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Training Information and Resources


VIDEOS - Images engage learners more than words.  If a picture is worth a thousand words then just imagine how much you can communicate through a video!  Videos are a good medium to use in training to break things up while still making a point.  Today's learner is being killed by PowerPoint and lecture, take a minute to check out these videos to mix up your presentation and give it texture!


Center for the Developing Child

A Variety of videos on brain development, childhood trauma, early childhood and much more from the Harvard University Center on  the Developing Child. 


Deep in my Heart

Given up for adoption in infancy, 34-year-old Barbara Ann Williams (Gloria Reuben) launches a desperate search for her biological mother when she is diagnosed with a severe medical condition. Painfully assembling the pieces of her fragmented life, Barbara learns that her mom, a white woman named Gerry Cummins (Anne Bancroft) had been raped by a black man in 1961. With the social barriers of the time banning her from keeping a mixed-race baby, and her own religious convictions prohibiting her from having an abortion, Gerry farmed out her daughter for adoption. Barbara's first home was with black foster mother Corinne Burrell (Lynn Whitfield), but she ultimately wound up adopted by a dysfunctional white family in Wisconsin, with Annalise Jurgenson (Alice Krige) as her "official" mother. Thereafter, Barbara's life would be tainted with the onus of being a loser and an "outsider", no matter where she turned. With all this in mind, it seems incredible to even imagine that Barbara's lifelong misery will be purged by a happy denoument. Produced for the CBS network, the fact-based TV movie Deep In My Heart originally aired February 14, 1999


It’s not about the nail-

This is a video used as a humorous example of reflective listening. 


JabbaWockeez featured on Brian Games.

This is a fun video that can be used as an energizer or icebreaker to process assessment, and situational awareness.


Join up-Monty Roberts

This video is often used as a demonstration of the spirit of motivational interviewing.  It shows a man training a horse.  The way he interacts with the horse can be a metaphor for how case workers interact with their clients.


Just Stop It- Bob Newhart

This is a humorous video used to train Dr. Thomas Gordon's 12 Roadblocks to communication.  It can be used as an icebreaker to show examples of how to not interact with a client.


Kid President

This youth has created a series of videos that can be used for icebreakers, energizers, entertainment and inspirations purposes. 



ReMoved 2

Winner of numerous short film awards, “ReMoved” is the gripping story of a young girl’s journey through the foster care system. Every year in the U.S., 640,000 children spend time in foster care.


Social Media Revolution 2015 #Socialnomics

Humans now have on average a shorter attention span than a goldfish.  This video showcases the power of social and mobile technologies.


The Danger of Silence

Published on Aug 15, 2014- "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.


Trapped on an Escalator

Humans now have on average a shorter attention span than a goldfish.  This video showcases the power of social and mobile technologies.


Wild Whites of West Virginia clips

Stemming from generations of coal miners working in risky job conditions, most of the White family possesses a fatalist attitude and a lack of fear of death. For the duration of the film, various members recollect violent acts with neighbors, family members, and other locals. Other crimes included larceny, prescription fraud, shootings, armed robbery, forgery, stabbings and parental custody. D. Ray worked in the coal mines during the scrip payment era. Mamie explains D. Ray's frustration with the corrupt practices of his employers and how it led him to "outsmarting the system." D. Ray legally signed each of his children up for "crazy checks" during early adolescence. Mamie discloses to the audience that each month, she (and other members) receive social security checks monthly from the government due to their inability to hold employment from psychiatric disability


Mississippi Court video on Bias at the Lunch Table




Voices of Truth: Protecting Mothers from Bias in the Child Welfare System - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3Aouc3EvRw


The soft landing - managing the workforce in the wake of a child fatality.



Team-Based Learning (TBL)

Here is Introduction Material from the 2015 conference. And look for other material in the TBL Folder. This 12 tips for effective TBL.pdf is also applicable for trainers, even if you are not using a TBL format.






http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ls-menu/ This website has 34 different activities to increase learner participation. It is changing how I host conversations in the class room in multiple ways and I HIGHLY recommend it (Bill).


The Lion, the Wicked Witch, and the Monkey - this playful activity energizes participants.

  Time: 10 minutes 


  • Ask participants to stand up and find a partner, preferably someone they haven’t had a chance to talk to or get to know yet. If there are an uneven number of participants, have the second trainer pair up with the extra person.  
  • Once everyone is paired up, say the following:  We are going to do an activity to wake us up after lunch and help us hone our instincts before we spend some time practicing the skills we have learned over these two and a half days. First, can someone show me what a Lion looks and sounds like?
  • Wait a minute for a volunteer; if no one does, model what a Lion looks and sounds like. (Fierce looking, with a resounding roar.) Now how does the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz look and sound?  
  • Wait a minute for a volunteer; if no one does, model what the Wicked Witch of the West looks like (wicked laughter as you “melt” into the ground). Now, how does a monkey look and sound?  
  • Wait a minute for a volunteer; if no one does, model what a monkey looks like (monkey sounds and arm movements).  


