The Attachment Repairing Treatment Model

The Family Simulation Model clinically addresses the mental health and behavioral needs of foster care‘s most vulnerable children, while attuning to the child’s attachment, environmental, and sensory needs.  Come learn how attachment repairing modalities and activities can be organically infused into the daily routines of each child. Walk away with new ideas to restore hope […]

Capture Solutions and Success – Communicate with Strength-Based Questions

A good beginning leads to a good ending. The opposite is also true – a “bad beginning is hard to turn around to a good ending!” Come ready to build a pattern of communication to move into a solution oriented environment with mission critical outcomes. We will practice scenarios together in this interactive setting. SBSF […]

Glory: Suffering and the Neuroplasticity of Hope

Our encounter with suffering has many sources – not least of which is ourselves. Moreover, some of our suffering will endure throughout our entire lives. How is it possible for us to discover hope in the face of suffering, and how does the research of neuroplasticity point us in that direction? With Romans 5:1-5 as […]

How to Talk with Your Children (& Curious Others) about Adoption

Adopted children must be able to inquire and talk with their parents about their adoption, birth parents, ethnicity, and race at any time. Creating this lifelong comfortable and safe atmosphere is a paramount adoption parenting task — yet one that leaves most parents feeling nervous or unequipped. Throw in curious questions and comments from well-meaning […]

The Way Forward for Church & State Partnerships

Let’s be honest – whether you are a social worker, or a member of the faith community, you have at least some reservations about working with “the other side.” Learn from those who have seen great results from these vital partnerships and have lived to tell about it. Hear seasoned veterans talk about initial reservations, […]

Technology, Children, and Health

Few factors today will impact the health of children more than their relationship with screens and technology. How can we help them – and ourselves – to harness the gifts of technology while avoiding its quicksands? Together, we’ll explore the latest studies on the impact of screen use, distinct means by which technology affects young […]

Surviving Puberty: How Trauma Impacts Sexual Development

What happens in the body and brain of kids going through puberty? Learn to identify “normal sexual acting out” vs. “deviant behaviors.” Puberty in children who have undergone trauma looks different, but it doesn’t have to be alarming. Parents will be given some practical tools to navigate this difficult season.

Supporting Mothers, Fathers, and Children in a Post-Roe v. Wade World

The recent Supreme Court Dobbs decision ended Roe v. Wade and began an era that almost certainly will include fresh needs and opportunities to serve children who would have been aborted and now won’t — as well as their mothers and fathers. How can churches, organizations, and individuals rise to the occasion? Learn from organizations […]

Remaining Missionally Aligned Amidst Ministry Disruption

The landscape of adoption advocacy, youth services, and child welfare work is ever-evolving. Intercountry adoption numbers have steadily declined. Infertility continues to increase. An interest in domestic adoption remains present, but costs associated are on the rise. And we are only beginning to understand the impact COVID-19. As advocacy and support organizations serving a unique […]