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#20210413- WEBINAR: How Providing Foster Care Can Impact Relationships within Families and the Community

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(April 2021)  Providing foster care touches every area of your life. Most of the time, you don’t realize how much your life is impacted until you are in the thick of it. You find yourself missing your kids’ sporting events. Your family doesn’t understand why you have to reschedule holiday get togethers to accommodate for your foster children’s visits. Your kids feel like the foster children get special treatment and more time and attention. It’s not as easy to keep you with your friends and make time for yourself or your marriage. Your kids start to notice how everyone is parented differently. There are so many changes in your life and home, but you can’t talk about it because of confidentiality. Schools that you once had a great relationship with are struggling to understand the impact of trauma. While everyone is focused on the children in your home, no one is talking about the impact of foster care on you and your life. Join us for a real-life discussion on the impact of foster care on you, your family, and everyone around you. This training identifies many of the needs and challenges of the foster care experience, for all involved. The training specifically identifies needs and challenges in pre-placement, placement, and post placement.

Charley Joyce, LCSW, has been a social worker for approximately 40 years. He began his career as a VISTA volunteer and has worked as the clinical director of a psychiatric facility, as an outpatient therapist, supervisor of outpatient therapists, as a foster care caseworker, clinical director of foster care services and as the owner of his private practice. His MSW is from the University of Iowa and he has completed a three year, postgraduate program in family therapy funded by the Bush Foundation. He is the co-author of the book, “Behavior with a Purpose” and a contributing author of the books “The Kinship Parenting Toolbox” and “Assessing Youth Behavior”. He has developed online trainings for the Foster Parent College, in Eugene, Oregon. For approximately ten years, Charley taught as an adjunct instructor in the MSW program at the University of North Dakota. Personally, Charley is a husband, father, grandfather, and volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Tami De Coteau, Ph.D., obtained a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with specialization in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders for adults, adolescents, and children. She has worked in a variety of outpatient settings and with a diverse patient population, including Veterans and Native Americans. She received the Indian Health Service 2009 Health Professional of the Year Award for outstanding service and the American Psychological Foundation 2010 Early Career Award for providing culturally competent practice techniques for Native Americans and for developing training programs in rural, underserved areas.

Aside from clinical work, Dr. DeCoteau has given numerous lectures on how trauma impacts attachment and brain development, in-school strategies for working with traumatized children, and historical trauma. She is a long-standing member of the American Psychological Association, an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation and a descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

(1 hour, 53 minutes)

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