International adoption ongoing education courses

International Ongoing Core Education

Learning to Connect with Your Child

Our International adoption ongoing education courses were created to take parents deeper into the subjects of bonding and attachment and the practical how-tos of parenting a child from a hard place using Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®).  These classes–while both practical and idea-rich–will add valuable insights into the personalities and temperaments of each individual in your home. Through each series of articles, videos, and assessments, you’ll learn how to further connect and engage with your child. We’ll explore obstacles and challenges, and the tools needed to develop a healthy, secure bond. In our advanced adoption classes, you will also delve further into your own background and learn how you can heal and grow into even better and more prepared parents.

The 8 classes in this bundle total 20 hours.

Class 201

The Importance of Playful Engagement

In this class, we’ll discuss how to confront challenging moments through playful interaction, and provide practical tools for daily encouragement for children with a background of trauma. This class also explores ways to make play fun for yourself and your child, and why play can often be difficult for adults.

2.0 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 201

Class 202

Healing and Healthy Touch

Science, and our own hearts tell us that everyone needs physical affection, but it can be difficult to know how to approach a child when touch has been absent or abusive in their lives. This course offers practical tools based in TBRI for how to be affectionate with a child with a history of trauma and loss, as well as how to recognize and bring healing to sexualized behavior and introduce a child to your family culture of healthy touch. The 40-minute TBRI video, “Healthy Touch” is included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 202

Class 203

Exploring the Sensory World

This course explores the ways in which we experience the world through the 5 senses and different coping mechanisms for sensory overload. In this segment, we’ll also discuss the importance of respect for our own, as well as our children’s bodies. The 90-minute TBRI-focused video “A Sensory World” is included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 203

Class 204

Healing Through Attachment

Through an attachment assessment and detailed narratives, you’ll learn about the 4 types of adult attachment styles and discover your own attachment inclination. Gaining insight into individual strengths and challenges becomes a valuable tool in enhancing attachment in all of your relationships.

3 Hours • $90
Enroll in Class 204

Class 205

Your Story: Healing & Attachment

Central to this class is the wisdom we’ll draw from Michael Orlans and Terry Levy and their book Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Love and Trust. Resources and valuable insights are provided to help parents and caregivers develop trust and create healthy self-worth in every relationship.

4 Hours • $120
Enroll in Class 205

Class 206

Nurturing Secure Connections

Every parent and caregiver wonders what is going on in the minds of the children they care for. Actions, behaviors, words, and deeds can baffle the mind of the most caring and rational adult! In this course, we’ll explore the possibility that everything a child does stems from his or her natural desire to learn, explore, and grow, to launch and return to a secure embrace.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 206

Class 207

Parenting From a Secure Base

The longing to ‘belong’ is central to every heart. The practical, grace-filled examples of TBRI principles—empowering, connecting, and correcting—will become the bedrock of the foundation you are building as you care for children. The 120-minute video “Empowering, Connecting, Correcting” is included in this class.

3 Hours • $90
Enroll in Class 207

Class 208

The Importance of Forming Bonds and Cocooning

In this class, we’ll remind you of the importance of cocooning and forming lasting bonds, what sort of transitional challenges could be ahead, give you some ideas for honoring your child’s origins, and maybe even pique your curiosity about how we want to support you and stay connected as your family grows.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 208

Additional Advanced Courses

Class 208B

Ethics in the Adoption Process

Ensuring adoptions are facilitated ethically and in the best interests of children is a team effort in which prospective adoptive parents can be an active participant. In this class, we will explore practical ways that parents can help ensure their own adoption process is ethical as well as those of families following in their footsteps.

.75 Hours • $15
Enroll in Class 208B

Class 210

Learning to Listen to Your Child

Building connection and a healthy relationship with a child means entering their world. Inviting their stories, even when they are difficult to hear, listening with compassion, and practicing the art of ‘being with’ gives children a safe place to share. In this course we’ll explore how to give children voice and gain understanding about their experiences to help care for them well.

1.5 Hours • $45
Enroll in Class 210

Class 211

Medical Conditions | FASD Caregiving

Caring for a child with an FASD diagnosis is strengthened with a deeper understanding of their diagnosis, their life-long invisible disability, and how some adjustments in your expectations can enrich positive outcomes. In this class we’ll hear proven strategies to come alongside children to meet their unique brain-based needs.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 211

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Class 301

Siblings and Family Integration

Foster care and adoption impacts each individual in the family differently. Adding a new family member, and all of the likes, dislikes, passions, and personality that come along with them, can throw the groove off of even the most flexible of families. Having realistic expectations, practicing the possibilities, and remembering what’s already true about your family, helps makes for an easier transition when adding a new sibling – temporarily or permanently. This course will address the needs and concerns of both parents and children already in your home.

1.5 Hours • $45
Enroll in Class 301

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Class 302

TBRI for Teens: Connecting with Older Children

Meeting the needs and bonding with a teenager or an older child who has a history of trauma and loss, comes with its own set of challenges. A teen who is beginning to question their situation, identity and relationships can require a whole new list of best practices for parents, caregivers and professionals. In this course we’ll introduce the short video “Toxic Stress & the Brain” as well as the two-part series, “TBRI for Teens.”

