Training Opportunities

Hearts & Homes for Youth is offering the following training workshops at our main office, located at 3919 National Drive, Suite 400, Burtonsville, MD 20866. RSVP to Melanie Geddings-Hayes at
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Cost info:

$35 – 2 hour trainings, 2 CEUS
$50 – 3 hour trainings. 3 CEUS
$65 – 4 hour trainings, 4 CEUS
$95 – 6 hour trainings, 6 CEUS

Over 5 million children are exposed to Intimate Partner Violence each year. Our presentation will review what IPV/Domestic Violence is and how exposure to traumatic events like IPV in childhood can impact one’s development, decision making and behavior.  We will also discuss how these behaviors present in our clients and what service providers can do to support victims and encourage healthy relationship behaviors.

This half-day workshop will provide an introduction to identifying and understanding childhood traumatic stress and its impact. The workshop will provide an overview of the theoretical foundations and core concepts related to childhood traumatic stress. Participants will learn to distinguish between normal childhood adverse experiences and childhood traumatic stress. They will learn about the prevalence of trauma and the impact of various types of traumatic stressors on a child’s daily functioning. Simple and complex trauma experiences will be discussed and will include the impact upon the developing brain. Attachment, attachment disruption, and the most common behavioral, emotional, and cognitive sequela will be examined from a developmental and neurobehavioral perspective. Finally, key issues critical to effective treatment planning will be highlighted. Case studies will be presented along with didactic materials and a list of resources for further study. This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals working with children and their families and/or those interested in learning more about childhood traumatic stress and its impact.

Niki Picogna is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) & Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland as well as a Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor (RPT-S). She travels internationally with Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars to provide play therapy to children who have experienced devastating loss and trauma as well as to educate mental health professionals and paraprofessionals on various play therapy topics.

This workshop addresses the unique loss experienced by children in foster care and adoption, and will include factors that influence children’s reaction to loss, the four psychological tasks of grief work, and healing therapies for children and teens. The critical aspects of loss in foster care and adoption and how these losses impact children will be explored.  Discussion will include how professionals can work with parents to understand how their children are experiencing the ambiguities of foster care and adoption.  Effective interventions for opening communication with children, and strengthening transitions and attachment to new families will be included.

This interactive training will provide an overview of the use of LifeBooks as a clinical tool with children involved in the Child Welfare System.   The trainer will provide an understanding of the purpose of using a life book, including clinical applications and policy mandates.

The trainer will describe the process of completing a life-book, including introducing the concept to the client, gaining the investment of the client and transitioning to use of lifebooks to address deeper clinical issues. The trainer will also discuss the unique applications of the lifebook in the context of the child welfare system.

Training participants will gain direct experience in creating their own lifebook and are encouraged to bring a picture or memento that represents an important person or event in their life which the participant will use in creation of their own lifebook page.

This training will provide participants with practical ways in which to provide culturally competent service to those we work with. This interactive training will expand your outlook and push you out of your comfort zone! Each participant will leave with tools that they can put into practice in their work and everyday life.

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More workshops, TBD:

  • Ethics, presented by Chloe Perez, LCSW-C, CEO/President HHY (3 CEUs)