Parenting Through the Challenges of Fostering and Adoption | September 16, 2017
Participants learned about the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Quiz and “Compassion Fatigue” and how to identify their child’s score and potential health and behavioral risks. After navigating the possible results and effects, parents were invited to share their questions and challenges in order to create an interactive discussion filled with practical parenting examples. Led by local expert, Donna Erickson.
Empowered to Connect Live Simulcast | April 7-8, 2017
This training featured the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the TCU Institute of Child Development to help develop attachment and connection in families. Hosted by Neighborhood Bible Church.
Understanding the Dysregulated Child at Home and School | February 25, 2017
Seventy-six attendees learned effective and loving solutions to help address issues at home such as stopping sibling rivalry, disrespect, disobedience and more. Led by Heather Forbes, LCSW
“If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy” | February 24, 2017
Thirty-eight network caregivers attended a private training led by Heather Forbes, founder of Beyond Consequences Institute, which focused on exploring solutions to help find effect ways to care for themselves as well as help them heal from their own early life experiences. Led by Heather Forbes, LCSW
Reset Day: Celebrating Your Family Story | January 7, 2017
Twenty-two network families learned more about their own stories and how they could intersect and influence the stories of their children. Led by Nancy Ng, MA
Concordance Relational Practice | October 8, 2016
Fifty attendees learned about how we can use “CRP” to provide the support and care needed for children who have been exposed to early life stress.
Led by Thedy Veliz, MFT
Engaging Your Child’s Frontal Lobes: Techniques | February 27, 2016
Sixty-five network families and professionals explored techniques to build reciprocity by using words that invite their children’s observation rather than their fight or flight. Led by Dr. Don Williams, PsyD
Created to Belong | May 14, 2016
Twenty-nine attendees were given a biblical understanding of how our relationship with God and our primary caregiver become integral to our relationship.
Reset Day | January 9, 2016
Thirty-three network families attended a refresher course on how the nervous system processes stress and what techniques they can use to reduce stress for themselves and their children. Led by Brandy Vanderheiden, MFT, SEP
Creative Workshop | December 5, 2015
Twenty-four foster youth and volunteers had a blast building a portable speaker from a mason jar at TechShop in San Jose. Led by Adam Wegener, Founder, Trash Amps
Internet Safety October 17, 2015
Fifteen parents learned best practices and tools to set clear expectations and boundaries for safer social networking and computer use. Led by Thomas Peterson, Founder, APParently
Unraveling Shame: The Power of Observing Life for Our Children | October 24-25, 2014
Sixty- one parents attended a seminar on intentional, purposeful parenting strategies to help the shame-filled child see his experiences in the world around him through a healthier lens. Led by Larry Bradley, M.A., LMFT, B.C.C.
Shame: The Underlying Driver of Defensiveness | May 2, 2015
Thirty-nine attendees learned to recognize shame, and its biological drivers, in the midst of their child’s defensiveness. Led by Dr. Don Williams, Psy.D
Strengthening Families | Thursdays 1/8-4/2 2015
An evidence-based family skills-building curriculum that helps prevent teen substance abuse and other problem behaviors while improving parent/ child relationships. Led by Dale MacGowan, Program Director
Reset Day | January 3, 2015
Thirty-nine network families attended a refresher course focusing on better self care for the foster or adoptive parent, ways to stay sane in our own attachment to the children we have committed to raise, and how to set realistic expectations without putting a lid on what our children can accomplish. Led by JoAnne Morris, Ministry Founder