stewardship involves being attentive to and minding staff’s relationship to the work. Even more important is managing themselves in the process of doing the work. This presentation is focused on that aspect of professional life and offers tools for increasing staff awareness as well as provides skills and tools for understanding how to best respond when trauma / trauma history is in play Staff will address their trauma Response and their emotional triggers, the importance of Energy Leadership and the benefits of reflective practice and reflective supervision.