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Training Opportunities

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Foster Parents are required to have ongoing training each year to increase their knowledge of the dependency system, trauma, behavior management, safety, and self care.

A weekly training email is sent to all licensed foster parents covering a variety of training topics from behavior management and understanding trauma to the nuts and bolts of navigating the system of care. This weekly email counts for 15 minutes of ongoing training and includes a short life skill training. You can view PDF versions of past Training Tuesday emails sorted by topic in our Training Tuesday Archive.

Upcoming Trainings

Below you will find an updated list of available training material and upcoming training opportunities. Visit the Foster Family Support Calendar to see what training opportunities are happing this month. Let your Foster Family Support Specialist know when you complete a training.

Community Groups 4th week of the month Monday-Friday. Reach out to your support specialist to connect with your local group.  Click here to register and learn more.

Foster Parents of Teens Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month via Zoom. Reach out to your support specialist for more information to join.

Fostering 201 PowerPoint (by county)

Fostering 301 In-Person Training Schedule

  • January 23 & 30 in Panama City
    Tuesday evenings
  • January 23 & 30 in Pensacola
    Tuesday evenings
  • April 12 & 19 in Tallahassee
    Friday evenings
  • April 12 & 19 in Okaloosa
    Friday evenings
  • July 11 & 18 in Panama City
    Thursday evenings
  • July 11 & 18 in Pensacola
    Thursday evenings
  • September 14 & 21 in Tallahassee
    Saturday mornings
  • September 14 & 21 in Walton
    Saturday mornings

TBRI 101 Virtual Training Schedule

TBRI is an attachment-based evidence based, and trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.

  • January 19
    7-10pm ET / 6-9pm CT
    Friday evening
  • March 12, 19, & 26
    12:30-1:30pm ET / 11:30am-12:30pm CT
    Tuesday afternoons
  • April 29
    7-10pm ET / 6-9pm CT
    Monday evening
  • June 20
    7-10pm ET / 6-9pm CT
    Thursday evening
  • July 18
    7-10pm ET / 6-9pm CT
    Thursday evening
  • September 5, 12, & 19
    12:30-1:30pm ET / 11:30am-12:30pm CT
    Thursday afternoons
  • October 7
    7-10pm ET / 6-9pm CT
    Monday evening

TBRI Caregiver Training - Hybrid Training Schedule

Are you ready for a deep dive into all things TBRI? The NWF Health Foster Family Support Training Team is excited to bring you TBRI Caregiver Training.  This is a more in-depth look at the 3 guiding principles of TBRI™: Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting.  Learn strategies designed to support children from hard places and have the opportunity to apply those strategies with real time feedback from TBRI™ Practitioners!  Prerequisites for this training are attending either the TBRI™ Introduction and Overview (offered virtually monthly) or Fostering 301.

*All sessions must be attended to receive credit for the entirety of Caregiver Training and qualify for the Enhanced Level 2 License.

First offering:

Tuesday evenings 7-9pm ET / 6-8pm CT for 6 weeks from 2/6/2024-3/12/2024
Weeks 1, 3, and 5 will be virtual.  Weeks 2, 4, and 6 will be in person.

Second offering:

  • September 27
    • 7-9pm ET / 6-8pm CT
    • Friday evening
  • September 28
    • 9-11am
    • Saturday morning
  • October 18
    • 7-9pm ET / 6-8pm CT
    • Friday evening
  • October 19
    • 9-11am
    • Saturday morning
  • November 15
    • 7-9pm ET / 6-8pm CT
    • Friday evening
  • November 16
    • 9-11am
    • Saturday morning

If you have additional questions, reach out to the NWF Health Foster Family Support Training Team!

Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, & Walton homes: Reach out to Ashley Pepe at [email protected]
Holmes, Jackson, Washington, Gulf, Calhoun, & Bay homes: Reach out to Taryn Tasker at [email protected]
Liberty, Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Wakulla, & Jefferson homes: Reach out to Tricia Duff at [email protected]

CORE Teen - Virtual Training Schedule

  • January 11 – February 22
    • 7-9pm ET / 6-8pm CT
    • Thursday evenings *week 5 will meet on Tuesday, 2/6
  • April 3 – May 15
    • 7:30-9:30pm ET / 6:30-8:30pm CT
    • Wednesday evenings
  • June 2 – August 8
    • 7-9pm ET / 6-8pm CT
    • Thursday evenings
  • October 2 – November 13
    • 12-2pm ET / 11am-1pm CT
    • Wednesday afternoons

Super Saturday

  • April 27, 2024 in Panama City
    9am-1pm CT
  • June 22, 2024 in Pensacola
    9am-1pm CT
  • July 13, 2024 in Tallahassee
    9am-1pm ET

Virtual Book Club

Evenings from 8:30-9:30 ET / 7:30-8:30pm CT

  • Love Me, Feed Me on Thursdays from 1/11/24 – 2/22/24
  • The Out of Sync Child on Tuesdays from 4/2/24 – 6/4/24
  • From Fear to Love on Tuesdays from 8/20/24 – 10/24/24

Ongoing Training Opportunities:

Other Training Resources:

Favorite Books:

  • The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis
  • The Connected Parent by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Lisa Qualls
  • The Connected Therapist by Marti Smith
  • The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kol
  • From Fear to Love by B. Bryan Post
  • The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz
  • The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog by Dr. Bruce Perry
  • Brainstorm by Daniel J Siegel

Podcasts:

Other Reading Material:

Department of Children and Families

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