IFAPA Trainings by Topic

IFAPA offers a wide variety of training topics to assist parents and professionals in continuing their education on the unique needs of children in foster and adoptive homes. Please click on the topics below to learning more about trainings pertaining to that topic.

 

TRAINING BY TOPIC
Please click on the topics below to learning more about trainings pertaining to that topic.
Attachment & Bonding Cultural Awareness Diagnosis & Disorders
Education Resources Foster Parent Requirements Healthy Families
Human Trafficking Managing Behaviors Mental Health
Minimizing Your Risk Parenting Young Children Parenting School-Age Kids
Parenting Teens Sexual Abuse & Behaviors Stress Management
Substance Abuse & Its Effects Supporting LGBTQ Youth Understanding Trauma
Working with Birth Families

 

ATTACHMENT & BONDING
Click on the class titles below to read the full class description and trainer biography.
Arrggg...What Can I Do With My Kids? The Power of Receptive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
This workshop presents a highly effective, collaborative model of parenting based on research in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology as presented by Dan Siegel & Tina Payne-Bryson in their books “The Whole Brain Child” and “No Drama Discipline”. This workshop teaches parents how to emotionally connect with their children in order to more effectively teach, problem-solve, and redirect behavior. Parents will also learn ways of teaching important skills to children including emotional regulation, perspective taking, and handling upsetting memories and feelings. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
DAVENPORT - Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 (1:15pm-4:30pm)
Counteracting the Effects of Disrupted Attachment with Love, Attunement & Play
Most children in foster care or who have been adopted have experienced disrupted attachment and/or early trauma. Understanding the long term effects of these early experiences can help you look beyond your children's challenging behaviors. Learn how to calm the storm - theirs and yours - set boundaries and more effective consequences, and use love, attunement and play to create a more connected family. (Dorothy Lifka, LISW) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
ANKENY - Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
Fostering Attachment Within Our Families to Build Connection, Effective Consequences & Restored Hope
In this workshop, we will explore the effects of trauma on attachment and understand the connection between attachment and understanding consequences and troubling behaviors such as chronic lying, stealing, and harm to self or others. We will explore the difference between punishment that increases difficulty with attachment and effective trauma-informed consequences that restore hope and dignity to the child, and further restore him/her to family and community.(Lois Smidt) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Time to Connect: Transitioning from Traditional Parenting to Connected Parenting
In this training we will begin the shift from traditional parenting to connected parenting by learning the life changing ways of Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI). Darcie will introduce you to the three principles of TBRI - empowering, connecting, and correcting. TBRI will give you the tools you need to create a healing environment for your child. (Darcie Van Voorst) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
SIOUX CITY - Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
Integrative Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Affected by Attachment Trauma
Integrative Parenting is a class that will empower foster parents, parents of adopted children, and parents of children impacted by trauma, with effective techniques to improve relationships with their challenging children. Integrative Parenting will help parents identify the root of their children’s misbehaviors, learn effective methods to calm reactive and misbehaving children and identify the impact of past trauma on your relationship with your child. You will also learn how to help your child heal through attunement, nurturing messages and comforting touch. (Renae Jones, MS, LMHC) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
The Magic of Healing the Brain and Fostering a Secure Attachment
When a child has been removed from their home or has experienced a trauma we are told about the negative effects on the brain. Together we will explore activities that will work towards healing the traumatized brain and towards creating a healthy secure attachment. We will discuss how to modify these activities from infants through teenagers as it is never too late to intervene and try to change your relationship. (Joann Seeman Smith, Ph.D., LMHC) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
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CULTURAL AWARENESS
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Cultivating Spirituality in Your Foster Youth (Even When it is Different from Your Own)
As foster parents, it’s a strong possibility that a child will land in your home whose spiritual and/or religious beliefs differ from your own. Come along on a journey to explore the importance of spiritual/existential development in one’s life and the role you can play in helping your foster child along his/her individual journey. We’ll touch briefly on some misperceptions of spirituality, help you assess your own beliefs and values so that you can help your child identify his/her own and offer practical tips and tools to help you guide your child along his/her own path. (Rebecca Dickinson, MSW) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Love Is All You Need? (Cultural Responsive Parenting)
This workshop is for foster and adoptive parents who have fostered or adopted transracially. This class will educate participants on the impact of living in a racialized society for people of color and allow participants a chance to explore their cultural competence. Participants will leave with ideas of how to increase their cultural responsiveness. (Tammera Bibbins, MSW) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
CEDAR FALLS - Saturday, March 25, 2017 (1:15pm-4:30pm)
Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Care
Designed for resource (foster and foster/adoptive parents), as well as child welfare practitioners, this workshop will describe techniques and strategies that promote the healthy growth and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in foster care. (Heather Craig-Oldsen, MSW, CSW) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Responding to Cultural Differences - What’s a Parent to Do?
Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the importance of cultural responsiveness in resource parenting, as well as an understanding of the difficulties and practical solutions involved in sustaining a culturally responsive family. There will be a special focus of the needs of Native American children and their families.(Heather Craig-Oldsen, MSW, CSW) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
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DIAGNOSIS & DISORDERS
