Support Group Training Opportunities

IFAPA offers training opportunities to assist support group leaders plan for upcoming support group meetings. Some trainings are lead by an instructor provided by IFAPA and some are DVD trainings. Each of the following trainings have been approved for foster parent credit.

To request an IFAPA training for your support group, please complete this form. This form must be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the anticipated training date. Please be sure you are clear as to the trainer, training or material(s) you are requesting. Submission of this form does not mean that your request has been authorized. You will receive a follow up email from the IFAPA Training Coordinator which will provide you with information regarding the status of your request. Once your training has been approved by the Training Coordinator, IFAPA will add this training to our support group training schedule. PLEASE NOTE: Some trainings may not be available to all support group groups based on their location and the location of the trainer and their ability to travel.

If you are making arrangements for a local speaker / training topic and want to get your training approved by DHS for foster parent training credit, complete the Foster Parent Training Application (PDF) or (WORD DOC).

INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAININGS BY IFAPA:

Each course has been approved for 2 hours of foster parent credit.

It’s Not About You (Training Series - 28 Modules)
(Each module is approved for 2 hours of foster parent training credit)
Parenting children with challenging behaviors requires practice and patience, learning new skills to parent children with challenging behaviors in a trauma informed way also requires practice and patience. Using a facilitated discussion format, courses in the It’s Not About You series provide participants the opportunity to focus on a learning trauma informed parenting skills and strategies from an experienced facilitator as well as their peers.  Each It’s Not About You module addresses a different topic. VIEW ALL 28 MODULE TOPICS

Building Bridges: Educational Advocacy 101
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will cover the following:

Foundations of Foster Parenting Training Series:

Confidentiality
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will assist foster, adoptive and kin parents in understanding the expectations for maintaining confidentiality of the children in their care. After attending the training, participants will:

Creating and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will provide foster, adoptive and kin parents with the opportunity to explore the importance of creating and maintaining appropriate boundaries with children in their care. After attending the training, participants will:

Documentation
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will stress with foster, adoptive and kin parents the importance of documentation, as well as provide tools to engage in this process on a daily basis. After attending the training, participants will:

Handling a Behavior Crisis
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will provide foster, adoptive and kin parents the opportunity to understand the role that trauma plays in a behavior crisis as well as effective ways to manage extreme behaviors. After attending the training, participants will:

Planning for a Placement
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will assist foster, adoptive and kin parents in planning for a successful placement by providing an opportunity for self-reflection and assessment of needs. After attending the training, participants will:

Reducing the Risk of Abuse Allegations
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will assist foster, adoptive and kin parents in actively taking steps to reduce their risk of an abuse allegation. After attending the training, participants will:

Understanding Discipline and Its Role in Effective Parenting
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will provide foster, adoptive and kin parents information that will help guide decisions about implementing appropriate discipline in their home. After attending the training, participants will:

Working in a Team
(2 hours of foster parent credit)
This training will provide foster, adoptive and kin parents with tools to play a meaningful and positive role as part of a professional team. After attending the training, participants will:

To schedule one of these trainings for a support group or to have your support group training posted on the IFAPA website please complete this form.

 

DVD TRAININGS BY IFAPA:

The following topics are DVD trainings with discussion guides. No instructor is leading these topics, so support group leaders will facilitate these discussions.

DVD
African-American and Biracial Hair Care:
A Parent’s Practical Guide to Managing Hair Care
Are you parenting transracially? You may sometimes wonder how you’ll ever meet the challenge of hair care for your African-American or biracial child. Wonder no longer—master stylists use live models to help you work with a texture that is different than your own, with practical advice and suggestions for general care of your child’s hair as well as new styling techniques. Information discussed in this DVD includes: hair care basics, combing out, processing, styling, braiding and styling for toddlers.
(Length of DVD: 97 minutes)
Foster Parent Credit: 1 Hour

 

DVD (2 Part-Series)
Attachment: Why it Matters
(TCU Institute of Child Development)
Why It Matters explores the critical role of attachment in a child’s development. Most of us think of attachment as a loving bond between parent and child. But, what happens if a child doesn’t get nurturing, consistent care from a loving parent early in life? Can a parent love a child or a child love a parent, but still not feel securely connected? In this video, adoptive parents share their struggles and successes in pursuit of these answers. Experts share fascinating and encouraging research, particularly in the field of neuroscience, that reveals how secure attachments can help counter the effects of early trauma. The insights and practical advice offered can help any parent, especially those who care for children with histories of trauma.
(Part One - length of DVD: 1 hour 30 minutes)
(Part Two - length of DVD: 1 hour 45 minutes)
Foster Parent Credit: 45 Minutes (per DVD)

 

DVD
Parenting the Explosive Child

By: Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., and J. Stuart Ablon, Ph. D.
In this video Dr. Ross Greene and his colleague, Dr. Stuart Ablon, help parents understand the specifics cognitive skill deficits that can impair a child's capacities for flexibility and frustration tolerance and provide step-by-step guidance on their approach -known as Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) - for teaching these skills. This video features live interviews with parents of behaviorally challenging children and provides answers to many of the common questions parents have about the CPR approach.

