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Training is the foundation. Kids from hard places experience trauma that rewires the brain and body for survival. Pain and fear occurs in relationships and only through relationships can healing take place.


The foster family is the primary healing agent. Training gives you the tools to provide relational healing.


Healing requires awareness of rewiring, the knowledgeable translation of behaviors, and the skills to slow down, hear the fear, see the story, and respond, not react, with nurture and structure. 


The lowest-risk and best-place to ask questions is in the sacred space of the training room.   All questions are important. Don’t be shy. We often say, “Give it a shot, it’s the training room”.  Questions increase prevention.  It's safer to get your questions answered sooner rather than after an event has occurred. 

Elisha Hicks is our training coordinator. If you have any questions about our training program please call our office or email her at


24 Hours of Training

Designed around your schedule to equip you to become a foster parent.


30 Hours for Family Level

45 Hours for Treatment Level

Our excellent curriculums build off of your pre-service training to provide the skills and knowledge that are applicable to you. Trainings are offered at different times throughout the month to accommodate your schedule.


We believe our trainings are transformative and that "a rising tide lifts all boats". Our trainings are open to the community. Whether you want help with your bio/adoptive kids, support other foster parents, or get to know people in this community, join us. Email Elisha to inquire & RSVP prior to showing up. 

Support Group

Training Content

We use and borrow from the very best.  See below to learn about some of our favorite topics, thought-leaders, and curriculum. If you have ideas on how to improve our training program, or know of some great community trainers, please let us know.  

Trauma Free World

"Trauma Free World is a community of people dedicated to helping children around the world heal from childhood trauma." They bring together some of the best content into 7 innovative modules that we regularly teach during pre-service & ongoing training

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is one of our absolute favorite healing modalities.  The heartbeat of TBRI is connection. Two of our trainers, Elisha and Denise, have each utilized TBRI for 10 years with their 7 and 9 children, respectively.  TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. 

Dr. Nadine-Burke Harris

Nadine-Burke Harris is a pediatric medical doctor who realized medical issues are so often connected to contextual toxic stress.  She created the Center for Youth Wellness where she brings together leading interventionists to help the community heal. Her famous TED Talk is worth a listen and book, "The Deepest Well" is worth a read, they are transformative.

Dr. Bruce Perry

Dr. Bruce Perry is a neuroscientist who researches childhood trauma, both it's effects and healing interventions.  His team created the Child Trauma Academy and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).  His book, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, is very well-written and accessible to the everyday reader.  We regularly consult and are trained by a highly trained NMT practitioner. 

Bessel Van Der Kolk

Bessel Van Der Kolk is a trauma-focused psychiatrist that is best known for his landmark book, The Body Keeps the Score.  He draws together a lot of collaborative research to teach us how trauma is embodied and how through different movement & body work, combined with therapy and healthy attachment, can help people heal through body-based interventions. 

Other Training Topics

  • The Impact of Trauma

  • Strategies to address Trauma

  • Coping with Difficult Behavior

  • Generating Signals of Safety

  • Adolescent Development

  • Child Development Fundamentals

  • Early Childhood Development

  • Self-Care for Foster Parents

  • Healthy Sexual Development of Children and Teens

  • Building Relationships and Teaching Cooperation

  • Setting Expectations

  • Effective Parenting Tools

  • Implementing Effective Consequences

  • Welcoming Diversity

  • Transition to Young Adulthood

  • Building Resilience in Children

  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

  • Cultural Issues in Foster Care

  • Loss and Grief

  • Reactive Attachment Disorder

  • Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development