Upcoming Colorado child welfare learning opportunities

February 14, 2022

Four Colorado-based organizations will be hosting child welfare related learning opportunities in February and early March. Training series and workshops from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’ Project SCOPE and The Kemp Center as well as the Office of Respondent Parents’ Council and Denver’s Early Childhood Council will offer professionals opportunities to expand their knowledge of a variety of subjects related to child welfare, child development and working with families. 

Third training series for Project SCOPE begins February 17, 2022

Project SCOPE: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic, is a national training initiative intended to build nationwide, interdisciplinary provider capacity and confidence in applying evidence-based practices in screening, monitoring, and interdisciplinary support for children and families impacted by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS),  opioid use, trauma, or related exposure.

The curriculum includes, but is not limited to, current research on developmental outcomes of prenatal exposure to opioids and other substances, trauma-informed care, provider secondary trauma stress, and strategies to support caregivers. This initiative is intended to improve outcomes by linking research to practical application in local communities, providing opportunities to share knowledge and findings with national networks and federal agencies, and providing recommendations for future interventions.

Project SCOPE uses the ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Options) model of adult learning techniques and interactive video technology to connect families, community providers, and other professionals with training and content experts right in their homes, schools, and offices. The curriculum is focused on evidence-based practices in serving children and families impacted by opioid use and includes:

  • current research on brain development
  • developmental outcomes (e.g., emotional development, language development, sensory concerns) of prenatal exposure to opioid and other substances
  • trauma-informed care
  • provider secondary trauma stress
  • strategies to support caregivers

This training is for certified nurse midwives, child placement supervisors, child welfare workers, early care and education providers, foster parents, guardian ad Litem, kinship caseworkers, lawyers, members of the judiciary and law enforcement, mental health providers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, public health nurses, speech-language pathologists, and social workers, among others from around the state, who are interested in evidence-based practices when working with children and families impacted by the opioid crisis. The first session will launch on Thursday, February 17, from 8:30 to 10:00. All sessions are free. Registration and more information about Project SCOPE can be found here.

Kempe Center’s Monthly Series, Continuing the Call to Action: Child Welfare Transformation in Times of Racial Awakening.

Listen to the 45-minute Radio Kempe podcast with Corey Best. Corey B. Best is foremost, a dedicated father, and the founder of Mining For Gold. He is originally from Washington, DC and now resides in Florida. This is where Corey began his transformation into adaptive leadership training, systems building, authentic family engagement, racial justice, promoting protective factors, social equality, and highlighting “good enough parenting” for those impacted by the child welfare system. To connect with Corey or learn more about Mining for Gold, visit www.miningforgoldcommunity.com.

Watch the international exchange on transformation in times of racial awakening from the Kempe 2021 Call to Action Conference that featured Sharon McDaniel, Beverley Barnett Jones, Sheldon Spotted Elk, Shemeka Frazier Sorrells, Sarah DeCrea, and Iona Sky.

Register to attend a 90-minute Conversation Circle on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at either 9:00 am or 4:00 pm for a discussion of the myriad of ideas raised by the panelists and podcast guest. For more information, visit continuingthecalltoaction.org

Office of Respondent Parents’ Council Disability Advocacy Training on February 25, 2022

The Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel is hosting its 3rd Annual Carrie Ann Lucas training on disability rights, in particular, what the law says about parenting and disability on Friday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The training focuses on the application of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) in child welfare and, in particular, working with parents with disabilities.  Being an ORPC training, it is from a parent representation perspective but includes a plethora of information that applies across the board. This year's training will also include new content on the intersectionality of race and disability in child welfare, as well as a panel presentation on representing parents with substance use disorder. Register here to attend virtually via Zoom.

2022 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference March 3, 4, 11 and 12

The 2022 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference will be held on March 3, 4, 11 and 12. Virtual breakout sessions will be held on March 3 and 4, 2022. In-person breakout sessions at the Colorado Convention Center will be held on March 11 and 12, 2022 with virtual access to three general sessions. Registration for virtual and in-person sessions ends on February 28. Learn more about COVID-19 protocols here.

The Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference (RMECC) is the region’s largest and leading early childhood conference. Each year the conference hosts teachers, professionals, business leaders, policymakers, caregivers, and other stakeholders providing early childhood professional development ECE training. With the support of sponsors, the event features top-notch keynote speakers, a wide selection of workshops, industry-leading early childhood exhibitors, and a variety of networking opportunities.

RMECC is a program of Denver’s Early Childhood Council. The Council’s mission is to elevate the early childhood field through innovative and inclusive leadership, services, and solutions.

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