Trainings

Strategies 2.0’s training empowers professionals with the latest research and best practices and tools, so they can help families grow their strengths more effectively and efficiently. We apply innovative approaches to training and professional development for the family strengthening field. Our services are designed to build the capacity of California’s communities to create the conditions in which all children and families can thrive. Our approach is to develop and disseminate a comprehensive continuum of education and training that will train/orient new staff, direct service staff, supervisors, and administrators. Our trainings are designed to:

  • Reflect current research-based practices within the field.
  • Incorporate advances in learning methodology, including shared learning, group participation, reflection, and interactive dialogue.
  • Provide strength-based approaches to child abuse and neglect.
  • Prepare participants to take action.
  • Be accessible to the greatest number of participants.
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How to Enroll and Other Training Information

To enroll for an in-person training, click the titles of the topics in the right column. This will expand the section to show more information and an enrollment link.

Trainings are provided free of charge, but require pre-enrollment. Individuals who have not enrolled in advance might not be admitted to the training if we don’t have capacity.

Because we are committed to providing our services to the family strengthening field at little or no cost to participants, we do not provide food or coffee during our trainings.

In order to be awarded a certificate of completion, each individual must:
1) enroll in advance using a unique email address for each participant
2) arrive on time
3) stay until the end of the training
4) complete and submit an evaluation

Find out about some of the other services we offer by visiting the webinar page to see a list of our upcoming webinars. You can also RSVP for a Learning Community convening on the Learning Communities page.

If you have reviewed our available trainings and determined that our existing training dates and locations do not meet your needs, you may submit the Request Group Training Form.

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Click the titles below to see more information and a link to enroll for scheduled trainings.

Case Management Essentials

In this instructor-led, interactive training, participants will be introduced to a comprehensive approach to case management and how it can be implemented effectively. Participants will identify the elements of the case management relationship and will be given the opportunity to demonstrate skills and identify tools to partner for change.

Length: Full-day
Audience: This training is intended for professionals and volunteers working directly with families and communities.

 

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

The Culturally Proficient Professional

This stimulating in-person workshop will look at effective methods to enhance diversity and inclusion within family resource centers and family strengthening organizations. Participants will be asked to identify and reflect upon personal biases, beliefs, and opinions. Throughout the day, participants will learn how to recognize healthy and non-productive practices and policies related to cultural proficiency and how to apply strategies for cultural proficiency in partner relationships.

Length: Full-day

Audience: This course is designed for staff in the family and community strengthening field, particularly those who have direct service contact with families.

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

Facilitating Change Talk*

This instructor-led training is designed to provide participants with strategies and techniques for facilitating interviews and other interactions to support the development of safe, trusting relationships with the families they serve. Participants will learn the definition of change talk and will be introduced to the various stages of change. Participants will then explore and practice strategies and tools for eliciting change talk.

Length: Full-day
Audience: This course is designed for staff in the family and community strengthening field, particularly those who have direct service contact with families

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

Foundations for Practice*

In this 1.5 hour eLearning course, participants will be introduced to major concepts and strategies for establishing relationships and building partnerships with families, organizations, and communities. Concepts include the Strengthening Families™ approach, protective factors, the importance of cultural proficiency, and trauma-informed care. The course includes audio, video, and interactive exercises. Foundations for Practice is the introductory course of the Strategies 2.0’s Family Strengthening Certificate.

Length: 1.5 hours, online
Audience
: This course is designed for frontline staff, paraprofessionals, and certificate program participants in the family and community strengthening field who have direct service contact with families and have been active in the field for less than 3 years

 

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

Home Visiting Essentials

This instructor-led training provides participants essential tools, current research, and evidence-based processes for engaging families in strength-based, quality, solution-focused home visiting. Participants will learn the fundamental skills of home visiting including the three phases of home visiting and will be introduced to tools that support effective family engagement and goal-setting.

Length: Full day
Audience: This interactive training is designed for family support workers, differential response workers, and home visitors in public health, mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse treatment service agencies who are both new and experienced in home visiting.

 

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

An Introduction to the Protective Factors*

In this training, participants will be introduced to the research-informed Strengthening Families approach and Five Protective Factors framework and how they strengthen families and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. The Five Protective Factors model will be introduced which focuses on Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need, and Social and Emotional Competence of Children. Participants will learn to recognize family strengths and identify barriers to building protective factors and will explore how to apply best practice lenses (e.g. strengths based approach, trauma informed care, and cultural proficiency) when utilizing the Protective Factors framework.

Length: Full day
Audience: This course is designed for staff in the family and community strengthening field, particularly those who have direct service contact with families.

 

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

The Pair of ACEs: Building Community Resilence

The goal of this training is to guide participants in an exploration of the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Community Environments. Participants will understand the implications of the historic ACEs Study on adult health and well-being, learn about the crucial foundations for building resilient communities, and identify techniques for addressing the root causes of ACEs to help alleviate their effect in communities.

Length: Half-day

Audience: This course is designed for organizers, leaders, and staff in the community strengthening field, particularly those who directly work in community and coalition building.

