CAFAF Post-Licensing Training Module Classes

The CAFAF post-licensing training module classes in our program are referred to as “Modules.” Parents participate only in the modules that will best help develop their competencies as determined during the mutual assessment process with their DCF FASU Support Worker (for more information on DCF mandatory post-licensing training requirements click here). CAFAF post-licensing training modules are available to any DCF/Private Agency licensed home. Private Agency licensed homes must seek out-of-pocket childcare and transportation cost reimbursement through their licensing Private Agency. If you have questions, comments or need more information about post-licensing training please contact Vanessa Williamson | Program Director

 

Want to Train Online?

Module 7: Promoting Children’s Personal and Cultural Identity is available online. Click here to complete Module 7 for full credit online.

Module 25: Domestic Violence is available online.
English: Click here to complete Module 25 in English for full credit online.
Spanish: Click here to complete Module 25 in Spanish for full credit online.

 

*CAFAF post-licensing training module classes in Spanish language when written in red*

Select a Module by Title:

  • All Modules
  • Module 1: The Foundation for Meeting Developmental Needs of Children at Risk
  • Module 2: Using Discipline to Protect, Nurture, and Meet Developmental Needs
  • Module 3: Developmental Issues Related to Sexuality
  • Module 4: Responding to the Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse
  • Module 5: Supporting Relationships between Children and Their Families
  • Module 6: Working as a Professional Team Member
  • Module 7: Promoting Children’s Personal and Cultural Identity
  • Module 8: Promoting Permanency Outcomes
  • Module 9: Managing the Foster Experience
  • Module 10: Understanding the Effects of Chemical Dependence on Children and Families
  • Module 12: Knowing Who You Are: The Adoptees Perspective
  • Module 13: CPR- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Module 14: This Module Is Currently Under Development
  • Module 15: My Brother, My Sister; Sibling Relations in Adoption and Foster Care
  • Module 16: Crisis Intervention
  • Module 17: The Oppositional Defiant Child
  • Module 18: Ethnic Hair Care
  • Module 19: Applied Behavior Analysis: Understanding Challenging Behaviors
  • Module 20: Autism
  • Module 21: Kinship Care
  • Module 22: QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer
  • Module 23: Lead Safe Homes
  • Module 24: Bullying
  • Module 25: Domestic Violence
  • Module 26: Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Module 27: The Art of Choice (A Laugh & Learn Playshop!*)
  • Module 28: Strategies and Resources for Managing Health Care
  • Module 29: Working and Communicating Successfully with School
  • Module 30: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Module 31: Explaining Adoption to your Children, Family and Friends
  • Module 32: ABCs of Attachment

Select Modules by Town:

  • All Towns
  • Bridgeport
  • Danbury
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Meriden
  • Middletown
  • Milford
  • New Britain
  • New Haven
  • Norwalk/Stamford
  • Norwich
  • Torrington
  • Waterbury
  • Willimantic

Select Modules by Day:

  • All Days
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Module 1: The Foundation for Meeting Developmental Needs of Children at Risk

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Trauma’ specific training.

1. Understanding and Assessing Self-Esteem 2. Building Self-Esteem and Understanding Behavior 3. Communicating with Children and Youth (Part I) 4. Communicating with Children and Youth (Part II)

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Hartford October 5 October 26 4 Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 2: Using Discipline to Protect, Nurture, and Meet Developmental Needs

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Crisis Intervention’ specific training.

1. Promoting Positive Behavior and Responding to Challenges 2. Promoting Self-Responsibility and Responding to Unacceptable Behavior

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Manchester October 17 October 24 2 Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
Meriden August 19 August 19 1 Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm
New Britain October 11 November 8 2 Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 3: Developmental Issues Related to Sexuality

1. Addressing Developmental Issues Related to Sexuality 2. Sexual Orientation and Youth

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Norwich November 8 November 8 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 4: Responding to the Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse

1. Understanding Sexual Abuse 2. Responding to the Issues of Sexual Abuse

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Norwich September 13 September 13 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 5: Supporting Relationships between Children and Their Families

1. Respecting and Supporting Child/Birth Family Ties 2. Supporting Contacts between Children and Their Families 3. Becoming Partners in Parenting

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
New Britain October 7 October 14 2 Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm
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Module 6: Working as a Professional Team Member

1. Strengthening Teamwork Skills 2. Developing Your Professional Role 3. Conflict as Opportunity

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Willimantic September 21 October 19 2 Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Module 7: Promoting Children’s Personal and Cultural Identity

Module 7 training is available online. Click here to complete Module 7 for full credit online.

