We are committed to providing high-quality professional development to those working with families. Certified instructors can deliver a variety of workshops and courses to meet your needs. For more information about the courses below or to schedule an opportunity in your community, contact PA Strengthening Families (insert email).
Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work
The seven-course series, Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work—A Resource for Action, provides an in-depth analysis of the Strengthening Families™ approach developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, an in-depth exploration of each of the five protective factors and what can be done to create an environment where families can build these factors in their own lives. This course was developed by the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance and is delivered by certified instructors in Pennsylvania. This series can be delivered over time or in an institute format.
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 three-hour course, participants 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.
Taking Care of Yourself: Self-Care through a Protective Factors Lens
Research shows that families benefit from having protective factors like resilience, social connections, and concrete supports. When these protective factors are robust in families, children and their caregivers thrive. What if these same protective factors could be built among family support professionals? How might our work (and our personal lives) be impacted if we focused on building our protective factors? In this course participants use the lens of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors framework to identify strategies to build these characteristics in themselves and foster them in workplaces.
Customized Learning Opportunities
Unique offerings can be developed to meet learning needs. Workshops and presentations can be crafted for specific audiences to provide basic information about the Strengthening Families™ approach, everyday actions to support the growth of protective factors and the importance of families being engaged as leaders in the work to keep their families strong.