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New York Foundling’s Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection & APSAC invite you to apply for the Comprehensive Online Course for Child Welfare and Child Maltreatment Professionals. The program consists of eight 90-minute sessions. Applicants must register for the entire 8-week program. The training program will offer participating professionals the opportunity to acquire or enhance the competencies, skills and insights necessary to effectively work with children and families in the child welfare system. Please see course descriptions and course presenters below. All eight courses will be led by national experts in the field of child welfare and child maltreatment.

Professionals who deal with child maltreatment are under a tremendous amount of stress trying to provide services to their clients and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as they give so much of their time and energy to their critical work, it is equally as important that they have the tools to care for themselves and know how to offset the stressors of their jobs.  Developing and maintaining a regular self-care practice is important in supporting overall wellness and managing the stress in their lives. The session will cover recognizing stress symptoms, how the brain responds to stress, positive reframing techniques, how to recognize adaptive versus maladaptive coping strategies, creating a self-care plan and the importance of maintaining it during the pandemic.