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Training/Conferences for Providers


American Lung Association hosts the LUNG FORCE Expo professional conference

The American Lung Association hosts the LUNG FORCE Expo professional conference: This year’s program includes topics such as nutrition, physical activity, community resources, and tobacco cessation counseling tips for patients. 7 hours of continuing education are awarded and may be appropriate for social work and behavioral health.

Date: Friday, May 10th, 2019

Time: 7:00 am-4:00 pm for healthcare professionals


Hilton Garden Inn-West Des Moines

205 S. 64th St.

West Des Moines, IA 50266


$75 healthcare professional early bird fee through 4/10

(7 hours of continuing education approved!)


Register here today!

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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