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Webinars

The National Resource Center for Youth Services has been hosting informative webinars since 2018.

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OKSA Webinars

OKSAConnects with Shelby Rowe

Join us as OKSA connects with Shelby Rowe, a Keynote Speaker, Suicide Prevention Project Director, and 2016 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year. We will discuss mental and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention, and resources/supports for youth. We will also talk about how adults can identify signs of emotional distress and how to best support youth in foster care during the holiday seasons.

Original broadcast date: December 7, 2021
Course length: 0:55:10

OKSAConnects with Brondalyn Coleman

Join us as OKSA connects with Brondalyn Coleman, a consultant/entrepreneur and the co-founder of Cut It Forward, to celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month. Brondalyn will share her journey from foster care to entrepreneurship and how learning about entrepreneurship can help foster youth become successful. We will be discussing the highs and lows of self-employment, ways to get started, support for alumni, the lived experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) women and how entrepreneurship has created new avenues for equity.

Original broadcast date: November 8, 2021
Course length: 0:28:46

OKSAConnects with Runaway Homeless Youth Alliance

Join us as OKSA connects with Andru Dallaly, the Project Manager for Homeless Youth and Runaway Services at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. We will learn about programs, services, and resources available for homeless youth, and how we can ensure that all youth achieve their right to a safe and stable home. Mr. Dallaly will also share his input on the gaps that exist between services for homeless youth and mental health systems.

Original broadcast date: October 11, 2021
Course length: 0:29:45

OKSAConnects with the Education and Training Voucher Program

Join us as OKSA connects with Ashley Nouri, the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program supervisor with Oklahoma Human Services. We will discuss the pathways available for youth working towards their educational and career goals and how ETV can support these goals in a number of ways. We will also have Dominic Tucker, a young person receiving ETV services, on the show to share their firsthand experience with this program and how the program benefits young people.

Original broadcast date: September 20, 2021
Course length: 0:33:27

OKSAConnects with Jared Williams

Join us as OKSA connects with Jared Williams, Senior Director at the Oklahoma Employment and Training Alliance to discuss technical and trade schools for young people fresh out of high school – and people looking to further their career. We will discuss the benefits of career tech centers and how they are changing the face of education and employment for young people.

Original broadcast date: August 24, 2021
Course length: 0:42:56

OKSAConnects with Yes I Can!

Join us as OKSA connects with Yes I Can! to learn about the Supporting Youth in Foster Care Through the Pandemic Act. Listen in as helpline experts discuss ways Oklahoma is responding to the act, and how young adults can access this support.

Original broadcast date: June 4, 2021
Course length: 0:51:42

OKSAConnects with Mental Health Association Oklahoma

Join us as OKSA connects with Terri White, the Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, to honor Mental Health Awareness Month. This interview session with Terri is designed to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and the need for services that support recovery, resilience, reduce stigma, and support success for youth and their caregivers. This session is designed to help young adults learn how to take care of their mental health, how to reach out for support, and caregivers will learn how to support youth in their journey of strengthening their mental health.

Original broadcast date: May 12, 2021
Course length: 0:36:19

OKSAConnects with Lupe Tovar

Join us as OKSA connects with national youth advocate and child welfare consultant, Guadalupe Tovar! We'll be celebrating the launch of Foster Care Month and discussing promising practices to support youth in the foster care system.

Original broadcast date: May 4, 2021
Course length: 0:43:17

OKSAConnects with Emcee One

Join us as OKSA connects with the talented musician and actor, Emcee One, to discuss the power of creativity, storytelling, and centering the experiences of native youth across the nation.

Original broadcast date: April 21, 2021
Course length: 0:48:57

OKSAConnects with ETV

Join us as OKSA connects with Program Manager, Jeffrey Walls, who oversees the OKDHS Education Training Voucher (ETV) Program. We will discuss the pathways available for youth working towards their educational and career goals and how ETV can support these goals in a number of ways.

