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Fall 2014 Program or Course Schedule

The summer has finally come to an end and our children and youth are settling back into their school routines. I hope you enjoyed our wonderful summer (July), and the RDF (Rain, Drizzle and Fog) that made up the rest of it. 

The Fall semester training schedule has been finalized, and we are happy to offer a diverse range of training opportunities:

• TCI
• First Aid & CPR
• CARE
• Straight Talk
• MHFA Canada
• Tattered Teddies
• Straight Talk
• Infant Care Training & Infant Mental Health Training

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)*

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

We will be offering two separate sessions of TCI this Fall.  This four day training course teaches strategies that will help CYCWs address, manage, and prevent challenging behaviors.  Successful completion of the TCI course is one of the required qualifications to move up in pay classification, as per the Union Collective Agreement.  The course has been described as covering "a lot of information in a short time" through our feedback process, and for this reason the course reading materials are being made available for pick-up one week prior to the commencement of training. The Fall TCI courses will provide participants the opportunity to attain Level 3 TCI certification.  As there is a demanding physical component to this training program, we ask that you self-assess your physical condition to determine your fitness for the training program prior to registering.  Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a $400 (gross) completion bonus.

Registration priority will be determined by the following:

  1. Highest priority will be given to those employees who are currently working in Emergency Placement Home or Group Home programs, and who have not yet successfully completed TCI.
  2. Second priority will be given to any other employee who has not yet successfully completed the TCI program.
  3. Third priority will be given to employees who completed TCI prior to September 2012.
  4. Fourth priority will be given to employees who completed TCI between September 2012 and March 2014.
  5. Employees certified at TCI Level 2 or 3 after March 2014 are not currently eligible to register for the Fall semester TCI course offering.
TCI Session 1
Date: Commencing October 9th, this course will run on the 9th, 10th, 14th and 15th of October
Maximum participants: 20
Registration Deadline: September 9th, 2014
      
TCI Session 2
Date: Commencing December 4th, this course will run on the 4th, 5th, 8th and 9th of December
Maximum participants: 20
Registration Deadline: November 17th, 2014

 

First Aid & CPR

We are offering two Red Cross First Aid & CPR re-certification courses this Fall.   First Aid & CPR training is mandatory for employees in the workplace; but, unlike most other types of safety training, these skills and knowledge are also applicable to an individual's daily life. This is why First Aid & CPR are taught in easy-to-follow steps, empowering you to act on, prevent, and manage life's emergencies.  There are registration and materials costs associated with the First Aid & CPR training course, however as per the Union Collective Agreement the registration fee for this recertification course will be waived for all CYCWs who were hired more than two (2) years prior to the date of the training.  Please contact Blue sky's Training Manager, Brent Carbonell, at Brent.Carbonell@blueskyfamilycare.com for further details.  Registration priority will be determined on a first come, first serve basis.

First Aid & CPR Session 1
Date: October 23, 2014
Maximum participants: 12
Registration Deadline: September 22nd, 2014

 

First Aid & CPR Session 2
Date: November 20, 2014
Maximum participants: 12
Registration Deadline: October 20, 2014

 

CARE - Children and Residential Experiences (CARE)

We are offering two CARE courses this Fall in four non-consecutive days.  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 4 day training program is based on six guiding principles called the CARE principles.  The goal is to shift 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 the 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.  Using adult learning principles, the facilitators (Certified CARE trainers) will be using Power Point Presentation, Lecture, Group and Individual Activities.  Successful completion of the CARE course is one of the required qualifications to move up in pay classification, as per the Union Collective Agreement.  Successful completion of the CARE program entitles participants to a $400 (gross) training completion bonus.  Only CYCWs who have not yet completed the CARE program, or who completed CARE prior to October 20, 2009 are eligible to register.  Registration priority will be determined on a first come, first serve basis for eligible registrants.

CARE Session 1
Dates: October 20, 27, November 6 and 13
Maximum participants: 20
Registration Deadline: September 22nd, 2014

 

CARE Session 2
Date: October 21, 28, November 7 and 14
Maximum participants: 20
Registration Deadline: September 22nd, 2014

 

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program (ASIST) is a fourteen hour, two 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 caregivers 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.  The ASIST model has been updated since our last offering of this program and all employees certified in ASIST will require the upgrade to the new ASIST program (A11) to maintain or renew their certification.  All CYCWs are eligible to take this course, which is offered free of charge for all Blue sky employees!  Registration will take place on a first come, first serve basis.

