The Training Spot: March 2020

A NOTE FROM THE CASA TRAINING DEPARTMENT

Ann Marie Ronsman, CASA Training Manager

Ann Marie Ronsman, CASA Training Manager

February and March are the seasons of both love and new growth. I think that is a wonderful metaphor for the work you all do with the children and families for whom you advocate. In the training department, we are hoping to give you some new tools to show love through building connection with the children you serve and provide you the opportunity for new growth.

UPCOMING TBRI TRAININGS

As mentioned in the last Training Spot, CASA is offering a new TBRI curriculum, which will include monthly TBRI trainings. They are titled TBRI 101, 102 & 103. One training is offered each month. You can attend the trainings in any order, and you can attend one or all three.

TBRI 101

TBRI 101 will be held on Tuesday, March 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. This training will help Advocates gain an understanding of complex developmental trauma including ACES, risk factors for trauma, as well as trauma’s impact on the brain. Participants will get an over view of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and the principles of Connecting, Empowering and Correcting. Attendees will leave the training with knowledge and skills that they can use with their CASA children and that can be also shared with their children’s placements. REGISTER HERE.

TBRI 102

Our next TBRI 102 will be held on Friday, May 8th. This training will help Advocates gain an understanding of the TBRI principles of Connecting & Empowering. Participants will learn about mindfulness, and why it is essential to create healing connections. We will discuss ways to build engagement as well as nurturing activities that can be used with our CASA children. We will learn nurturing activities and also how we can set up the environment, through the use of ecologic & physiological strategies, to empower our children to be successful. Attendees will leave the training with knowledge and skills that they can use with their CASA children and that can be also shared with their children’s placements. REGISTER HERE.

TBRI 103

TBRI 103 is being held on Friday, April 17th. TBRI 103 will help Advocates will gain an understanding of the two models of discipline and why traditional discipline techniques are not always effective for children who have experienced complex developmental trauma. Participants will learn life value terms which are essential to building a trauma informed culture. Participants will learn the IDEAL Response (Immediate, Direct, Efficient, Action-based and Leveled). Attendees will leave the training with knowledge and skills that they can use with their CASA children and that can be also shared with their children’s placements. REGISTER HERE.

UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSMENTS TRAINING WITH VICTOR LOVE

In addition to our TBRI trainings, Victor Love, who is one of the therapists who works with our parents will be training on March 4th from 9-10 am on understanding the psychological and substance abuse assessments. He will talk about various qualifications of individuals who administer the testing and how that may impact the results. He will also speak to confidentiality laws and regulations that impact therapists. Advocates who attended his January presentation found it very helpful! Register Here.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

Our Youth Mental Health First Aid training is scheduled on March 27th from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This 8 hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them with appropriate care. Register Here.

Thank you for all you do for the children of Montgomery County. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact me at AnnMarie@CASASpeaks4Kids.com.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie Ronsman, Training Manager

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County