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.

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

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

Module 14: Supporting LGBTQ+ Click here to complete Module 14 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.

Module 41: Dad’s Matter Too Click here to complete Module 41 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: Supporting LGBTQ+
  • 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
  • Module 33: Restorative Practices
  • Module 34: Child Car Seat Safety
  • Module 35: Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Module 36: Laugh, Breathe, and Live On Purpose
  • Module 37: Brain Shift: From Stress to Success in 60-Seconds or Less
  • Module 38: Magic Button Mindfulness for K-5 Students
  • Module 39: Mad to Mindful in a Minute
  • Module 40: Using Restorative Circles to Build and Repair Family Relationships

Select Modules by Town:

  • All Towns
  • Bridgeport
  • Danbury
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Meriden
  • Middletown
  • Milford
  • New Britain
  • New Haven
  • Norwalk/Stamford
  • Norwich
  • Rocky Hill
  • 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
Rocky Hill October 19 October 26 2 Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm

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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
Bridgeport- Canceled October 15 October 22 2 Tuesdays 5:30pm-8:30pm
Manchester November 7 November 14 2 Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
New Haven July 20 July 20 1 Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm

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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
Rocky Hill December 9 December 16 2 Mondays 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
Norwalk- Canceled October 10 October 17 2 Thursdays 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
Bridgeport August 1 August 22 3 Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm

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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

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Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Hartford November 6 November 6 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Rocky Hill September 21 September 28 2 Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm

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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
Bridgeport December 3 December 10 2 Tuesdays 5:30pm-8:30pm
Danbury August 6 September 3 2 Tuesdays 5:30pm-8:30pm

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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
Danbury October 1 January 7 4 Tuesdays 5:30pm-8:30pm

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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
Rocky Hill- Canceled October 9 October 16 2 Wednesdays 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
Rocky Hill November 2 November 9 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 December 5 December 5 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Hartford September 18 September 18 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Manchester-Registration Closed September 25 September 25 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Meriden October 8 October 8 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
New Britain December 11 December 11 1 Wednesday 5:30pm-8:00pm

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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 18 July 18 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Bridgeport September 26 September 26 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Bridgeport November 19 November 19 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Danbury August 15 August 15 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Hartford August 20 August 20 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Hartford- Registration Closed October 8 October 8 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Meriden September 21 September 21 1 Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm
New Britain July 9 July 9 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:00pm
New Britain August 13 August 13 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:00pm
New Britain September 10 September 10 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:00pm
New Britain- Canceled October 8 October 8 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:00pm
New Britain November 12 November 12 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:00pm
New Britain December 10 December 10 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:00pm
New Haven July 30 July 30 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
New Haven August 24 August 24 1 Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm
New Haven October 24 October 24 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Norwich November 18 November 18 1 Monday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Rocky Hill August 14 August 14 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Rocky Hill September 7 September 7 1 Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

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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
Rocky Hill December 3 December 10 2 Tuesdays 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 November 15 November 15 1 Friday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Hartford November 12 November 12 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:30pm
Meriden November 7 November 7 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
New Britain October 9 October 9 1 Wednesday 5:30pm-8:00pm

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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 July 23 July 23 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Bridgeport October 29 October 29 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Hartford July 30 July 30 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Meriden December 19 December 19 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Middletown October 10 October 10 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm

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Module 18: Ethnic Hair Care

Washing, Maintenance, and Relaxers

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Hartford October 29 October 29 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
New Britain July 25 July 25 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Rocky Hill November 14 November 14 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Willimantic August 22 August 22 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm

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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 August 29 August 29 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Bridgeport November 14 November 14 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Meriden October 24 October 24 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Willimantic November 21 November 21 1 Thursday 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
Bridgeport July 25 July 25 1 Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Milford August 8 August 8 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwalk August 22 August 22 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm

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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

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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
New Britain November 13 November 13 1 Wednesday 5:30pm-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

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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 September 12 September 12 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Manchester- Canceled October 16 October 16 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Middletown August 15 August 15 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
New Britain September 11 September 11 1 Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
New Haven September 9 September 9 1 Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwalk July 18 July 18 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Willimantic July 25 July 25 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm

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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.

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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

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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.

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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
Danbury June 24 June 24 1 Monday 10:30am-1:30pm
Hartford July 9 July 9 1 Tuesday 10:00am-1:00pm
New Haven September 25 September 25 1 Wednesday 10:30am-1:30pm
Rocky Hill July 1 July 1 1 Monday 9:30am-12:30pm
Rocky Hill July 16 July 16 1 Tuesday 10:00am-1:00pm
Torrington August 13 August 13 1 Tuesday 10:30am-1:30pm
Torrington September 10 September 10 1 Tuesday 10:30am-1:30pm
Torrington October 22 October 22 1 Tuesday 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 20 August 20 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Manchester August 14 August 14 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Meriden September 9 September 9 1 Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Middletown September 12 September 12 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
New Britain August 14 August 14 1 Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
New Haven October 21 October 21 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

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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
New Haven August 27 August 27 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Rocky Hill-Registration Closed September 24 September 24 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm

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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
Norwalk December 12 December 19 2 Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
Rocky Hill July 27 July 27 1 Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm

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Module 33: Restorative Practices (1 Session = 2 hours) (New Training)

Restorative Practices is a framework and philosophy regarding how individuals learn and behave best in all settings, but especially those in which there is conflict and disagreement. This Restorative Practices approach replaces traditional forms of punishing discipline (detention, suspension, expulsion, exclusion from activities, removal from programs, having to do extra work, being grounded, losing privileges, etc.) with a restorative approach that engages the individuals involved and affected by the inappropriate behavior in a series of common sense questions that give everyone affected an opportunity to be heard and to come together and work collaboratively.
In this module, participants will learn an overview regarding:

