Trainings & Workshops

Great Circle offers trainings and workshops for health-focused professionals, educators and caregivers on a variety of behavioral health topics. From “lunch & learns” to full-day trainings, and from introductory to high-level information, these offerings appeal to a wide range of expertise. CEUs are available for some workshops. If you’d like to be notified when new events are posted, please join our e-mail list by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Teaching Consent Awareness

Consent is a hot topic these days as we navigate through the #metoo movement. As foster parents, there is no control over what the children who come into our homes have observed in their previous environments, seen on social media, or have been exposed to in movies or on television. These experiences often inform a foster child’s view of the world. This skewing of relational boundaries can set our adolescents up for failure. This is why it is important to understand what consent is, why it is important, how to teach everyday consent, and how it applies to romantic relationships with regard to our foster children. This workshop will help participants walk away with answers to these questions and resources to navigate the conversation of consent.

Bridging the Generational Gap

Have you been caught saying you won’t parent the way your parents did?...or that you are old and don’t understand kids today? The generation we are a part of influences how we parent. Regardless of if we are baby boomers, part of Generation X, or a Millennial, how we grew up influences how we see life. However, it is important to recognize how childhood has changed since we were children. By focusing on what it means to be a part of Generation Z and the Alpha Generation, we will gain a clearer understanding of what they need in our parenting practices. Participants will leave this workshop understanding the influences of different generations-the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, Generation Z and the Alpha Generation, as well as insight for parenting Generation Z and the Alpha Generation.

Identity Development 

The age old question of “Who am I?” stumps the best of us. Figuring out who you are for foster children who have varied experiences can lead to a world of other issues including anxiety, depression, and sometimes even anger. As parents, that can be a lot to handle, especially as we try to remember what is normal and at what stage. This workshop explores physical, cognitive, language, and social & emotional development. From there, we will focus on the adolescent stage of identity versus role confusion as discussed by Erikson’s stages of Psychosocial Development. Encouraging and supporting youth during this time of exploration of who they are is sometimes difficult. It can bump up against a parent’s belief systems, or perhaps there is not understanding. Participants will walk away with practical tips to work with adolescents to help promote healthy identity development in our foster children.