ASIST
Date: October 1 - 2, 2014
Maximum participants: 18
Registration Deadline: September 9th, 2014

 

Mental Health First Aid Canada:

For Adults who Interact with Youth

We are excited to announce one of the newest additions to our training curriculum- the MHFA Canada for Adults who Interact with Youth Course.  MHFA Canada teaches mental health first aid skills.  The course does not train people to be therapists, counselors or mental health professionals.  The philosophy behind MHFA Canada is that mental health crisis, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention.  If crisis do arise, then members of the public can take action that may reduce the harm that could result.  MHFA Canada: For Adults Who Interact with Youth focuses on mental health problems and first aid for youth ages 12 to 24.  Mental health problems often first develop during adolescence or early adulthood, with half of all mental disorders beginning by age 14, and 75 percent beginning by age 24.  Most mental disorders develop gradually.  The early signs and symptoms of developing mental health problems will be different from the more established clinical profiles which are reflected later in life.  The social, educational and family environments in which mental disorders occur in young people are also different from those later in life.  Therefore, the information in this course is designed to be sensitive to the unique aspects of mental health problems in young people.  It is meant to assist education professionals, health providers, parents and other adults in the identification of mental health problems and appropriate first aid intervention strategies. 

The following mental health problems are covered:

• Mood Disorders
• Anxiety disorders
• Psychosis
• Substance Use Disorder
• Eating disorders
• Deliberate self-injury

The following mental health crisis situations are covered:

• Suicidal behaviour
• Overdoses
• Panic Attacks
• Reactions to traumatic events
• Psychotic episodes

All CYCWs are eligible to take this course, which is offered free of charge for all Blue sky employees!  Registration will take place on a first come, first serve basis.

MHFA Canada: For Adults who Interact with Youth
Date: November 26 - 27, 2014
Maximum participants: 12
Registration Deadline: November 3rd, 2014

 

Tattered Teddies
Centre for Suicide Prevention

Suicidal behavior in children age 12 or younger is a subject of growing concern for those who work with children. Suicidal thoughts and attempts in children have sometimes been overlooked, denied or ignored.  "Tattered Teddies" is an interactive half-day workshop that includes group discussions, mini lectures and case studies.

Workshop Topics include:

• A child's developing concept of death
• Protective and risk factors
• Communicating with children about suicide
• Warning signs
• Basic crisis intervention
• Legal requirements

All CYCWs are eligible to take this course, which is offered free of charge for all Blue sky employees!  Registration will take place on a first come, first serve basis.

Tattered Teddies
Date: November 18, 2014
Maximum participants: 15
Registration Deadline: October 20th, 2014

 

Straight Talk
Centre for Suicide Prevention

Straight Talk - Centre for Suicide Prevention:  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2004). Straight Talk has been created for individuals working with youth aged twelve to twenty-four. This 7 hour workshop discusses strategies to strengthen the protective factors of youth at risk of suicide. Straight Talk encompasses the developmental, cognitive, and emotional differences found within this age group. Intervention strategies are explored relevant to the age group range through teaching stories and case studies.

Learning Objectives:

1. Recall the prevalence of suicide
2. Demonstrate knowledge of how to ask a youth about suicide
3. Distinguish between suicide and self harm behaviour
4. Identify youth's protective and risk factors
5. Recognize the "invitations" or warning signs of youth at risk of suicide
6. Discuss intervention and postvention strategies for youth at risk of suicide and apply these strategies to specific case studies.
7. Identify suicide intervention resources for youth
8. Utilize the workbook during and after the workshop as a source of information and reference.
All CYCWs are eligible to take this course, which is offered free of charge for all Blue sky employees!  Registration will take place on a first come, first serve basis.

Straight Talk
Date: December 16, 2014
Maximum participants: 15
Registration Deadline: November 17th, 2014

 

Infant Care Training & Infant Mental Health Training

This course focuses 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 CYCWs working in residential care.  Incorporating adult learning principles, the facilitator will be using power point presentations, group activities and hands on training in applying the practical skills.  All CYCWs are eligible to take this course.  Registration will take place on a first come, first serve basis.

Infant Care Training & Infant Mental Health Training
Date: December 18, 2014
Maximum participants: 15
Registration Deadline: November 17th, 2014