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Caring for Children with HIV
This course will discuss how to engage confidently in infection-control precautions; respond to concerns about HIV transmission; provide appropriate care and support during each stage of the “roller coaster” of HIV disease; manage the challenges of confidentiality surrounding HIV disease; grief and loss issues, and the needs of caregivers. (Nancy Magnall) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Decoding the Mystery of ADHD
This workshop will cover the patterns of behavior that are characteristic of Attention Deficit Disorders and provide specific behavioral strategies to help children achieve more success in school, in social interactions, and at home. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Foster Care Meets Mental Health: A Foster Parent Dilemma!
Do your foster children sometimes come with a diagnosis you do not understand or appear to have behaviors that no one has addressed? Many children placed in the system are currently struggling with issues because of the trauma they have experiences. We will review the basics of many diagnoses that are common and learn how to recognize the symptoms of mental health distress and suicide risk. We discuss how trauma effects children and look at how those symptoms are sometimes made worse by our reactions. (Christy Meyer) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
ANKENY - Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
Get Me Off This Roller Coaster: Coping Skills for Emotional Intensity Issues
Emotional intensity disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), are unique both in their diagnosis as well as in the manifestations of behaviors that accompany them. Also unique is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is an evidence-based therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. This course will provide participants with an overview of DBT skills, strategies for mindfulness as well as ways to validate others. Emotion regulation skills and interpersonal effectiveness skills will be taught as well. (Summer Brunscheen, Ph.D.) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
A Guide to Trauma and PTSD in Children
This course debunks popular myths about childhood trauma, examines the connection between it and other mental disorders, and discusses how trauma affects children’s brains. It also examines causes and symptoms of PTSD and reviews effective methods for
treatment and prevention. (Jolene Philo) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
I Won't Do It & You Can't Make Me: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Kids and Teens
This course will present a detailed description of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder and will discuss other disorders that may “present” like ODD but, in fact, are quite different and therefore require different approaches. We will also discuss and practice effective methods of resolving conflict and working towards collaboration with oppositional children. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Sleep: How to Know When Something is Wrong and What to Do
Participants will learn what healthy and developmentally normal sleep looks like and what are some red flags to signal there might be an issue. Together we will explore the three major categories of childhood sleep disorders, dyssomnias, parasomnias, and psychiatric/medical. Included in our discussions will be nightmares, night terrors, nocturnal enuresis, sleep-onset association disorder, separation anxiety and more. To end our day, I will discuss good sleep hygiene techniques and ways to make sure that everyone in the house is getting enough rest! (Joann Seeman Smith, Ph.D., LMHC) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Through the Looking Glass: Life through the Filter of Personality Disorders
This course will provide an overview of personality disorders, all personality disorders will be reviewed, additional time will be spent on Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic, and
Histrionic personality disorders. (Summer Brunscheen) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Worrywarts and How You Can Help: Understanding Anxiety Disorders in Children
This workshop will cover symptoms and behaviors typical of a variety of anxiety disorders and
discuss specific methods parents can use to help their children cope with anxiety and control its symptoms and impact. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
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EDUCATION RESOURCES
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“I Don’t Get It:” Learning Disorders
This course will provide information about how people with learning disorders learn differently than typical learners. Symptoms of reading disorders, mathematics disorders, disorders of written expression, and non-verbal learning disorders will be reviewed along with experiential exercises to give participants a greater understanding of each disorder. Information will include how diagnoses are obtained, getting interventions in place with schools and at home, and strategies for helping your learner. (Summer Brunscheen, Ph.D.) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
It's All Greek to Me! A Brief Overview of Learning Disorders
A brief overview of reading disorders, mathematics disorders, disorders of written expression, and non-verbal learning disorders will be reviewed along with experiential exercises to give participants a greater understanding of each disorder. Information will include how diagnoses are obtained, getting interventions in place with schools and at home, and strategies for helping your learner. (Summer Brunscheen, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
COUNCIL BLUFFS - Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 (1:15pm-4:30pm)
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FOSTER PARENT REQUIRED CLASSES
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CPR and First Aid
This course is required in the first year of licensure and every three years thereafter.
(Taught by Various Certified Trainers) 4 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
AMES - Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 (1:15pm-5:30pm)
INDIANOLA - Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 (1:15pm-5:30pm)
SIOUX CITY - Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 (1:15pm-5:30pm)
ANKENY - Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 (1:15pm-5:30pm)
CEDAR RAPIDS - Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 (1:15pm-5:30pm)
MASON CITY - Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017 (1:15pm-5:30pm)
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training
This course is required in the first year of licensure and every five years thereafter.
(Steven Hayward) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
AMES - Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 (9am-12:15pm)
SIOUX CITY - Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 (9am-12:15pm)
ANKENY - Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017(9am-12:15pm)