Original broadcast date: April 14, 2021
Course length: 0:32:14

OKSAConnects with Wyjuana Montgomery

Join us as OKSA connects with Wyjuana Montgomery to honor Women's History Month and celebrate women's important contributions to history, culture, and many different aspects of society. We will discuss the barriers that young women are facing today including beauty standards, insecurities, the lack of women in positions of power, economic inequality, among many others. This interview session will equip caregivers and young women with tools to not only better understand these barriers but help combat these harmful narratives and set young women up for success.

Original broadcast date: March 17, 2021
Course length: 0:33:25

OKSAConnects with Vanessa Morrison

Join us as OKSA connects with Vanessa Morrison to honor Black History month and discuss programs in Oklahoma that support Youth of Color. Vanessa Morrison is a planner and community development professional who is dedicated to empowering and supporting communities. Vanessa's professional and academic opportunities have allowed her to design approaches to address equity challenges and influence both spatial and social environments.

Original broadcast date: March 3, 2021
Course length: 0:34:02

RFT Webinars

Stubbornness Is a Virtue

Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OHS) Child Welfare Services Director, Dr. Deborah Shropshire, will discuss the need for advocates for children in care to be strong-willed and tenacious (aka stubborn).

Original broadcast date: February 25, 2021
Course length: 0:59:12

OKSA Webinars

OKSAConnects with Tymber Hudson

As we engage with conversations around racial justice and equality, we tend to forget about people who hold multiple marginalized identities, the intersection of trans/queer identities, and being a person of color. Join us as OKSA connects with Tymber Hudson to honor Black History month and discuss how being Black impacts experiences in LGBTQ spaces, and queer experiences in Black spaces. We will also be referencing resources for Trans/Queer people of color.

Original broadcast date: February 23, 2021
Course length: 0:33:20

RFT Webinars

Positive Discipline for Young Children

Starting with general principles of Ages and Stages, and Parenting Styles and Rules in the home, we will discuss approaches to discipline that promote healthy development and well-being.

Original broadcast date: February 11, 2021
Course length: 1:00:21

Trauma-Informed Parenting & Secondary Traumatic Stress

This webinar will discuss the impact of trauma on the brain and the effect of trauma on children as they develop

Original broadcast date: January 21, 2021
Course length: 1:03:40

Working with LGBTQI Youth

This webinar will help resource families increase their understanding and awareness of the needs of LGBTQI youth and how to address those needs.

Original broadcast date: December 17, 2020
Course length: 1:03:02

Hope for All Families

Hope Rising is a clarion call to apply the science of hope in daily life and overcome the trauma, adversity, and struggles everyone must face.

Original broadcast date: October 15, 2020
Course length: 0:58:50

The Three Levels of Moves

Every child in out-of-home care has experienced at least one placement change, from home to placement. With each move, children and youth experience three levels of response to the move: emotional, physical, and cultural. This webinar will provide strategies for resource parents to assist children and youth as they work through each of these levels.

Original broadcast date: April 30, 2020
Course length: 0:59:22

The Effect of Substances on Brain Development and Future Effects

In this presentation, the specific effects of prenatal substance exposure and how these effects progress as the child grows into adolescence will be discussed.

Original broadcast date: March 12, 2020
Course length: 0:52:29

Communicating Positively about Sex with Youth

Studies have shown that positive and healthy communication between youth and trusted adults in their lives yield the greatest outcomes for success. However, when it comes to sex, that communication can be difficult. Many of us know this from our own experiences not only as youth, but also as trusted adults. In this webinar, we will explore why communication about sexual health between youth and adults can be difficult and what trusted adults can do to increase their ability to have those difficult conversations regarding sexual health, relationships, and consent.

Original broadcast date: March 5, 2020
Course length: 0:58:10

ACEs and PACEs: Reducing the Power of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) influence the mental health and behaviors of children and youth. This webinar will briefly review the impact of ACEs, and the effect on brain development.

