Training

Children and Residential Experiences (CARE)

Children and Residential Experiences (CARE): Creating Conditions for Change is a model designed to assist child care agencies to achieve congruence and to establish practices in the best interests of the children and families in care. This 5 day training program is based on six guiding principles called the CARE principles.  The goal is to direct all staff in their way of thinking about working with children and how best to do this based on best practice research. As a participant in CARE training, you will engage in an interactive process in learning about the guiding principles that speak not only to the child’s physical and emotional needs but will assist them in learning how to function well in interacting within their environment. 

In order to receive your certificate, you will need to complete all 5 sessions on the dates outlined for the particular training section.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)*  

*This course is only available to employees of Blue sky at this time.

What kind of help and how it is given makes a crucial difference between whether a child learns from an experience or is set back by it. The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training program for child and youth care staff presents a crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to handle crisis.   The ability of the entire organization to respond effectively to staff and young people in crisis situations is critical in establishing not only a safe environment, but also one that promotes growth and development. The intensive 3 day, Level Two training program provides staff with the skills, knowledge and professional judgment to respond to crisis.  These are critical factors in helping young people learn constructive and adaptive ways to deal with frustration, failure, anger, rejection, hurt, and depression.

Trauma Program

Child Welfare Trauma Training was developed and piloted by the Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center in 2006.  This program is a one day program.  It is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children living in residential care or in foster care settings who have experienced traumatic stress.  It also teaches how to use this knowledge to support children’s safety, permanency, and well being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored for them and their biological and support families.  The training content, case vignettes, and activities are designed to be used flexibly with a range of workers, including administrators, clinicians, case managers, and other frontline staff.

Applied Suicide Intervention Strategies Training (ASIST)

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program (ASIST) is a 14 hour, 2 day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated workshop that teaches participants to connect, understand, and assist persons who may be at risk for suicide. The ASIST workshop is for care givers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
Emphasizing structured small-group discussions and practice; the course uses a 20-page workbook and two award-winning audiovisuals. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles.  Experience powerful videos on suicide intervention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide first aid.

Infant Care Training

This exciting new session will focus on the care of infants between the ages of 0 - 36 months. The primary objective of the 3 hour session will be to provide staff with an opportunity to address the care of infants within a residential care setting. It is designed to teach staff basic infant care skills such as infant feeding, making bottles, and holding the baby.  The training will also include information on the management of colicky or gassy babies, infant hygiene (bathing, changing diapers), SIDS and its risks.  Time will also be spent discussing infant development including communication, gross and fine motor skills. 

The training content is designed to provide practical skills applicable to all home supervisors and staff in residential care.

Effective Supervisory Skills for Home Supervisors

This Effective Supervisory Skills series provides not only an understanding of the techniques required for effective supervision but has been designed to give supervisors the confidence to use those techniques in order to be a competent supervisor.
The series will consist of the following themes:  On “Being” A Supervisor,  Communication Coaching, Motivation, Effective Meetings, Conflict Resolution, Team Development, Self-Care, Documentation, Time Management, Delegation.  The training modules aim to train supervisory staff such that they have a better understanding of supervisory skills and how to apply them to their work setting. This training is designed for staff whom are new to a supervision role, and other supervisors seeking to improve job performance through supervisory techniques and staff development.

Supervisors will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what is involved in being a supervisor.
  • Understand personal strengths and areas for development within themselves and within each of their staff, in order to maximize staff performance.
  • Identify with the knowledge, skills and appropriate leadership behavior required for effective supervision.