CEDAR RAPIDS - Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 (9am-12:15pm)
MASON CITY - Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017 (9am-12:15pm)
Medication Management
This training is required in the first year of licensure and only needs to be completed one time. In order to complete this requirement, foster parents must read the “Medication Management” booklet and answer the ten review questions at the end of the booklet and submit to their Iowa KidsNet Licensing Worker in order to receive credit. 1 Hour Credit
Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training
As part of this federal law, foster parents are now required to complete the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training by September 30, 2016. In order to complete this requirement, foster parents must view the RPPS VIDEO. Upon completion of the video, foster parents will be directed to a form to complete. After the form is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the training participant that completed this required training. Foster parents must forward the email confirmation to their Iowa KidsNet Renewal/Support Specialist 
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HEALTHY FAMILIES
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Arrggg...What Can I Do With My Kids? The Power of Receptive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
This workshop presents a highly effective, collaborative model of parenting based on research in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology as presented by Dan Siegel & Tina Payne-Bryson in their books “The Whole Brain Child” and “No Drama Discipline”. This workshop teaches parents how to emotionally connect with their children in order to more effectively teach, problem-solve, and redirect behavior. Parents will also learn ways of teaching important skills to children including emotional regulation, perspective taking, and handling upsetting memories and feelings. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
DAVENPORT - Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 (1:15pm-4:30pm)
Counteracting the Effects of Disrupted Attachment with Love, Attunement & Play
Most children in foster care or who have been adopted have experienced disrupted attachment and/or early trauma. Understanding the long term effects of these early experiences can help you look beyond your children's challenging behaviors. Learn how to calm the storm - theirs and yours - set boundaries and more effective consequences, and use love, attunement and play to create a more connected family.(Dorothy Lifka, LISW) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
ANKENY - Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
For Better or For Worse: Couples Who Foster
This class focuses on the impact that taking foster and adoptive children into your home can have on the parents’ relationship and your family as a whole. We will discuss strategies to help keep the relationship fresh, fun and supportive as couples deal with daily stress and especially parenting. This class is intended for couples ONLY, and both partners must attend the class together. (Mike McGuire) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
IOWA CITY - Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
The Grieving Process—How to Help You & Your Kids Heal
Not grieving is equivalent to not allowing your body to heal after major physical trauma or injury. Similar to other emotional difficulties in life, though, we tend to minimize the importance of the grieving process and this can result in anger, bitterness, resentment, depression, and anxiety that can negatively impact one’s life. This class will help participants understand the grieving process and how to help children, adolescents, and adults heal emotionally from loss in a healthy manner. (Dr. Matthew Hiveley) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
L.E.A.N. Start - Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Nutrition
The LEAN start program is based upon scientific research and designed by Dr. William Sears, “America’s pediatrician” as well as other experts in the field of children’s nutrition, health and fitness. These four areas work together to make families healthier - at any age and any stage of life. (Christine Trochesset) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
You Can't Push My Buttons Anymore: Resolving Your Own Trauma so You Can Effectively Parent Traumatized Children
All of us carry unresolved trauma from childhood into our adult lives. This workshop begins with how a parent’s mental health impacts children and how early memories are formed. We will spend time exploring ways to prevent ruptures in parent/child relationships, ways to repair ruptures, ways for parents to practice self-care, and when to seek professional help. (Jolene Philo) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING
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Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Kids in Care
Studies find that over 60 percent of the children rescued in taskforce stings in the U.S. have either been in foster care or otherwise system-engaged. This course will educate foster parents about the issue of human trafficking, including how to prevent victimization;
indicators of possible commercial sexual exploitation; and how to safely and effectively respond to and report concerns. 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
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MANAGING BEHAVIORS
Click on the class titles below to read the full class description and trainer biography.
Arrggg...What Can I Do With My Kids? The Power of Receptive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
This workshop presents a highly effective, collaborative model of parenting based on research in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology as presented by Dan Siegel & Tina Payne-Bryson in their books “The Whole Brain Child” and “No Drama Discipline”. This workshop teaches parents how to emotionally connect with their children in order to more effectively teach, problem-solve, and redirect behavior. Parents will also learn ways of teaching important skills to children including emotional regulation, perspective taking, and handling upsetting memories and feelings. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
DAVENPORT - Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 (1:15pm-4:30pm)
Decoding the Mystery of ADHD
This workshop will cover the patterns of behavior that are characteristic of Attention Deficit Disorders and provide specific behavioral strategies to help children achieve more success in school, in social interactions, and at home. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Don’t Give Up on Me
This course will look at how trauma influences the child, affects his feelings and produces behaviors that are challenging. We will learn how identifying feelings and allowing the child to express his feelings can contribute to defused anxiety and can contribute to the de-escalation of out of control behavior. (Christy Meyer) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Fostering Attachment Within Our Families to Build Connection, Effective Consequences & Restored Hope
