Emotional Safety in Foster Care Workshop

August 28, 2015

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Spring Hill Suites, Lawrence, KS

 

Cost: Foster Care Parents — FREE
Social Work/Agency staff and all others: $60*

*Register by August 15 for $50.
4 CEU’s from Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Researchers who monitor school climate suggest that that climate is becoming more hazardous than inprevious years and that bullying is rampant. Victims of bullies report high levels of loneliness, distress, and negativity towards school than non-victims. More alarming, however, are reports that children who are bullied are more likely to attempt suicide. Youth suicide behavior (e.g., thoughts, plans, attempts, and suicide deaths) is a significant national problem. In 2010, American suicide was listed as the third leading cause of death for 15-24 (some reports include youth as young as 10) year olds. For children involved in the child welfare system, reports indicate that bullying and teasing is even more prevalent, constant, and serious. Foster (and many other) parents may need additional preparation to effectively handle bullying situations, intervene with a suicidal youth, provide suicide prevention information, and teach social skills. Having informed staff at foster care homes and in support agencies is critically important for this high-risk population. These adults must be attentive to the how bullying affects the lives of children, know how to recognize victimization behaviors, and know how to respond effectively and appropriately. Learn more in the Emotional Safety in Foster Care Workshop!

Topics will include:

  • Unique challenges in foster care for parents and youth
  • Emotional safety at home and in school
  • Social Skills overview and effective teaching
  • Research-based social skills programs
  • Bullying
  • Suicide awareness—recognizing, intervening, preventing
  • Community resources

Presenters:

Kristin Vernon, LMSW, Clinical Director of Social Perspective and Director of Clinical Services at Headquarters Counseling Center

Sue Vernon, Ph.D., President of Social Perspective, Adjunct-Missouri Western State University, Certified KS Court Mediator (Parent-Adolescent Specialty)

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Funding for this training was made possible by Kansas Youth Suicide (1U79SM060434), a State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grant from SAMHSA

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