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 302

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Class 303.1

TBRI: Empowering, Connecting, Correcting Part I

This course provides the practical examples and role-playing needed for parents, caregivers and professionals to learn how to empower children to physically and emotionally attune to a safe caregiver. You’ll come away with the tools and encouragement needed to connect with children in a meaningful, healthy way, while also learning strategies to help them course-correct when things get hard. The first session of the video “Empowering, Connecting, Correcting” is included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 303.1


Class 303.2

TBRI: Empowering, Connecting, Correcting Part II

This course continues the practical examples and role-playing needed for parents, caregivers and professionals to learn how to empower children to physically and emotionally attune to a safe caregiver. The second session of the video “Empowering, Connecting, Correcting” is also included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 303.2

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Class 304

Facilitating Behavioral Change

Discover the science behind the behaviors of vulnerable children. Dr. Purvis provides dozens of examples of TBRI strategies to deal with the behaviors of the children you care for who’ve come to you after experiences of trauma and loss in their lives. It’s a joy to watch Dr. Purvis bring order, security, and contentment into tough situations with children. The 86-minute video “Facilitating Behavioral Change” is included in this course.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 304

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Class 306

Racial Makeup of Families & Identity of Adopted Children

Families whose children have ethnicities different from their own face unique challenges in family life, community, and culture. Your child’s experience is different from your own—and there must be space for them to express those experiences and feelings. This course will help families discover ways to honor their child’s birth culture as well as the community that they’ve brought their child “home” to join.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 306

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Class 307

Safety and Children with Sexualized Behaviors

Very sadly, the children who come into our homes temporarily or permanently have sometimes had almost unspeakable experiences that loving parents and caregivers can’t even imagine. To bring healing, we must fiercely and unashamedly come alongside our children. In this course we’ll address topics of safety for every family member, how the symptoms of sexual abuse can present in children of all ages, and how to begin steps toward healing.

1.5 Hours • $45
Enroll in Class 307

Class 308

Developmental Milestones

Although every child’s development is unique, children who come to us from challenging backgrounds have even more ‘unique’ needs. As parents and caregivers we want to empower these children holistically—facilitating growth in mind, body and spirit—so they can reach their full potential. This course will provide a deeper understanding of child development, examining potential emotional triggers that will help you better meet children’s needs as they grow.

2.5 Hours • $75
Enroll in Class 308

Class 309

Exploring the Realities of Transracial Adoption

Families are Forever is partnering with Be the Bridge in the important conversation surrounding the topic of transracial adoption and caregiving. Be the Bridge is a faith-based organization that believes in truth-telling, humility, respect, confession, grace, and justice. The vision of Be the Bridge is for people and organizations to gain awareness and respond to the racial brokenness and systemic injustice in the world, and that people are no longer conditioned by a racialized society but grounded in the truth where all are equipped to flourish. This course will allow you to step into an intentional study of race, adoption and culture.

6 Hours • $120
Enroll in Class 309

Class 311

Talking to Kids About Race and Racism

Family should be the place where children feel precious and beloved. It’s also the place where their identity is nurtured and strengthened. When everyone in the family doesn’t ‘match,’ we have the unique opportunity of learning and growing together, and then championing the differences. What you say and (often more importantly) what you don’t say as parents and caregivers will be foundational to the identity your child takes into their teens, young adulthood, and the rest of their life. This course includes resources from Be the Bridge, a faith-based organization that believes in truth-telling, humility, respect, confession, grace, and justice. It will help you guide the thinking, reading, and conversation around race and racism for your whole family.

3 Hours • $90
Enroll in Class 311

Class 312

10 Parenting Strategies to Help Adoptees Navigate Race and Culture

Do you, as a white caregiver, have a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color) adoptee or child experiencing foster care in your life? Do you wonder how to support them in today’s racially divided world? Cam Small, therapist and adult adoptee explores the different kinds of support that have been effective in helping adoptees walk through various seasons of their story as they navigate this journey of race and culture.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 312

Class 315.1

Sexual Development, Disruption & Healing  1

Discussion of sexual development and any challenges around this topic and our children is often uncomfortable for caregivers and parents – yet, as the adults in our children’s lives we must find ways to normalize healthy behavior and to meet their needs. In this two-part course you will become familiar with normative sexual development and behaviors as well as the dynamics of sexual abuse. We’ll explore basic caregiving skills to utilize with children/youth who have experienced sexual abuse or display problematic sexual behaviors.

2 Hours • $60
Enroll in Class 315.1

Class 315.2

Sexual Development, Disruption & Healing  2

This course continues our discussion from Part 1 around the topics of sexual development and challenges. It’s pretty common that these are uncomfortable subjects for caregivers and parents – yet, as the adults in our children’s lives we must find ways to normalize healthy behavior and to meet their needs.

3 Hours • $90
Enroll in Class 315.2