Outline:

  • What are Restorative Practices?
  • What are the strategies that parents, caregivers and educators can use day to day?
  • How to use Restorative Questions effectively?
  • How to work with schools that may (or may not yet) be using a restorative approach?
  • How to access full training in Restorative Practices throughout the state (no cost)?
Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Manchester December 11 December 11 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Middletown December 12 December 12 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
New Haven August 19 August 19 1 Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwich October 9 October 9 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Module 34: Child Car Seat Safety (1 Session = 1 hour) (New Training)

Car seat safety, is a critical component of your child’s safety every day. When traveling with your child in a vehicle it is the law to keep your child properly restrained in a car seat.
This presentation is to ensure safe transportation of all children safe in and around vehicles.

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Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Manchester July 24 July 24 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-7:00pm
Meriden July 10 July 10 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-7:00pm
Middletown July 11 July 11 1 Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm
New Haven December 9 December 9 1 Monday 6:00pm-7:00pm
Norwich August 20 August 20 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm
Norwich October 8 October 8 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Module 35: “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACES): “How Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress Impacts A Child’s Present Life” (1 Session = 2 hours) New Training!

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

ACES are the largest public health problem to be discovered in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress) impacts a child’s daily life in the home, in school and the community. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never forgets. In this workshop, ACES and the ACES Scale will be introduced and the research and importance of this life-changing information will be presented. All children are affected by ACES, but our foster and adoptive population are even more at risk.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Hartford September 10 September 10 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Meriden July 25 July 25 1 Thursday 5:30pm-7:30pm
Milford July 11 July 11 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Norwalk November 7 November 7 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Module 36: Laugh, Breathe, and Live On Purpose (New Training)

Healthy leadership requires lots of energy and resilience. Both are affected by choices we make every moment, often without realizing. While some choices are limited by circumstances, we can always choose to breathe more fully and laugh more often. When these natural abilities are chosen, on purpose, they become powerful tools to improve energy, resilience, and relationships. When we make conscious choices about our health and happiness, rather than leaving them to chance, we are able to lead more satisfying lives while realizing our own true purpose. Attendees who choose to participate fully will experience the uplifting benefits of Laughter Yoga and Coherent Breathing at this profound yet fun workshop. Please bring a light blanket, small pillow, and wear loose comfy clothes.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time

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Module 37: Brain Shift: From Stress to Success in 60-Seconds or Less (New Training)

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

In this fast-paced, trauma-filled world, it’s easy for anxiety and stress to steal opportunities for success. What if every child and adult could just shift gears and calm their brain down in mere seconds? Discover, practice, and experience two kid-friendly skills that allow quick and easy self-regulation of emotions and behavior. Common benefits include improved self-awareness, cooperation, focus, resilience, learning capacity and self-esteem. We’ll explore the science and experience the relaxing and stress-relieving benefits. Then we’ll discuss the applications in school, home, and in therapy.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport- Canceled October 8 October 8 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm

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Module 38: Magic Button Mindfulness for K-5 Students (New Training)

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

Mindfulness is wonderful, but getting kids to sit still and get mindful is tricky. What if there was a “magic button” that let you tap into the wisdom of mindfulness AND reduce pain in just a few seconds? Well, there are actually 11 Magic Buttons! At this stress relieving workshop, active participants will experience the phenomenon on the spot.

Each participant will also have the opportunity to privately resolve specific pain or challenges currently being experienced in their lives. We will also discuss how to teach these skills to elementary school children using the presenter’s storybook, specifically designed to implement this easy, evidence-based strategy in school, at home, or on the job.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport November 12 November 12 1 Tuesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Torrington November 26 November 26 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Module 39: Mad to Mindful in a Minute (New Training)

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

Do you get mad too much? Or maybe not enough? Anger occurs naturally when our needs and feelings are not respected and addressed. Anger has gotten a bad rep because it’s often displayed as a scary explosion. Only when it’s expressed and heard safely can we stop the explosions, address needs, and establish healthy boundaries in our relationships. At this workshop, experience how to quickly transform anger into positive change, by using your “Magic Buttons”. Then discover and practice two safe and effective strategies for expressing difficult emotions while building health and self-esteem in kids and adults. One of them is the centerpiece of a therapeutic process that reversed 5 “incurable” chronic diseases in 83% of adults and 99% of adolescents in a 10-year study of 600 subjects. We’ll also discuss the psychophysiology involved in the healing of stress-related illness.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Norwalk September 19 September 19 1 Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Willimantic October 23 October 23 1 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Module 40: Using Restorative Circles to Build and Repair Family Relationships (New Training)

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

In any family, it can be quite a challenge to balance the unique needs of every individual. In foster and adoptive families, it’s far more challenging yet especially important to establish a safe, secure environment, where kids can grow into healthy adults and parents can enjoy being parents.

Restorative Circles provide a reliable and consistent strategy for building safe relationships and restoring damaged ones. In this workshop, we will experience and practice the simple process of conducting effective circles for a variety of purposes. We will also explore the principles that explain why Restorative Circles work so well, and discuss research studies and examples that support your ability to bring these skills into practice at home.

Location Town Start Date End Date Day Time
Bridgeport December 9 December 9 1 Monday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Milford October 10 October 10 1 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm

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