Professional Development

The Strengthening Families Leadership Team is committed to providing high-quality professional development to those working with families. Certified professionals can deliver a variety of workshops to meet your training needs. Continuing education credits are available for some courses. Please click on the links to the left to explore current professional development opportunities.

Upcoming Training

Be Strong Parent Café Training Institute (PCTI)

Be Strong Parent Cafés educate parents and caregivers about the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors and create an environment in which parents and caregivers can build the protective factors through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.

Dates/locations for 2020 trainings to be determined

Parent Café Table Host Training

Table hosts are some of the most important people at a parent café – they keep the conversation flowing, delve deeper into questions posed, and connect the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors to the observations made by café participants. Join us for this experiential workshop to deepen your hosting skills. You will explore active listening techniques, practice asking reflective questions, and learn practical strategies to deal with difficult situations that may arise in the café. Be prepared to discuss your café experiences and bring your questions!

Any organization that has attended a Parent Café Training Institute is eligible to send participants to the Parent Café Table Host Training. Participants may have but are not required to have, attended the Institute. This is a great opportunity to send parents and staff members that have been added to your team as you implement cafes!

November 1, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.)
Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Ave.
Camp Hill, PA 17011

To apply, complete this form and return it no later than October 25, 2019, via email or fax to (717) 763-2083.

Understanding the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework

The Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors, identified by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), are strengths and resources that families can draw on when life gets difficult. When these five factors are present and robust, they keep families strong and children safe. In this interactive workshop, we will define each factor, identify everyday actions that promote them in families and explore resources for family support professionals to incorporate this approach into their work.

This learning opportunity is free and open to the public. PQAS, Act 48, and NASW credits are available (fee may apply).

November 1, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration at 12:30 p.m.)
Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Ave.
Camp Hill, PA 17011

To apply, complete this form and return it no later than October 25, 2019, via email or fax to (717) 763-2083.