Resource Parents and Relative Caregivers

​​ODHS Child Welfare coordinates a variety of live/online training offerings for resource parents, relative resource parents and adoptive/guardianship families. Training sessions  range between 1-3 hours long and will be hosted on Zoom. All registration occurs by clicking the registration link and filling out a form – there is no need to create an account to request registration. For registration step-by-step assistance, review our How to Register Guide​.  All topics can be counted toward ongoing training hours for recertification as an ODHS Child Welfare Certified Resource Family.

Please review Virtual Training Participant Expectations and Zoom Technical Assistance links prior to attending Training English ~ Español

For any questions or assistance with registration, please contact Resource.FamilyTraining@dhsoha.state.or.us 

Classes offered through December 2021​

  
  
Description
AugustIntroduction to Collaborative Problem Solving
Date: 8/5/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Course Description: Meet certified Collaborative Problem Solving Trainers Marcus Saraceno and Paul Kammerzelt from Watershed Problem Solving LLC, for an introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Participants will learn about the approach to CPS, skills that parents can utilize to solve problems, and what interventions are used in the CPS model. This course is offered again on 9/14/2021 from 6-7:30pm.

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AugustSMART Approach to Caregiver Stress

Date: 8/11/21
Time: 1-3pm

Course Description: Simple and sustainable, Mindful, Accessible, Renewing; Rejuvenating Timely and Tuned. This training is built around the SMART approach to relieving stress.

Resource Families face many stressors while taking care of children in their care, this training will help caregivers become mindful of relieving this stress, so they can continue to bring the best practices of care to the children who are in their care.  The most effective stress relievers must be simple, meaning they're easy to do and require no special equipment, clothing, memberships, classes, or meetings. When caregivers are less stressed by using the SMART approach to relieving stress, they can experience actively bringing their mind, body and life into harmony.  During this training Resource families will have an opportunity to complete a Customized Stress Relief Profile, so they can document the many skills and techniques they will learn during this training, and hopefully use in the future as they care for Oregon's most vulnerable children. 

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AugustMoral Distress
Date: 8/12/21
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Course Description: When the actions we feel are necessary are not able to be done, we can experience moral distress. Moral distress can contribute to feelings of inadequacy, futility and more. Join Laura Lirette of Mt Hood Hospice for a discussion about how this relates to your experiences as a resource parent and explore ways to mitigate it.

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AugustNavigating the Tough Stuff: Suicide Prevention
Date: 8/17/21
Time: 6-8pm

Course Description: Increase your knowledge of suicide awareness; become aware of risk factors, increase communication around suicide, and identify ways suicide can be addressed. This training is offered by the Oregon Family Support Network.

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AugustQuestion Persuade Refer (QPR) for Resource Families
Date: 8/18/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Course Description: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1.5 hour educational program designed to teach resource parents the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond as a resource parent. This course is offered again on 9/15/2021 from 6-7:30pm and 11/3/2021 from 6-7:30pm.

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August“It's all relative"-Supportive ideas for Resource Families who are also Relatives
Date: 8/19/21
Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Course Description: More than ever, relatives and kinship families are becoming primary caregivers for children in their extended families that need a placement resource.  There are many things that relative caregivers have in common, most, if not all, came into this current role with the intent of making a child's life better by parenting them during a crucial time – or maybe long term.  Relative caregivers are providing  them with the added benefit of it being family, while caring for them. This is a very important role that relative family's step into and one that has its own challenges.  This training will take a deeper look at the role of the relative caregiver, the familial impact of being a relative caregiver.  It offers strategies for setting boundaries with family members, birth parents and children as well as increasing the knowledge of ways to support the emotional wellbeing of the children who are in their care.   

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AugustCollaborative Strategies for Resource Families
Date: 8/24/21
Time: 8:30-11:30am

Course Description: Understand why challenging kids are challenging and begin to create new strategies for meaningful collaboration.

