Anger, Stress, and Crisis Management - April 28, 2016
Mentors will learn how to recognize low level triggers and common techniques to de-escalate a child to avoid reaching a crisis. We will also learn how to intervene in crisis situations and tools to manage our own anger and stress.
Working Effectively with Youth in Foster Care - May 24, 2016
Want to gain new tools to better engage with your mentee? Let’s learn how to set boundaries/expectations, understand youth motivations, and address youth needs.
How to Talk to Teens about Love, Sex and Relationships - June 14, 2016
Do you have questions about how to talk with your mentee about values, love, sex and relationships? Learn to address concerns raised by teens in a way that keeps the conversation going. This training will be provided by Brenda Miller, the Executive Director of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Positive Youth Development - July 21, 2016
Want to learn how to create a more intentional mentoring relationship that caters to your mentee’s developmental needs? Explore what youth need to achieve positive developmental outcomes at this training.
Hidden Biases and Cultural Competency - August 18, 2016
Do you ever feel like the barriers of race, culture, and class interfere in your mentoring relationship? Come learn how to recognize our own hidden biases for what they are in order to break down the walls between you and your and mentee.
The Role of the Mentor in Education and Learning - September 22, 2016
Interested in gaining techniques to help your mentee enjoy learning both in and outside of the classroom? Learn opportunities for involvement in your mentee’s education.
Strengths Based Practice and Child Welfare Training - October 26, 2016
Having a strengths-based perspective when working with mentees is extremely important. Let’s learn tools together to honor mentees’ self-determination, understand their strengths, and apply strengths based modalities in work with youth in foster care.
Youth Engagement and Relationship Development - November 17, 2016
Learn to identify behaviors associated with attachment disorders and techniques to build strong enduring relationships with mentees.
Past Ongoing Mentor Training Videos
Trauma Informed and Child Welfare Training - March 30, 2016
The Consortium for Child Welfare facilitated a training to help us learn to understand trauma your mentee may experience due to involvement in the foster care system and the impact of trauma on their development. Mentor’s self-awareness and self-care is an important concept that was covered as well.
Anger, Stress, and Crisis Management - Monday, December 7, 2015
Mentors learned how to recognize low level triggers and common techniques to de-escalate a child to avoid reaching a crisis. Mentors learned how to intervene in crisis situations and will learn tools to manage their own anger and stress.
Resiliency Building Tools for Kids - Thursday, October 29, 2015
This Ongoing Mentor Training session was facilitated by the Public Education Manager, Tracy Leonard, from SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) Northern Virginia. This training was focused on learning tips and tools to aid us in building resiliency in our mentees, which we certainly feel is an important concept. In this training session, we received an introduction to resiliency theory, an overview of positive behavior management techniques, and activity ideas for teaching resiliency skills in our mentees.
Click here for a link to the PowerPoint of this training presentation. Video coming soon!
Here is another resource from SCAN regarding Resiliency Building: Young Adult Stories that Build Resiliency
Child and Adolescent Development - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Our March Ongoing Training session was led by Brandynicole Brooks, a licensed clinical social worker of the Child Welfare Training Academy. She facilitated a valuable introduction to child & adolescent growth and development covering physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the child. We left the training with an increased perspective of how we can be more effective in interacting and working with our mentees as a result of gaining a better understanding of developmental milestones.
Relationship Building - Monday February 9, 2015
Our first Ongoing Mentor Training of 2015 was focused on Relationship Development. This training will be hosted by the fabulous Dr. Kristy Lee Park from our Advisory Board. We learned the common course of building relationships with mentees, in addition to their caregiver. Dr. Park provided techniques and milestones to ensure a strong and trusting relationship is being built.
Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University with a focus in Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports (SWPBS), function-based interventions, and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Realistic Goal Setting- September 11, 2014
Mentors learned how to set achievable and measurable goals in relation to developmental milestones. This training assists in supporting youth to increase self-awareness, set SMART goals, improve self-advocacy skills, and nurture permanent connections. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants understood barriers to successful goal setting; learned how to help youth define what’s important to them; and left feeling comfortable helping youth develop action steps to reach their goals. The training was facilitated by Nicki Sanders, MSW, Founder of The Teen Toolbox.