The TIPPS project team is equipped to offer several evidence-based trainings for parents and professionals that will equip them with an understanding of how trauma impacts growth and development. Trainings for parents offer best practices for caring for children from hard places, including how to manage difficult behavior. Training for professionals offer trauma-informed practices that will enable them to be responsive to people who have experienced trauma. Trainings are available at no cost and can be scheduled to suit the needs of an organization or group. Available trainings are listed below. Due to current university, state and national restrictions on public gatherings we are unable to schedule trainings before August 1, 2020. We will add a link that can be used to request training as soon as these restrictions have been lifted. We appreciate your understanding.


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Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework

This training is available for professionals working with children.

The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework (Harper Browne, 2014), a research-informed, strengths-based initiative for preventing child abuse and neglect in families of young children, will serve as a guiding framework for the TIPS program. The Strengthening Families protective factors are attributes and conditions that help promote family stability. Protective factors include parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. The presence of these protective factors leads to the establishment of safe, stable, and nurturing environments and relationships which ultimately improve family stability and functioning.


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12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families

This training is available for professionals working with children.

The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families, developed by the National Children’s Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provide a rationale for trauma-informed assessment and intervention. The Core Concepts are conceptual lenses used to better understand childhood trauma, its causes, effects, and strength-based systems approaches to working with trauma-exposed children and families. The Concepts cover a broad range of points that practitioners and agencies should consider as they strive to assess, understand, and assist trauma-exposed children, families, and communities in trauma-informed ways.

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents

This training is available for parents and caregivers.

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network) is a curriculum that strives to help resource parents understand how traumatic events may impact children and how to recognize behaviors as symptoms of those experiences. It includes nine case studies of representative foster children from the ages of eight months to 15 years, as well as cases of secondary traumatic stress in parents.


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Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Caregiver Training

This training is available for parents and for professionals working with children.

TBRI Caregiver Training is a group in-person parent training program. TBRI is a holistic approach that is multidisciplinary, flexible, and attachment-centered. It is a trauma-informed intervention that is specifically designed for parents and caregivers of children who come from ‘hard places,’ such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence, but is an approach that can be used by parents and caregivers with all children. TBRI consists of three sets of harmonious principles: Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting. These principles can be used in homes (e.g., birth homes, foster homes, kinship homes, adoptive homes, etc.), schools, orphanages, residential treatment centers, and other environments. They are designed to be used by parents and caregivers with children and youth of all ages and risk levels. TBRI is based upon how optimal development should have occurred. By helping caregivers understand what should have happened in early development (including prenatal development), TBRI principles can be used by parents and caregivers to help guide children and youth back to their natural developmental trajectory.

 
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Youth Mental Health First Aid

This training is available for parents and for professionals working with children.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (National Council on Behavioral Health) is an 8-hour, evidence-based program designed to teach caregivers how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.