Minnesota Child Welfare Training System

Resource Family

Course Description for Resource Family Training

Pre-service Training Descriptions (Three hours each)

CSP9101 Overview of Resource Family Care
Participants will begin learning about the world of child welfare and their role as foster parent. This module helps the participant understand the need for resource families and provides specific information on the commonalities and differences between being a foster, concurrent permanency planning, adoptive, or kinship caregiver.

CSP9102 Team Building
Participants will explore their role as a member of the social service team and how to support the child or youth in their care. The training discusses how to work collaboratively with the caseworker, agency staff, birth parents, and other professionals including how to participate in case coordination activities.

CSP9103 Cultural Issues in Placement
Participants will learn skills in becoming culturally competent by exploring their values, attitudes and patterns of behavior. They will the importance of developing and nurturing the cultural identity of children and incorporating it into their family.

CSP9104 Family Systems and Abuse and Neglect
Participants will begin to identify the characteristics of families where maltreatment occurs and the role of parents in preventing abuse and neglect. They will explore the contributing factors to maltreatment and learn how abused and neglected children continue to be at increased risk for abuse and neglect even after being placed in foster, adoptive or kinship care.

CSP9105 Impact on Abuse and Neglect on Child Development
This training provides an overview of normal childhood development and the impact of abuse and neglect. It also explains how to recognize developmental delays or challenges.

CSP9106 Attachment, Separation and Placement
This training outlines normal, healthy attachment and the impact on attachment of separation from primary families. Participants will explore how children’s developmental levels affect their understanding of and reactions to out-of-home placement.

CSP9107 Discipline
This training examines the importance of discipline based on the child’s age, developmental level, past experiences and their current situation. It also explains the rationale for statutes and rules on physical punishment in alternative care homes.

CSP9108 Primary Families
This training helps the participants to understand the grief process of a birth parent whose children have entered an out-of-home placement and the importance of involving the birth family in case planning, daily decision-making and other activities to support reunification.

CSP9109 Sexual Abuse
This training examines the definition and dynamics of child sexual abuse. Participants will learn that sexual abuse is a complex problem and that children who have been sexually abused may have a hard time adjusting to a new home. Additional training and resources to successfully care for these children and teens will be discussed.

CSP9110 Effects of Caregivers on the Family
Participants will learn to recognize signs of family stress and know the importance of developing and using support systems to prevent a family crisis. Procedures will be outlined that are required if allegations of maltreatment are made. Health, hygiene and nutritional issues will be explored.

CSP9111 Permanency Issues for Children
Participants will learn the unique aspects of becoming a permanent home for a child who will not be returning to their biological parents. They will begin to understand how post-placement issues such as loss, identity and loyalties can be complicated for these children and begin to prepare for them. Caregivers will explore the supports for parents and children in their community.

CSP9112 Permanency Issues for Families
This training helps participants recognize the long-term adjustment to adoption for the parent and the child. This includes dealing with grief, loss, identity, control, divided loyalties and fertility issues as well as the fantasy of being a “dream family.”

Specialized and Related Resource Family Training Descriptions

CSP9221 Introduction to Mental Health for Resource Families (three hours)
This course provides an introduction to a number of common mental health diagnoses that foster and adoptive children often present within the child welfare system.  Each diagnosis is discussed in terms of origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations.  It also includes information and helpful tips about common co-occurring or dual diagnoses. This course meets the training requirement in 245A.

CSP9251 Relationships in the Kinship Care Family (six hours)
NOTE:
If this training is scheduled on two days, participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2.
This training will address family relationship and roles unique to kinship families including paternal relationships.  The benefits of kinship care will be explored from several perspectives including the biological parents, kinship providers, and the child. Implications of intervention and the interactions between social workers and caregivers and strategies for effective engagement and support services for families will be highlighted.

CSP9271 Foster Parent to Adoptive Parent – Making the Decision for a Lifetime Commitment (three hours)
Participants will explore the differences between foster care and adoption and how their decisions can affect children. They will begin to identify their own strengths and the potential challenges in becoming an adoptive family. Finally, caregivers will learn how to discuss adoption with the children they care for.

CSP9309A The Significance of Substance Abuse on Families (three hours)
Children entering foster care are often affected by parental substance abuse. Substance abuse by biological parents greatly impacts children's behavior. This 3 hour introductory training on alcohol and other drug abuse offers resource families a framework in which to comprehend the topic of alcohol and other drug abuse. Participants will learn about different levels of chemical abuse and explore strategies for working with children and families.

 CSP9310 Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (three hours)
A basic 3 hour training session for Resource Family providers on the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of exposure to domestic violence (DV) on children, and strategies for supporting children who have been exposed to DV. The training describes some of the specific needs of children exposed to domestic violence and how to respond effectively. It also promotes resiliency in children who have been exposed to domestic violence and supports the development of their positive coping strategies.

 CSP9312 Caring For Children Who Have Experienced Trauma (14 hours)
Many children in the foster care system have lived through traumatic experiences. Understanding how trauma affects children can help you to make sense of their baffling behavior, feelings, and attitudes. The workshop is a 14 hour course that will offer skills and techniques to help you respond appropriately to children’s behavior and support them in developing healthy attachments and coping strategies. We will also learn ways to reduce the stress of parenting a traumatized child.

