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Zidar, Training and Consulting

Summaries of presentations

Offered By Dave Zidar, LISW-S

 

01.  Interventions with Attention deficit

Audience: Foster parents

Time required: Long course 6 hours

Adapted is 3 hours

The goal of this course is to provide foster parents with an understanding of what is going on in their child and how to manage it. The course covers practical skills and interventions at each stage of child development and applies methods throughout the life cycle. This class is short on theory and heavy on “what to do now.”

 

02.  Post Traumatic stress disorder, implications to foster care placements

Audience: Casework staff/Foster parents

Time required: Long course 6 hours

Adapted is 3 hours

This course takes the foster parent and casework staff through the issues that brought the child to have the label of “PTSD” and how to manage it. These children need a level of support that is different than other foster children. The foster parents will learn the core skill to help the child manage their own anxiety level. PTSD’s  is a syndrome that needs to be fully understood by the caretakers of these children. The parents will learn ways to help with issues of eating and sleeping problems, social withdrawal and other syndrome specific behaviors.

 

03.  Relax, it’s only a crisis (Foster parent edition)

Audience: Foster parents

Time required: Long course 6 hours

This lively course brings foster parents to a different level of understanding of their role in a crisis. Parent will learn to better manage their affective Reponses to the “crisis of the day.” Use of the parent self care plan is central to this training. Parents will learn to manage the 10 most “typical” crisis faced in foster care.

 

04.  Relax, it’s only a crisis  (Treatment staff and Social work staff edition)

Audience: Social workers and treatment staff

Time required: Long course 6 hours

This course is an adaptation of the crisis class taught to foster parents. The difference between the two  editions is course is targeted toward the different needs of social workers and treatment staff. The use of a more detailed self-care plan is used. Staff in this training will learn issues regarding teamwork, unit culture and administrations role in crisis management.

 

05.  Interventions with children who lie or steal

Audience: Foster parents

Time required: 3 hours

This course helps foster parents develop interventions with children who lie or steal. The central goal of this course is to provide a better understanding of the “function” of why foster children do these behaviors. The types of interventions that work best and development of empathy for these children is central to the discussion. (Short course only)

 

06.  Behavioral management

Audience: All

Time required: 6 hours

This course is simply just that, how to manage behavioral issues. The course goes through the continuum of behaviors that all children may present, from stealing to physical assault. The course’s goal is to provide the skills to manage these behaviors with a reduced level of reactivity. This class is recommend for anyone who works with or manages any environment that children present with these issues. (Long course only)

 

07.  Pro-social skills training as an alternative to punishment

Audience: Foster parents

Time required: 6 hours

Short course 3

This class asks and answers the question, “what do I do with a child who just does not get it.” The “it” is the skills based training in all areas of the life domains: Social skills, problem solving, anger management, and perceptional skills. This class looks at what the child should be doing at each stage of development and what to teach. This is a very practical way for foster parents to be empowered to “train their children up.”

 

08.  Interventions with children who have suffered trauma

Audience: Caseworker

Can be adapted for foster parents

Time required: 6 hours

This class provides the casework and foster parents with a set of skills to help their children manage trauma. The child who has suffered trauma often will be labeled as “depressed, antisocial, etc, until a caring adult develops a supporting relationship with these children, nothing will change. Parent will go through several exercises to help develop empathy and a basic understanding of how to support these children. This class looks at the issues of removal from the birth home as the most basic trauma to manage.

 

09.  Burn out prevention

Audience: Social work, casework staff, and treatment staff

Time required: 6 hours

Casework staff only

 

This class is based on the work done at the University of Louisville. The issue of burn out continues to plague all areas of child welfare. The goal of this class is to provide the needed skills to manage ones own stress level. Use of the self- care plan and other program specific methods will be discussed.

 

10.  Middle Management Survival Skills

Audience: Middle Management

Time required: 6 hours

Casework Managers

 

This class looks at the middle manager in the child welfare agency. This manager has a central role in driving the programs to a higher level of excellence. The manager also has a unique perspective on the organization that often is neglected. These managers need to develop a core set of skills in areas of management that are not taught at school.

 

 

11.  The Behavior Clinic

Audience: Foster parents

Time required: 3 hours

The behavior clinic is just that, a place for parents to discuss difficult issues that their children present. It is an open forum for developing plans to improve all the family members’ lives. This is the most requested training of the list.

 

12.  Professional Boundaries

Audience: Treatment Staff and Caseworkers

Time required: course 3 hours

Casework staff only

 

This is a very requested training. It provides the treatment staff with an understanding of the limits that they must put upon themselves in their helping relationships. This training provides actual case examples and posses ethical relationship situations. Both the new and more mature staff can benefit from this core skill of all professional “helpers.”

 

13.  Management of children with sexually inappropriate behavior

Audience: All

Time required: 6 hours

This course provides caseworkers and line staff the skills to identify and manage children who are displaying sexually problematic behavior. Most of this material was developed by the University of Louisville’s Sexual Offender Treatment Program. This course will provide attendees with the “red flag” behaviors that they need to watch for. It will also bring to light the role of trauma, cycles and patterns of the offending child and how to help these children to use them to manage their behavior.

 

 

14.  Understanding Self -Mutilating Behavior

Audience: All

Time required: 6 Hours

Mutilating, cutting burning and other forms of self-injurious behavior by youth are often perceived by professionals and others as suicide related behaviors. This workshop will help staff to understand that such behaviors are often the result of past trauma or abuse. Participants will explore the causes and scope of these behaviors and learn ways to intervene.

 

15.  Interventions with Reactive Attachment Disorder

Audience: All

Time requires: 6 hours

Adapted overview: 3 hours

Some of the children in foster care and adoption struggle with behavior that is hard to understand. Much of this behavior is rooted in attachments that are poor. Parenting these children takes a special touch. This class will provide, the origin and interventions that can help these troubled children. This class takes the diagnostic criteria and develops interventions for each behavior. The class emphasis is heavy on practical interventions.

 

16.  The required Intangible skills of independent

Audience: All

Time requires: 6 hours

Adapted overview: 3 hours

Participants will discuss and learn the 9 essential connections to help adolescents  transition to adulthood. These 9 skills provide the adolescents with a connection to their community and thereby increase their likelihood of success. Participants will develop an understanding of the intangible relationship skills needed to succeed. Participants will increase their ability to develop indigenous helpers for young adults leaving care.

 

 

There are also several developed that are not on the list, it is best to ask.

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