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You will be directed when to watch each of these videos during your training session. After watching the videos, please compose a brief paragraph (one for each topic) describing what you learned, including 3 specific takeaways you derived from each video. You will submit your notes to the Training Manager. If you have questions regarding the at-home assignment, please contact AnnMarie Ronsman.

Jane Thompson lists the levels of parenting during a presentation.
Jane Thompson lists the levels of parenting during a presentation.
The Myth of Best Interest: Why Good Intentions are not Good Enough

Presented by Jane Malpass and Jane Thompson

This 2-hour presentation is based on the book of the same name and grows out of Jane & Jane’s combined 50+ years of child welfare experience, in both the social work and legal fields. Their careers joined in 1981 as social work and legal consultants to county departments of social services in North Carolina. As they each provided training to separate segments of the child welfare system, they quickly recognized the need for all the parties to work together toward a timely, appropriate permanent plan for each child in the system.

TBRI® An Overview: Putting the Pieces Together

Presented by the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

This 38-minute video explains the principles and concepts behind Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, a proven method for enriching the lives of at-risk, vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. Trauma can impair language, sensory processing, and coping skills, and can lead to perplexing behaviors that are often mistaken for aggression or mental illness. This video features world-renowned experts who share research that documents how consistently positive experiences with loving caregivers can re-wire a child’s brain for lasting change.

Collaborative Family Engagement: An Overview

Presented by Texas CASA

This very brief CFE video explores this new partnership between CASA and CPS that aims to improve outcomes for kids in foster care. Studies have found that one of the strongest indicators for child well-being is the number of committed adults in a child’s life. After the success of the five-year federally funded Diligent Recruitment project, Texas CASA approached the 84th Legislature and was appropriated funding for a two-year Family Finding collaboration between CASA and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). This new partnership is built around the fact that children have many blood relatives and other important connections that can be identified and located, and engaged with a case at its inception.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Presented by Nadine Burke Harris (A TedMed Production)

This is a 16-minute video that explores how childhood trauma has long-term effects. Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.