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.

Please note: We are currently accepting training requests for new classes in April-May 2020, with only a very limited ability to respond to requests for training classes before April 2020.

We will not be accepting training requests for after May 31th, 2020.

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

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.

Enroll for a Culturally Proficient Professional Training

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

Enroll for a Facilitating Change Talk Training

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 Essentials

Family Strengthening Essentials is a one-hour interactive online course intended for first-time family development workers and home visitors. This course provides a brief history and approach to case management, reviews the elements of case management, and addresses building rapport, writing documentation, setting boundaries, mandated reporting, safety, and self-care.

Length: Approximately 1 hour
Audience: First time family development workers and home visitors.

Note: While this course serves as a prerequisite to Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 101, it may also be taken as a stand-alone training

Enroll for a Family Strengthening Essentials E-Learning

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

 

Enroll for a Training

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

This half-day interactive training applies the skills and concepts of comprehensive case management to the home visiting setting. Participants will explore the unique opportunities that home visiting programs provide to achieve positive family outcomes through analysis of the phases and impacts of home visiting and will be provided opportunities to learn and practice skills unique to home visiting including setting appropriate boundaries, maintaining confidentiality, applying cultural considerations, and ensuring health and safety.

Length: Half-day
Audience: Family strengthening home visitors. Prior completion of Family Strengthening Essentials eLearning and the in-person Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 101 is required.

 

Enroll for Home Visiting Training

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.

Introduction to Protective Factors*

In this training, participants will be introduced to the research-informed Strengthening FamiliesTM Protective Factors Framework and how they strengthen families and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. The Protective Factors Framework will be introduced which focuses on parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social & 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.

 

Enroll for Introduction to Protective Factors Training

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.

Enroll for a Building Community Resilience training

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

Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 101

This instructor-led training emphasizes the worker’s dual role of providing services to support families and connecting them to their community for sustained well-being. The concepts presented focus on the elements of a comprehensive approach to working with families which includes partnering for change, building on strengths, making connections, and understanding the process to achieve healthy outcomes for children and families. Participants will learn skills for setting goals with families, applying a strengths-based approach, creating a family plan, navigating difficult situations, and following-up on family plans using the comprehensive case management approach.

Length: Full-day

Audience: First time family development workers and home visitors. Prior to attending this training, participants must complete the Family Strengthening Essentials eLearning.

Enroll for a Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 101

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

Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 201

This half-day training provides a safe space for workers to use their experience working with families to explore scenarios and support one another in problem solving. This training supports a community of practice where participants can utilize a peer to peer learning process to identify strengths and challenges of the comprehensive approach to case management, refresh their knowledge of the change process, and overcome challenges when working with families.

Length: Half-day

Audience: Family development workers with 5+ years experience or participants who have attended Family Strengthening Essentials and Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 101. It is suggested to take this training 6 months after completing Comprehensive Case Management 101.

Enroll for a Partnering with Families: Comprehensive Case Management 201

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

Protective Factor Deeper Dives*

CONCRETE SUPPORT IN TIMES OF NEED

In this training, participants will be introduced to the research-informed Strengthening FamiliesTM approach and Protective Factors Framework and how they strengthen families and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. The protective factors framework will be introduced which focuses on Concrete Support in Times of Need, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Parental Resilience, Social & Emotional Competence of Children, and Social Connections. 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 or as part of the Family Strengthening Certificate Program.

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 PARENTING AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

This half-day training will begin by defining knowledge of farenting and child development and will then cover the challenges related to the protective factor including developmental delays, specialized needs, and 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 or as part of the Family Strengthening Certificate Program.

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 or as part of the Family Strengthening Certificate Program.

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 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 or as part of the Family Strengthening Certificate Program.

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 and emotional competence of children. Participants will review the challenges to social and 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 and emotional competence of children.
Note: This training may be taken as a stand-alone training or as part of the Family Strengthening Certificate Program.

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.

 

Enroll for a Training

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.

 

Enroll in a Reflective Supervision Training

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.

Enroll for a Trauma-Informed Care Training

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.

 

Enroll for a Youth Thrive Training

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.

*New* Family Resource Centers: Vehicles for Change

Over the last two decades, family resource centers (FRCs) have evolved to become established community-based organizations that promote family and community well-being. They are characterized by a set of support services and an approach that emphasizes the power of neighborhood leaders and organizations joining together to address social ills and improve the well-being of families and communities. This interactive, 2-day training is designed for team participation. It offers the frameworks and tools that distinguish FRCs and provides an opportunity for organizational FRC teams to reflect on their programs, structure, and practice and determine action to promote healthy families and strong communities.

Family resource center teams must be made up of at least three staff members, one of which must include an Executive Director, CEO, or Project Manager responsible for overall strategic and operational direction. Other team members may include a site or project manager, direct service or project staff, a board trustee or advisory board member, parent, or professional partners. Each team is asked to bring their organization’s values, mission, and vision statements and a list of the programs, services, and activities offered at their organization.

Length: 2 Days

Intended Audience: Family Resource Center teams made up of at least three staff members, one of which must include an Executive Director, CEO, or Project Manager responsible for overall strategic and operational direction. Other team members may include a site or project manager, direct service or project staff, a board trustee or advisory board member, parent, or professional partners.

*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.