My Training/Education

Children In The Home: (Ricks College – 3 Credit Hours) – Completed Winter 1980

Child Development: (Ricks College – 3 Credit Hours ) – Completed Summer 1989

Parenting With Love and Limits: (Department of Health and Welfare) – Completed

Love and Logic Parent Training: (Sponsored by Madison Memorial Hospital)

PRIDE Training: PRIDE (Parent Resource for Information, Development, and Education) is a 27-hour pre-service training for potential foster and foster/adoptive parents. PRIDE will help attendee acquire the knowledge and skills you need to make an informed decision about fostering and/or adopting. (27 hours) – Completed Spring 2016

Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Training: (1.5 Foster Parent Continuing Education Hours) – Completed June 15, 2016

The Impact of Fostering on Birth Children: Explores the challenges foster families face pre-placement, during placement, and post-placement and offers insights and advice for helping birth children through those challenges. ( – 4 credit hours) – Completed

Understanding Behavior in Foster Children: Explores problematic behavior in foster children and how foster parents can better understand the purpose of a child’s behavior through careful observation. ( – 4 credit hours) – Completed

The Child Welfare Team: Covers how the child welfare system works, purpose and goals of the system, key terms, and who the child welfare team members are, as well as their roles and responsibilities. ( – 4 credit hours) – Completed

Reducing Family Stress: Explores adding a foster child to the family and offers insight into how to preserve the family structure and reduce stress caused b a changing dynamic. ( – 4 credit hours) – Completed

Parent-Child Attachment: Covers the difference between healthy and unhealthy attachment, how separation and loss affect attachment, and how attachment theory applies to real life. ( – 4 credit hours) – Completed

Lying (2nd Edition): Common behaviors addressed in this course include getting out of trouble, gaining attention, pathological, and getting others in trouble. ( –  2 credit hours) – Completed

Stealing: Topics covered in this course include shoplifting, stealing based on envy or revenge, kleptomania, and stealing from loved ones. ( – 2 credit hours) – Completed

Grief and Loss in the Care System: Charley Joyce, LICSW, discusses how, in foster care, grief and loss are experienced by everyone involved in the removal and placement of a child. The child, birth parents, and the foster family all go through stages of grief. Yet, this grief is often denied or hidden. Learn about the stages of natural grieving, how grief is expressed, and “complex grief”. Also discussed are strategies for helping children, birth parents and family members handle and appropriately express their feelings of grief and loss. (FosterParent – 2 credit hours) – Completed

Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Training: (Department of Health and Welfare – 1.5 credit hours) – Completed June 15, 2016

Working Together with Primary Families: A child in care has two families: the primary and the foster family. Research has shown that when these families work together, the child’s confusion and anxiety are decreased and the likelihood of reunification increases. Nonjudgmental and respectful communication can be challenging, especially when histories and backgrounds differ or when abuse and neglect are part of the child’s past. This course offers foster parents strategies for developing positive communication with and understanding of the primary family. ( – 4 credit hours) – Completed

Foster Parenting: Resources and Record Keeping: (Department Health & Welfare – 1 credit hour) – Completed September 21, 2016

Handling Stress with Foster Children: (Department of Health & Welfare – 1 credit hour) – Completed November 17, 2016

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Many children and youth in foster care have lived through traumatic events. These youth bring their traumatic experiences with them when they come into your home. Traumatic stress reactions can cause youth to behave in ways that may baffle you. All of your usual approaches to parenting may not work! A youth’s response to trauma – and our responses – can be so severe as to disrupt their placement in your home. (Department of Health & Welfare – 15 credit hours) – Completed December 5, 2016

Emotion Regulation and Bonding: (Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health) – Completed February 2017

Annual Resource Family & Social Worker Conference: 

  • What’s New Presentation (1 Hours of Education) – Completed February 24th, 2017
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention: (6.5 Hours of Education) – Completed February 24th, 2017
  • Q & A Panel Style Intervention: (1.5 Hours of Education) – Completed February 24th, 2017
  • TBRI Skill Development: (4 Hours of Education) – Completed February 25th, 2017

Trauma Informed Parenting: Health and Welfare (1 Hour of Training) – Completed March 16th, 2017

Empowered to Connect Conference: Empowered to Connect, together with Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, hosts the Empowered to Connect Conference – a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. (11 Hours of Training) – Completed April 7th and 8th, 2017

Caring for Traumatized Children by Dr. James Henry: Health and Welfare (12 Attendance Hours) – Completed April 17th & 18th, 2017 

Sexualized Behavior: This course examines obsessive sexual behavior, sexual behavior with siblings, seductive behavior towards adults, and public masturbation (Foster Parent College – 2 Hours Training) – Completed April 26th, 2017

Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused: Explores the emotional and behavioral effects of child sexual abuse on children in care and offers strategies to help overcome the challenges foster parents face. (Foster Parent College – 4 Hours Training) – Completed April 26th, 2017

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Foundations for all Stakeholders Webinar: The purpose of this training is to prepare families and other stakeholders for the new system of care, to understand what to expect when looking for guidance and mental health treatment for children. Youth Empowerment Services – Health and Welfare – Completed (6 Attendance Hours) January 18, 2018

Disaster Planning/Emergency Preparation: The purpose of this training is to prepare families if a disaster hits. Trained on emergency preparedness and disaster planning. This meeting covered foster requirements as well as tools to help be better prepared. Youth Empowerment Services – Health and Welfare – Completed (1.5 hours) January 24, 2018

CANS-Idaho Child and Family Services (CFS) Certification Training: A comprehensive information integration and communication tool for children, adolescents, and young adults. (18.64% Complete)

Certified Family Support Partner Training: Specialized training for a Family Support Partner who is a parent or adult caregiver who through life experience and training, has acquired an understanding of another parent’s situation via the shared emotional and psychological challenges of raising a child living with a behavioral health diagnosis. Through this  lived experience and training family support partners can guide and support families struggling with a child with a behavioral health diagnosis to increase family wellness. – Completed (32 hours) May 2018

Hope Conquers ACE’s: HOPE stands for “Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences” – a concept introduced out of research by Robert Sege  that discusses the powerful impact of positive experiences to heal and mitigate childhood trauma. (2 hours) September 9, 2018

PRIDE – Training of Trainers: This training is for those who are committed to empowering others through training to care for hurting children and families in their communities and want to move into a deeper role in working with our prospective foster and adoptive parents. The purpose of this training is to provide you with an overview of the PRIDE curriculum and materials as well as to equip you with the skills necessary to co-train PRIDE and interact with those individuals who want to make a difference through foster care. Family Resource and Training Center (18 hours) November 1st and 2nd, 2018