Tag Archive: training

  1. Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: School Resource Officers (Updated 1/31)

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    Currently, Virginia School Resource Officers (SROs) are not required to receive training in working with children and youth. We expect nearly anyone working daily with children to receive training on child development and appropriate interactions with children, why would Virginia not require the same of SROs?

    After the Parkland shooting, Virginia lawmakers turned attention to what students felt they needed to be safe in school. Students who spoke up on panels and attended meetings mentioned improving their interactions with SROs as something they needed to feel safe in school. SROs needed to begin their interactions from the perspective of “what’s happened to you?”, not “what’s wrong with you?”. SRO’s needed to be trauma-informed. 

    The leaders and participants of Trauma-informed Community Networks across the state agreed with students based on what they saw in their communities and raised the issue of requiring more appropriate training for School Resource Officers. The more than 40 organizations signing on to the Unified Policy Agenda for the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia all agreed that this initiative was a priority.

    Now your support is needed to encourage our Delegates and Senators to vote in support of required training for School Resource Officers.


    Bill Update as of 1/31/19

    Support SB1130 (Locke). This is the only bill related to SROs that requires training for the safety officers in child-specific topics. As of 1.31.19 it had passed the Education and Health Committee and was referred to the Senate Fiance Committee.

    While Delegate Bourne’s died in a House Courts of Justice subcommittee, a similar bill, HB2609 (Jay Jones) requiring training for School Resource Officers, although not specifying what topics the training would cover, passed the House Education committee and is under consideration of the full House of Delegates.



  2. “I’ve got a kids who…!” Training

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    Loudoun County Foster Care & Adoption, Loudoun County Public School’s Parent Resource Center and Formed Families Forward are collaborating to provide a Special Education training series for families with children in foster care, kinship care or adoptive placements.

    This is a two day commitment for a total of 4 in-service hours

    Tuesdays, October 7 and October 14, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Join us for refreshment and fellowship at 6:30, the programs begin promptly at 7.

    Location: Mason Enterprise Center, first floor conference room, 202 Church St. SE, Leesburg (intersection of intersection of Church St SE & Royal SE); parking available at the building and in the Government Center parking lot.

    Part 1: Tuesday, October 7 ~ “I’ve got a kid who ….!”

    Why does your child behave that way? Explore and understand core skills associated with managing emotion & behavior. We’ll look at the executive functioning skills that children use all the time at play, at home, and in school and look at why mastering these skills is a challenge for some children. Learn about school and community resources available to your family.

    Part 2: Tuesday, October 14 ~ “So, what can I do now ….?”

    How can families support children’s appropriate behaviors? This evening, we will share specific strategies for recognizing triggers, preventing problems and addressing challenging conflicts. Gain behavioral techniques and tools to prevent and intervene in potential conflicts.

    CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP: http://www.lcps.org/cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=552 or call 571-252-2185


  3. Adolescent Substance Use: Training May 23 in Richmond

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    Great events just keep popping up in May! The Campaign is pleased to spread the word about this training about adolescent substance use. We’ve worked with parent-trainer Carol Obrochta often, and she is wonderful! Be prepared to get some helpful information in a very supportive environment. Here are the details- be sure to register:

    The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is sponsoring a free training titled

    Adolescent Substance Use: Information that all Families Should Know”

    Family members and caregivers who are concerned that their child or adolescent may have a substance use disorder often have many questions and concerns. This training is designed to provide attendees with accurate information about drugs and drug trends as well as strategies on how to effectively address substance use behavior in the family environment. The presentation is designed especially for family members and care givers.  Topics to be covered include but not limited to are signs and symptoms of substance use, abuse, and dependence, the culture of drugs and alcohol, drug trends, how and where to get help, strategies on stabilizing the family and self-care for the family that is impacted by youth substance use.

    Presenters:  Barbara Burke (LCSW) is the Clinical Director for the Family Counseling Center for Recovery at the Radford Ave. location and has over 25 years of experience providing counseling services for adolescents and family.

    Carol Obrochta is a national trainer with over 25 years of experience in the area of  developing child and family support and networking organizations.

