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ACEs and Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

2 hours

This training will provide a brief recap of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)  followed by a screening of Resilience, a film that chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations. We will end with group discussion on family and community resilience and how we can help support families. This training is the same training as the 60-minute version, except that the video is fully shown in this training and further discussion is provided. This training is approved by KDHE for 2.0 child care licensing hours.

*All times are Central Time

An Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences

1 hour

Children who grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments that foster hope and resilience are better prepared for lifelong health and well-being. The 1998 landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study demonstrated that many adults recall experiences including abuse, neglect, substance abuse and areas of household dysfunction that led to lifelong poor physical and emotional health. Understanding ACEs provides valuable insights, but of equal importance is the ability to consider ways children and families can flourish even in the face of adversity. This training will provide an introduction and overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences research, discuss how ACEs impact child development and the likelihood of developing negative health behaviors. Participants will brainstorm concrete ways to cultivate relationships and environments that create a positive impact for children and families in our communities, which prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.

Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognition, Reporting & Supporting

1 hour

Kansas law states that most professionals who work with children, including medical professionals, social workers, nurses, educators and others, are mandated reporters and are required by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. This presentation will address areas of risk and protective factors, definitions of child abuse and neglect per Kansas law and provide examples of signs and symptoms. Participants will also learn the appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect, discuss what to do in the event of child disclosure and understand Kansas mandated reporter laws. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.

Connections Matter in Early Childhood

4 hours

Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, relationships help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. Connections Matter is a training designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency, prevent childhood trauma and understand how our interactions with others can support those who have experienced trauma. Connections Matter explores how the connections we make in life profoundly impact our brain’s ability to grow and our own abilities to cope and thrive. This is done through a training curriculum that educates participants on Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma, brain development and resilience. Connections Matter ultimately strives to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate and trauma-informed communities – thus allowing all children and individuals to succeed. This training is pre-approved for 4.0 KDHE childcare licensing hours. Training is from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We will break for a 30 minute lunch from Noon-12:30 p.m.

*All times are Central Time

Connections Matter in Early Childhood | Two-Part Training

4 hours (Day 1=2 hours; Day 2=2hours)

Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, relationships help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. Connections Matter is a training designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency, prevent childhood trauma and understand how our interactions with others can support those who have experienced trauma. Connections Matter explores how the connections we make in life profoundly impact our brain’s ability to grow and our own abilities to cope and thrive. This is done through a training curriculum that educates participants on adverse childhood experiences, trauma, brain development and resilience. Connections Matter ultimately strives to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate, and trauma-informed communities – thus allowing all children and individuals to succeed. This training is pre-approved for 4.0 KDHE child care licensing hours.

You must attend BOTH DATES in order to receive a certificate. Partial credit cannot be provided. Participants will receive a link to part 2 of the training after attending day 1.

*All times are Central Time

Darkness to Light Stewards of Children® Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

2 hours

Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach and covers the following topics: facts about the problem of child sexual abuse; the types of situations in which child sexual abuse might occur; the signs of sexual abuse so that you might intervene and be able to act responsibly; simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse; and the importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults. This training is approved by KDHE for 2.0 child care licensing hours.

*All times are Central Time

LGBTQIA+ Cultural Competency: Best Practices for Working with LGBTQIA+ Youth and Families

2 hours

Being culturally competent means learning new patterns of behaviors, research trends, and social cues of a specific community and then effectively applying them into our personal and professional lives. This training covers the experiences, values, and belief systems specific to LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Participants will gain a heightened sense of personal awareness to encourage a safe and positive environment for sexual and gender minorities and will identify achievable strategies and adaptations for increasing confidence when working with LGBTQ+ youth and families. This training is approved by KDHE for 2.0 child care licensing hours.

Making the Connection: Strong Families, Strong Businesses and Strong Communities

1 hour

How do we ensure that children have a safe, stable, nurturing environment in which to grow? One strategy is engaging communities to support family-friendly policy and practice changes. Family-friendly workplaces and a family-friendly society are good for children, parents, and elders; they are in the best interest of employers; and, in the long run, they benefit all communities. Based on the latest research and strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect, this training will raise awareness and understanding about the connections between preventing and mitigating adverse childhood experiences, which lead to stronger families and stronger businesses. Specific examples of actions that can be taken will be provided. NOTE: This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 childcare licensing hours.

*All times are Central Time

Preventing Infant Abuse with the Period of PURPLE Crying®

1 hour

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the peak time when babies cry more often. Infants who cry a lot or are awake and fussy at night are a source of concern for many parents. Because of the normal increase in crying that occurs in the first months of a baby’s life, parents and caregivers usually have questions. Crying is the most frequently reported trigger for why a parent or caregiver would shake a baby. Early prevention education is the key to decreasing the incidence of shaken baby syndrome and infant abuse. The Period of PURPLE Crying® is an evidence-based shaken baby syndrome primary prevention program created by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Learn about the Kansas strategy, how PURPLE is being implemented in hospitals and agencies across the state, how the program was selected and the research behind it. This training is geared toward those professionals who are working with families with new babies, whether through childcare, home visitation programs, health departments, clinics, etc. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.

*All times are Central Time

E-Learning

Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Credit Hours

3 KDHE Clock Hours

CDA Subject Area:

1 – Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

Content Area

Health & Safety

Strengthening Families through Positive Connections

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Credit Hours

4 KDHE clock hours

Content Area

Families & Communities

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