CSP9315 Lifebooks (three hours)
For children and youth who are in foster care, lifebooks offer a living document where memories are held and experiences can be processed and better understood. A lifebook is a combination of baby book, scrapbook, journal, calendar, photo album, social history and case record. It can evoke intense feelings and enhance a sense of identity. Creating a lifebook together with a trusted adult is one of the most meaningful therapeutic experiences that exist for the young person. This session helps resource families understand the critical importance of lifebooks, and provides a place to discuss how to respectfully construct the valuable content and manage sometimes intense feelings of children and youth in their care. Multiple examples of lifebooks and resources for content will be available for participants to view. Children and youth are not invited to participate due to the need for adult level discussion of trauma histories.

CSP9321C Understanding and Building Attachment (six hours)
NOTE
: If this training is scheduled on two days, participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2.
This training focuses on the initiation and development of attachment in children, and is designed for licensed foster caregivers with placement experience. The first half of the training distinguishes characteristics of secure attachment from those of insecure attachment, and provides information on how the crisis created by separation and placement impacts and is impacted by the child’s attachment pattern. Because research demonstrates that the most consistent predictors of secure attachment are caregiver variables, the last half of the workshop presents a template for parenting children with insecure attachment. Participants will be provided with case scenarios and asked to consider attachment patterns and formulate strategies to maintain/build attachment with their foster children.

CSP9324 Abusive Head Trauma and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 2 1/2 hours)
Fulfill your abusive head trauma and SIDS training requirements at one class. The abusive head trauma training is an overview of the facts of abusive head trauma and the factors that contribute to shaking a young child. The training will also focus on prevention strategies for providers. The video, Portrait of Promise: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome will be shown. The SIDS training will provide accurate information on best practices related to safe sleep environments and infant care.

CSP9327B Working with Adolescents (six hours)
NOTE:
If this training is scheduled on two days, participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2.
Adolescence is a unique, complex, and difficult time in life. It is exciting yet frightening. For young persons that are involved in the foster care system, life and development can be even more dynamic. This training, which is designed for caregivers of young people, will assist you in understanding “typical” adolescent development and behavior as well as the unique attributes of youth involved in the foster care system. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and explore strategies for understanding development, culture, communication, special needs, and building relationships.

CSP9328A Bridging the Past and the Present: Developmentally Relevant Approaches to Effective Preparation for Adult Living (six hours)
NOTE:
If this training is scheduled on two days, participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2.
As any foster parent who has ever parented a teen can tell you, it takes a lot of work to help a fostered teenager prepare for adult living. During this six hour training foster parents will have the opportunity to look at teens in foster care through the lens of positive youth development. The group will explore ways that teen brain development and the experience of being in care impact the behavior and decision-making of teens. Together, participants will participate in a number of group and individual activities to help them explore ways that new learning might be applied to their particular youth and home situation. By the end of the session foster parents should have a new perspective on the identity development and sense of belonging that teens struggle to achieve in order to move towards successful adult living.

CSP9328B Planning for Adult Success: Skills and Resources for Teens and Foster Parents (six hours) (formerly Interdependent Living Skills)
NOTE:
If this training is scheduled on two days, participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2.
Teens are often under the belief that once they turn eighteen, they will all of a sudden have all of the skills and relationships necessary to begin a successful adult life. Unfortunately, national outcomes for youth aging out of care show a picture of youth who struggle and often end up in desperate and dangerous situations upon leaving care. Foster parents can help improve the long term outcomes for teens in their care by knowing and helping youth access resources designed to support the transition of teens from foster care. Foster parents are often the most effective people in helping youth learn to advocate on their own behalf. This session will provide ideas and concrete tools and is for providers and youth in care to attend together to work on future planning. Youth in care are invited to attend this session together with their foster care providers.

CSP9331 Promoting School Sucess (six hours)
NOTE:
If this training is scheduled on two days, participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2.
Children that are temporarily and/or permanently placed frequently need high level of care due to the severity of emotional/ social and physical trauma that they have experienced. Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents are often then faced with challenges in accessing appropriate and adequate educational services for children in care. They are also faced with the responsibility of being liaisons and advocates within multiple social welfare systems for the children in care and also for the children’s biological parents. This training will offer participants resources and basic application of culturally proficient negotiations, advocacy, and treatment planning strategies to assist Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents in obtaining appropriate educational services for the child and/or children in their care.

CSP9333 Diffusing Crisis Situations Safely and Sanely (six hours)
NOTE:
If this training is scheduled on two days, participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2.
This workshop helps participants understand anger as an unmet need, identify the stages of a developing crisis and build corresponding de-escalation skills. They will build their confidence about dealing with angry individuals. Participants will learn to recognize the role of body language and personal space in diffusing tense situations. They will assess how their values, expectations, responses to anger and personal temperament can diffuse a situation or contribute to even greater escalation.

CSP9339 Introduction to FASD for Resource Families (three hours)
Participants will learn how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can impact emotional, behavioral and physical development from infancy to adulthood. They will learn the differences in brain development and the importance of early assessment and intervention. Participants will explore daily challenges at home and in school and discover effective strategies to address the emotions and behaviors of the children.

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