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AugustThe Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) 101: Your Role as a Resource Parent
Date: 8/27/21
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) will provide resource parents with further information on CSEC and serving youth in care. Youth in foster care are at a higher risk of exploitation. Participants will gain information on risk factors, signs of exploitation and strategies to support youth who may be at risk or have been exploited. This course is offered again on 9/17/21 from 9-11am.

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AugustNavigating Family Suicide Prevention

Date: 8/31/21
Time: 6-8pm

Course Description: Shawna Canaga from Oregon Family Support Network will explore the 5 Family Protective Factors and how to build them as a strategy in youth suicide prevention.

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SeptemberQuestion Persuade Refer (QPR) for Parents

Date: 9/8/21
Time: 10-11:30am

Course Description: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1.5 hour educational program designed to teach parents and caregivers the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond as a parent, provided by Lines for Life. This training is offered again 10/6/21 from 9-10:30am and 11/17/21 from 3-4:30pm.

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SeptemberAdoption and Guardianship Assistance
Date: 9/8/21
Time: 1-3pm

Course Description: This course is specific to currently certified ODHS Child Welfare resource families. Learn about the purpose of Adoption and Guardianship assistance, the application process, and determination of Adoption/Guardianship assistance benefits. This course is offered again, monthly, on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 1-3pm.

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SeptemberManaging Difficult Behaviors in Young Children

Date: 9/9/21
Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Course Description: This training offers Resource Families advanced training regarding young children's difficult behaviors.  During the early years 0-5, there is a sense of urgency around prevention, intervention and remediation.  This class offers information on how to best support children in their early development as they work through the trauma of being in an out of home placement.  This training focuses on prevention and intervention and behavior management techniques when families encounter difficult behaviors.  

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SeptemberInternet Safety: Your Role as a Resource Parent
​Date: 9/10/21
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: Become familiar with understanding online platforms, sites, games and apps that youth frequent, ways to be proactive in conversations with youth about internet safety, and how to spot red flags of cyberbullies and online offenders.

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SeptemberIntroduction to Collaborative Problem Solving
Date: 9/14/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Course Description: Meet certified Collaborative Problem Solving Trainers Marcus Saraceno and Paul Kammerzelt from Watershed Problem Solving LLC, for an introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Participants will learn about the approach to CPS, skills that parents can utilize to solve problems, and what interventions are used in the CPS model.

Registration​

SeptemberQuestion Persuade Refer (QPR) for Resource Families
Date: 9/15/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Course Description: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1.5 hour educational program designed to teach resource parents the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond as a resource parent. This course is offered again on 11/3/2021 from 6-7:30pm.

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SeptemberThe Commercial SexualExploitation of Children (CSEC) 101: Your Role as a Resource Parent
Date: 9/17/21
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) will provide resource parents with further information on CSEC and serving youth in care. Youth in foster care are at a higher risk of exploitation. Participants will gain information on risk factors, signs of exploitation and strategies to support youth who may be at risk or have been exploited.

Registration

SeptemberSelf Care: Because WE Care
Date: 9/20/21
Time: 6-8pm

Course Description: During this session we will look at the mind-body connection to trauma and toxic stress, as well as explore a variety of self-care tools that can be used such as rhythm, mindfulness, relational connection, visualization, nutrition, aromatherapy, and more.

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SeptemberTrauma Informed Parenting
Date: 9/21 – 9/22
Time: 1-3pm

Course Description: Join us in a two part series about parenting children who have experienced trauma. Gain an understanding of the effects of trauma on the developing brain of children. This course is offered again 11/4-11/5 from 9-11am.

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SeptemberDialectics and Behavior Therapy (DBT): For Resource Parents
Date: 9/23/21
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Course Description: Dialectics and Behavioral Therapy ( DBT) helps us to understand the emotional mind and the rational mind.  Laura Nichols and Effie Alexander of Sea Mar Community Health Centers Rose Village will provide concepts and skills to improve communication and emotional regulation: The training will orient families on some of the concepts, skills and language from DBT Increase their ability to apply these concepts and skills with their foster children, birth parents and caseworkers ( really all humans ).

