Families Thrive Denver
Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for Children, Youth & Families
Combined Practitioner Training & Training of Trainers
Dates: March 25-28 & 29, 2019
Location: Craig Hall, 2148 S High Street, Denver, CO
Partners: University of Denver Butler Institute for Families
Families Thrive is a comprehensive, brain-based training that integrates CSSP’s Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™ into one comprehensive training experience aimed at helping professionals respond to youth and their caretakers in ways that increase engagement and the likelihood of healthy developmental outcomes.
The training devotes a session to each of the protective and promotive factors – knowledge of child development, social connections, cognitive & social/emotional competence, concrete supports in times of need, and resilience – and teaches practical techniques for applying the framework in programs, practices, and communities. See a two-page review of the evidence supporting the promotive and protective factors framework and showing how that evidence aligns with the Administration on Children, Youth & Families’ own research.
The training is delivered in seven modules, or sessions: one introductory; one for each of the five protective/promotive factors; and one in closing that asks participants to plan concrete steps for implementing the approach in their work setting. Following is a breakdown of learning objectives by session.
Overview of training goals and guiding premises
Assessment of individual attitudes and knowledge regarding the guiding premises
Discover how the premises are or are not present in current practice
I. Child and Adolescent Development
Learn basic concepts of brain development and the formation of “templates”
Explore key developmental neuroscience related to infancy, early and middle childhood
Explore interventions that support optimal brain development
Understand basic concepts related to how brain development is affected by trauma
Understand the difference between normal or positive stress and traumatic stress
Understand ACEs and the activation continuum
Develop suggestions for new interventions that support optimal development
II. Social Connections
Increase awareness of the importance of relationships and the skills necessary to build them
Understand the stages that relationships go through as they develop
Understand the effects of trauma on relationship formation
Explore the Youth Connection Scale tool and practice using it
III. Cognitive and Social-Emotional Competence
Increase awareness of the components of cognitive and social-emotional competence and the experiences that promote them
Explore the use of a variety of cognitive and social-emotional competencies
IV. Concrete Supports in Times of Need
Explore the barriers that children, youth and caregivers face in accessing support in time of need, and how “the system” is itself a barrier
Learn how to increase overall willingness to seek support
Learn how to use the FosterClub’s Permanency Pact
Explore how resilience supports healthy development and well-being
Learn which personal characteristics support resilience, and how we can promote them in the young people and families with whom we work
Assess current personal practices that support resilience
TRAINING FOR TRAINERS
Course participants who complete the Families Thrive Training of Trainers are authorized to teach the Youth Thrive and Families Thrive curricula. These can be taught as standalone courses or combined as Families Thrive. (Strengthening Families does not require trainers to complete a training event. Course materials are available for download at the CSSP website for practitioners who want to teach Strengthening Families content as a standalone course.)
To be eligible for the Training of Trainers track, participants must:
Be trained in adult learning principles
Have experience training adults
Be able to participate in the full TOT including the additional day ‘teachback’ session
Agree to teach Families Thrive to at least 50 people in the two years post-training
Be willing and able to gather and submit data on all Families Thrive trainings conducted
The Families Thrive Practitioner Training is from 9 AM to 5 PM each day for 4 days (7 hours per day x 4 days = 28 total training hours).
Participants attending the Training of Trainers attend the Practitioner Training and an additional hour each day, from 9 AM to 6 PM. At the end of the 4-day training sequence, they attend an additional full day of training (Mar. 29) that focuses on trainer skills, course presentation, and short ‘teachbacks.’
Regardless of training track, each day includes a one-hour lunch break on your own. Food is available nearby. Several short breaks with refreshments will also be provided.
Each participant receives:
Families Thrive Participant Manual (printed copy)
Families Thrive handouts
Following training, each participant joins the Thrive Community of Practice and will receive additional resources and updates as they become available.
Note: Pre-course preparation materials will be sent to participants to review and complete before attending the training.
Each trainer receives:
Families Thrive Participant Manual, Trainer Guide, presentation slides and all handouts
Youth Thrive Participant Manual, Trainer Guide, presentation slides and all handouts in electronic format (PDF)
Following training, each trainer joins the Thrive Community of Practice, will be involved in ongoing development of the curriculum, and will receive additional resources and updates as they become available.
Frank Eckles of Academy for Competent Youth Work with be lead trainer for this event. He contributed to the development of Youth Thrive and Families Thrive curricula.
Practitioner Track: $1,125 per person
Training of Trainers Track: $1,600 per person
Parking on the University of Denver campus costs $10 per day, and a parking pass must be purchased in advance through Youth in Focus. You can pay online when you register. (See campus map.)
Continuing Education Units
CEU credits are available.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Ph: (207) 319-6009
The training is provided by Youth in Focus, a collaborative of organizations working with the Center for the Study of Social Policy to disseminate the Youth Thrive™ and Families Thrive curricula and materials. Collaboration members are Academy for Competent Youth Work, Bolster Collaborative, Health Care Education and Training, National Safe Place Network, PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families, and Youth Catalytics.