Polk County Decategorization

Training/Conferences for Providers




Improving the lives of young children through data: A Webinar from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative


On November 19, at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Early Childhood Data Collaborative will host a webinar featuring KIDS COUNT organizations profiled in their latest report, “Improving the lives of young children through data.” These organizations used integrated early childhood data to answer critical policy questions. Researchers found that investing in data governance structures, building capacity, and convening leaders across agencies can support the integration of early childhood data across state agencies.

Harm Reduction Webinar

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

12:00–1:30pm EST; 11:00am–12:30pm CST; 10:00am–11:30am MST; 9:00–10:30am PST; 8:00–9:30am AKST; 7:00–8:30am HAST

This webinar is hosted by the McSilver Institute

This session will focus exclusively on answering YOUR questions about how to apply harm reduction principles in your work. Join the webinar with your curiosity and ask questions about what to say and do to meet clients where they are at, stay person-centered, show you prioritize safety over abstinence, and more.

Register here: 


Training opportunities from Boone Cluster CPPC

Community Partners:

I am excited to share a morning featuring 2 training opportunities in 1 location sponsored by the Boone Cluster CPPC - Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development and Life as an Athlete on Tuesday, December 4 at the Dallas County Human Services Campus, 25747 N. Ave., Adel - Community Room north of Adel.

A couple of notes:

There is NO COST to attend. Walk-in’s will not be accommodated.
Space will be limited to 50 participants – breakfast and lunch will be provided on-site.

If you plan to attend, please complete the form and return via email to jfelt@dhs.state.ia.us by November 30.

Thank You,
Jenny Felt

DCAT & CPPC Coordinator
Dallas County Human Service Campus


Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees

December 4, 8:30am - 3:30pm, West Des Moines Learning Resource Center

Register on Eventbrite

How can an active Parent Advisory Committee enhance Programs’ work with families?

What steps are needed to create and sustain an effective Parent Advisory Committee?

How can Programs prepare to share leadership with Program participants?

The National Family Support Network's highly-rated training addresses these challenges and helps Programs maximize the great potential of Parent Advisory Committees. Whether Programs are exploring setting up a new Parent Advisory Committee, or seeking to strengthen an existing one, this training will provide staff with the strategies and tools to develop an effective one.

Participants will:

Identify the benefits and challenges of parent leadership development
Learn the key steps and timeline to create and sustain a Parent Advisory Committee
Begin action planning for developing or strengthening a Parent Advisory Committee

Who Should Participate?

Management and direct service staff who work with, or would like to develop, a Parent Advisory Committee. Key leadership of the Program should participate in order to be able to implement the model effectively. Teams are highly encouraged.

A-TIP Training @ Polk County River Place



Child Welfare Provider Training Academy

Culture and Diversity: A Fresh Perspective - Language and Definitive Online Training
Youth Engagement Track HERE

NCTSN has resources to help educators and parents create a trauma-informed school community:

Creating, Supporting, and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Schools: A System Framework

Presents a tiered approach to creating a trauma-informed school environment that addresses the needs of all students, staff, administrators, and families who might be at risk for experiencing the symptoms of traumatic stress.

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators

Helps educators understand how they might address the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students in the classroom. The guide outlines recommendations for educators and offers a list of supplemental resources.

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (English version)

Provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system.

Caja de Herramientas Para Educadores Para el Manejo de Trauma Infantil (Versión en Español)

Proporciona a administradores escolares, maestros, personal de la escuela y padres interesados, información básica sobre el trabajo con niños traumatizados en el sistema escolar.

Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) Field Operations Guide

Provides guidance on responding to disaster, violence, or terrorism events by helping schools enhance existing plans and supporting professional development.

Licensed Co-Occurring Treatment Program

Looking for adolescent placement options?  YSS is a licensed substance use treatment program that can admit clients from across the state NO MATTER what service area you are from.

Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next-Generation Family Engagement: Engaging Families to Transform Education

The paper begins with a challenge, namely: How do we work with families and communities to co-create the next generation of family and community engagement, providing equitable learning pathways—both in and out of school and from birth to young adulthood—that will enable all children to be successful in the 21st century? The paper identifies five promising, high-leverage areas that can serve as “building blocks” for the next generation of family engagement strategies: reducing chronic absenteeism, data sharing about student and school climate indicators, the academic and social development of youth in and out of school, digital media, and the critical transition periods in children’s learning pathways. An executive summary is available at here and the full article here


Opening Doors for Young Parents 

This recent report from the Annie E Casey Foundation reminds documents the barriers that young families face. It examines national and state-level trends — highlighting areas of opportunity and concern — and then shares potential solutions that can help these families thrive. The report warns that we cannot change these odds by solely focusing on children when their lives are indelibly shaped by the adults raising them. Click here to read this article.

Apply Now: “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses” Train-the-Trainer Events

[SAMHSA GAINS center] The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, is seeking applications for a series of Train-The-Trainer (TTT) events to teach local trainers to deliver its “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses” training program.

This training program primarily serves community-based criminal justice system professionals, including law enforcement, community corrections (probation, parole, and pretrial services), and court personnel, as well as human service providers that serve adult justice-involved populations. Special consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate inclusion of trainers who work with drug court and/or reentry program staff. The GAINS Center will offer the TTT events free of charge to selected communities between March and August of 2019.

For more information about the application process and selection criteria, click here. Applications are due by December 21.

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