Typical training sessions are multi-sensory, high-intensity, highly interactive; utilizing large group teaching and interaction, small group work, both content and reaction discussions, as well as videotape presentations.

Examples of past seminars include:

"Understanding Lying and Stealing"


1.      Increasing participants' understanding of the reasons children engage in the behaviors of lying and stealing.

2.      Develop the participants' awareness of their own feelings and attitudes about the behaviors of lying and stealing.

3.      Share and learn methods of changing, modifying and/or preventing the behaviors of lying and stealing.


"Understanding and Managing Anger in Your Home"


1.      Identify behaviors in children that make them angry.

2.      Understand the importance of accepting their own personal anger.

3.      Identify feelings that underlie their anger.

4.      Define anger.

5.      Employ and model appropriate methods of expressing their own feelings of anger.

6.      Identify possible reasons for foster/adoptive children engaging in angry and destructive behavior.

7.      Recognize and accept the participants' own feelings toward children engaging in angry and destructive behavior.

8.      Learn and demonstrate methods for modifying angry and destructive behaviors in children.

"Understanding Attachment and Bonding"


1.      Understand the impact of multiple placements on attachment and bonding.  Participants will also understand the impact of multiple placements on normal development.

2.      Understand the role of attachment and bonding as a healthy part of normal development.

3.      Understand the impact of separation and loss on the process of attachment and bonding.

4.      Understand the parent-child cycle of attachment and bonding and learn the dysfunctional cycle which leads to difficulties in the child's ability to attach and bond.

5.      Learn ways to encourage attachment and bonding in the foster care and adoptive setting (with an understanding of the differences in the long-term setting and the short-term setting).


"Discipline in Foster and Adoptive Care"


1.     Understand and describe the difference between punishment and discipline.

2.      Understand the relationships between the child's behavior and parental responses to that behavior.

3.      Describe the effects of various kinds of discipline.

4.      Understand the factors which influence parents' reactions to the behavior of the child.

5.      Learn the "One Minute Scolding" by Gerald Nelson (also an out of print book by the same name).


For further information about other topics please contact us.  Further training topics can be developed based on individual need.




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