Original broadcast date: February 20, 2020
Course length: 0:59:13

Psychiatric Medications in Youth: What Caregivers and Youth Should Know

Psychiatric illnesses often present in childhood and adolescents; understanding signs of mental illness and where to seek help is imperative in appropriately identifying and treating mental illness in youth. Partnership in treatment is essential and families and youths should be informed participants in treatment. In this webinar, we will discuss warning signs of mental illness, where to seek help, and how best to advocate for youth in need.

Original broadcast date: January 16, 2020
Course length: 1:01:06

Working Toward Trauma-Informed Responses

In this webinar, participants will learn how drug and alcohol use by parents affects a child’s brain, early childhood relationships, and attachment to others. Additionally, participants will learn the importance of having a trauma-informed response system to assist children and youth affected by substance abuse in the healing process.

Original broadcast date: December 19, 2019
Course length: 1:02:07

What Resource Parents Need To Know About Foster Care and Adoption Policy

This webinar will highlight foster care policy that is helpful for resource parents to be aware of. It reviews the rights and responsibilities of resource parents, as well as home requirements and who can provide informal care for a child in custody. The webinar presenter will also walk you through searching and locating DHS policy on your own.

Original broadcast date: December 12, 2019
Course length: 0:39:20

The Connection of Trauma and Attachment in a Baby's Brain

In this webinar we learn how a baby’s brain grows and is changed in traumatic environments, as well as how trauma affects the whole body.

Original broadcast date: November 21, 2019
Course length: 0:55:09

Cultivating Resilience: Prioritizing Self-Care to Cope with Family Adversity

This workshop will explore some of the ways that parents’ pasts (both bio parents and resource parents) can impact our everyday interactions with the children in our care.

Original broadcast date: November 14, 2019
Course length: 0:59:26

Fact or Fiction? Supports and Services for Teens in Foster Care

Come join us as we unpack what’s a fact, what’s fiction, and what’s really available to help Oklahoma’s teens successfully transition to adulthood.

Original broadcast date: October 24, 2019
Course length: 0:58:21

Making A Difference in Foster Care

During this webinar, Dr. Shropshire will talk about the needs of children and youth in foster care, the impact of adversity and trauma on health, and what it takes to reverse these influences.

Original broadcast date: October 17, 2019
Course length: 1:00:15

Education and Foster Care

This workshop will review available educational pathways for children in foster care

Original broadcast date: October 15, 2019
Course length: 2:08:29

Supporting the Emotions of Those Fostering Children

In this webinar, factors affecting grief and loss when serving as a resource parent will be identified, and the feelings that accompany working with difficult foster children or attempting to adopt children from the child welfare system will be discussed.

Original broadcast date: September 26, 2019
Course length: 0:58:09

How to Work With Children of Color: Hair and Skin

This webinar will provide a deep dive into ethnic hair and skincare practices to help equip caregivers in addressing these culturally-specific needs with their children. Cut it Forward is a non-profit organization working to provide culturally-focused, holistic hair and skincare resources for foster and adopted youth of color, and their caregivers. Cut it Forward presenters will give an overview of the cultural significance and history of ethnic hair, health conditions that can impact ethnic hair and skin, styles and general maintenance, product tips, and ongoing resources available to caregivers.

Original broadcast date: September 19, 2019
Course length: 0:57:52

The Way a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Can Impact the Life of a Child!

The court system can be challenging to navigate and understand, and a CASA can help bridge that gap. Learn more about the role played by these community volunteers, and the unique contributions they make.

Original broadcast date: August 22, 2019
Course length: 1:02:32

You Have Rights!! Rights of Foster Parents & Foster Children

Did you know foster parents and foster children have rights specifically for them that are protected by statute? Its true! Learn what your rights are as a foster parent, as well as the rights of the children you serve. The presentation will also include the steps to take if you believe your rights have been violated.

Original broadcast date: June 20, 2019
Course length: 0:57:22

The Impact of Trauma on Healthy Growth and Development

Trauma that occurs in the earliest years of life impacts healthy growth and development in significant ways. Creating environments that heal begins with understanding how it impacts brain development, attachment, self-regulation, sensory processing, and learning.

Original broadcast date: December 13, 2018
Course length: 0:57:17

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