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Children's Alliance offers instructor-led and self-paced online courses.

Prospective and current foster and adoptive parents, select the course below for which you would like to enroll. You will be asked to log-in or create an account to register for the training.    


    Available courses

    This online course was developed as an overview course for current foster and adoptive parents and child welfare practitioners as way to review some of the information given in the TIPS MAPP pre-service program.

    The child welfare landscape has changed considerably since MAPP was first developed in 1986. As a group, children in foster care are older and their behavioral problems more challenging. MAPP has undergone several changes to ensure that all MAPP-licensed states and agencies are able to meet the needs of a changing child and family service population, The current version, TIPS MAPP is a Trauma Informed Care practice model that considers and responds to the needs of children and families who have been maltreated and traumatized.

     

    The purpose of this learning opportunity is to enhance your knowledge around Parental Adaptation. Parental Adaptation is based on the idea that youth cannot be parented in the same manner as “traditional” parenting. It targets the thinking and skills parents will need to adjust to assure that their parenting responses successfully respond to the needs of the youth. 

    The learning objectives are to:

    • Understand why parenting responses need to be adjusted based on the youth’s skills, emotion development and needs
    • Increase awareness of how a youth’s prior experiences have shaped their sense of identity, values and/or behavior, and how the lack of alignment between their values and yours can create discomfort for you
    • Identify new support and intervention strategies

    The purpose of this learning opportunity is to enhance your understanding of parental regulation. Parental Regulation is the set of skills and abilities that help us manage our feelings and behaviors so that we can then use the right skills, interventions and supports at the right time. The learning objectives are to:

    • Learn the important components to parental regulation.
    • Understand how to regulate yourself through a variety of techniques.
    • Understand the importance of self-regulation and modeling those behaviors for the youth.

    The purpose of this portion of the training is to enhance your learning around relationship development. In this program, relationship development is defined as the critical tasks and skills required to engage, increase commitment and positive connection, and develop a supportive healing relationship between foster caregivers and the youth in their homes.  

    Once you have completed this portion of the training program, you will:

    • Understand how trust and safety are critical to relationship development
    • Understand how parenting characteristics are related to relationship development
    • Identify parenting strategies that support relationship development

    Relational trauma occurs when one person betrays, abandons, or refuses to provide support for another person with whom he or she has developed an attachment bond. However, youth who have experienced relational trauma can be very complex individuals to be in a relationship with. Because vulnerability is such a part of many trauma survivors’ lives, the family’s ability to communicate and demonstrate safety is a central component to relationship building. The adolescent is more likely to open themselves up to a relationship if, repeatedly over time, there is little evidence of threat (whether physical, sexual or associated with criticism or judgment).  Trust, though, does take time, and for some, it may take a very long period of time.   

    As you will learn throughout this segment, youth have their own work to do in growth and healing; your role is to consistently create the caregiving environment for them to feel safe enough to do their work. Tremendous parental insight and control is required to create that safe environment, and this portion of training will assist you on your journey of developing more insight into your own thoughts and feelings towards your child, and toward becoming a more intentional parent.  

    The purpose of this learning opportunity is to enhance your learning around sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). SOGIE is a term that includes all types of sexual orientation and gender identities and expressions. In this program, the term diverse SOGIE is used to describe youth who are expressing a non-traditional sexual orientation or gender identity, and who need to be supported through their sexual orientation or gender identity exploration with understanding and acceptance. The learning objectives are to:

    • Increase awareness of the complexities of youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S)
    • Strengthen understanding of behaviors that demonstrate acceptance and support of LGBTQ2S youth
    • Enhance awareness of the critical role that family support plays in determining long term well-being outcomes for the youth in your care
    • Learn strategies to help reconcile your value system with the support needs of your youth
    • Enhance awareness of the needs for advocacy for LGBTQ2S youth

    A critical element of creating a safe, predictable environment is to ensure smooth transitions for youth. Transitions include moves such as being placed from the birth home into a foster home, moves from one foster home to another, being placed into a group home or treatment setting, moving into an adoptive home or returning to the birth home from foster care. The purpose of this portion of the training is to enhance your learning around transitions. This session focuses on how change impacts the youth, you, and your family. Strategies are introduced to help you prepare for and manage the emotional impact (stress, fear, uncertainty, pain, loneliness, anxiety and hopelessness) that are often a part of the transition process.

