(Council Bluffs) Foster Care Meets Mental Health: A Foster Parent Dilemma

(Council Bluffs) Foster Care Meets Mental Health: A Foster Parent Dilemma

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Date(s) - Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:00 am - 12:15 pm


Do your foster children sometimes come with a diagnosis you do not understand or appear to have behaviors that no one has addressed? Have you ever had to send a child away because you didn’t know what to do? Many children placed in the system are currently struggling with issues because of the trauma they have experienced. In this class, we will review the basics of many diagnoses that are common. We will learn how to recognize the symptoms of mental health distress and suicide risk. We discuss how trauma effects children, and look at how those symptoms are sometimes made worse by our reactions.

This has been approved for 3 hours of foster parent training credit.

Instructor: Christy Meyer
Christy Meyer is a retired mental health professional who has 14 years of experience working with foster children, foster parents, and their families. Christy has been a foster parent of 11 at-risk teens. She has extensive experience working with at-risk youth and their families. She was the lead therapist in a whole family foster care experience which successfully reunited six children and their parents. She has experience helping foster parents and biological parents work cooperatively for the best outcome for the child. Christy has a passion for improving communication and boundary setting with children by improving listening and understanding. She understands there is a strong need to help children identify and articulate their feelings. If a child feels safe and understood, that child is able to improve his ability to trust, which is a key part of developing healthy coping skills.

Location: Council Bluffs – IFAPA will notify you of the exact location when you call or have completed the form online.

Please print and fill out this certificate and bring it to the training. Have your caseworker and training facilitator sign the form to ensure you receive the CEUs available. Always notify your caseworker or recruiter of your intention to attend any of the training or support group events on this calendar. Acceptable proof would also include the signature of the trainer on either training materials or notes that includes the title and date of the training.

To register, please call 800.277.8145 ext. 1 or 515.289.4567 ext. 1 or fill out your form online. IFAPA will follow up within two business days to confirm your enrollment.

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