    Date:  Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Time:  5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Place: Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Richmond, VA

    Light dinner refreshments will be served

    Registration Information:

    The workshop is free, but space is limited, therefore registration is required. In order to register, please forward your name, email address,  and telephone number to Malcolm King at (804) – 371-4604 or via email at malcolm.king@dbhds.virginia.gov  A confirmation email will be sent to you after your information has been received. Directions to the Virginia Tech Richmond Center may be found at http://www.richmond.vt.edu/newsite/directions.html

  4. Speak Up for Kids: May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

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    At the Campaign, we are very excited about a new partnership with the Child Mind Institute in New York and its “Speak Up for Kids” initiative in May: “The centerpiece of Speak Up for Kids 2013 is a series of marquee events—livestreamed talks and roundtable discussions by our nation’s mental health leaders—that expose and address the real barriers that stand in the way of effective mental health care for children and families.”

    There is an AMAZING lineup of 16 webinars throughout the month of May, and you have the opportunity to host viewing parties—gatherings of interested folks, whether work colleagues, parents, or clients of your organization – to view the webinars together and then discuss. I have discussion guides available if you would like to organize a viewing party. No group is too large or too small! Also, if the time of the live webinar is not convenient, you can host a viewing party at a later time that works for you. All webinars will be available on the Child Mind website.

    Topics include everything from teen addictions, brain research, fighting stigma, and partnering with your pediatrician, and speakers include young people, parents, Congressman Patrick Kennedy and NIMH director Dr. Tom Insel. There is truly something for everyone!

    The Child Mind Institute is offering the webinars and discussion guides totally free of charge, and we are excited to bring this opportunity to your attention. Please let us know if you would like to host a viewing party: margaret@vakids.org.

  5. Family Media Training in Fairfax May 14

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    As part of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month, the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health is teaming up with Fairfax Partnership for Youth to offer a media training for families of children with mental health issues on May 14 in Fairfax. Here’s the scoop:

    Parents and the Media: What Reporters Are Looking For, and How to Tell Your Story

    When:                         Tue, May 14, 2013, 6:30pm-8:30pm

    Where:                       Room 1034, Pennino Building, 12011 Governement Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035

    Who Attends:          Family members of children with mental health challenges

    Free to attend. Dinner will be provided. Please register! (http://www.fairfaxyouth.org)

    The Campaign for Children’s Mental Health works to spread the word about children’s mental health needs and reduce stigma for the children affected and their families. Part of raising public awareness of children’s mental health issues is to work through the media, helping inform decision makers to change policies that serve our most vulnerable children. Reporters always want to talk to families who are affected by children’s mental health issues. We know that can be intimidating, so we want to help you prepare BEFORE we get a call and need your help.

    This training will be led by a seasoned media consultant who will tell you what reporters are looking for and how to share your story succinctly. As a result, you’ll be able to help improve the children’s mental health system by speaking up about your experiences!

    Please register today and feel free to pass along the info to any other families who might be interested.

    Questions? Email margaret@vakids.org.

  6. Need help? Crisis Planning for Families on Dec 3

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    Voices for Virginia’s Children and its Campaign for Children’s Mental Health are pleased to be partnering with NAMI Virginia‘s Virginia Family Network to host a training for families of children with mental health needs on crisis planning. We hear often from parents and other family members that they did not know what to do when a child’s condition deteriorated to the point of crisis. Parents, siblings and everyone in the household can be affected, so it helps to plan ahead. We’ll have a panel of speakers to address how to avoid a crisis if at all possible, how to plan in case there is one, and what resources are available in the Richmond area.

    Here are the details:

    Crisis Planning for Families

    of Children with Mental Health Needs

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    5:30-8:00 p.m.

    Weinstein JCC

    5403 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23226

      Panel includes mental health clinicians, a police officer trained in crisis response, a parent and a youth. Come with questions!

     The training is FREE and dinner is included. Child care stipends and travel reimbursements are available, but you must register!

     Please register at:


    Questions? Please contact Stephany Melton Hardison at the Virginia Family Network (smelton@namivirginia.org or 804-285-8264 x206) or Margaret Nimmo Crowe at the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health (margaret@vakids.org or 804-649-0184 x23).

    If you would like to distribute hard copies of a flyer about this training, we have one available to download: Crisis Planning Flyer

    Special thanks to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services for their generous support of this training.