"General Session - Apple Heath for Foster Care"
with FPAWS, Fostering Together, and Coordinated Care
This session introduces you to FPAWS, Fostering Together and other local support groups and agencies.. Then the Coordinated Care Team will explain the new health care system for kids in care.
"Letters of Understanding"
with Mary McGauhey -FPAWS
As we deal with our Social Worker partners, communication can get complicated. This class focuses on communication, including getting it in writing. Letters of Understanding is a tool all caregivers need to have.
"Social Media Warnings"
with Ed Troyer - Pierce County Sheriff's Department
With all that is online for your youth to see and interact with, this class will make you laugh and make you cry. Gain some important knowledge to help your youth understand the risks they take when they venture into the cyber world.
"The Impact of Trauma on Early Brain Development"
with Mary Allison Brown, MSW, LICSW, CMHS
The brain is the only organ that is not fully developed at birth.
During the first three years, the brain grows at a rate unmatched at any
other point in the lifespan. Brain growth is experience dependent,
meaning that the experiences infants and toddlers have quite literally shape
the developing brain. When young children experience traumatic events or
toxic stress, changes in brain development can alter the child's developmental
trajectory. In this training, we will discuss the ways in which early
experiences impact the developing brain and shape behavior. We will explore
the concept of trauma-informed care and discuss practical ways to respond to
challenging behaviors in a sensitive manner.
Mary Allison Brown, MSW, LICSW, CMHS
Mary Allison has a master's degree in social work from the
University of Washington as well as two years of specialized, graduate level
training in infant mental health from the University of Washington's Barnard
Center for Infant Mental Health and Development. She has previously
worked as a child and family welfare services social worker and has extensive
experience working with foster children and families. Mary Allison
is a certified clinical trauma professional and strongly believes that the
best opportunity to heal early childhood trauma is during early childhood
whenever possible. Currently, she is an infant mental health specialist
in private practice at Reflecting Relationships. She also serves as a
infant and early childhood mental health consultant for Head Start. Mary
Allison is passionate about training and education and is a WA Department of
Early Learning state approved trainer and a member of the Association for Early
Childhood Educators and Trainers.
"Invitation to Aggression Replacement Training"
with Mike Canfield -FPAWS
This training is designed as
an invitation to ART... It takes people years to learn and develop the ways
they deal with situations that provoke anger and aggression. We know people can
get control over their emotions and ART
provides the information and training people need to begin to take control of
training in three pivotal areas aggressive people need help with; Social Skills
Training, Anger Control Training and Moral Reasoning Training
Research and Literature demonstrate that these youth are
weak in or lack many of the personal, interpersonal, and social-cognitive
skills that collectively constitute effective pro-social behavior. Their impulsiveness and over-reliance on
aggressive means to get their needs met reflect a deficiency in anger control.
With respect to values, these youth tend to respond at a more egocentric,
concrete, and in a sense more primitive level of moral reasoning (Goldstein,
Glick, Gibbs 1997)
the Executive Director of the Foster Parents Association of Washington State,
partner in Community Walks Inc., and owner of Michael C. Canfield LLC which
provides Washington Aggression Interruption Training, WAIT. Mike and his wife Beth’s foster home was full
for over 30 years. Mike has a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University
and in the 1990’s worked as a Child and Family Therapist at Kitsap Mental
Health Services. Mike has been a Washington State Aggression Replacement Training
Master Trainer / Consultant and since 2002, Mike has crossed the USA training
trainers, foster parents, school staff, Juvenile Probation Officers, case
managers and mental health providers. Mike and Beth have lived in Bremerton
Washington since 1989, have 6 grandchildren and both enjoy working to train and
support folks that care about children.