1. Valuing and Making a Commitment to Cultural Competence 2. Helping Children Develop Life books

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Hartford November 9 November 16 2 Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 8: Promoting Permanency Outcomes

1. An Overview of Permanency Goals 2. Understanding Permanency Goals 3. Supporting Transition to Permanent Homes through Reunification or Adoption Placement 4. Foster Parent Adoption

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
New Britain September 23 September 30 2 Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm
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Module 9: Managing the Foster Experience

1. Managing Change in Your Family 2. Managing the Impact of Child Abuse/Neglect Allegations

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Manchester September 21 September 28 2 Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 10: Understanding the Effects of Chemical Dependence on Children and Families

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Trauma’ specific training.

1. Understanding Risk and Protective Factors and Understanding Chemical Dependency 2. Recognizing the Impact of Parental Chemical Abuse on the Child and Family 3. Understanding the Implications of Prenatal AOD Exposure for Parenting Young Children 4. Developing Partnerships with Birth Parents and Working with the Team to Strengthen Families

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
New Haven June 10 June 17 2 Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm
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Module 12: Knowing Who You Are: The Adoptees Perspective

Definitions and Descriptions Related to Racial and Ethnic Identity, How to Develop Positive Racial and Ethnic Identity.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport November 14 November 14 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
New Haven October 24 October 24 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwich September 25 September 25 1 Monday 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 13: CPR- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

How to recognize a life threatening emergency for an adult, child and infant, How to provide Basic Life Support (BLS), Good Samaritan Laws

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport July 20 July 20 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Bridgeport September 7 September 7 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Bridgeport November 9 November 9 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Danbury August 8 August 8 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Hartford September 19 September 19 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Middletown November 29 November 29 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
New Britain July 11 July 11 1 Tuesday 5:45pm-8:00pm
New Britain August 8 August 8 1 Tuesday 5:45pm-8:00pm
New Britain September 12 September 12 1 Tuesday 5:45pm-8:00pm
New Britain October 10 October 10 1 Tuesday 5:45pm-8:00pm
New Britain November 14 November 14 1 Tuesday 5:45pm-8:00pm
New Britain December 12 December 12 1 Tuesday 5:45pm-8:00pm
New Haven August 12 August 12 1 Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm
New Haven August 24 August 24 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Norwalk October 5 October 5 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Norwich July 13 July 13 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Norwich August 17 August 17 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Norwich October 18 October 18 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Norwich December 11 December 11 1 Monday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Willimantic July 24 July 24 1 Monday 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Module 14: This Module Is Currently Under Development

Module 15: My Brother, My Sister, Sibling Relations in Adoption and Foster Care

1. Understanding Sibling Issues: Why Siblings May be Separated and Benefits of Keeping Them Together 2. Ways to Build/Maintain Sibling Connections

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Manchester December 8 December 15 2 Fridays 6:00pm-9:00pm
Norwalk October 12 October 19 2 Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 16: Crisis Intervention

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Crisis Intervention’ specific training.

Crisis Development Model to Recognize Escalating Stages to Crisis, How Children Cope With Crisis, the Trap of Counter-Aggression for Foster and Adoptive Parents, Life-Space Interview

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport September 21 September 21 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Hartford December 7 December 7 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Manchester September 15 September 15 1 Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Meriden July 31 July 31 1 Monday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Middletown August 25 August 25 1 Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm
New Britain July 12 July 12 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Torrington November 29 November 29 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Waterbury July 18 July 18 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Willimantic October 25 October 25 1 Wednesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Module 17: The Oppositional Defiant Child

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Crisis Intervention’ specific training.

