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HGTX Training Catalog

The following is the entire training catalog. You can toggle the button below to see trainings for professionals and caregivers. Please visit this page to see all current trainings that are open for registration.

For Professionals
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Trainings for Professionals

TXPOP Post Permanency Practice Model

Audience

Professionals working directly with families in post permanency.

Description

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) refocuses practice, strengthens the workforce, and transforms how systems treat families within foster care. The TXPOP practice model is a set of strategies that child welfare practitioners can use to assist children and families across the permanency spectrum. The core components of the model include:
  • training for practitioners;
  •  training for caregivers;
  • a flexible set of tools to use with children and families;
  • ongoing coaching; and
  • leadership buy-in.
The practice model includes values, strategies, and tools that operationalize activities that promote child safety, permanency, and wellbeing for children in foster care.

Post- Permanency Best Practices Training

Audience

Professionals working with families in foster care and adoption. This might include professionals working for the Department of Family and Protective Services, Single Source Continuum Contractors, CASA, post permanency agencies, child placing agencies and those providing mental health services.

Description

This set of trainings focuses on providing knowledge and skills in best practices for working with children and families in foster care, adoption, and guardianship.

Post Permanency Best Practices Training Titles and Objectives

Child Development and Adoption
  • Demonstrate understanding of child development.
  • Identify how trauma, relational loss, and grief is experienced by children throughout development.
  • Apply knowledge of adoption and development to your work with children and families. 
Family Engagement Practices
  • Understand the role that engagement has on the effectiveness of your work with families.
  • Explore the impact of system involvement on children and families.
  • Identify and apply effective family engagement strategies.
Healing Centered Engagement
  • Describe an understanding of Healing Centered Engagement and its relevance to work with children and families.
  • Identify strategies for applying Healing Centered Engagement in professional role.
Connections for a Lifetime
  • Distinguish between legal and relational permanency.
  • Identify the impact of relational and legal permanence on child and family wellbeing.
  • Identify strategies to increase relational networks for children and their families.
Understanding Trauma
  • Develop a basic understanding of brain development.
  • Recognize the impact trauma has on children and families.
  • Apply knowledge of trauma to better engage with the children and families you engage with.
Understanding Neurobiology and Relational Health
  • Develop an understanding of relational health neurobiology.
  • Distinguish between relational wealth and relational poverty and the differential impacts.
  • Apply knowledge of relational health in your work with children and families.
Adoption Competent Work
  • Explore adoption competent practices in your work with children and families.
  • Identify strategies to incorporate adoption competent practices into your work with children and families.
Transracial Adoption
  • Explore understanding of the unique needs of children who experience transracial adoption.
  • Learn what you can do to support children and families experiencing transracial adoption.
Words matter: The Impact of the Language We Use.
  • Increase understanding of inclusive adoption language.
  • Explore the role that language has in relationships and identity formation.
  • Recognize that adoption language is fluid and complex.

Trainings for Caregivers

TXPOP Caregiver Workshop

Audience

Caregivers to include foster parents, adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers.

Description

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) supports caregivers by building their engagement skills to enhance their relationship with children and the family; supporting caregivers to ensure stable placements and enhancing their involvement in decision making and case planning. The TXPOP practice model for caregivers includes tools and practices that promote permanency and well-being for children in foster care.

Additional Caregiver Trainings

Audience

Caregivers to include foster parents, adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers.

Description

These sets of trainings provides knowledge, support, and guidance to caregivers to help them explore who they are as a caregiver and provide them with strategies to care for the children in their home.

Caregiver Training Titles and Objectives

Introductory Workshop
Adoption: What to Expect
  • Develop an understanding of the adoption process.
  • Explore experiences that may come along with adopting through the child welfare system.
  • Explore what adoption means for you as a caregiver and for your family.
Training Series:  Reflections on Caregiving
Caregiver Challenges
  • Learn about the common challenges caregivers experience.
  • Explore what has been difficult for you as a caregiver.
  • Use knowledge of trauma informed parenting to shape your caregiving responses.
Bringing Our Full Selves to the Table: Exploring the Caregiver Role
  • Think about how you view your role as a caregiver.
  • Explore how your parenting behaviors and values impact your child(ren).
  • Consider who you would like to be as a caregiver.
Training follow up: Connecting the Dots

Provide an opportunity for caregivers to share experiences, ask questions, and reflect on training material. 

Training Series:  Supporting Youth
How Attachment Relates to Caregiving
  • Explore your own experience of caregiving.
  • Develop understanding of how your own attachment influences caregiving.
  • Understand what reparative experiences are and how they support stronger relationships.
Child Development and Adoption
  • Demonstrate understanding of general concepts of development and normative development.
  • Identify how trauma, relational loss, and grief impact child development.
  • Increase understanding of the unique needs of teens and how to cultivate a positive relationship with your teen. 
Supporting your Child through Grief and Loss
  • Develop understanding of the lifelong role that grief and loss plays in adoption.
  • Reflect on your role as a caregiver in supporting your child through loss and grief.
  • Develop strategies to support your child and help them cope.
Helping Your Child Understand Their Story
  • Understand the importance of centering your child’s experience and needs.
  • Demonstrate the importance of children understanding their story.
  • Apply knowledge from training to shape your parenting responses.   
Training follow up: Connecting the Dots

Provide an opportunity for caregivers to share experiences, ask questions, and reflect on training material. 

Training Series:  Trauma & Resilience 
How Understanding Trauma Can Lead to Connection
  • Understand how stress and trauma impact a child’s development.
  • Recognize the connection between a sensitized stress system and emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Use your understanding of trauma to shape your caregiving responses.
Understanding the Neurobiology of Relational Health
  • Explore the role that relationships play in health and wellbeing.
  • Recognize how positive social interactions and strong relationships buffer stress and trauma.
  • Apply knowledge of relational health to your caregiving responses.  
Therapeutic Parenting: An Approach that Builds Connection and Resilience
  • Become familiar with therapeutic parenting.
  • Explore the principles of Trauma Informed Parenting.
  • Gain knowledge and skills in therapeutic parenting practices.
Training follow up: Connecting the Dots

Provide an opportunity for caregivers to share experiences, ask questions, and reflect on training material. 

Additional Trainings
Transracial Adoption
  • Explore the unique needs of children who experience transracial adoption.
  • Learn what you can do to support your child’s well-being and positive identity development.
Supporting Youth who Identify as LGBTQ+
  • Explore the needs of children who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Learn about resources and supports available for you and your family.
  • Use knowledge from training to shape your parenting responses.   

If you have any specific questions about these trainings, please email Samantha Thompson at Samantha.Thompson@austin.utexas.edu