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Ramsey County Foster Care On-Going Training Descriptions

On-Going Foster Care Trainings are 3 hours (unless specified)

For more information call foster care training at 651-266-4123 or send an email to                                               Foster Care Home Page


Crisis: Diffusing Crisis Situations Safely and Sanely (2, 3-hour sessions) - CSP9333

NOTE: Participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2.
These workshops help participants understand anger as an unmet need, identify the stages of a developing crisis and build corresponding de-escalation skills. They will build their confidence about dealing with angry individuals. Participants will learn to recognize the role of body language and personal space in diffusing tense situations. They will assess how their values, expectations, responses to anger and personal temperament can diffuse a situation or contribute to even greater escalation.

Domestic Violence: Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence - CSP9310

A basic training session for Resource Family providers on the dynamics  of domestic violence, the impact of exposure to domestic violence (DV) on children, and strategies for supporting children who have been exposed to DV.  The training describes some of the specific needs of children exposed to domestic violence and how to respond effectively.  It also promotes resiliency in children who have been exposed to domestic violence and supports the development of their positive coping strategies.

Mental Health: Introduction to Mental Health for Resource Families - CSP9221

This course provides an introduction to a number of common mental health diagnoses that foster and adoptive children often present within the child welfare system.  Each diagnosis is discussed in terms of origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations.  It also includes information and helpful tips about common co-occurring or dual diagnoses. This course meets the training requirement in 245A.

FASD: Introduction to FASD for Resource Families - CSP 9339

Participants will learn how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can impact emotional, behavioral and physical development from infancy to adulthood. They will learn the differences in brain development and the importance of early assessment and intervention. Participants will explore daily challenges at home and in school and discover effective strategies to address the emotions and behaviors of the children.

Foster Care: Foster Parent to Adoptive Parent – Making the Decision for a Lifetime Commitment - CSP9271

Participants will explore the differences between foster care and adoption and how their decisions can affect children. They will begin to identify their own strengths and the potential challenges in becoming an adoptive family. Finally, caregivers will learn how to discuss adoption with the children they care for.

Independent Living: Bridging the Past and the Present with Developmentally Relevant Approaches to Effective Preparation for Adult Living (2, 3-hour sessions) - CSP9328A

NOTE:  Participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2. 
As any foster parent who has ever parented a teen can tell you, it takes a lot of work to help a fostered teenager prepare for adult living. During these trainings, foster parents will have the opportunity to look at teens in foster care through the lens of positive youth development. The group will explore ways that teen brain development and the experience of being in care impact the behavior and decision-making of teens.  Together, participants will participate in a number of group and individual activities to help them explore ways that new learning might be applied to their particular youth and home situation.  By the end of the sessions, foster parents should have a new perspective on the identity development and sense of belonging that teens struggle to achieve in order to move towards successful adult living.

SBS SIDS: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) - CSP9324

Fulfill your SBS and SIDS training requirements at one class.  The SBS training is an overview of the facts of SBS and the factors that contribute to shaking a young child. The training will also focus on prevention strategies for providers. The video, Portrait of Promise: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome will be shown. The SIDS training will provide accurate information on best practices related to safe sleep environments and infant care.

School Parts 1 & 2: School Issues (2, 3-hour sessions) CSP9331

NOTE: Participants must attend session 1 prior to attending session 2. 
Children that are temporarily and/or permanently placed frequently need high level of care due to the severity of emotional, social and physical trauma that they have experienced.  Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents are often then faced with challenges in accessing appropriate and adequate educational services for children in care.  They are also faced with the responsibility of being liaisons and advocates within multiple social welfare systems for the children in care and also for the children’s biological parents.  These trainings offer participants resources and basic application of culturally proficient negotiations, advocacy, and treatment planning strategies to assist Foster, Adoptive and Kinship parents in obtaining appropriate educational services for the child and/or children in their care.

Substance Abuse: The Significance of Substance Abuse on Families - CSP9309A

Children entering foster care are often affected by parental substance abuse. Substance abuse by biological parents greatly impacts children's behavior. This introductory training on alcohol and other drug abuse offers resource families a framework in which to comprehend the topic of alcohol and other drug abuse.  Participants will learn about different levels of chemical abuse and explore strategies for working with children and families.

On-Going Training Schedule