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SeptemberThe IEP: What you Need to Know / El IEP: ¿Qué Necesita Saber?
Date: 9/25/21
Time: 10am-12pm

Course Description: The Individualized Education Program (IEP) describes your child's special education needs and services. Learn more about how the IEP is developed, and how your involvement is critical! Training is available in Simultaneous Spanish interpretation.  Recibe su hijo apoyo en la escuela, tiene usted reuniones con los maestros y terapeutas en la escuela, ¿le entregan un cuadernillo con información después de la junta? Entonces su hijo tiene un Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP), el cuál describe las necesidades y servicios de educación especial de su hijo/a. ¡Obtenga más información sobre cómo se desarrolla el IEP y porqué su participación es fundamental!

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SeptemberPadres y padres de recurso [de crianza temporal]: modelo de paternidad conjunta
Date: 9/30/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Descripción de la clase: Súmese al panel de debate de Padres y Padres de Recurso (de crianza temporal) de Oregon mientras estos comparten la experiencia de colaborar para criar de manera conjunta a los niños que tienen bajo su cuidado

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OctoberQuestion Persuade Refer (QPR) for Parents
Date: 10/6/21
Time: 9-10:30am

Course Description: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1.5 hour educational program designed to teach parents and caregivers the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond as a parent, provided by Lines for Life. This training is offered again 11/17/21 from 3-4:30pm.

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OctoberLearning About Your Child’s Temperament
​​Date: 10/7/21
Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Course Description: All children are born with their own way of reacting to the world which can be described the ten temperament traits. These traits stay the same throughout a person's life. Temperament explains why some children are very easy-going while others tend to be more challenging to raise. Learn more about your child's temperament and ways you can respond effectively.

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OctoberPreparing Your Family for Adoption
​Date: 10/12/21
Time: 9am-12pm

Course Description: Explore the different aspects of adoption including: family dynamics, infertility struggles, impacts to other children in the home, and what adoptive children wish their caregivers had known.

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OctoberFostering Meaningful Transitions: Grief and Loss
Date: 10/14/21
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Course Description: Learn how resource families can plan for and cushion the transition of children in their care into new placements; reflect on how to honor own emotions; and explore the role of grief and loss within the context of providing foster care.

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OctoberBehavior and the IEP: Support, Strategies, and Success! / Comportamiento y el IEP: ¡Apoyos
Date: 10/20/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Course Description: Learn how to address behavior in the IEP, assessments and support plans, discipline and more! Training is available in Simultaneous Spanish interpretation. ¡Aprenda cómo abordar el comportamiento en el IEP, las evaluaciones y planes de apoyo, la disciplina y más!

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OctoberThe Tween Puzzle
Date: 10/26/21
Time: 9-11am

Course Description: They are not quite teens, but they're not little children…therefore they are known as “tweens" because they are in between these two stages of development.  This class is designed to assist resource families become familiar with the tween years as a stage of child development. Taking time to understand the importance of guiding children's social, emotional and moral development during the tween years which sets the stage for addressing parenting challenges.  The trainer will work with the resource family to develop effective tween parenting strategies with the tween in their care. 

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OctoberParents and Resource (Foster) Parents: A Model for Co-Parenting
​Date: 10/28/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Course Description: Join a panel discussion of Oregon Parents and Resource (Foster) Parents as they share their experiences of partnering together to co-parent the children they both care for.

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NovemberQuestion Persuade Refer (QPR) for Resource Families
Date: 11/3/21
Time: 6-7:30pm

Course Description: Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1.5 hour educational program designed to teach resource parents the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond as a resource parent.

Registration

NovemberTrauma Informed Parenting
Date: 11/4-11/5
Time: 1-3pm

Course Description: Join us in a two part series about parenting children who have experienced trauma. Gain an understanding of the effects of trauma on the developing brain of children.

Registration​

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