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Virtual Monthly Parent Training with DONNA ERICKSON, MA

January 25, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

How Caregivers Can Help Teens With Life Skills

Donna Erickson, a former foster youth and 30+ year trainer of foster and adoptive parents, will lead us in parenting adolescents, assessing social skills, and helping teens in our home develop life skills.  This presentation will cover ACES, diet, exercise, and sleep, plus risk taking and development of individual life skills plans. Expect to come away with lots of the following learning outcomes and practical tips.

Understanding Brain Development:

  • What you can do to help teens while the prefrontal cortex is still developing
  • Give simple instructions

  Helping Youth Succeed:

  • Why the environment is so important
  • What doesn’t help youth

 Social Skills:

  • Listening
  • Asking questions


  • Tips on communicating with a teen
  • Techniques to help youth with emotional communication

    Ability to Handle Stress:

  • Suggestions for helping youth better handle stress and why it’s critical to learn it NOW
  • Water glass demonstration for stress as taught in college.


Donna Erickson, M.A. is a valued Help One Child trainer, plus a podcast and blog contributor. Donna has trained Foster Parents for over 30 years through The Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children Services and served as the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program Director for 16 of those years. Donna stays current on her continuing education in three areas of expertise: nursing, counseling, and educating. She brings experience and wisdom from her years as a foster youth, parent and grandparent!

Once you register for this virtual training, you will receive an email with the zoom joining details.

For virtual childcare during the training, please reach out to judy@helponechild.org for a one to one virtual volunteer match for your child with one of our vetted volunteers.  Your child will need a device.  Please reach out no later than five days prior.

Do you need a certificate for training credit for your continuing resource parent annual renewal?  Please email Judy Holmes judy@helponechild.org to request a certificate via email.  Make sure to include the date and title of the training you attended!


January 25, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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