Be Strong Parent Cafés

In 2007, the Be Strong Parent Café process was created and developed by Strengthening Families Illinois to educate family members/family leaders on the five research-based Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors that keep children safe and families strong. The purpose of Be Strong Parent Cafés is to provide an environment in which parents and family members can build protective factors through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The model is based on the principles of adult learning and family support and builds family member leadership. Through the efforts of the PA Strengthening Families Leadership Team with funding support from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and facilitated by the Center for Schools and Communities, Pennsylvania has offered the Be Strong Parent Café Training Institutes (PCTI) since 2016 to encourage more communities to use this forum for engage family members.

For more information on scheduling the parent café training, please contact PA-StrengtheningFamilies@csc.csiu.org.

Upcoming Training

Parent Café Table Host Training and Understanding the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework Course

Join us for a full day of training to strengthen your café teams! In the morning you will dive deep into the role of the table host and sharpen your hosting skills. The afternoon will focus on expanding your knowledge of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors; the backbone of parent cafes.

Morning Course
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!

Afternoon Course
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 how the protective factors are present in their own lives. This will support Parent Café team members to ensure that protective factors are woven through the theme of their cafes, guide table conversations, and are built through family member participation in the café process. Having a thorough understanding of this framework helps café teams create environments where families grow stronger.

Any organization that has attended a Parent Café Training Institute is eligible to send participants to the Parent Café Table Host Training. Participants might, 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!

POSTPONED, to be rescheduled at a later date

 

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 protective factors through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning.

Six PCTI events are scheduled winter/spring 2020 to encourage more communities to use this forum for engaging family members in learning more about the five research-based Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors that keep families strong:

POSTPONED, to be rescheduled at a later date

 

The Be Strong Parent Café Institute (PCTI) is a two-day experiential and highly interactive institute that prepares a team of family leaders and family support providers, educators and other professionals to convene and implement parent cafés and serve as café leaders and table hosts. Participants gain an understanding and have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors.

The PCTI is designed for team participation. Each team must have at least four members and may include family members and staff. All team members must participate in both days of the course. Each team will participate in follow-up implementation support from certified instructor technical assistants. Teams that complete the course will be able to apply for a mini-grant to assist in the implementation of the required Be Strong Parent Cafés.

To learn more about the Be Strong Parent Café model and to begin the planning process for attending the institute, please read the announcement and complete and return the Team Application/Readiness Checklist.