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Webinar: What to do about ACEs? How building resilience mitigates early trauma
January 15, noon-1:30, Presented by Dr. Dean Grace

Drawing on his extensive experience working with traumatized youth at Northwoods Children's Services, Dr. Dean Grace will explain that traumatization is a sensory experience. Helping people overcome trauma is about helping them change their core feelings and beliefs about self.  This means filling the absence of safety with a reliable assurance of support and replacing a sense of powerlessness with self-efficacy. Once we recognize what is needed the process of building resilience is, as Dr. Ann Masten explains, "simple, not easy". We'll examine an approach successfully implemented in schools and youth serving programs. 
Training Series
January 2020 - March 2020

The Minnesota Circle of Parents model is a peer-led, mutual self-help, support group program. At group sessions parents can safely discuss with other parents and caregivers the challenge and success involved in raising children. Implementing a Circle of Parents group increases parent partnership and leadership throughout the community.  Support groups also help create and strengthen prevention initiatives and other local family programs and services.

RSVP to see future dates. CEUs available.
Questions about the Training Series? Contact:
Lisa Deputie
Barb Sorum

Circle of Parents: Facilitation Skills

January 14th, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Using a combination of hands-on activities, presentation, discussion, resources and stories, this training will give you the basic skills to begin facilitating mutual self-help Circle of Parents groups with confidence. This training builds on the strengths of the past by providing greater opportunity to practice skills, increase knowledge of how groups work and become even more grounded in the values of mutual self-help, shared leadership and family support. It’s perfect for new facilitators and as a refresher course for current facilitators.
Circle of Parents: Establishing a Children’s Group  

January 28, 2019 
9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Children’s groups are an integral part of Circle of Parents programming. The goal of the children’s group is to provide developmentally appropriate, skill building activities that will increase children’s confidence and self-worth while providing fun and enjoyment. Children’s groups provide an additional incentive for parents to attend Circle of Parents meetings by providing a safe, entertaining, and educational place for their children.
A children’s group helps children build relationships with one another while their parents or caregivers are meeting in a separate group. Volunteers creates many opportunities for children to be nurtured as well as to enhance their self-esteem and further their social skills. Children learn non-violent problem solving through the development of cooperative relationships and practice problem solving and conflict resolution. 
Circle of Parents: Introduction Orientation

March 10, 2020
9:00a.m. to 12:00 noon

This orientation is meant to provide an overview of Circle of Parents to prospective Circle of Parents facilitators and advisory committee members. Topics include:
  • Strategic sharing
  • Advocacy
  • Prevention education
  • Resilience
  • Cultural communication
  • Trauma-informed care
Four Ways to Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times
By Emma Seppala

"Life throws chaos at us on a regular basis. We push through, surviving on adrenaline. We overschedule ourselves; drink another coffee; respond to one more email. We think if we stay amped up all the time, we’ll eventually be able to get things done. But all that does is burn us out, drain our productivity, and lead to exhaustion."
Best Toys for Babies and Toddlers
By Zero to Three

"Children explore the world through play, figuring out how things work and how people think, feel, and act in different situations. Play also provides lots of practice in using language, telling stories, and solving problems. Here’s how to choose toys that that will spark your little one’s imagination and stand the test of time."
More Conversations = More Brain Growth
By Child Trends

"It’s been called the 30-million- word gap. Researchers have found that children from lower-income backgrounds tend to be exposed to fewer words than their higher-income peers. Now scientists are researching how kids’ brains respond to words and what families can do to help language development."

Tap and Wiggle for School Readiness
By Child Trends

"Marching…dancing…and tapping to the beat. A new study from Queensland University of Technology in Australia shows it’s helping young kids prepare for school. Researchers looked at 113 preschool-age children from three low-income communities."