ALP offers an array of interactive, e-learning courses that are designed to increase the understanding, joys and challenges of adoption. Throughout the site, they offer downloads of articles and papers and e-learning courses for prospective adoptive parents, adoptive parents as well as professionals. To view their list of e-learning courses, log onto: www.adoptionlearningpartners.org , and select “Catalog” at the top right.
Available courses range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours to complete. Courses do not need to be completed in one session. Some courses are available free of charge; others that provide certifications require a small fee. All other courses will have an enrollment fee that will include the issue of a Certificate of Completion with fees ranging from $30 to $45 per course if enrolled in individually.
Sample of courses include:
Let’s Talk Adoption
The Journey of Attachment
Finding the Missing Pieces
Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate
Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit
With Eyes Wide Open
Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate: Help for Adoptive Parents
This online course offers complete training (except for hands-on certification and CPR) for future foster and adoptive parents. There is a one-year membership fee of $24 that is often reimbursable. Go to www.fosterparenttraining.com for more information.
Adoptive Families provides information and support through expert articles. Personal stories, expert audio, in-depth eBooks, made-for-sharing Clip & Save tip sheets, parent-to-parent interaction, and more. To view their website, log onto:
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
This e-learning website includes recordings of trainings NACAC has held. Some are available for purchase and some are available at no cost.
Trainings include topics on: Parenting, Adoption Assistance, Adoption Practice, Adoption Tax Credit, Advocacy, Model Programs, Parent Group Development, Post-Adoption Services, Youth Advocacy and Support Networks,
For recorded webinars available for purchase ($15 for NACAC members / $20 for nonmembers), you’ll complete a payment form before you can access the session. For these paid webinars, you can receive a certificate of attendance after viewing the session.
FosterParentCollege.com® (FPC) provides innovative, research-based, interactive online courses for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents. Our self-paced training is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From the comfort of home, parents can enroll, complete a course, and receive a certificate of completion in a single session. The content is developed by nationally recognized experts in the fields of parenting, social work, pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and education. FPC courses are valued by foster care agencies and praised by caregivers.
The National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth – NCSBY
The National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (http://www.ncsby.org/) is pleased to share information for an advanced workshop on problematic sexual behavior designed for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents entitled:
Addressing Youth And Children With Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Resources for CACs, Partners, and Caregivers
This is a six-credit hour course designed specifically for foster, adoptive and kinship parents. It uses discussion board activities and interactive exercises to help participants explore strategies for parenting children who have exhibited sexual behavior problems. See below website for cost and details.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) partners with Relias to provide easy access to a broad range of continuing education and professional development online courses for child welfare and human service workers, clinicians, supervisors, and managers at a 10% discount for our members. And now you can learn anytime, anywhere with Relias’ new mobile app.
Relias also offers a comprehensive online training and management system for organizations to provide on-demand access to all courses for their entire staff with monitoring and reporting capabilities.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) offers a series of online courses on topics of particular interest to social workers, supervisors, and others who work with children who have experienced trauma.
Providing Foundations for Parenting Children from Hard Places
In this foundational phase of ‘Families Are Forever’ you’ll begin to understand the lives of children who come from a place most likely very different from your own. You’ll gain knowledge that many who have gone before you have discovered about welcoming a child from a ‘hard place’ into your home and family. We’ll also strengthen your family’s foundation so that as a parent, you have the tools and knowledge needed to best meet your child’s needs.
This phase totals 18 hours and satisfies Hague pre-adoptive training requirements.
The online learning platform is designed to satisfy pre-adoption home study requirements for families adopting domestically or internationally. There is also coursework available to support families post-adoption. Each one hour course is followed by a 10-question quiz. Scores of 80% or higher on the quiz entitle the learner to a Certificate of Completion.
Stockton University: Continuing Education Credit Hours for Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors in New Jersey for licensure and certification renewal.
– Livestream workshops
– Each workshop yields 2.0 CE Hours
– Workshops feature relevant topics and current research from Stockton’s expert faculty members
– Special discounts are available to Stockton Alumni, Faculty and Staff
Addressing Trauma and Loss With Children and Parents
Cost: FREE This training includes the video training and a parent manual.
Addressing Trauma and Loss is a video with Dr. Rhonda Johnson to empower you as a parent in your responses to your child. All of us have experienced ongoing stress (trauma) and loss in life and your child has too! Dr. Johnson explains how Center for Counseling and Family Relationships is including parents and families in their work with children outside of child counseling sessions.
Learning Objectives Identify symptoms of loss and trauma in children
Compare a character trait chart and a behavior chart
Identify parenting goals
Describe healthy communication patterns
Select ways to connect with your child and family values
About the Speaker
Dr. Rhonda Johnson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, NCC, CEAP; Dr. Rhonda Johnson is the owner of Center for Counseling and Family Relationships, a large group private practice established in 2007. She is an LPC-S, LMFT-S, and RPT-S. Dr. Johnson has been leading trainings for local associations and hospitals in Texas for the last 6 years and supervising outside and inside super
visees for LPC, LMFT, and RPT for 11 years. Dr. Johnson is an EMDR-Certified counselor and trained in Trust Based Relational Intervention therapy for working with children who have been internationally adopted, adopted domestically, children in foster care, and children from hard places.
Embrella Embracing & Empowering Families – embrella offers resource (foster) and kinship caregiver training. This training is available to all NJ licensed foster and kinship parents through their contract with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF). Numerous courses in various modalities are available to meet caregivers’ needs when completing education to meet their licensing requirements. For courses and modalities available, please visit https://www.embrella.org/free-foster-adoptive-kinship-parent-training-nj/. If interested in virtual learning, please visit our E-Learning Education Portal at www.teachingfamilies.org.
Advancing Practice for Permanency & Well-Being!
Options for Individuals & Organizations
Whether you are a Child Welfare or Mental Health professional, or an administrator in an organization, you can choose your preferred way to access the free web-based NTI training. Administrators are encouraged to explore integration options, if needed, so your team can successfully make NTI trainings available to staff and others with the desired data, reporting, tracking and support options. For more information, log onto https://adoptionsupport.org/nti/
Join this e-learning course series on trauma-informed de-escalation presented by Dr. Keith Bailey. The series is for both caregivers (parents, foster parents, etc.) and professionals (teachers, clinicians, mental health professionals, volunteers, etc. Cost is $10/webinar ($40 for the series) and includes recordings. Sessions starts August 9th and links are below. For more information, visit https://www.harmonyfamilycenter.org/training-calendar-registration
ABOUT THE SERIES: We all want de-escalation strategies that will work across all ages and all situations. However, you may have discovered that it’s just not that simple. Because each child, each caregiver, each setting, and each crisis is unique, simple prescriptions won’t work across the board. This De-escalation series will explore the principles that should be considered in tailoring de-escalation strategies that meet the child where they are. Sessions include preparing caregivers to remain calm and self- regulate, review specific de-escalation strategies for each level of a crisis, handling violence and volatile situations as well as look at how both the child and caregiver can learn from the crisis event.