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Jennie Owens - Self Care and Secondary Trauma "How to THRIVE while parenting foster children"
“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” - Rachel Remen
Caring for children who have been abused or neglected can take its toll on a parent’s health and well-being and, in turn, on their ability to parent well. Research shows that, compared to the general population, parents of special needs children tend to function at stress levels rivaling military combat personnel. Parents find themselves trying just to make it through the next day and survive, rather than living life to its fullest, due to the struggles inherent in parenting wounded children. Jennie will discuss issues like Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma, as well as ways to prevent burnout and to heal from the damage already done by lack of self-care.
Currently a foster parent trainer for the state, Jennie has worked with children of all ages for over 20 years. In addition to her MA in Education, Jennie has received extensive training in therapeutic parenting, trauma, and attachment in adoption. Along with training foster parents, Jennie provides coaching services through Canyon Lakes Family Counseling for parents wanting to find more effective ways to parent challenging or traumatized children, as well as parents who have experienced their own trauma through parenting them. Her other experiences include teaching, training, team development, event planning, volunteer recruitment and informal counseling. Jennie has worked in multiple group home settings with abused and abandoned children and in several settings providing support for foster and adoptive parents.
Most of Jennie’s experience, however, comes from the fact that she and her husband adopted three deeply wounded foster children seven ½ years ago, who were ages 8, 10 and 10 when they came to live with them. All of her children have progressed leaps and bounds further than professionals ever expected, and now as teenagers they continue to provide her with on-the-job training every day. Due to the extreme nature of parenting children who had experienced so much trauma, Jennie came to a breaking point and had to learn ways to deal with the unavoidable stressors of her situation in more healthy, life-giving ways. As a result, she has learned healthier approaches to coping with extremely stressful situations and parenting challenging children.
Kim Stevens - Advocates for Families First Coalition Building Among Caregivers
(Kim is doing two (2) workshops)
Learn what opportunities are available for caregiver advocates to promote policy, practice, and funding improvements locally. With the passage of the federal law Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, there are several opportunities for you to make a difference for children and families. Come to this workshop to learn about Advocates for Families First Washington and find out how you can make a difference.
Every day we are faced with news reports, tv or movie depictions, and comments in the community that let us know how misunderstood and misrepresented resource families and their children are. In this workshop you will learn strategies for responding to negative messages and improving the image of kin, foster, and adoptive families and their children.
Formerly the project manager for Jockey Being Family’s™ Community Champions Network project at North American Council on Adoptable Children, Kim now directs Advocates for Families First, an alliance of NACAC, Generations United, and National Foster Parent Association. In this role, Kim oversees advocacy efforts on a federal and state policy agenda, capacity building for caregiver support/advocacy organizations throughout the United States, and manages communications and messaging efforts to elevate the visibility and positive image of kin, foster, and adoptive families and the children and youth they care for. In this capacity, she provides training and technical assistance, reviews and disseminates best practice models, provides consultation, serves on a number of national task forces, and manages the day-to-day activities of the project.
In her 25 years of child welfare work, Kim has provided training and consultation on kinship care, foster care, adoption, parenting, positive youth development, advocacy and leadership, trauma and recovery, and youth permanency issues, both nationally and internationally.
She and her husband, Buddy, have six children, four of whom were adopted from the public foster care system.
Laurie Lippold Legislative Advocacy
Speak Up! Get Involved! Advocate!
This workshop will review the bills that passed during the 2015 session, identify tips for being a successful advocate, discuss the role caregivers can play in the legislative arena, and more! There will be plenty of time for Q and A as well!
Laurie's Current Involvement in other activities…..
Renee Siers TBRI - Trust Based Relational Intervention
This training is for families who are planning to adopt, have adopted or are current foster parents. Come learn how to build healthy connections with your children through TBRI. The TBRI approach is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principles. It is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment and/or neglect.
Renee has been trained in TBRI at Texas Christian University. She has been a foster parent as well as an adoptive parent to 4 children.
Mike Canfield - Invitation to Aggression Replacement Training
Invitation to Aggression Replacement Training is intended to invite trainees to gain an understanding of Aggression Replacement Training (ART).
It takes years to develop our skill sets to deal with anger provoking situations. How we handle these situations can greatly impact our lives and the lives of those around us. Everyone gets angry. What we do next can change everything.
In these three hours we will cover:
Social Skills Training: These are the skills successful people use when their anger interferes with their needs getting met.