Relationship Traps and Suggested Strategies for Effective Intervention

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport October 26 October 26 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Waterbury August 15 August 15 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Module 18: Ethnic Hair Care

Washing, Maintenance, and Relaxers

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
New Haven September 26 September 26 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
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Module 19: Applied Behavior Analysis: Understanding Challenging Behaviors

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Trauma’ specific training.

Become acquainted with the general principals and implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport November 16 November 16 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Danbury September 5 September 5 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Manchester November 10 November 10 1 Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm
New Britain August 9 August 9 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Norwalk July 12 July 12 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Waterbury September 19 September 19 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Module 20: Autism

Become acquainted with the symptoms, challenges and interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Manchester August 11 August 11 1 Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Meriden November 27 November 27 1 Monday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Torrington September 26 September 26 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Waterbury October 17 October 17 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Willimantic November 28 November 28 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Module 21: Kinship Care

Become acquainted with kinship care and its importance, the family dynamics, how to navigate the system, resources, and supports, out of state (ICPC) placements and how to have a successful placement.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Middletown February 27 February 27 1 Monday 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 22: QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer (New Training)

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Trauma’ specific training.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Key components covered in training:

  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis
Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Hartford August 17 August 17 1 Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm
Norwalk September 14 September 14 1 Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm
Willimantic September 26 September 26 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-7:30pm
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Module 23: Lead Safe Homes

Lead Poisoning can cause learning problems, decreased hearing, speech delays, and behavioral problems in young children? 1. Identify the health risks of Lead Poisoning. 2. Learn how to find out if their child has Lead Poisoning. 3. Identify why Lead is dangerous to their child’s health. 4. Learn the symptoms of Lead Poisoning. 5. Learn what a Lead Level number means. 6. Identify the sources of Lead. 7. Learn appropriate ways to reduce the potential of Lead hazards.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Meriden January 9 January 9 1 Monday 5:45pm-8:15pm
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Module 24: Bullying

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Trauma’ specific training.

This presentation will be devoted to gaining a clear understanding about the importance of creating and maintaining a positive school climate for experiencing academic achievement, low levels of bullying behavior and overall student success. Throughout the presentation, foster and adoptive parents will be encouraged to ask questions and dialogue about the unique issues facing this population of students. Participants will: 1. Learn the relationship between school climate and bullying 2. Understand the landscape of “bullying” in Connecticut and nationally 3. Explore the components and importance of “school connectedness”

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport December 6 December 6 1 Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
Hartford September 12 September 12 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Manchester October 5 October 5 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Meriden September 25 September 25 1 Monday 5:30pm-7:30pm
Middletown July 21 July 21 1 Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwalk December 7 December 7 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Waterbury November 14 November 14 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
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Module 25: Domestic Violence

Module 25: Domestic Violence is available online.
English: Click here to complete Module 25 in English for full credit online.
Spanish: Click here to complete Module 25 in Spanish for full credit online.

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Trauma’ specific training.

Get an understanding of children who experience violence against their family and how those experiences may shape them as they grow, from infancy to adolescence. This module will address facts & figures, ways a child can be affected by living with violence at home, ways to help children cope with the trauma, and some myths about domestic violence.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport September 18 September 18 1 Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
New Haven October 16 October 16 1 Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwalk August 24 August 24 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 26: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Trauma’ specific training.

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, and when and how to get help, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. The Crisis situations covered are: 1. The course covers the following crisis situation and mental health problems: 2. Suicidal behavior 3. Non suicidal self-injury (self-harm) 4. Acute stress reaction 5. Panic attacks 6. Acute psychotic behavior The Mental Health Problems covered are: 1. Depression 2. Anxiety disorders 3. Psychotic disorders 4. Substance use disorders 5. Eating disorders

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time

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Module 27: The Art of Choice (A Laugh & Learn Playshop!*)