In this workshop, we will explore the effects of trauma on attachment and understand the connection between attachment and understanding consequences and troubling behaviors such as chronic lying, stealing, and harm to self or others. We will explore the difference between punishment that increases difficulty with attachment and effective trauma-informed consequences that restore hope and dignity to the child, and further restore him/her to family and community.(Lois Smidt) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Grrr…I’m Just So Mad, Helping Young Children Deal with Their Anger
This course will specifically focus on helping young children (ages 2-5) deal with anger appropriately. We will discuss how anger is most commonly expressed by young
children, how to handle when children are being inappropriate in their expression of anger, and explore coping skills to teach fundamental skills to deal with emotions appropriately as they age. (Joann Seeman-Smith, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
How to Talk So Everyone Will Listen
Talking, listening and setting effective boundaries are extremely valuable when the parent is dealing with individuals who have experienced significant emotional trauma. Participants will learn communication skills and ways to provide consequences relevant to the behavior.
(C
hristy Meyer) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Integrative Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Affected by Attachment Trauma
Integrative Parenting is a class that will empower foster parents, parents of adopted children, and parents of children impacted by trauma, with effective techniques to improve relationships with their challenging children. Integrative Parenting will help parents identify the root of their children’s misbehaviors, learn effective methods to calm reactive and misbehaving children and identify the impact of past trauma on your relationship with your child. You will also learn how to help your child heal through attunement, nurturing messages and comforting touch. (Renae Jones, MS, LMHC) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
I Won't Do It & You Can't Make Me: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Kids and Teens
This course will present a detailed description of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder and will discuss other disorders that may “present” like ODD but, in fact, are quite different and therefore require different approaches. We will also discuss and practice effective methods of resolving conflict and working towards collaboration with oppositional children. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Parenting the Willful Child - Helping Your Child Use Their Power for Good and Not Evil
Being willful often leads to being self-motivated and determined. This class will focus on parenting strategies for children who are often seen as “difficult”. We will discuss the importance of moving away from trying to “break” their will and joining with them in a positive relationship. We’ll explore giving appropriate choices and avoiding power struggles. (Joann Seeman-Smith, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Time to Connect: Transitioning from Traditional Parenting to Connected Parenting
In this training we will begin the shift from traditional parenting to connected parenting by learning the life changing ways of Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI). Darcie will introduce you to the three principles of TBRI - empowering, connecting, and correcting. TBRI will give you the tools you need to create a healing environment for your child. (Darcie Van Voorst) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
SIOUX CITY - Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
Utilizing the Nurtured Heart Approach in Helping Children with Challenging Behaviors 
Parents will discover how easy it is to not only improve their situation with a challenging or difficult child, but to transform the child through the awareness that their intensity is actually the source of their greatness. (Kim Combes, LBSW, M.Ed.) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
SIOUX CITY - Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
What Are You Trying to Tell Me? - Responding Effectively to Troubling Behaviors
Youth who have experienced the traumas of neglect and abuse often demonstrate one or more behaviors that can compromise the safety and serenity of our home environments, and jeopardize the safety of the youth themselves. Behavior is a form of communication, and even extreme behaviors are grounded in the human will and need to survive. We practice “trauma informed consequences,” that not only address the superficial behaviors, but help us “decode” what is being communicated through their behavior. (Lois Smidt & Krista McCalley) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
BURLINGTON - Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
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MENTAL HEALTH
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Decoding the Mystery of ADHD
This workshop will cover the patterns of behavior that are characteristic of Attention Deficit Disorders and provide specific behavioral strategies to help children achieve more success in school, in social interactions, and at home. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Foster Care Meets Mental Health: A Foster Parent Dilemma!
Do your foster children sometimes come with a diagnosis you do not understand or appear to have behaviors that no one has addressed? Many children placed in the system are currently struggling with issues because of the trauma they have experiences. We will review the basics of many diagnoses that are common and learn how to recognize the symptoms of mental health distress and suicide risk. We discuss how trauma effects children and look at how those symptoms are sometimes made worse by our reactions. (Christy Meyer) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
ANKENY - Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
The Grieving Process—How to Help You & Your Kids Heal
Not grieving is equivalent to not allowing your body to heal after major physical trauma or injury. Similar to other emotional difficulties in life, though, we tend to minimize the importance of the grieving process and this can result in anger, bitterness, resentment, depression, and anxiety that can negatively impact one’s life. This class will help participants understand the grieving process and how to help children, adolescents, and adults heal emotionally from loss in a healthy manner. (Dr. Matthew Hiveley) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
A Guide to Trauma and PTSD in Children
This course debunks popular myths about childhood trauma, examines the connection between it and other mental disorders, and discusses how trauma affects children’s brains. It also examines causes and symptoms of PTSD and reviews effective methods for
treatment and prevention. (Jolene Philo) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Through the Looking Glass: Life through the Filter of Personality Disorders