    The learning objectives are to:

    • Learn how to prepare for periods of transition
    • Learn how transitions impact youth
    • Identify ways to respond to youth through transitions
    • Recognize how youth are coping with the transition
    • Increase awareness about the impact of transitions on you and your family

    The purpose of this learning opportunity is to continue to enhance your understanding and recognition of the effects of trauma and trauma-informed parenting. This session explores how trauma affects the youth’s physical, psychological and emotional well-being and introduces the critical framework of "Regulate, Relate, Reason” which will help you remember how to best respond to youth who have been affected by all types of trauma. Trauma informed resource parenting is defined as the framework that includes understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma on children and youth in care. The learning objectives are to:  

    • Understand the basics of brain development
    • Understand what traumatic events are and how they affect youth physically, emotionally and psychologically
    • Increase your ability to recognize the impact of trauma in youth
    • Increase your understanding of the "Regulate, Relate, Reason” framework

    The purpose of this learning opportunity is to further explore how trauma effects youth’s behaviors. The experience of trauma often produces behaviors that will seem out of context and usually includes anger, mistrust or defiance. The experience of trauma can also impact school performance and relationships, and can result in delays in and social skills and development. You will explore how the interactions and interventions used with youth who have experienced trauma are different than those used with youth who have not experienced trauma. The learning objectives are to:

    • Understand what traumatic events are and how they affect youth physically, emotionally and psychologically
    • Recognize emotions and behaviors in your child that are associated to a traumatic event
    • Learn how triggers work and how to respond effectively to a traumatic response
    • Gain usable knowledge on how to parent traumatized youth and promote successful behaviors

    OPEN

    The MAPP program is continually being updated with current information. This course will provide information on those updates including: Leader's notes, Content changes, handouts, etc. This course is specific to Kansas MAPP.

    All MAPP Leaders in the state of Kansas should keep their MAPP leader certification current. This can be done by taking this online course or by attending the in-person course when it is offered.  If you are a MAPP leader in Kansas, and would like to take this online leader update, please contact:

    Kathy (785-409-9858, email: kstepp@childally.org)

    or

    Trudy (785-235-5437 x. 101, email: tosheaweir@childally.org) 

    for the enrollment key.

    This course is closed to open enrollment.

    This course is closed to open enrollment.

    NTDC information

    ABOUT THIS TRAINING

    The modular web-based training is 20 hours and focuses on case work practices and professional skills for staff across the child welfare continuum to promote child well-being, permanency and family stability for children living with foster, adoptive or guardianship families.


    TO ENROLL

    Please click on “NTI Child Welfare Professionals Training” above.

    You will be taken to a new screen that shows “Log in” or “Create Account." 

      • If you have an account, please log in. When that window opens please scroll down and look for and click the “Enroll Me” button. You are now enrolled in the course. You will see it listed on the left side of the screen under "My Courses." 
      • If you are new to this system please “Create Account” and provide your agency information in the requested fields.
        • After creating your account you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you used in your account creation. 
        • Click on the link in the confirmation email and you will be taken to a screen with the course listed. Scroll down and look for the “Enroll Me” button and click on it. You are now enrolled in the course. You will see it listed on the left side of the screen under "My Courses." 

    If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Andrea Hartzell at ahartzell@childally.org or call/text 785.608.9352.

    PLEASE NOTE 

    This training is designed for supervisors and contains extra content. Please see the Curricula Overview below for more information. 


    ABOUT THIS TRAINING 

    The modular web-based training is 25 hours and focuses on case work practices and professional skills for staff across the child welfare continuum to promote child well-being, permanency and family stability for children living with foster, adoptive or guardianship families. 

    This course contains five additional hours of supervisor-specific lessons with a downloadable "Supervisor Coaching and Activity Guide" to support application of learning to daily practice. 


    TO ENROLL 

    Please click on “NTI Child Welfare Supervisors Training” above.

