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National Resource Center for Youth Services: Resource Family Training & Support



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

RFT Webinars

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

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

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

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

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

Law and Order: Understanding the Court System for Foster Parents

Lisa Buck, the Foster Care Ombudsman, is not a lawyer, nor does she play one on TV. However, she has been a foster parent swimming in the court system for quite some time. During the webinar, Lisa will break down some court terminology, what to do and not to do in court, how to write a court report, and more!

Original broadcast date: July 18, 2019
Course length: 0:54:46

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

Advocating Without Being Adversarial

Resource Parents are an integral part of the Child Welfare Team. Learn how to communicate effectively with the child welfare and court team members.

Original broadcast date: April 4, 2019
Course length: 0:57:47

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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