This course will provide an overview of personality disorders, all personality disorders will be reviewed, additional time will be spent on Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic, and
Histrionic personality disorders. (Summer Brunscheen) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Worrywarts and How You Can Help: Understanding Anxiety Disorders in Children
This workshop will cover symptoms and behaviors typical of a variety of anxiety disorders and
discuss specific methods parents can use to help their children cope with anxiety and control its symptoms and impact. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
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MINIMIZING YOUR RISK
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Caring for Children with HIV
This course will discuss how to engage confidently in infection-control precautions; respond to concerns about HIV transmission; provide appropriate care and support during each stage of the “roller coaster” of HIV disease; manage the challenges of confidentiality surrounding HIV disease; grief and loss issues, and the needs of caregivers. (Nancy Magnall) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Everything You Wanted to Know About Foster Parenting But Were Afraid to Ask
Whether you just finished your PS-MAPP course or have been a foster parent for years, questions about the nitty, gritty aspects of foster parenting always arise. Whether it is questions about navigating the system, licensing rules and regulations, what steps to take if you find yourself facing an allegation of abuse or questions about working with birth parents, having answers can extend placements and maintain calm in your home. (Bambi Schrader) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
CEDAR RAPIDS - Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017 (9am-12:15pm)
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PARENTING YOUNG CHILDREN
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The ABC’s of Early Childhood Connections: Nurturing Social & Emotional Development in Infants & Toddlers
Participants will learn the basic stages of infant and young children's social-emotional development, how early experiences shape this development, and ways in which adults can support children's healthy social-emotional development including self-regulation. The course will also provide an overview of how ACEs impact development. (Gwen Babberl, LMHC, CADC) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Communicating with Your Child Through Play
This training discusses how trauma affects a child's play, how to gauge what play is appropriate, and how to use your child's natural language of play to help build connections to you and to others. This training covers communicating through play with all age ranges, including ideas for how to connect with your teen and how to best communicate what you are seeing with your child's therapist. (Rebecca Dickinson, LISW) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Grrr…I’m Just So Mad, Helping Young Children Deal with Their Anger
This course will specifically focus on helping young children (ages 2-5) deal with anger appropriately. We will discuss how anger is most commonly expressed by young
children, how to handle when children are being inappropriate in their expression of anger, and explore coping skills to teach fundamental skills to deal with emotions appropriately as they age. (Joann Seeman-Smith, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
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PARENTING SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN
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Communicating with Your Child Through Play
This training discusses how trauma affects a child's play, how to gauge what play is appropriate, and how to use your child's natural language of play to help build connections to you and to others. This training covers communicating through play with all age ranges, including ideas for how to connect with your teen and how to best communicate what you are seeing with your child's therapist. (Rebecca Dickinson, MSW) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Kids in Care
Studies find that over 60 percent of the children rescued in taskforce stings in the U.S. have either been in foster care or otherwise system-engaged. This course will educate foster parents about the issue of human trafficking, including how to prevent victimization;
indicators of possible commercial sexual exploitation; and how to safely and effectively respond to and report concerns. 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Time to Get the Schools on Board
This course will offer a quick overview of trauma and attachment issues, how trauma impacts the brain, how learning can be impaired and how this knowledge can be transferred into the school system to help children be more successful. (Marty Wallace, LMHC) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
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PARENTING TEENS
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Communicating with Your Child Through Play
This training discusses how trauma affects a child's play, how to gauge what play is appropriate, and how to use your child's natural language of play to help build connections to you and to others. This training covers communicating through play with all age ranges, including ideas for how to connect with your teen and how to best communicate what you are seeing with your child's therapist. (Rebecca Dickinson, MSW) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Dangerous Playgrounds 2.0 - Drug Awareness and Trends
Participants will learn the different classifications of abused substances (both legal and illicit) and will leave this training with a working knowledge of the terminology, visual identity, the “how they are used”, the “how they are made”, and the effects of substances on the community. The class emphasizes “latest trends” but also provides updates on those “more familiar” substances that are still alive and well in our communities as they have been for many years. (Mike McGuire) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Kids in Care
Studies find that over 60 percent of the children rescued in taskforce stings in the U.S. have either been in foster care or otherwise system-engaged. This course will educate foster parents about the issue of human trafficking, including how to prevent victimization;
indicators of possible commercial sexual exploitation; and how to safely and effectively respond to and report concerns. 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
I Won't Do It & You Can't Make Me: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Kids and Teens
This course will present a detailed description of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder and will discuss other disorders that may “present” like ODD but, in fact, are quite different and therefore require different approaches. We will also discuss and practice effective methods of resolving conflict and working towards collaboration with oppositional children. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