So, does everyone know how those three characters look and sound? Now this is where our instincts

come into play. You are going to turn back to back and, without talking, when I get to the count of three, you will turn around and immediately act as one of those characters. The goal is to “guess” which character your partner will choose to be and match them.

Any questions? Ok, please turn back to back. When I say three, turn around and be who you think your partner will be.

One, two, three!


  •  Participants will be laughing hard. Have them do this activity four to five times, counting to three each time. Then, say: Now, let’s see who is the best at this. We will do it some more, but now, if you and your partner guess correctly, you both sit down.



Name Juggle - This activity has three goals: to energize the participants after lunch, to improve their memory of each other’s names, and to increase their comfort in working with one another.

Time: 15 minutes 



  • Three to five soft toys (Beanie Babies, Koosh balls, etc.)



  •    Ask participants to stand in a circle. Do not include yourself in the circle. 
  •   Starting anywhere in the circle, ask participants to say their names out loud around the circle. Ask them to speak loudly so all can hear.

  •  Now, give a soft toy to one of the participants and give the group the following instructions:


Your task is to select someone in the circle to whom you will throw the soft toy. You must say this person’s name out loud to get his or her attention before you throw it. When you catch it, you must say thank you [name of thrower]. And remember two things, who threw it to you, and who you threw it to.


Once you have been thrown to, cross your arms so everyone knows you have already been thrown to.


Are there any questions?  

  • Ask the participant with the soft toy to begin.

  • Ask the last person who receives it to throw it back to the original thrower.

  • When the soft toy has made it all the way around the circle, ask the group if they can do it any faster. Assure them that they can, and begin again with the same person as before. Remind them to throw to the same person as before.  
  • When the first item has made it through about a third of the group, give an additional item to the first person and have them begin the pattern again.
  • Remind people to continue to say names out loud.

  • When the second item is about one third of the way around the circle, give another item to the first person.

  • There should be lots of laughter by now. Collect the three items as they return to the original thrower. When you have all three, thank the group and have them sit down.

  • Put the following in your own words:  You have now heard everyone’s name many times. We do this activity for two reasons. First, it wakes us up a little. Second, it helps us get to know each other’s names. We will be learning from and sharing with each other throughout this training. Knowing each other’s names will make it easier.


Magic Markers  -

Materials needed: approximately 10 markers, sticks, matches, pens or similar objects

Purpose- Icebreaker or energizer, mindfulness, assessment


Step 1. Explain to the participants that you have some magic markers (or whatever term you prefer). You are going to be thinking of a number and and trying to psychically channel the number you are thinking about into the participants mind.  Their task is to guess what number you are thinking about.

Step 2.  Stand over a table with your markers and have participants gather around the table.  State that if people have participated in this activity, or figure out the activity to not tell other participants the answer.

Step 3: Take your markers and create a number with them.  For example you could put one marker on the table vertically so it looks like the number one. After placing the marker down take one of your hands and place 2 fingers out on the edge of the table. 

Step 4: Ask participants to guess what number you are thinking about.  Typically some of them will guess 1.  Tell them you are thinking of the number 2. 

Step 5: Repeat the process as many times as needed.  Make numbers with markers and then make a different number (the number you are thinking of) with your fingers on the table.  Typically after doing this 4 or 5 times most participants will figure it out by seeing your fingers on the table as the number and realize it has nothing to do with the markers.


Process: This activity can be used to process assessment, and or mindfulness.  Ask participants how the process relates to their work.  They will usually respond by talking about how it is like seeing the big picture of families, not just focusing on what is right in front of you, having situation awareness, and being aware of your surroundings.


Take A Stand On Your Values Take A Stand Example by Nora.ppt 


The World Café Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. The World Café Community Foundation As a 501 (c) 3, the mission of The World Café Community Foundation is to transform the world for the benefit of all Life through convening and supporting collaborative conversation world-wide. The Foundation is responsible for ensuring the ongoing accessibility, integrity, vitality, and evolution of the World Café as a vehicle for social innovation and positive change. This website is a publication of the World Café Community Foundation.


Learning Circle Facilitation 

Fresno Facilitation Skills Training.pptx


Puzzle Maker



General Child Welfare Resources and Information


California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse

Idaho Judges Benchards for Child Protection Cases

National Fatherhood Initiative

National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint

The Child Welfare Information Gateway - Us Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Trainer Information and Learning Theory

Transfer of Learning Matrix: 12 Moments in TOL Time



Published on Aug 15, 2014

"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

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