Issue No. 18 - August 2016
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Spring 2016
Continuing Education Schedule 
The UK Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education offers many courses for continuing education credit.

To view the Spring 2016 schedule of courses, please click here.  
For more information, please contact
Christina Gevedon

Medically Complex Training Schedule
FY 2016
The Medically Complex Training Program is now offering ten sessions of the initial Join Hands Together training for those foster parents interested in providing care to children with complex medical needs. This training now includes several hands on learning components. To see when and where these trainings are being offered, along with annual training events for existing Medically Complex foster homes, please click here.


For more information, contact Lisa Casebier , Medically Complex Training Program Coordinator.

F.A.S.T. Professional Development

For the third consecutive year, the Foster Parent Mentor and Adoption Support for Kentucky programs collaborated to provide timely and informative training to those foster and adoptive parents serving as Foster Parent Mentors and Adoptive Parent Liaisons throughout the Commonwealth. On June 25th, participants filled the Lexington Public Library's Farrish Theater for this Foster/Adoptive Support & Training (F.A.S.T.) professional development event. For the first portion of the day, participants were joined by Denise Weider, Foster Care Policy Analyst with the Department for Community Based Services' Adoptions Branch. Denise shared new training requirements for foster/adoptive parents and respite care providers as outlined in Kentucky Administrative Regulation, 922 KAR 1:495. She also shared how the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard endeavors to provide normalcy for children and youth in out-of-home care.

Later in the day, Geoff Wilson presented. Geoff is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor who has been a mental health and substance abuse treatment practitioner in Kentucky for over 20 years. He discussed the signs and symptoms of the most prevalent psychiatric and substance use disorders impacting youth today. He helped participants understand the importance of assessing and treating these disorders, discussed the impact trauma has on development and its role in manifesting these disorders, and shared how specific substances effect youth and what caregivers can do to facilitate effective treatment intervention.
Denise Weider, Foster Care Policy Analyst and Tamikia Dumas, Foster Parent Mentor Program Coordinator
Medically Complex Annual Training
Medically Complex Annual Training was held March 17-18, 2016, at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.  More than 140 foster parents with DCBS and private child care agencies from across the state attended this two-day training. Participants chose the topics most relevant to the needs of the child in their care. Training topics included Asthma, Epilepsy, Hepatits, Understanding Teens, HIV, Disaster Preparedness and many more.

The UK TRC would like to thank each of the presenters and their respective organizations for donating their time and expertise. The skills and knowledge they shared enhanced the capacity of Kentucky's Medically Complex Foster Homes and made this event a success.

For more information, contact  Lisa Casebier, Medically Complex Training Program Coordinator. 
Click to view the program from the March 2016 Medically Complex Annual Training
"Out in the Open" Conference

The UK College of Social Work's Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education, in collaboration with the UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources, Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Cassie Brown, held the first annual "Out in the Open" Conference: LGBTQIA Issues for Behavioral Health and Other Helping Professionals on June 30, 2016.

This conference provided a variety of workshops designed to enhance participants' knowledge and awareness of issues impacting the LGBTQIA community. Through a remarkable lineup of speakers and panelists, this conference encouraged open conversations
and open minds.

Geared for professionals at the basic, interm ediate, advanced and clinical levels, the "Out in the Open" Conference provided the
following trainings: 

Looking Back: LGBT Seniors in the Bluegrass- Edwin Hackney, MSW,  
HIV/AIDs: It Can Happen to You- Mark Johnson, MSSW
Transgender Experiences- Lance Poston, Ph.D
Cultural Competency- Isela Arras, MA
LGBTQ* 101- David Pascale-Hauge, Ph.D
LGBTQ Healthcare Considerations- Lance Poston, Ph.D
Gender Variance- Cassie Brown, MSW, LCSW
Talking to Youth about LGBTQIA Issues- Matthew Courtney, Ph.D
Panel Discussion- Lance Poston, Ph.D (Panel Members- Diane Sobel, P.hD, Tuesday Meadows & Joanne Brown, DNP, APRN, CTTS)

The UK College of Social Work's Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education was proud to be part of cultivating awareness and elevating the dialogue around such important topics.

For more information about the Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education, please contact Christina Gevedon. 
Participants at the Out in the Open Conference

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work's Training Resource Center (UK TRC) is dedicated to providing training, technical assistance, service, and evaluation to professionals and caregivers working to improve the well-being of families, children, and communities.
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