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KCSL provides quality training opportunities for professionals, foster parents and adoptive parents by offering both traditional classroom settings as well as the most up-to-date online learning opportunities. The combination of passion and compassion for serving children and families is simply not enough to navigate the complexities of the social service world. Our skillful trainers bring trainings to life by concentrating on the skills that facilitate and most likely transfer learning into practical application. By design, our trainings incorporate the most current research and innovative theories while focusing on the needs of the learner to promote a deeper understanding of the tasks involved.

In addition to our training topics listed below, KCSL is also a member of a training coalition sponsored through the Children's Alliance collaborative. All trainings sponsored by this initiative are free and available to child welfare workers and foster/adoptive parents desiring more educational opportunities. Visit the Children's Alliance website for more information.

For questions about KCSL training opportunities, email training@kcsl.org.
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Child Abuse Prevention Trainings

KCSL staff are available to do presentations for a variety of audiences including church groups, childcare workers, educators, foster parents and other groups of mandated reporters. Cost is $75 per hour for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandated Reporting and Period of PURPLE Crying® presentations. Making the Business Case for Prevention is free. Email training@kcsl.org for more information.

Register for Upcoming KCSL Training

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) | 1-2 hours
Children who grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments that foster hope and resilience are better prepared for lifelong health and well-being. The 1998 landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study demonstrated that many adults recall experiences including abuse, neglect, substance abuse and areas of household dysfunction that led to lifelong poor physical and emotional health. While ACEs are important, an exclusive focus on adverse experiences risks labeling children and their families, and it neglects to turn attention toward the possibility for flourishing even in the face of adversity (Sege, R).

The objectives for the ACEs training include:
  • Raise awareness of ACEs research including the impact on social connections, school readiness and the likelihood of developing negative health behaviors;
  • Inform participants of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention framework being implemented to prevent ACEs called Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments; and
  • Brainstorm concrete ways to cultivate relationships and environments that create a positive impact for children and families in our communities.

Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandated Reporting | 1-2 hours
Kansas law states that most professionals who work with children, including medical professionals, social workers, nurses, educators and others, are mandated reporters and are required by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. This presentation will address areas of risk and protective factors, definitions of child abuse and neglect per Kansas law and provide examples of signs and symptoms. Participants will also learn the appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect, discuss what to do in the event of child disclosure and understand Kansas mandated reporter laws.

The objectives for mandated reporter training include:
  • Identify risk and protective factors related to child abuse and neglect;
  • Define the various categories of abuse and neglect and identify the signs and symptoms of each category; and
  • Understand the role of the mandated reporter and learn the process for making reports.

Connections Matter in Early Childhood | 4 hours
Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, relationships help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. Connections Matter is a training designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency, prevent childhood trauma and understand how our interactions with others can support those who have experienced trauma. Connections Matter explores how the connections we make in life profoundly impact our brain’s ability to grow and our own abilities to cope and thrive. This is done through a training curriculum that educates participants on Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma, brain development and resilience. Connections Matter ultimately strives to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate and trauma-informed communities – thus allowing all children and individuals to succeed.

The objectives for this training include:
  • Build a common language around Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma, and resilience;
  • Describe what Adverse Childhood Experiences are and identify three ways they impact children throughout their lifespan;
  • Identify at least two community resources that support families and children;
  • List actions they will take to help prevent or mitigate childhood trauma within his or her professional role or community; and
  • Learn how the interconnectedness of healthy brains, resilience, relationships and communities can result in positive outcomes for children and families.

Period of PURPLE Crying® | 1 hour
The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the peak time when babies cry more often. Infants who cry a lot or are awake and fussy at night are a source of concern for many parents. Because of the normal increase in crying that occurs in the first months of a baby's life, parents and caregivers usually have questions. Crying is the most frequently reported trigger for why a parent or caregiver would shake a baby. Early prevention education is the key to decreasing the incidence of shaken baby syndrome and infant abuse. The Period of PURPLE Crying® is an evidence-based shaken baby syndrome primary prevention program created by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Learn about the Kansas strategy, how PURPLE is being implemented in hospitals and agencies across the state, how the program was selected and the research behind it.

The objectives for Period of PURPLE Crying® training include:
  • Define Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma and characteristics of this form of child abuse;
  • Explain the connection between normal infant crying and shaken baby syndrome; and
  • Reference the Period of PURPLE Crying® program and explain how it helps educate and prevent shaken baby syndrome.

Making the Business Case for Prevention | 30 minutes-1 hour
Strong families build strong businesses. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are prevalent in Kansas with more than 50 percent of Kansas adults having at least one ACE. High ACE scores (3+) in Kansas are more prevalent among adults under age 65, thus having an impact on our current workforce especially working Kansans with lower levels of education and earning lower annual incomes. A low unemployment rate in Kansas (<3.4%) with approximately 50,000 open jobs increases the number of low-income workers with high ACE scores entering the workforce. Mitigating the negative economic consequences of this developing workforce requires employers to create Family-Friendly Workplaces (FFW).

The objectives for this training include:
  • Provide an overview of ACEs research and its impact on the workforce; and
  • Discuss proven FFW strategies.
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Darkness to Light Stewards of Children® Sexual Abuse Prevention Training | 2 hours
Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach.

Topics covered in this training include:
  • Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse;
  • The types of situations in which child sexual abuse might occur;
  • Signs of sexual abuse;
  • Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse; and
  • The importance of talking about sexual abuse prevention with children and other adults
To learn more about Darkness to Light, please visit d2l.org. This training is currently being offered through a grant made possible by the Kansas Attorney General's Office. To schedule at training, please email training@kcsl.org for more information.While supplies last, this training is provided at no charge through a grant with the Office of the Kansas Attorney General.
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Foster/Adoptive Parents Training

TIPS-MAPP Classes
This class is for those who want to move forward in the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent. TIPS-MAPP (Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) helps families decide whether or not foster care or adoption is right for them and prepares them for their role as resource parents. TIPS-MAPP is offered free of charge. Classes meet for three hours over 10 consecutive weeks (for a total of 30 hours). For more information, read our Adopt Kansas Kids' TIPS-MAPP brochure.

Completion of TIPS-MAPP is required before children can be placed in your home. You must pre-register for a TIPS-MAPP class. To register call toll-free 1-877-530-5275 or email us.

For more foster parent training information, please visit Children’s Alliance of Kansas childally.org.

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