    You will be taken to a new screen that shows “Log in” or “Create Account." 

      • If you have an account, please log in. When that window opens please scroll down and look for and click the “Enroll Me” button. You are now enrolled in the course. You will see it listed on the left side of the screen under "My Courses." 
      • If you are new to this system please “Create Account” and provide your agency information in the requested fields.
        • After creating your account you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you used in your account creation. 
        • Click on the link in the confirmation email and you will be taken to a screen with the course listed. Scroll down and look for the “Enroll Me” button and click on it. You are now enrolled in the course. You will see it listed on the left side of the screen under "My Courses." 

    If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Andrea Hartzell at ahartzell@childally.org or call/text 785.608.9352.

    This new training offers two web-based state of the art, evidence- and trauma-informed training for mental health professionals to enhance their clinical skills with the goal of improving outcomes for children and families.

    The 10 modules focus on assessment, support and therapeutic interventions which promote permanency and improve well-being for children and youth and their foster, adoptive and guardianship families.

    Click HERE for for training module descriptions and learning objectives. 


    Boundary Basics is a 4 hour online, instructor led course. This course provides basic information about boundaries and relationships.  Participants will explore the different types of boundaries, why we need them, how they are formed and how to set new, healthy boundaries for yourself and your family. 

    This course will begin April 5, 2021 and close April 29, 2021. 

    Enrollment will close April 27, 2021.

    As child welfare professionals, we make decisions that affect other people. These decisions must be sound and socially right. We need to be reminded that the relationships we develop and how we conduct our "business" can and will affect those who depend on us to help them.

    This ethics course focuses on the relationships we develop with children, families and other professionals in the everyday work we do. No matter what your role is in child welfare (foster parent, worker, supervisor, therapist, counselor, administrator, etc.) how you interact with others can have lifelong impacts and it us up to each of us to decide whether those impacts will be positive or negative. 

    Those who complete this course will receive a certificate for 3 training hours.

    This course is designed to meet the Kansas Department for Children and Families licensing requirements. It provides a basic knowledge of these topics: • Types, forms, and purposes of medication • Safe administration of medication, categories, usage and potential side effects of various medications • Look-a-like and sound-a-like medications This is an online, self-directed course. The training material is broken down into 5 training modules. After you read each module you will be asked a series of questions in relation to the material read. After answering all questions correctly in all modules, you will be sent a certificate to the e-mail you provide. Those who complete this course will receive a certificate for 3 credit hours.

    During this course participants will review

    • statistics on the prevalence of child abuse and neglect
    • the definitions of abuse and neglect
    • the potential indicators of abuse and neglect
    • mandated reporter laws and requirements in Kansas

    Participants will receive a certificate for 2 hours of training when the course is completed.

    This course is currently CLOSED to Open Enrollment

    In this workshop participants will look at anger and aggression and explore strategies to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation. We will discuss communication techniques and the importance of managing ourselves and our emotions when intervening. 

    It should take approximately 2 hours to complete this workshop. 

    Participants will receive a certificate for 2 credit hours.  

    This online course was developed as an overview course for current foster and adoptive parents and child welfare practitioners as way to review some of the information given in the TIPS and Deciding Together pre-service program.

    This online course is for foster and adoptive parents who have already taken the 30 hour TIPS or Deciding Together course required for licensing.  This online course is not to be used as a substitute for the 30 hour training program required for licensing.

     

    "This class was developed as a self paced online course to assist you in understanding exposure to bloodborne pathogens in your work. The class is divided into 11 sections. You will be asked to take a pre and post test, watch a video and answer discussion questions. You must score 80% on the post-test and answer the discussion questions to successfully complete the course. Those who complete this course will receive a certificate for 2 credit hours.

     

     

    In 2018 Kansas Department of Children and Families began utilizing Icebreaker Conversations to provide birth families and foster families the opportunity to share information about the child, their routine, their home and family traditions. The focus of these conversations is on the care and well-being of the child.

    This course is offered as a means to help familiarize birth families and foster families with Icebreaker conversations. Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 training hours.

     This course is open for enrollment for people from Rhode Island who have been pre-approved to enroll in this course.