Power of Story is committed to providing training rooted in youth-centered best practices, and advocating for increased awareness and quality implementation of life histories.
Come learn with us at these interactive, transformational, person-centered, practice and research-driven workshops via Zoom and in-person.
*RSVP is requested via the hyperlink on the date/time below.
Tue, Feb 28, 12:00 – 12:30 PM, via Zoom, Adoptive Parents: Life History Conduits for Child Welfare Professionals: Apart from the daily care of a child, adoptive parents are given the child’s life history as known at placement. However, there is a time delay between placement and the child’s unfolding understanding of their story as they grow into adults and gain independence. Adoptive parents have a huge responsibility to preserve and share this history at age-appropriate times, but are often not trained on how to do this. Workers are invited to learn some basics on how to support them in this pivotal role.
Tue, March 21, 12:00 -1230pm, via Zoom, Whose Life Is It Anyway? Centering Youth for Child Welfare Professionals: Ironically, many times those whose life histories are being told (fosters and adoptees) are not the center of the telling of that story. Due to age, perceived inability to participate, or lack of time, they are not active participants in life history work. During this time, we will discuss what some barriers are and talk about how to responsibly include them in this work.
We would be happy to train your people!
In person or via Zoom, we have done everything from lunch and learns to all day trainings. Below are some topics, but please contact us for availability and rates based on your specific needs.
Residential Staff and Administration’s Role in Life History and Its Impacts on Youth Mental Health
Children and youth spend an average of eight months in residential placements. What will they remember about those months of their lives, and does it really matter? In this engaging keynote, attendees will learn the impact life history has on youth mental health, how to increase the importance of life history at their facilities, and how to increase access for young people. Attendees will learn how to bridge the gap between the information they have as residential care staff, and the information that is available to the young person when they process their life.
Foster Caregivers: A Life History Bridge
Providing a bridge between a child’s first family and his or her adoptive family, foster caregivers hold critical information about a child’s foster care experience. Children’s foster caregivers are often not provided with the tools, and tips they need to help them understand their history. This traing prepares foster caregivers to communicate with kids about their birth parents, explore their past, and preserve their stories and photos.
Adoptive Parents: Life History Conduits
In addition to taking care of the child on a daily basis, adoptive parents receive information about the child’s life history at the time of placement. The child’s unfolding understanding of their story takes time as they grow into adults and gain independence. Adoptive parents have a huge responsibility to preserve and share this history at an appropriate time, but they are rarely trained in how to do so. This training helps adoptive parents manage the information they have, so that they can avoid secrecy or overwhelm, and share in a healing and therapeutic way.