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Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Care
Designed for resource (foster and foster/adoptive parents), as well as child welfare practitioners, this workshop will describe techniques and strategies that promote the healthy growth and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in foster care. (Heather Craig-Oldsen, MSW, CSW) 3 Hours Credit

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None scheduled at this time
Time to Get the Schools on Board
This course will offer a quick overview of trauma and attachment issues, how trauma impacts the brain, how learning can be impaired and how this knowledge can be transferred into the school system to help children be more successful. (Marty Wallace, LMHC) 3 Hours Credit

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None scheduled at this time
Trauma in Children and Teens: What it Really is and What Really Works
Children, teens and families experience trauma in their lives that can have immediate and long-term effects on their ability to function at school, in the home, and with peers. Untreated trauma often has long-lasting effects on our mental and physical health, and our ability to
achieve success in adult life. Participants will have an opportunity to identify how trauma impacts brain and emotional development as well as attachment and will learn important skills involving communication, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution that they can use with children and teenagers in their lives.(Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
DAVENPORT - Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 (9am-12:15pm)
Why Can't They Stop: Addiction and New Drug Trends
In this class we’ll look at the science behind addiction, discuss new drug trends including synthetic drugs and prescription drug use and look at media influences on drug and alcohol use. (Bobbie Jo Sheridan, LBSW) 3 Hours Credit

