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Since the pandemic, many people have not skipped a beat. Daily tasks such as organizing calendars, scheduling and attending virtual meetings have become the norm. Some have easily mastered the art of adjusting and many tasks previously thought to be complex have now become much simpler. However, others have felt paralyzed by fear or anxiety, finding themselves unable to do much of anything other than check and recheck the news. Then there is the group of individuals that are somewhere in the middle. In an effort to ensure that we’re all able to get through this pandemic, learning some practical tips such as not denying our feelings, taking breaks from social media, taking care of our bodies and creating specific spaces in our homes to work, play, relax and sleep will be beneficial.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a stressful circumstance for all of us, but it may be more troubling or even traumatic for foster youth and families. This presentation discusses the impact the pandemic may be having on foster youth and provides caregivers with tools and techniques to help reduce some of the strain and less the possible repercussions of that stress.
The Covid-19 Pandemic is placing tremendous strain on many families and foster families who are now facing the challenges of homeschooling youth while balancing the many needs of running a household. These added stressors can often lead to conflict and power struggles at home. Today’s video presentation: From Resistance to Resilience, provides a deeper understanding of resistant behavior(resistance to life tasks such as completing schoolwork or aiding in household duties) and offers practical tools and techniques to caregivers on how to help youth shift from avoidant and resistant behavior into resilience and healthy habit formation.
Families around the globe have “zoomed” into 2020, and this has brought up a number of challenges, including finding ways to establish and maintain social connection over a distance for children and families involved in the foster care system. This webinar focuses on supporting meaningful connections between parents/caregivers and children, emphasizing understanding how “shelter in place’ experiences might impact children of all ages and their caregivers, and strategies to promote relationships and resilience.
Health care for kids in foster care goes well beyond COVID-19. Dr. Heather Forkey will share the best information from pediatric experts about coronavirus safety and treatment, and discuss how to work with your pediatric provider to keep kids healthy now and well beyond the pandemic. Heather C. Forkey, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Division Director for the Child Protection Program and Foster Children Evaluation Service (FaCES) of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. In addition to her clinical work, she translates promising practices to address physical and mental health needs of children who have been traumatized.
How can caring adults best support children who have experienced trauma during this crisis? Dr. Barbara Stroud will provide concrete research-based ideas for using the healing power of relationships to work with children while caring for yourself as well. Barbara Stroud, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with over three decades worth of culturally informed clinical practice in early childhood development and mental health. She is a founding organizer and inaugural president of the California Association for Infant Mental Health, a member of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows and holds prestigious endorsements as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor.
Life can be difficult as a teenager in foster care, and COVID-19 has added huge new challenges that impact both youth and their resource families. Join QPI and a panel of California youth to learn how to partner with youth in your care to use technology and social media creatively to keep youth connected to family and community, and navigate some of the worries and concerns families may have about the online world.
While sheltering at home, families will become more reliant than ever on “screens,” TV, computers, and other media. This webcast, also presented by Dr. Rachel Barr, will focus on how parents can navigate the digital media world with their toddlers and how media can be a useful tool for parents to support intellectual, educational and emotional development. Digital play, where adults and children interact around media is a way to build connections and avoid isolation (1.0 hour)
While in-person visitation is the best way to support families, it isn’t always possible during this emergency. Dr. Rachel Barr will share research on how to use remote and virtual communication to maintain and strengthen relationships. Dr. Barr is a professor at Georgetown University and has conducted research on media and young children for over 25 years. She has served as a consultant for Sesame Street on media and very young children. She partnered with the Youth Law Center to create a media-based intervention for incarcerated teen parents. (1.0 hour)
This is a conversation between national adolescent development expert Dr. Ken Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, Co-Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Youth Law Center. Dr. Ginsburg will be sharing the science behind why resource and foster families are so important to adolescents during this national crisis, and practical tips and guidance for the best ways resource families (and all families) can support youth in foster care right now to weather this challenge and thrive.
In an effort to provide the most updated information, the Center for Child Welfare is working closely with Dr. Anna T. Armstrong, PhD, MPH, CPH, MCHES. Dr. Armstrong is an assistant professor, within the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida with a discipline in health education and promotion. She will answer questions regarding the Coronavirus such as the overall health education on prevention, recommended steps for working with children on appropriate preventive and sick role behaviors, dispelling current myths, and identifying the best resources to obtain accurate updates and information. This webinar will also specifically address questions & answers from caregivers and frontline staff working in the child welfare system.
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In this workshop, our presenter teaches techniques to defuse and resolve conflict with defiant children, and get them to do their chores and homework before they play. You will also learn the four T’s to avoid: Triggers, Temporary Insanity, Tone & Threats. Also included is: The History of Adolescence and how that plays into defiance along with more other resources to help in school and at home!