Workshops

Come learn with us at these interactive, transformational, person-centered, practice and research driven workshops

Child Welfare Staff Workshop: Capturing the Essence of Youths’ Stories

This live 2-hour training is where best practice, research, and good social work come together in this interactive and data-driven Lifestory work training for permanency and child protection staff. Workers will be equipped to be a part of a young person’s healing through Lifebook and Social Medical Histories. 

We will hear from youth, discuss the legal requirements and review the research around the importance of this work.

We will also discuss many practical tips, including how to stretch budgets and find time to complete this work, review some hands-on tools you can use with young people, talk about how to include youth in the process and get birth, foster, and adoptive parent buy-in. Lastly, we will view an example of a Lifebook and Social Medical History.

Foster and Adoptive Parent Workshop: Practical Tips to Preserve Kid’s History

This 2-hour training provides the extra knowledge, tools, and tips necessary for foster and adoptive parents to be empowered to help children understand their history, even the most delicate parts. 

Children who are not living with their birth family, often have holes in their history, but we know kids do better when they can understand where they came from and why they are not with their first family, even if that separation is temporary.

Foster and adoptive parents are an important bridge between a child’s past and future and this training will help strengthen that connection. 

Power of Story Information Session (July 2022)

Join founder Alisa Matheson in a chance to learn what makes this new organization in the MN foster care and adoption space unique, in this live 30 minute virtual information session!

Power of Story is the FIRST new Child Placing Agency to be founded in Minnesota in 10 years. Although a child placing agency is commonly referred to as an adoption agency,

Power of Story will not be placing children for foster care or adoption, but rather as a licensed program with the necessary DHS support, we will be completing Social Medical Histories and Lifebooks, meeting with youth and families, building family trees, reviewing medical records, child welfare files and hosting workshops. Come learn more!

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