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SEXUAL ABUSE & BEHAVIORS
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Managing the Short and Long-Term Effects of Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse produces both short and long-term effects on survivors. This workshop will describe techniques and strategies that promote the healthy growth and development of children who have been sexually abused and then placed in foster care. (Heather Craig-Oldsen, MSW, CSW) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
CEDAR FALLS - Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 (9am-4:30pm) Cedar Falls
Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
This interactive workshop helps adults gain an understanding of the relationship between healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. Participants will learn to identify normal sexual behaviors of young children, respond to young children’s sexual interactions, respond to young children’s questions about sexuality, respond appropriately to children’s disclosures of sexual abuse and identify and report suspected child sexual abuse. (Kristi Neumann) 3 Hours Credit

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STRESS MANAGEMENT
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ACT On Your Stress: Stress Management for Foster and Adoptive Parents Using Acceptance and Commitment Training
This workshop helps caregivers learn ways of managing their own stress experienced as part of being a foster and adoptive parent. Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is an approach that can help us identify what is important and meaningful in life, let go of our stress and practice living in and enjoying all that life has to offer. (Warren Phillips Ph.D.) 6 Hours Credit

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You Can't Push My Buttons Anymore: Resolving Your Own Trauma so You Can Effectively Parent Traumatized Children
All of us carry unresolved trauma from childhood into our adult lives. This workshop begins with how a parent’s mental health impacts children and how early memories are formed. We will spend time exploring ways to prevent ruptures in parent/child relationships, ways to repair ruptures, ways for parents to practice self-care, and when to seek professional help. (Jolene Philo) 3 Hours Credit

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ITS EFFECTS
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Dangerous Playgrounds 2.0 - Drug Awareness and Trends
Participants will learn the different classifications of abused substances (both legal and illicit) and will leave this training with a working knowledge of the terminology, visual identity, the “how they are used”, the “how they are made”, and the effects of substances on the community. The class emphasizes “latest trends” but also provides updates on those “more familiar” substances that are still alive and well in our communities as they have been for many years. (Mike McGuire) 6 Hours Credit

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Why Can't They Stop: Addiction and New Drug Trends
In this class we’ll look at the science behind addiction, discuss new drug trends including synthetic drugs and prescription drug use and look at media influences on drug and alcohol use. (Bobbie Jo Sheridan, LBSW) 3 Hours Credit

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SUPPORTING LGBTQ YOUTH
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Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Care
Designed for resource (foster and foster/adoptive parents), as well as child welfare practitioners, this workshop will describe techniques and strategies that promote the healthy growth and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in foster care. (Heather Craig-Oldsen, MSW, CSW) 3 Hours Credit

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UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA
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Arrggg...What Can I Do With My Kids? The Power of Receptive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
This workshop presents a highly effective, collaborative model of parenting based on research in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology as presented by Dan Siegel & Tina Payne-Bryson in their books “The Whole Brain Child” and “No Drama Discipline”. This workshop teaches parents how to emotionally connect with their children in order to more effectively teach, problem-solve, and redirect behavior. Parents will also learn ways of teaching important skills to children including emotional regulation, perspective taking, and handling upsetting memories and feelings. (Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
DAVENPORT - Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 (1:15pm-4:30pm)
The Brain: Normal Development Versus Brain After Trauma
In this session we will examine the role that genetics and environment play in brain development and compare normal brain development with brain development of someone who has experienced trauma. Together we will look at the structural changes that trauma can have on the brain, as well as, chemical and neuronal pathway changes that can occur and what can be done for those who have a brain that has developed through trauma.
(Joann Seeman Smith, Ph.D., LMHC) 3 Hours Credit