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If you have a group that is interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form

The Protective Factors: Deeper Dives*

CONCRETE SUPPORTS IN TIMES OF NEED

In this training, participants will be introduced to the research-informed Strengthening Families approach and Five Protective Factors framework and how they strengthen families and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. The Five Protective Factors model will be introduced which focuses on Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need, and Social and Emotional Competence of Children. Participants will learn to recognize family strengths and identify barriers to building protective factors and will explore how to apply best practice lenses (e.g. strengths-based approach, trauma-informed care, and cultural proficiency) when utilizing the Protective Factors framework.
Note: This training may be taken as a stand-alone training, if desired.

Length: Full-day
Audience: This course is designed for frontline staff, paraprofessionals, and certificate program participants in the family and community strengthening field who have direct service contact with families and have been active in the field for less than 3 years.

SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

The purpose of this half-day training is to build on learning from the Protective Factors Introductory training and explore more deeply the Protective Factor of Social Connections. Participants will discuss the impact of positive social connections and cultural factors that influence social connections. Participants will then be introduced to the challenges to social connections including social isolation and maladaptive social connections and will explore strategies and techniques for promoting social connections.
Note: This training may be taken as a stand-alone training, if desired.

Length: Half-day
Audience: This course is designed for frontline staff, paraprofessionals, and certificate program participants in the family and community strengthening field who have direct service contact with families and have been active in the field for less than 3 years.

 KNOWLEDGE OF PARENT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

This half-day training will begin by defining Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development and will then cover the challenges related to the protective factor including developmental delays, specialized needs, and a parents own experiences being parented. Participants will explore strategies and techniques for promoting parenting and knowledge of child development.
Note: This training may be taken as a stand-alone training, if desired.

Length: Half-day
Audience: This course is designed for frontline staff, paraprofessionals, and certificate program participants in the family and community strengthening field who have direct service contact with families and have been active in the field for less than 3 years.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE OF CHILDREN

The purpose of this half-day training is to build on learning from the Protective Factors Introductory training and explore more deeply the Protective Factor of Social Emotional Competence of Children. Participants will review the challenges to social emotional competence of children with a focus on trauma, developmental delays, and specialized needs and will discuss the strategies and techniques for supporting the promotion of social emotional competence of children.
Note: This training may be taken as a stand-alone training, if desired.

Length: Half-day
Audience: This course is designed for frontline staff, paraprofessionals, and certificate program participants in the family and community strengthening field who have direct service contact with families and have been active in the field for less than 3 years.

PARENTAL RESILIENCE

The purpose of this half-day training is to build on learning from the Protective Factors Introductory training and explore more deeply the Protective Factor of Parental Resilience. Participants will be introduced to the unique challenges to parental resilience including stress, mental health, substance abuse, and trauma, and will learn strategies and techniques for supporting parental resilience.
Note: This training may be taken as a stand-alone training, if desired.

Length: Half-day
Audience: This course is designed for frontline staff, paraprofessionals, and certificate program participants in the family and community strengthening field who have direct service contact with families and have been active in the field for less than 3 years.

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

Reflective Supervision

This half-day, instructor-led training is designed to assist participants in developing effective supervisor-supervisee relationships by examining and practicing the components of reflective supervision. Participants will first explore the components of reflective supervision and a relationship based organization and will then be provided an opportunity to observe and practice key skills associated with reflective supervision. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss strategies for providing responsive versus reactive responses in the supervisor-supervisee relationship.

Length: Half-day
Audience
: This course is designed for supervisors and leaders who support frontline staff in the family and community strengthening field.

 

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

Trauma-Informed Care

The goal of this training is to enable participants to understand the impact of trauma on individuals and families, and across generations. Participants will actively engage in the practical application of the principles and strategies of trauma-informed care, on both individual and organizational levels, to be better equipped in their response to resisting the re-traumatization of clients, and to foster resiliency in individual and families.

Length: Full-day

Audience: This course is designed for staff in the family and community strengthening field, particularly those who have direct service contact with families. Please note, this is an introductory course, not intended for clinical or mental health staff.

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

Youth Thrive™: A Protective Approach for Older Youth

This interactive training adapted from the two-day Youth Thrive™ training from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), provides a framework for supporting and promoting healthy development in young individuals. Participants will be introduced to the Youth Thrive™ project, history, and goals and components of the framework. Participants will then discuss how each protective factor supports development and well-being and will have an opportunity to create a self-refection plan to utilize the framework in personal practice.

Length: Full-day
Audience
: This course is designed for staff in the family and community strengthening field who have direct service contact with youth ages 11 to 26 and/or their families.

 

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If you have a group of 20 or more people that are interested in this training, please fill out the Request a Group Training Form.

*Family Strengthening Certificate Program

Strategies 2.0 is pleased to offer certification in family strengthening for those individuals who complete all components of the Family Strengthening Certificate within 24 months. The course components—indicated above by an asterisk (*)—may be taken separately as they are offered, or in a group-based setting reflecting a request by an organization or network. The course is intended for frontline staff who interact one-on-one with families in their daily work and have been active in the field for less than 3 years.

In addition to the 7 classes listed above, the certificate program requires the completion of the final reflection, an online module that is estimated to take 30 minutes to complete. Participants take on the role of a family strengthening worker and make choices as they conduct a virtual dialog with a parent, focusing on using change talk strategies and building protective factors. The Family Strengthening Certificate will be issued after all 8 courses, the final reflection, and evaluation are completed.