(Length of DVD: 120 minutes)
Foster Parent Credit: 2 Hours

 

DVD (3 Part-Series)
A Safe Environment for Foster Children

A Foster Parent College DVD Series (Support group must view all 3 DVDs consecutively)

  • Part 1: Managing Acting Out Behavior
    This DVD describes how to set up a safe environment for children, including adolescents, and offers specific techniques for dealing with sexual acting out. Vignettes depict common behavior problems, such as inappropriate touching, rough play and suggestive behavior.
  • Part 2: Understanding and Dealing with Anger
    This DVD focuses on children who have been abused, carrying feelings of violence and rage as they enter their foster homes. Understanding the source of this anger enables parents to communicate and work with foster children. In a series of powerful sequences, children describe their passage from birth home to foster care. Vignettes show how children “test” foster and adoptive parents. Parents learn how to prepare for the child who has been abused and identify specific techniques for defusing anger.
  • Part 3: A Time and Place for Healing
    The routine of daily home life offers reassurance to a child whose life has been fractured by abuse and neglect. This video examines daily opportunities for healing. Basic issues of hygiene, bedtime, meals and communication are discussed as well as other complex issues such as eating disorders, bed wetting, birth control and sexuality.
(Part 1 - length of DVD: 40 minutes)
(Part 2 - length of DVD: 40 minutes)
(Part 3 - length of DVD: 40 minutes)
Foster Parent Credit: 1 Hour Total

 

DVD
A Sensory World:
Making Sense of Sensory Disorders

By: Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University
This DVD offers insight and understanding about sensory issues that may make it difficult for a child to function at home and school. Parents and professionals will learn to recognize the difference between sensory problems and problem behaviors and how to help children overcome everyday struggles that hamper their success. Topic discussions include:

  • Understanding senses
  • Out of sync or out of sorts
  • Science of sensory processing
  • Creating sensory activities at home
(Length of DVD: 98 minutes)
Foster Parent Credit: 1 Hour

 

DVD
Separation and Loss Issues for Foster Families

By: Dr. Vera Fahlberg
Dr. Fahlberg talks with foster parents, foster teenagers, and adults who spent their teen years in foster care. The pain of separation and loss is the universal experience of every foster child. They offer insight on how the foster care system could lessen the impact of transition and strengthen a child’s relationships with both foster and birth parents.

(Length of DVD: 120 minutes)
Foster Parent Credit: 2 Hours

 

DVD (2 Part-Series)
Trust-Based Parenting:
Creating Lasting Changes in Your Child's Behavior

By: Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, founders of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University

This DVD offers in-depth training for parents of children with trauma-based behavior issues. The Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a unique intervention model created by developmental psychologist, Dr. Karyn Purvis & Dr. David Cross, and is based on more than a decade of research and hands-on work with vulnerable children and their families.

Part 1 of this 2 part DVD will cover the following topics:

  • Taking the "Bad" Out of Behavior: Understanding Your Child's Actions
  • TBRI: The Building Blocks for Behavioral Change
  • TBRI Empowering Principles: Laying the Foundation of Change
  • TBRI Connecting Principles: Building a Trusting Relationship

Part 2 of this 2 part DVD will cover the following topics:

  • TBRI Correction Principles: Scripting New Behavior
  • TBRI Correcting Principles: Rethinking Discipline - The IDEAL Response
  • TBRI Correcting Principles: Levels of Response
  • Recognizing and Celebrating Changes in Your Child
(Part 1 - length of DVD: 138 minutes)
(Part 2 - length of DVD: 77 minutes)
Foster Parent Credit: 1 Hour (per DVD)

 

 

Other Support Group Training Suggestions

Support group leaders are often looking for suggestions of trainings and trainers they can access locally to supplement the trainings offered by IFAPA. Here is a list of suggestions of local resources that have been utilized by various support groups around the state. Your local ISU Extension Office, local AEA, area therapists, and medical personnel are often great resources for group trainings. View other support group training suggestions.

 

 

 

 

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