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Professional Development by Age Group

Take a look through our various options for professional development! And if you’d like to put in a request, please fill out our form. You can also reach out to our Director of Professional Development, Debi Mahler at [email protected].

Infants & Toddlers

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DECA for Infants and Toddlers (DECA-I/T) Program Overview or Implementation Training

  • These one or two day trainings are designed for programs who plan to use or are currently using the DECA for Infants and Toddlers Program. Participants will learn about the importance of resilience and how to implement our strength-based assessment and planning system in their program and with families. For programs using the electronic version of the DECA (e-DECA), understanding reports and how to use them for planning will be highlighted.
  • This training is also available to be delivered for programs who work with children birth through five years old.

DECA for Infants and Toddlers (DECA-I/T) Program Refresher Training

  • Customized to meet your program’s needs, this one-day training can offer a review of the DECA-I/T Program Implementation process or focus on a few areas that need more attention. If your program uses the e-DECA, we can address issues around understanding reports and using results for planning.
  • This training is also available to be delivered for programs who work with children birth through five years old.

DECA for Infants and Toddlers (DECA-I/T) Program Advanced Planning Training

  • If your program has been trained on the DECA-I/T Program and is looking for more support on using assessment results for planning, this one day training is for you! This training provides a brief review and then focuses on using assessment results to plan at the group level as well as for individual children who may need additional supports. For program using the e-DECA, an emphasis will be made on understanding reports, strategy selection and implementation.
  • This training is also available to be delivered for programs who work with children birth through five years old.

DECA for Infants and Toddlers (DECA-I/T) Local Program Mentor Training

  • This two-day training is for programs looking to provide internal capacity to provide on-going workshops and technical assistance on the DECA-I/T Program.  Leave this training with the skills and materials helpful in supporting direct care staff on the use of the DECA-I/T Program. A prerequisite to attend this training is past participation in an overview or implementation training.
  • This training is also available to be delivered for programs who work with children birth through five years old.

DECA-C (Clinical) Training

  • This one-day training provides a foundation for using the DECA-C, a behavior rating scale that assesses both protective factors and behavioral concerns of young children, ages 2 through 5. Designed for participants who meet Level B User qualifications.

Your Journey Together Training

  • Your Journey Together (YJT) is a strength-based parenting curriculum designed to promote the social and emotional well-being and resilience of vulnerable children birth through five years old and their families. The curriculum is based on 29 stepping stones, which are 10-15 minute lessons that can be used in the context of work with families, both in home visiting and in group settings. Your Journey Together is a great resource that can complement programs using the DECA Program but can also be used independent of DECA. Professional development can be offered in a live, one day format, through live webinars, and/or through our YJT recorded webinar series.

Promoting the Social and Emotional Health of Infants and Toddlers Training

  • In this one-day training, participants will be introduced to resilience theory and its link to the social and emotional health of infants and toddlers. Participants will learn about the importance of quality environments and will be introduced to new strategies that will enhance the environments where young children spend their time. In addition, the training will emphasize a planning process for individual children that emphasizes children’s strengths. Lastly, the importance of adult resilience and its relationship to providing quality care to very young children will be discussed.

Preschoolers

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DECA Preschool Program Overview or Implementation Training

  • These one or two day trainings are designed for programs who plan to use or are currently using the DECA Preschool Program, Second Edition. Participants will learn about the importance of resilience and how to implement our strength-based assessment and planning system in their program and with families. For programs using the electronic version of the DECA (e-DECA), understanding reports and how to use them for planning will be highlighted.
  • This training is also available to be delivered for programs who work with children birth through five years old.

DECA Preschool Program Refresher Training

  • Customized to meet your program’s needs, this one day training can offer a review of the DECA Preschool Program implementation process or focus on a few areas that need more attention. If your program uses the e-DECA, we can address issues around understanding reports and using results for planning.

DECA Preschool Program Advanced Planning Training

  • If your program has been trained on the DECA Preschool Program and is looking for more support on using assessment results for planning, this training is for you! This one day training provides a brief review and then focuses on using assessment results to plan at the group level as well as for individual children who may need additional supports. For programs using the e-DECA, an emphasis will be made on understanding reports, strategy selection and implementation.
  • This training is also available to be delivered for programs who work with children birth through five years old.

DECA Preschool Local Program Mentor Training

  • This two-day training is for programs looking to provide internal capacity to provide on-going workshops and technical assistance on the DECA Preschool Program. Leave this training with the skills and materials helpful in supporting direct care staff on the use of the DECA Preschool Program. A prerequisite to attend this training is past participation in an overview or implementation training.
  • This training is also available to be delivered for programs who work with children birth through five years old.

DECA-C (Clinical) Training

  • This one-day training provides a foundation for using the DECA-C, a behavior rating scale that assesses both protective factors and behavioral concerns of young children, ages 2 through 5. Designed for participants who meet Level B User qualifications.

Your Journey Together Training

  • Your Journey Together (YJT) is a strength-based parenting curriculum designed to promote the social and emotional well-being and resilience of vulnerable children birth through five years old and their families. The curriculum is based on 29 stepping stones, which are 10-15 minute lessons that can be used in the context of work with families, both in home visiting and in group settings. Your Journey Together is a great resource that can complement programs using the DECA Program but can also be used independent of DECA. Professional development can be offered in a live, one-day format, through live webinars, and/or through our YJT recorded training series.

FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior Training

  • FLIP IT® is a strategy that offers a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective four step process to address children’s day to day challenging behavior. The four steps are embodied in the FLIP IT mnemonic which stands for F – Feelings, L – Limits, I – Inquiries, and P – Prompts. FLIP IT is nothing new, but transforms best practice into a strategy that is easy to remember, applicable in a variety of challenging situations and portable. FLIP IT teaches staff about four supportive steps that can be used to help young children learn about their feelings, gain self-control and reduce challenging behavior. When faced with challenging behavior, don’t FLIP OUT, just FLIP IT! This training can complement the use of the DECA Program or can be a stand-alone training.

Advanced FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior Training

  • Has your program received FLIP IT Training and looking for more opportunities to practice FLIPPING? We now offer a highly interactive and hands-on one-day training that provides additional opportunities to build skills in mastering the FLIP IT strategy.

FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior Train-the-Trainer Session

  • This two-day training is for individuals in the role of providing training and technical assistance to others on the FLIP IT strategy. Participants will leave this professional development experience with a standard one-day training and content that can be delivered in shorter sessions. Participants will also leave with the skills and resources to deliver the content to others who support young children.

FLIP IT! Online Course

  • This course will teach participants the four supportive steps of FLIP IT in an on-line learning format. This on-line learning course has a running time of 2.5 hours. Upon completion of the course, 0.5 CEUs are offered (5 hours), factoring in time for the interactive pieces, reflection, application of the skill, and learning assessment. The cost of the course is $35, and if CEU documentation is needed, it can be obtained through Western Kentucky University through a cost of $25. The course can be completed over time and not in just one sitting.

Facing the Challenge: Working with Preschool Children with Challenging Behavior Training

  • This one-day training also offers more on the topic of challenging behavior in preschool children. Included in this training is more on what is challenging behavior, what is developmentally appropriate behavior, why do children misbehave, prevention strategies, behavioral planning, and intervention strategies. Video vignettes and case studies will be used to illustrate key points.

Facing the Challenge: Supporting Those who Work with Children with Challenging Behavior Train-the-Trainer Session

  • Trainers will participate in an intensive, interactive session delving more deeply into the understanding of, prevention of, and planned responses to challenging behaviors in young children. This 2.5 day training session will highlight the Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s DVD resource, Facing the Challenge, as well as the best-selling book by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar-Rasminsky, Challenging Behavior in Young Children, 4th Edition. Participants will leave this professional development experience with a standard one-day training and content that can be delivered in shorter sessions. Participants will also leave with the skills and resources to deliver the content to others who support young children.

Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: Activities to Promote Resilience of Preschoolers at School and Home Training

  • This one-day training is for programs both familiar and not familiar with the DECA Program. This training focuses on everyday activities that can be used to teach social and emotional skills to preschool children both within the classroom and for use by families in the home. Participants will leave this session understanding how everyday activities—when used in meaningful, intentional ways— are powerful teaching tools!

Promoting the Social and Emotional Health of Preschoolers Training

  • In this one-day training, participants will be introduced to resilience theory and its link to the social and emotional health of children three through five years old. Participants will learn about the importance of quality environments and will be introduced to new strategies that will enhance the environments where young children spend their time. In addition, the training will emphasize a planning process for individual children that emphasizes children’s strengths. Lastly, the importance of adult resilience and its relationship to providing quality care to very young children will be discussed.

 

Adults

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Building Your Bounce: Promoting Adult Resilience Training

  • This one-day training provides an educational and inspirational message for professionals working with children. Using the Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS) published by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, this training offers a fun way for caregivers to recognize the importance of their own resilience and how it relates to their ability to provide quality care to children. Get ready to reflect, laugh, and have fun!

Advanced Building Your Bounce: Promoting Adult Resilience Training

  • Has your program received training on Building Your Bounce in the past? This next level one-day training dives deeper into the understanding the characteristics of resilience in adults and provides additional strategies on how to strengthen these areas through simple, everyday strategies. As we all know, it is critically important to take care of ourselves to be able to effectively care for young children!

Building Your Bounce Professional Development Learning Series

  • DCRC offers recorded webinars on key content related to adult resilience. If your program is looking for a refresher or perhaps a learning experience to occur over time, this option may be for you! Complete with interactive elements within the webinars along with a facilitator’s guide and group discussion questions at the conclusion of each webinar, this professional development opportunity offers a cost efficient and flexible way to share content with your staff.

Resilient Leadership: Building Staff Bounce Training

  • In this one-day training, leaders will have an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a resilient leader and how to build the bounce of staff. Leaders will use the Devereux Resilient Leadership Survey (DERLS) to reflect on ways to support their staff resilience. This training provides many opportunities to learn and develop meaningful and resilience-building strategies for staff based on the DERLS research-informed items. Finally, leaders will have an opportunity to reflect on their own resilience and explore strategies to build their personal bounce.

 

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