You work hard at taking care of your foster family. How about building up the wonderful person you are? Studies show that adults who include personal development in their lives develop stronger, more effective relationships with the people in their lives and work. This is a fun, motivating program that teaches you how to increase positive self-responsibility and model that for the children in your care. The skills and tools provided increase confidence, responsiveness, and clarity of communication while decreasing stress and conflict. You will amp up your ability to use laughter as a tool and “lighten up,” even in very challenging parts of life!*Laugh & Learn Playshops are a unique, dynamic, and highly interactive environment. You will use your brain, voice, and body, instead of sitting still while your butt goes numb! You will stretch and learn using humor and creativity in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment that emphasizes making growth and improvement a fun, energizing process.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Norwich October 24 October 24 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Middletown October 20 October 20 1 Friday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Willimantic July 25 July 25 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Module 28: Strategies and Resources for Managing Health Care

Module 28 is intended to supplement “Fostering Health for Children in Foster Care” and focuses on providing information and tools to best support families in managing the health care of children with complex medical needs with the DCF Medically Complex Classifications 2-4.

All foster parents are welcome to take this training but caregivers of children with DCF Classification 2-4 must take Module 28.

These caregivers are:

  • Kin/Fictive kin or pre-adoptive parents
  • Foster parents, backups and respite providers who must be Medically Complex certified to take care of this special population of children in DCF care.

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Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport November 21 November 21 1 Tuesday 10:30am-1:30pm
Torrington October 4 October 4 1 Wednesday 10:30am-1:30pm
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Module 29: Working and Communicating Successfully with School (New Training)

This session will help parents and guardians navigate the (often) difficult waters of working and communicating successfully with your children’s schools. Whether working communicating with educators, from paraprofessionals to teachers; with directors and administrators from to special education directors to district level central office staff, as well as local board of education members.

Parents will learn which educators and adults should be contacted and what they may need to know, i.e. what pieces of information should be brought to their attention by parents/guardians when addressing any kind of problem (academic, social, behavioral, health-related, etc.).

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport August 3 August 3 1 Thursday 5:30pm-7:30pm
Manchester September 18 September 18 1 Monday 6.00pm-8.00pm
Meriden October 30 October 30 1 Monday 5:30pm-7:30pm
New Haven August 22 August 22 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwich October 23 October 23 1 Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
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Module 30: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (New Training)

Module meets DCF’s designation of ‘Trauma’ specific training.

This session will provide attendees with an overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). During the presentation, attendees will learn about how the disorders were discovered, the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, diagnosing and treatment of children affected by FASD.
Attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  2. Understand how FASD can occur and what the potential outcomes may be for the child
  3. Recognize what the social impact of FASD may be from the child and family perspective
Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
New Haven August 9 August 9 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Module 31: Explaining Adoption to your Children, Family and Friends (New Training)

Outline:

  • Defining adoption
  • Giving the child the words to respond to questions (relatives, neighbors, peers, school)
  • Positive Adoption Language
  • Explaining Parental Behavior (birth parents)
  • It’s Okay to Love two sets of parents.
  • Explaining Adoption through the stages of development
  • The Child’s Life Story
  • The Search Process and what it means
Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Danbury October 3 October 3 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
Middletown June 26 June 26 1 Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
New Britain October 4 October 4 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwalk November 9 November 9 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Willimantic August 23 August 23 1 Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
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Module 32: ABCs of Attachment (New Training)

The purpose of this presentation is to help parents and social workers rule in or rule out attachment trauma in the child in their care, know how to deal with that trauma, and understand the child’s history from a trauma perspective.

Outline:

  • Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development
  • Examples of behaviors which abused/neglected children may be unable to control
  • Introduction to Attachment Disorders – Commonly Asked Questions
  • Why could it be challenging for an adopted child to accept love?
  • What is the parents’ first step?
  • Ways to reduce the shame
  • Attachment disorder characteristics (whether or not they are true of attachment disordered children)
  • How Not to Be Monkey in the Middle – Ten Steps
  • A Parent Primer (How to handle your child without burnout)
Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Meriden September 18 September 25 2 Mondays 5:45pm-7:45pm
Middletown November 6 November 13 2 Mondays 6:00pm-9:00pm
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*CAFAF post-licensing training module classes in Spanish language when written in red*