Training: Creating Secure Attachment

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Attachment is critical to healthy relationships. When a child comes to your care with a history of trauma, you can tell him that he is safe, wanted, and loved, but that isn’t always enough. Sometimes, there is a disconnect between thoughts and feelings and that can become the foundation for an insecure attachment, leading to problem behaviors, power struggles, difficulty in school, and other behaviors that you may not understand.

In this training, participants will learn strategies to help children in their care bring their thoughts and feelings into alignment and how to help them begin to create connections that will last a lifetime.

About the Trainer
Kathy Duffek, BSWC, has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions in the nonprofit, parent education, and family service sectors. She is an innovative parent educator, experienced in program development and implementation, grant writing, and public speaking on a variety of parenting issues.

Since 1995, Kathy has worked as the Community Education Coordinator at Parents Place Family Resource Center in Waukesha County. She has a passion for working with children and families, especially in the areas of social and emotional development. She is a strong advocate for strengthening families, and feels that every family would benefit from parent education and support.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
6-8 p.m.

$20/participant | $80/agency group

The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
6682 W. Greenfield Avenue, Suite 310
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Or attend via webinar

Register online, email us, or call 414-475-1246


Under the Umbrella: Caring for Children & Youth with Sensory Issues

For some children, it might be sound. For others, it might be touch or sight. Regardless of the particulars, children with sensory processing issues can’t rely on their senses to give them an accurate picture of what’s happening around them. As a result, they may struggle with socially appropriate behavior.

Sensory experiences include:

  • Visual or vision input: The car driving by the window or the words a child is trying to read.
  • Auditory or sound input: The birds chirping outside or the TV being on in the other room.
  • Tactile or touch input: Feeling the paper you’re holding, the seat you are sitting on, and the clothes you’re wearing.
  • Olfactory (smell) input : The dinner being cooked or the rain outside.
  • Taste input: The coffee you are drinking.
  • Movement input: Two parts – the sense of our position in space (proprioception), and the feeling of gravity (vestibular input). As you’re reading, this input would be the feeling of leaning on your arms or tapping your foot.

No matter how they manifest — screaming if their faces get wet, an unusually high or low tolerance for pain, doing absolutely everything, including having a tantrum, in order to avoid getting dressed, for example — sensory issues can make the world a difficult place for children to live in. Understanding hidden sensory challenges and brain development, in the context of adverse childhood experiences, will help caregivers reframe a child’s behaviors.

For those who are interested in learning more about caring for children and youth who may have sensory processing issues, we are hosting a training this Wednesday, May 13: Supporting Children & Youth with Sensory Processing Issues. We invite you to join us. We also invite you to reach out any time you feel you need a little extra support, information, or resources to support yourself, your children, and your family. The Coalition is here to help you all every step of the way. Email us or give us a call at 414-475-1246 or 800-762-8063.

Featured Tip Sheet: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

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The Paths to Success: A Panel Discussion with Former Foster Youth

Wisconsin youth in the foster care system face many challenges while in care and once they exit care such as maintaining family ties, access to safe and stable housing and access to post-secondary education.
YAC LogoIn honor of Foster Care Awareness month, we invite you to participate in a webcast hosted by the Wisconsin Youth Advisory Council, where you will hear from former youth about these issues and many more. The members of the panel are Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members who have aged out of the foster care system. They will share their stories and answer your questions about their experiences in the hopes that positive changes can be made to improve the wellbeing of the more than 6,000 youth who are in Wisconsin foster care.
About the Youth Advisory Council
Beginning in 2008, it is the vision of the council to develop a system of youth councils that will provide increased youth voice to influence positive changes in the foster care system. Members provide presentations trainings and feedback to local and state entities. Between the State Council and the Regional Councils representation of the voices of youth is included in the implementation and evaluation of policy and practice as well as being a tool of education and training to other youth, resource families, child welfare workers, and the overall public in general. To learn more about the YAC, its purpose, and accomplishments, please visit the council’s Facebook page.

The Paths to Success: A Panel Discussion with Former Foster Youth
Friday, May 29, 2015
Attend in person at the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families or join us via webinar

Register online, send an email to, or call us at 414-475-1246

Training: Recapturing Calm – Using Mindfulness to De-escalate Crisis Situations Involving Children & Youth

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to the experience.

mindfulness word in wood typeWhen a crisis situation occurs in your home, it can be extremely helpful to know some of the mindfulness skills and techniques that you can use. All children and youth can potentially experience a crisis; however, children and youth who have experienced out-of-home care and the possibility of past traumatic events, may have a greater likelihood of entering into a crisis situation. Handling these situations in a mindful manner can empower parents to remain calm, thus returning their home to an atmosphere of peace more quickly.  Our trainer will provide practical approaches that parents and caregivers can implement to help de-escalate the children and youth in their care while maintaining a calm and collected composure.


About the Trainer

Joseph Stanley is a motorcycle-enthusiast who, for a hobby, does youth work. Joseph has been working in the social services field since the 1980’s. After starting at Pathfinders youth shelter in 1986 as a community volunteer, he went on to get a BSW, and then to get a masters in Ed-Psych. Joseph has done pretty much everything at the shelter over the years from House Supervisor to running groups, and for the bulk of his time, he is in the field as a therapist. Joseph is passionate about providing youth with opportunities to help other youth, which he believes is the ultimate way to provide youth the opportunity to achieve mental health and life satisfaction.

Recapturing Calm – Using Mindfulness to De-escalate Crisis Situations Involving Children & Youth
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6-8PM
$20/person or $80/agency group
Attend in person at the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families or via webinar
Register online or contact us at or 414-475-1246 (toll free at 800-762-8063)