Professional Workshops

Exchange Family Center offers professional training for social service and community service professionals. We offer single session workshops, as well as ongoing training and coaching sessions. Standard available topics are listed below, but customized training is available as well.

Toxic Stress and Early Brain Development
This session will provide an overview of what the American Academy of Pediatrics terms “toxic stress” and how the neurobiology of stress and trauma can create long-term problems in children’s development, affecting attention, memory, and impulse control.
 
Buffering Stress through Responsive Relationships
We will explore how caring adults can protect children from the effects of toxic stress by providing 1) protection, 2) structure, 3) comfort, and 4) coaching. This session includes specific strategies for fostering protective relationships, as well as how to help at-risk children develop emotional and behavioral self-regulation. (Part 2 – can be offered with or after Toxic Stress training)
 
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
Join us as we examine the theory behind this client centered approach to working with individuals to help them prepare for and commit to making change. Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based therapeutic technique designed to help people identify their readiness, willingness and ability to make meaningful change in their lives. We will talk about techniques to draw out people in order to find out their motivations and help them become empowered to make change to meet their own goals rather than trying to externally mandate change. This introduction will involve a number of exercises to help distinguish the practice of Motivational Interviewing from other types of therapy or psychoeducation. Motivational interviewing can be added into other models to reduce attrition and increase the likelihood of participants’ success.
 
Skill Development in Motivational Interviewing
During this training we will learn specific applications of MI, have direct practice in and experience in a specific application in the spirit of MI and move into learning the basic clinical style of MI. We will strengthen and practice empathic counseling skills, understand and practice the directive aspects of MI, experience and practice an MI style of meeting resistance, and learn the fundamental client language cues (change talk and sustain talk) that allow continued feedback and learning in practice.
 
Advanced Clinical Training in Motivational Interviewing
In this training you will receive individual feedback regarding Motivational Interviewing practice, have intensive observed practice in advance Motivational Interviewing skills and update knowledge of Motivational Interviewing (learning about new research and developments).
 
Supervisor Training in Motivational Interviewing
This workshop supports supervisors in understanding the sequence of skills for acquiring Motivational Interviewing proficiency. In addition, you will learn observational/analytic methods for evaluating Motivational Interviewing in order to be able to give accurate feedback. Additionally, the class will include an introduction of methods for facilitating practice improvement over time.
 
Motivational Interviewing in Groups
Motivational Interviewing techniques can be utilized in support and psycho-educational groups.  Explore exercises and strategies that will help you respond to group dynamics, manage different styles and beliefs of group members, elicit group energy to change, and address group members’ righting reflex.
 
Attachment Theory and Evidence-Based Practice
The quality of early parent-child attachments has been shown to affect the long-term mental health of both children and parents. In recent years there has been an emergence of evidence-based practices which use parent-child attachment as a theoretical framework to address child mental health and behavioral concerns. Examples include Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and the Incredible Years which target an array of needs including attention difficulties, non-compliance, aggression, and trauma. This workshop will summarize the theory of parent-child attachment and link how those concepts are found in the above mentioned evidence-based practices. In addition they will focus on teaching some of the hands on techniques that are essential components to the models.

Engaging Parents in Language Development
Vocabulary size from birth to age 3 is related to achievement in 3rd grade. Even with high quality child care, children will not be successful in school unless they are exposed to language at home. This workshop will explore the importance of and how to engage parents in supporting language development at home, especially parents who are not English speakers. We will review research related to second language learners and their outcomes when they learn in one or two languages. We will discuss how to present this research to parents to help them be motivated to try new ways of interacting with their children to support language development. Finally, we will learn a simple, well-researched model (from Language is the Key developed by the Washington Language Institute) for helping parents learn to speak more with their children and help develop their language skills. We will explore how to use this model for literate and illiterate parents and for English and non-English speakers. Finally we will practice using this model to insure the participants leave ready to implement the skills with the families they work with.
 
How to Pick an Evidence-Based Program that Fits your Agency
This workshop is an open discussion with participants about how to select an Evidence-Based Model that fits your agency, target population, and community. The facilitator will lead the group through a list of questions to help the attendees consider ways a particular model may or may not fit their needs.  Examples of evidence-based models which vary in their target (abuse, neglect, general parenting skills), age range, format (group vs home based), length, cost of training, cost of materials, fidelity monitoring/licensing costs will be provided. The group will also discuss exploring models’ success with specific populations (low-income families, low-literacy participants, Spanish-speakers, African Americans), goodness of fit with what the agency is currently doing, and being aware of other community agencies and what services they offer to avoid redundancy or gaps.
 
Strategies for Working with Latino Families
This workshop provides an opportunity to explore strengths and needs of Latinos in North Carolina.  Although every family is unique, culture has a significant impact on our values and beliefs. During the workshop, providers will develop ideas for an agency plan for how to reach out to the Latino community, adapt existing programs to be culturally sensitive, and develop new programs to meet community needs.
 
Preparing for Working with Gay and Lesbian Families
This workshop is a brief lecture style presentation on appropriate vocabulary, including: sexual orientation, gay, lesbian, bisexual, homosexual, same-sex couple, co-parents, transgender, transsexual, butch, and femme. Following the lecture, there will be an interactive activity to address myths, facts, and questions about gay and lesbian people and families. After the exercise is complete, we will return to a lecture format to review information from research gathered by the American Psychological Association about gay and lesbian parents and the impact on their children’s gender identity, sexual orientation, mental health, behavior, and relationships. The workshop will finish with an open discussion of personal beliefs about gays and lesbian parents and attempt to assist participants in integrating their personal beliefs with appropriate professional behavior.
 
Telephone Engagement
This workshop explores five crucial steps (based on the research of Mary McKay) that need to occur in an initial phone contact to increase the rate of attendance at the first appointment and to engage parents in a way that they return after the first visit. 

Coaching for Fidelity
Coaching someone in an evidence-based model requires a mix of techniques to support skill development while holding staff accountable for making progress toward change. How can supervision be positive, strengths-based, and still hold people to high standards? In this workshop we will explore how to use coaching to help staff fulfill their potential.

The Impact of Family Structure through the Lens of Culture and Sexual Orientation
Every family is unique; what may be generally true for a type of family may not be specifically true for the family you are meeting with.  However, by familiarizing yourself with the typical strengths and struggles related to family structure, you may be able to be better prepared with thoughtful questions in the moment.  Single parent, two parent, divorced, and blended families will be discussed in general terms and then from the perspective of the impact of race, religion, country of origin, and sexual orientation on those families.  
 
Recognizing, Reporting and Preventing Child Abuse
The impact of child abuse and neglect lasts a life time.  By understanding risk and protective factors, we can both identify vulnerable families and improve children’s lives now and as adults.  In this workshop you will learn about what puts a family at risk, how to decrease the risk, and what to do if you suspect abuse or neglect.  We will conclude with information about how to make a report, what will happen after that report, and other community resources that can support struggling families.
If you are interested in other training for parents or professionals at the Exchange Family Center, please contact us about your specific needs.


Pricing

SINGLE SESSION

1 hour training: $150
1.5 hour training: $215

SERIES

Hourly training/coaching time: $100/hr

Plus preparation charge of: 
$80 for 2-3 hour training/coaching
$160 for 4-5 hour training/coaching
$250 for 6-8 hour training/coaching

*Multiple day training rates are available from the trainer.


Need Customized Training?

If you are interested in other training for parents or professionals at the Exchange Family Center, please contact us about your specific needs.