Anger Control Training: This is one skill that allows us to stay in control of ourselves even when we are angry.
Moral Reasoning Training: This training looks at how our thinking and our thinking errors allow us to hurt others and ourselves. Our thinking leads to our behavior, so we should think about our thinking.
With more knowledge we can think differently and act differently. The goal is to invite you to see ART as a tool for taking young lives back from trouble.
Mike is currently Co-President of FPAWS and a Washington State ART Master Trainer /Consultant
Val Rie Smith - Special Education – Treehouse
Treehouse Educational Advocacy: Special Education and 504 Accommodation Plans – In this training caregivers will learn:
What should “clue” caregivers in that their child needs extra school services?
What are the caregiver’s rights and what this means for their child/youth
IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – Federal Law
FAPE – Free Appropriate Education is a right to all students
LRE – Least Restrictive Environment
IEP – Individualized Education Program
SpEd - Special Education
504 – Accommodation plan for students
What are the qualifications, how to get the referral begun. Plus many more tools and skills to advocate for your child/youth.
Michelle Cutlip, MSW | Continuing Education Specialist - Safe Sleep/Purple Crying
Supporting Social Worker’s Messaging of Safe Sleep and Period of Purple Crying.
Social workers across the state are being trained in the Period of Purple Crying and how to assess for safe sleep environments with biological families. The goal of this training is to improve child safety, specifically for our most vulnerable population. Data indicates children birth to one year are the primary victims of critical incidents in part resulting from unsafe sleep practices, or abusive head trauma.
As foster parents and caregivers, you often have close contact with families, especially when helping to transition children home. Caregivers and foster families frequently develop trusting relationships with birth families giving them the opportunity to reinforce these critical pieces of information. This session will provide information on the message of Period of Purple Crying, and things to consider when creating a safe sleep environment, and how these messages can be reinforced in your contact with birth families.
Safe Sleep focused on action you and others take to help your baby sleep safely and reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDES) and other sleep related causes to infant death.
The “Period of Purple Crying” is a new way to understand this crying. Healthy babies can cry a lot in their first 5 months of life. It explains what is normal, what you can expect, and how to keep your baby safe. It is based on over 25 years of research on infant crying by leading child development and medical experts.
Jan Hinkle - Teaming
Caregivers learn how to identify the challenges of collaboration. This training provides Foster Parents, Relative//Caregivers and Foster-Adoptive Parents and opportunity to view teamwork from each other’s perspectives while encouraging reflection regarding the features and values of effecting teaming.
Tools the caregiver will gain:
Learn how to identify barriers to effective teaming
Explore solutions to these barriers, and
Develop tailored approaches and practices that facilitate teamwork
Lynn Urvina- Telling Your Kinship Story
Can you tell your story in a way that helps others understand the joys and challenges of raising a relative's child? Can your story help legislators and policy makers want to be more supportive of services and resources for Kinship families?
Join other Kinship caregivers to discuss how writing and telling your story could help you release the grief and frustration that often comes with being a Kinship caregiver.
Lynn Urvina has been the Kinship Navigator for Lewis, Thurston and Mason Counties for the past eight years. Employed at Family Education and Support Services, she works with relatives who are raising children, finding resources and support services to assist their Kinship families. Lynn and her husband have adopted their 11 year old granddaughter who came to live with them when she was 11 months old.
Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of FPAWS as their Kinship Representative. She continues to write her own kinship story, which has been shared with several national organizations. Lynn is an outstanding representative for relative caregivers.
Julie Gelo - Nurtured Heart Approach
Julie Gelo is the legal mother to 16 children ranging in age 9 - 48. Eleven of their children have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or related conditions, including five who live at home. Julie is a Child Welfare Trainer for the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence, the Family Advocate for the Washington State Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network core team at the University of Washington, & Executive Director for the Washington State affiliate to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS Washington State). She is a certified advanced trainer of "The Nurtured Heart Approach "
The Nurtured Heart Approach is a set of strategies that builds richer relationships. It inspires appropriate behaviors by energizing children when things are “going right” and it sets clear limits while understanding the unique dynamics of the challenging child.
This training will address ways in which to:
• Shift a child toward using his/her intensity in successful ways
• Create a deeper sense of success & inner wealth for the child
• Build a family/school culture of authentic connection & trust
• End the punitive cycle that reinforces negative behavior