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Invisible Scars: The Effects of Emotional Maltreatment

            The results of a nationwide project on emotional abuse are included in this presentation.  These results include definitions of emotional/verbal/mental abuse which have not been heretofore readily available and explained.  The presentation looks at emotional abuse as a serious factor in “at risk” children.

                        Target Groups:  teachers, CPS workers, child care personnel, foster parents,  social workers and nurses


Positive Discipline: The Development of Self-Control in Children

            Everybody talks about discipline as if everyone understands what it is, how it’s done, and why it’s important.  If that were true, we would have little problems as parents.  This workshop takes a practical look at this misunderstood, yet critical, area of responsibility and makes some down-to-earth suggestions we can all use.

                        Target: All audiences


Strengthening Families--A Challenge in Collaboration

            Material includes a look at what must be done to strengthen families, who can do it and how to get it done.  This includes a discussion on what is meant by “prevention” and a specific, practical, multi-disciplinary list of prevention strategies that can be used by all existing systems, e.g. education, health and judicial, as well as government and community groups.

                        Target Groups:  child abuse prevention staff, volunteers, medical professionals,  teachers and community leaders


The Heart of Home-Based Services: Building on the Flavor and Uniqueness of Each Family

            This workshop is a celebration of families and the privileged role of the home visitor.  It examines the characteristics that we all recognize as basic to healthy family functioning, focus on what the home visitor can practically do to promote these characteristics, and rejoice in the possibilities.

                        Target Groups: home visitation program staff, social workers, volunteers and other professions involved in home-based services


Building Healthy Families

            Presentation identifies and examines characteristics of “healthy” families, with a practical discussion on how these characteristics can be fostered within the family.  This workshop can be adapted to show how these characteristics may be approached by teachers, child care personnel and any other person working with children.  Special attention is given to making this material down-to-earth and useable.

                        Target Groups:  all professionals as well as foster parents and parents


Empathic Learning: Encouraging the Development of Empathy in Children

            This workshop looks at the emotional development of children and its relationship to learning readiness, overall adjustment, and later success.  Specific areas that are addressed are:

(1) power of encouragement; (2) emotional intelligence; (3) building a healthy self-concept;

 (4) helping children to understand feelings; and (5) communication.

                        Target Groups: child care personnel, foster parents, educators, parents


Understanding the Families of School-Age Children

            This topic examines the families that “children bring to school” in an effort to enable participants to understand the child in a more holistic way.  Special emphasis is given to understanding neglectful and abusive homes and how they influence children and their behavior.

                        Target Groups:  educators and others as appropriate


Strategies to Make Parents a Part of the Learning Process

            Since we all know that the success of a child in school is greatly, if not critically, affected by the level of involvement of the parent or caretaker, we must take a proactive and creative role in building this bridge.  This workshop will examine common goals for both the family and school, the barriers to partnership, and practical suggestions for building a strong, productive relationship. 

                        Target Groups:  educators, parents, and other community leaders



Promoting Healing for Victims of Sexual Abuse

            This material may be adapted for professionals or caregiving personnel such as foster parents, day care workers or residential care staff.  It looks practically at moving beyond abuse to healthy functioning and provides insights into appropriate responses for ancillary, support or other professionals.

                        Target Groups:  child care personnel, foster parents, CPS staff and other professionals


Stress Management with Humor and Practicality

            This material is designed for both line workers and supervisory staff to stimulate them to renew their commitment to the protection of children.  It may involve setting goals, managing time and stress, as well as getting in touch with personal feelings about the work.

                        Target Groups:  CPS workers, homemakers, foster parents, supervisors,  nurses and others working with children


Working Smart: Developing Skills to Improve Relationships with Co-Workers and Clients

            This workshop examines a group of skills that enhance our ability to be an effective team members, build relationships, and promote harmony at work.  Based on an empathetic approach to interaction, this discussion offers suggestions that will benefit anyone who would like to be more effective in their contact with others.


Supervision and Leadership

            The success of an organization is directly related to the quality of supervison, especially line supervision.  This first level of supervision determines the quality of outcomes, the desire of good workers to remain, as well as the overall work atmosphere.  This workshop covers the five responsibilities of all supervisors and the qualities of leadership.

                        Target Groups: Anyone in a supervisory role or who plans to assume leadership responsibilities