In addition to my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I have also completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship at Riley Child Development Center and a Graduate Education Law Certificate, both through Indiana University Bloomington. Unlike many “life long learners,” I don’t just sit in a class to learn but I put those learnings into practice. Any class I teach also contains practical applications to what is being learned. My goal is to engage the learners and give them practical tools to use.
I can guarantee that they count for training hours in Indiana. If you are from another state, please check with your state licensing guidelines. At the end of each course, you will receive a certificate with my credentials, the topic of the course, the date completed, and the number of training hours the course is worth.
Each course will be worth a different number of hours. The course description will clearly state the number of training hours you will earn. Training hours are based on the estimated time it takes to complete all aspects of a course, including putting the learnings into practice.
I realize many foster care agencies require their foster parents and staff not to repeat classes. I have also experienced how rapidly the child welfare world changes, with new rules and requirements being instituted regularly. I try to keep each course new and immediately relevant. I will cover topics that should be useful for anyone working with children in foster care, such as their educational needs and rights, typical trauma behaviors, brain development, and positive discipline practices. I also end every class with a chance for the learners to request a topic they want covered.
My goal is to post new classes quarterly.
In Indiana, coaching can count for training hours if a curriculum is used and the coaching is related specifically to a child currently in the home. All coaching sessions will be documented according to Indiana regulations. If you are from another state, please check with your state licensing guidelines.
Each client's needs will be different. During the free consultation, we will determine your primary needs and build a curriculum plan focused specifically on those needs. Sample needs could include (but not limited to) dealing with challenging behaviors, how to advocate for student's needs in school, creating a self-care plan for you, and implementing positive discipline.
No, I am not and I do not pretend to be. Every class and coaching session comes from a life-long study and implementation of Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset is the belief that every person, child or adult, has the capacity to learn and improve. Through Growth Mindset, we learn to see challenges as opportunities and mistakes as learning experiences. Our attention turns from the negative to focusing on the positives.
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