Polk County Decategorization

Training/Conferences for Providers


Understanding Trauma: KINNECT Level 5-Loss

The Child Welfare Provider Training Academy has an opportunity for those who have completed Understanding Trauma: Levels 1-4. This training will allow participants to explore loss and ways individuals may show signs of grief and unresolved grief. Participants will learn evidence-based practices for effective interventions strategies using multi-modal treatment structures.


WHEN: January 4, 2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

LOCATION NOTE: The training will be held at Woodward Youth Corp., Forest Ridge, 200 6th Street, Gruver, IA

Registration opens at 8:30 AM
Training Starts promptly at 9:00 AM


To register for this event, click here


 A-Tip training - January 10


Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services is sponsoring an upcoming training called A-Tip (Acute Traumatic Incident Processing )on Thursday, January 10th.  We are super excited to be able to sponsor and be trained in this technique.  I believe this has the potential to truly impact how we respond to those impacted by traumatic events in our community.  This training was offered twice in the last six months and both sessions filled up incredible fast – space is limited so please call 515-286-3600 and register as soon as you can if you would like to attend.


 Healthy Families America Partnership

As many of you know, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa conducted a child abuse prevention needs assessment last year – which led to the development of a strategic plan. One of the goals of the strategic plan is to increase evidence based practices in our state.

Healthy Families America (HFA) is one of the highest evidence based programs available – and affiliated with Prevent Child Abuse America, our parent organization.

Based on feedback from many of you, we’re convening a discussion with the National HFA office on January 7th in Des Moines.

We’d like to invite you to attend, and share your ideas about a state-wide HFA system in our state. Please let us know if there are others you’d like to include in the discussion.

You are welcome to participate in-person at the meeting in Des Moines or by Zoom Webinar. Meeting location details will be sent to attendees prior to the meeting.

January 7, 2019 : 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

RSVP here


Trainings @ Prevent Child Abuse Iowa


Youth Mental Health First Aid

January 10, 8:30am-5:30pm, Drake Community Library, Grinnell, IA - Register on Eventbrite

January 17, 8:30am - 5:30pm, Audubon County Extension, Audubon, IA - Register on Evenbrite

Why Youth Mental Health First Aid? This training teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

 What this training covers:

Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group, including: Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
How to interact with an adolescent in crisis.
How to connect the adolescent with help.

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Listen non-judgmentally
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help

Encourage self-help and other support strategies



Program Adherence & Fidelity

*Pre-Reqs Required - see event description

January 15, 2019, 8:30-10:00am (Webinar) - Register on EventBrite

The next required ICAPP training will review logic models and will provide training around the concepts of model fidelity and program adherence. Grantees may attend live or view the recording once it has been uploaded to the PCA Iowa website. ICAPP training will be held via webinar on 1/15/19 from 8:30-10:00am. Prior to attending (or viewing the recorded webinar) participants shall complete the Introduction to Logic Models module on the FRIENDS National Center Online Learning Center website. This module will take an hour or less to complete and is available here: https://friendsnrcelearning.remote-learner.net/

In order to access the Online Learning Center, participants will need to create a profile to log in. The FRIENDS Logic Model course has four total modules. Participants may take all courses in the module but are only required to complete the first module in the series.


Human Sex Trafficking

January 22, 9am-3pm, Urbandale Public Library, Urbandale, IA - Register on EventBrite

February 22, 9am-3pm, Coralville Public Library, Coralville, IA - Register on EventBrite

A one day workshop designed for individuals involved or caring for young people.  Vulnerable individuals are often targets of human trafficking where the intended victim loses control over the situation and becomes a victim of labor and/or sex trafficking. The workshop will cover local human trafficking data, warning and grooming signs, best practices in helping to reduce the vulnerability/ risk and increase protection with high-risk youths. It will provide activities, resources, and guiding principles for working with human trafficking prevention.


Sex 101

February 21, 2019, 9am-3pm, Coralville Public Library, Coralville, IA - Register on EventBrite

A strength-based, LGBTQ friendly, structured workshop designed for new staff, community members/leadership, school educators, coalition members, and others as they work in the sexual health and pregnancy prevention arena. Topics covered: comprehensive sexual health, healthy relationships, language and sex terms, myths, facts, consent/rejection, and contraceptive demonstrations. Sex 101 is created to educate and help individuals feel more comfortable talking and discussing comprehensive sexual health.

Protective Factors Framework

February 18 - March 1, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Charles City Public Library, Charles City, IA

Register on EventBrite

This training of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust supports implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings. This curriculum includes materials on partnering with parents and addresses promising strategies to strengthen families for practitioners. This resource is for anyone who works with children and families, including parents, practitioners and supervisors. Not a standalone curriculum, this resource will support, expand and enhance work to strengthen and support families.

Understanding and Responding Proactively to Polyvictimization​ Presentation Recording

A recording of this Digital Dialogue is now available on the CANTASD website! 

Understanding and Responding Proactively to Polyvictimization​
Natalia Aguirre, National Director of the Family Justice Center Alliance, Alliance for HOPE International​
Stacy Phillips, Program Manager, Office for Victims of Crime
Learn how new research is helping us to better understand polyvictimization, its impacts, and how to interrupt the patterns and help support healing.
Watch recording and download slides and handouts here

If you would like to know more about what polyvictimization, check out the links below.

What Is Polyvictimization, and Why Is It Important?

Polyvictimization: What it is and Why it Matters


Webinars through the Department of Justice

Purpose Areas 8 and 9 (Juvenile Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts and Tribal Youth Program): January 22, 2019, 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Register.
Budget Worksheet Completion: January 31, 2019, 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Register.
Application Checklist and Q&A: February 12, 2019, 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Register.

Learn more about the FY 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.

Visit the OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center website.


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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