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Continuing Education for Professionals

Equipping Mental Health Professionals to Support Adoptive, Kinship, and Foster Families


Friday, April 12th, 2024

Lima Community Church | Journey Building | 2945 N Cole St. Lima

Cost: $60/professional | $40/student 

Certificate of Completion and 3 CEU’s provided

Open to school counselors, mental health professionals and other professionals who serve these unique families


In the recent years of pandemic, financial stress, and opioid-crisis losses, the need for adoptive, kinship, and foster care has risen. Unfortunately, adoptive, foster, and kinship families and individuals have reported in numerous studies that they were unable to find and access fully qualified and skilled professionals who understood adoption-related issues and possessed therapeutic skills in addressing these concerns.
This training will equip professionals serving families in our community with competent mental health care language and tools to support families with the specific issues that may be present in adoptive, kinship, and foster care experiences.
Attendees will:

  • Gain psychoeducation on language, diagnosis categories, and family transition process for families at each stage of the adoptive, kinship, or foster care process.

•    Explore tools for equipping adoptive, kinship, and foster families with

      the skills necessary to build healthy attachments, family & individual          identity, and openness in communication of their experience for all            members of the family system.
•    Receive tools to help families navigate issues of complex grief and            trauma that are often present and overlooked for all members of the        family system.
•    Learn tools to equip parents as a primary vehicle for healing and                growth in their unique family dynamic.


Building Up Kids
Interlocking Bricks

Interlocking bricks provide a vehicle for endless possibilities in a manner kids can understand and interact with. This will be a fun, unique, hands-on training all done with interlocking bricks that will provide you with the following:

  • Education to help children better understand how their brains are wired

  • Self-Regulation and calming strategies for children

  • Healthy expression of emotion through colors and building

  • Ways to help children challenge their negative thinking

  • Tools to guide children to rethink their behavior and process life situations

  • Practical techniques to enable children to cope with stressful situations

  • Positive behavior reinforcement, strengths and confidence building

Smart Steps
Evidence-based Education and Treatment Implications for Families in Transition Due to Divorce and/or Remarriage  

  • Understand realistic expectations in step-family and co-parenting situations

  • Learn how to effectively communicate to parents how to manage parental responsibility personally and with all parties involved in child’s life

  • Learn positive communication/relationship skills including healthy expression of emotions by parents and children

  • Recognize effective parenting styles, implement healthy boundaries and navigate discipline and consequences in dual family situations

  • Assess what children need from parents during dual family transitions

Marriage Training
Best Practices and Effective Techniques When Working With Couples 

This workshop is designed to help clinicians and other professionals understand some of the most common struggles that couples face in their relationship.  We will discuss the best practices to keep in mind when working with couples including setting appropriate goals, boundaries, and expectations.  We will also discuss effective techniques that can be used to assess the needs of the couple, enhance positive communication, and establish a safe environment.


By the end of the training, participants will be able to:​​

  • Understand common areas of stress and dissatisfaction in relationships including but not limited to differences in values, finances, and infidelity.

  • Identify best practices to use when working with couples to avoid dual relationships, triangulation, and keeping secrets.     

  • Describe effective treatments used with couples to promote healthy communication and fulfillment of needs.

Professional Trainings


Available For: Retreats, Conferences, Events, Churches,
Schools & Community Organizations

Training and CEU Topics

  • Anticipatory Grief

  • Boundaries

  • Building Up Kids Interlocking Bricks

  • Creative Interventions

  • Ethics

  • Grief & Traumatic Loss

  • Group Dynamics & Interventions

  • Integrating Counseling & Faith

  • Parent support for emotions, self-regulation & behavior in kids

  • Self-regulations

  • Stress, Anxiety & Depression

  • Valuing client/patients

  • Additional topics tailored to your team training or CEU needs

Training Fees

  • $350 per hour

  • Mileage will be factored into final cost based on distance from Cornerstone of Hope LIMA office

Contact Us

If you would like more information on our trainings and what we offer, please contact our office at 419-581-9138 or email

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