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Parenting in Oz!

This is a two session series, please see details below.

When: Session 1 | Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 10:00am - 2:00pm

When: Session 2 | Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Spring Hills Community Church, 3700 Fulton Road Road, Santa Rosa

Cost: Free training for Resource Families, Providers, & Caregivers; lunch provided.

Please join CPI for a two class series and learn about a very unique and healing way to care for traumatized children.

Attendance at both classes meets the requirements for Module 5 and Module 6 of the resource family pre-service classes.

Parenting In OZ! uses the colorful imagery of the Wizard of Oz to help resource parents understand the ever-present fears that are at the center of childhood trauma for children in foster care. This training is not about just providing information, it is about bringing about understanding. Parenting In OZ! also provides an approach to self-care for caregivers that leaves them energized, optimistic, and better able to “stay in the game” to provide loving, long-term care.

Parenting In OZ! provides the tools needed to heal the trauma that underlies our children’s difficult behaviors. Parenting In OZ! presents an alternative parenting paradigm, a different way to view and understand the difficult behaviors we face every day. When we address the underlying stress and trauma in our children, their behaviors will change and our children will heal.

About the Instructor:

Rolf Van Leeuwen was a foster parent and adopted his oldest daughter from San Francisco foster care 22 years ago. He has worked as a social worker in foster care and adoption for 30 years. He is currently the Director of Adoption & Permanency at Alternative Family Services. He is very passionate about the OZ! training because he has seen that when parents understand that all “misbehavior” is a symptom of something deeper, they are able to respond to the behavior in a more patient and loving manner.

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