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Calming the Trauma Storm
The trauma storm is one that is fierce at times, trying to destroy. Most people don't understand the velocity, the frequency and the damage it can cause. During this class we will cover some basic trauma and attachment information and discuss the ACES study. This course then shifts into where the trauma storms can be and what can be done: a storm with the child, with the spouse or caregivers, with relatives, with neighbors, with DHS, with other siblings, with the school, with therapies and medication, with the community or with respite. We will cover information and strategies that will help with the intensity, the frequency, and the duration of the trauma storm. (Marty Wallace, LMHC) 3 Hours Credit

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Don’t Give Up on Me
This course will look at how trauma influences the child, affects his feelings and produces behaviors that are challenging. We will learn how identifying feelings and allowing the child to express his feelings can contribute to defused anxiety and can contribute to the de-escalation of out of control behavior. (Christy Meyer) 3 Hours Credit

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Foster Care Meets Mental Health: A Foster Parent Dilemma!
Do your foster children sometimes come with a diagnosis you do not understand or appear to have behaviors that no one has addressed? Many children placed in the system are currently struggling with issues because of the trauma they have experiences. We will review the basics of many diagnoses that are common and learn how to recognize the symptoms of mental health distress and suicide risk. We discuss how trauma effects children and look at how those symptoms are sometimes made worse by our reactions. (Christy Meyer) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
ANKENY - Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
A Guide to Trauma and PTSD in Children
This course debunks popular myths about childhood trauma, examines the connection between it and other mental disorders, and discusses how trauma affects children’s brains. It also examines causes and symptoms of PTSD and reviews effective methods for
treatment and prevention. (Jolene Philo) 3 Hours Credit

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None scheduled at this time
How to Talk So Everyone Will Listen
Talking, listening and setting effective boundaries are extremely valuable when the parent is dealing with individuals who have experienced significant emotional trauma. Participants will learn communication skills and ways to provide consequences relevant to the behavior. (Christy Meyer) 3 Hours Credit

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None scheduled at this time
Time to Get the Schools on Board
This course will offer a quick overview of trauma and attachment issues, how trauma impacts the brain, how learning can be impaired and how this knowledge can be transferred into the school system to help children be more successful. (Marty Wallace, LMHC) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
None scheduled at this time
Time to Connect: Transitioning from Traditional Parenting to Connected Parenting
In this training we will begin the shift from traditional parenting to connected parenting by learning the life changing ways of Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI). Darcie will introduce you to the three principles of TBRI - empowering, connecting, and correcting. TBRI will give you the tools you need to create a healing environment for your child. (Darcie Van Voorst) 6 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
SIOUX CITY - Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017 (9am-4:30pm)
Trauma in Children and Teens: What it Really is and What Really Works
Children, teens and families experience trauma in their lives that can have immediate and long-term effects on their ability to function at school, in the home, and with peers. Untreated trauma often has long-lasting effects on our mental and physical health, and our ability to
achieve success in adult life. Participants will have an opportunity to identify how trauma impacts brain and emotional development as well as attachment and will learn important skills involving communication, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution that they can use with children and teenagers in their lives.(Warren Phillips, Ph.D.) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
DAVENPORT - Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 (9am-12:15pm)
You Can't Push My Buttons Anymore: Resolving Your Own Trauma so You Can Effectively Parent Traumatized Children
All of us carry unresolved trauma from childhood into our adult lives. This workshop begins with how a parent’s mental health impacts children and how early memories are formed. We will spend time exploring ways to prevent ruptures in parent/child relationships, ways to repair ruptures, ways for parents to practice self-care, and when to seek professional help. (Jolene Philo) 3 Hours Credit

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WORKING WITH BIRTH FAMILIES
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Foster Parenting But Were Afraid to Ask
Whether you just finished your PS-MAPP course or have been a foster parent for years, questions about the nitty, gritty aspects of foster parenting always arise. Whether it is questions about navigating the system, licensing rules and regulations, what steps to take if you find yourself facing an allegation of abuse or questions about working with birth parents, having answers can extend placements and maintain calm in your home. (Bambi Schrader) 3 Hours Credit

Upcoming Date(s):
CEDAR RAPIDS - Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017 (9am-12:15pm)
Family Matters - Working with Birth Families in the 21st Century
This course will focus on specific practical tools for communication, documentation, and
goal setting that will help to de-mystify the birth familyfoster family relationship and provide a path for positive change. (Mike McGuire) 6 Hours Credit

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