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Comprehensive, Culturally Approriate, and Competency-Based Workforce Development.
Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker & Foster Parents
Intended Audience: This training is intended for all child welfare professionals and foster parents who work with adolescent youth in child welfare placements
Description of Course: This course will address the wide range of challenging issues related to adolescents in child welfare placements and what both the foster parent and social worker can do to partner with each other and the adolescent to address them. The training will utilize small and large group activities and discussion, video presentations and didactic lecture modalities.
Addressing the foundational issues involved with working with adolescents in the foster care system including Permanency and Loss, Attachment and Trauma / Abuse History
Understanding the complexity of the emotional and behavioral issues related to working with adolescents in placement
Recognizing chemical dependency, suicidal issues, sexual acting out, mental health issues and other challenging behaviors and strategies to address them
Understanding mandatory reporting laws as they apply to adolescent violent behavior, sexually acting out and sexually exploitive incidents
Developing skills to assist in providing effective and supportive aid to transitional and emancipating youth
Angry and confrontational teens and de-escalation skills
Foster youth career planning and school attendance, motivation and achievement issues
Assessing and intervening with adolescents relative to mental health, physical health, substance use / abuse issues, unhealthy sexual behaviors and suicidal ideation / behavior
Emotional, Behavioral issues related to emancipation / Non-Minor Dependency (AB12)
Preparation, conducting and participation in an Emancipation Planning Conference