Free Trauma Informed Parenting Workshops

Published: April 20, 2018, at 10:58 a.m. PT

Last updated: April 3, 2019, at 1:17 p.m. PT

When it comes to being a parent, there is no handbook. That's why the Y has developed training and support sessions to provide a safe and stable home. We have info sessions, parenting workshops, and support groups to help you be successful as a foster parent.

2019 Workshop Schedule

Building a Trauma Informed Home

This series explores the challenges of caring for and supporting children and youth who have experienced trauma. There will be discussion of various topics such as communication, healthy relationships, youth advocacy and behavior management.

  • This three-part training will take place at the Coal Creek Family YMCA:
    • April 20th (Part 1): 10am-4pm
    • May 4th (Part 2): 10am-4pm
    • May 18th (Part 3): 10am-4pm

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Aggression Replacement

This training will explore alternatives to physical violence and equip caregivers with tools to help our youth trade physical violence with more useful strategies.

  • There are two options available for this training:
    • October 19th 10am-4pm at the Dale Turner YMCA
    • October 28th (Part 1) 10am-1pm & November 26th (Part 2) 10am-1pm at the 2100 Building: 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

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Other Available Trainings

All classes listed here will take place at: 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Whole Brained Parenting

Whole Brain Parenting introduces participants to the functions of the brain, the effects of the brain’s mirror neurons, and how the brain hemispheres’ impact specific behaviors.

  • March 26th 10am-1pm

IEP and 504 Information

This training provides caregivers with more information about the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, ensuring equal access to programs and services for children in our school system.

  • April 23rd 10am-1pm

LGBTQ+: A Child, Youth and Family  Approach

This training provides participants an opportunity to explore the needs of LGBTQ+ youth and equips caregivers and service providers with tools to raise inclusive kids while supporting LGBTQ+ youth to reach their fullest potential

  • May 28th 10am-1pm

ACEs and Resilience

This training discusses Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their effect on a developing person. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how early childhood trauma affects young people.

Resilience Movie: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

  • June 25th 10am-1pm

Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction

This training explores: the impact and rates of substance use among youth in foster care, risk factors and protective factors, how substance use effects the brain, different types of substances being used, and common warning signs.

  • July 23rd 10am-1pm

Suicide Prevention

This training will provide caregivers with information on suicide, including the warning signs, to help participants know what to look for and how they can help in working with young people.

  • Sept 24th 10am-1pm


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*There is no cost for these trainings — Childcare is not available*



Category: Foster Care