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Meet the Fosters: Training and Retaining Foster Care Parents

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Meet the Fosters: Training and Retaining Foster Care Parents



6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

$250 single; $200 each for 5 or more

Alumni will receive a $50 discount. Please email swope@columbia.edu for the promotional code. Your email should contain your name and the year you graduated.

*Open to the public



Subject/Topic:

Foster care parents are key members of the child welfare system and have an immense responsibility in providing a new home, and a healthy, clean, and nurturing environment for children who have been removed from their own homes. While the majority of literature and research on the child welfare system focuses on the children and biological parents, this workshop aims to fill the gaps in this scholarship by focusing on working with foster care parents, specifically mothers.

We will take into consideration factors such as culture and family values, kinship or non-kinship status while applying a caregiver stress and coping model as well as role theory to deepen our understanding of foster parents. We will learn assessments/strategies and interventions (specifically, psychoeducation) to work with foster care families and biological parents and review strategies that enhance recruitment and retention.

Workshop Description

This workshop uses a mixture of lecture, discussion, small group work and guest speakers (from caseworkers and foster care mothers).

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to:

  • Articulate an understanding of the foster care system from the standpoint of foster care parents’ experiences.
  • Identify social policy, programming, and clinical issues that are relevant to this population, while critically evaluating ways to enhance services.
  • Articulate assessments/strategies and interventions (specifically, psychoeducation) that might be used to work with foster care families and biological parents.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of race, social class, gender, and religion within the foster care system.
  • Delineate recruitment and retention enhancement strategies and services in the foster care system.
  • Identify ways in which a social work lens can have an impact on the child welfare system.



Presenter:

Yamile M. Martí Haidar, Ph.D., LMSW, MA, has been teaching at CSSW since 2011. She has worked at the individual, community, and policy levels and within mental health organizations, schools, community centers, and government agencies. Her clinical experience ranges from issues of substance abuse; the child welfare system; and therapy and group work with families and children, cancer patients, abused women, and abused/neglected children, among others. Dr. Martí has conducted research on the implementation and evaluation of a teacher training intervention for empowerment, as well as, a community empowerment intervention in Puerto Rico. She also collaborated in a psycho-education intervention for young women who are pregnant and in foster care with Dr. Ellen Lukens and Dr. Mary Sormanti of CSSW and conducted a qualitative study on the experiences of foster care mothers.

Dr. Martí's research areas include the development of resiliency and coping skills for children and women in crisis or facing adversity, the implementation and evaluation of interventions that promote positive mental health in children and women and the role of psychosocial and cultural factors on mental health.

Dr. Marti earned her doctorate at CSSW, where she focused on the experience of foster care mothers. She also holds Masters degrees at Teacher’s College, Columbia University (Concentration in Psychology Education) and in Social Work from CSSW.



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Continuing Education Contact Hours Information

6.5 contact hours will be awarded for NYS, NJ and CT licensed social workers. Licensed Social Workers for other states, please refer to your state licensing agency and email swope@columbia.edu. In order to receive your continuing education certificate, you must attend the entire workshop. Certificates will be emailed within 30 days of the workshop. CSSW is an approved NYSED provider for continuing education contact hours and a CSWE accredited institution.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

For information on special accommodations or our grievance policy, click here.

Cancellation policy: Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

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