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Building a Foundation for Mental Health Through Nurturing Discipline

Training Description:
What are our goals for discipline? How do we achieve these goals? What is the most mentally healthy way to discipline children? What else can be done? At this presentation, participants will learn the answers to these questions and more. Participants will leave with concrete alternative discipline techniques to use with children and youth in a variety of settings.

Training Length: 3 hours

Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn, and use positive discipline techniques with children. Children will receive nurturing and positive guidance to enable them to thrive socially, emotionally, academically and physically. At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify goals of positive discipline and best methods to achieve those goals
  2. Compare positive, before-the-fact, and after-the-fact discipline techniques with traditional after the fact discipline techniques
  3. Identify at least four methods of nurturing discipline techniques
  4. Implement nurturing discipline techniques with young children and older

Recognizing and Reporting Child Maltreatment

Training Description:
This training provides participants with the knowledge and expertise on recognition and prevention of child maltreatment. In order to obtain this knowledge, the objectives listed below will guide the participant through the necessary steps to ensure that all youth are respected, nurtured and protected. Awareness of child abuse and neglect is critical to the well-being of children.

Training Length: 2 hours

Training Goal:
Increase knowledge of risk and protective factors related to abuse, and reporting requirements.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain, for the mandated reporter, the laws pertaining to reporting suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Describe the reporting process for suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Explain how to handle disclosures of suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Teach how to recognize the signs and symptoms of suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Discuss the impact of child abuse and neglect in Houston and the state of Texas

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Choose Respect: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Dangerous Love; Dating Violence Prevention

Training Description:
This training will provide participants with knowledge regarding dating violence as well as skills to ensure healthy relationships. Interactive activities and discussion will be utilized to learn the impact of dating abuse, how to identify early signs of abuse, how to help others in potentially dangerous relationships, how to identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and tools for developing smart relationships. This upbeat and fast-paced training will fly by as participants learn about and discuss a topic that impacts so many young people today!

Training Length: 3 hours

Training Goals:
Participants will learn how to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, and will gain knowledge about
signs of abusive behaviors. Participants will leave training with several tools and skills that can be used to help ensure they maintain healthy relationships. In addition, the participants will impact others,
specifically teens, with the knowledge learned from the training.

Training Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Possess familiarity about what constitutes a healthy versus an unhealthy relationships in the real world
  2. Offer guidance in the form of seven key questions or areas to consider when making relationship decisions
  3. Raise awareness of behaviors that demonstrate a potentially abusive relationship as well as the early warning signs of abuse
  4. Provide practice in setting boundaries and applying them at the first sign of disrespectful behavior
  5. Provide guidelines for dating safely and to know how to help a friend who is involved in an abusive relationship

Building Resiliency in Children and Adolescents

Training Description:
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks, learn from failure, be motivated by challenges and
believe in your own abilities to deal with the stress and difficulties in life. Resilience is critical to a child’s
happiness and overall success in life. All children and adolescents need resilience and, fortunately, it can
be learned. This presentation explores how adults can talk to children in ways that build their ability to
thrive no matter what life puts in their path. It promotes the use of hands-on, interactive activities and
discussion between adults, adolescents and children with a focus on character building, confidence and

Training Length: 2 hours

Training Goals:
Participants will recognize the correlation between self-esteem, resilience and mental health, and increase understanding of how to promote positive self-worth in children and adolescents. Children and adolescents will build resilience, enabling them to live healthy and productive lives and to resist the threats and dangers of today’s society.

Training Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define self-esteem, resilience and mental health in relation to children and adolescents
  2. Explore the seven “C”‘s of resilience – competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control
  3. Identify specific activities for children, adolescents, families and groups that promote resilience

Real Life, Real Talk: Connecting with Teens

Training Description:
Many factors in a young person’s environment can affect his or her mental health. Exposure to violence, extreme stress, loss of an important person, movies, television, video games, music, the Internet and social networking influence the mental health of today’s youth. Sexuality also has a bearing on the mental health of adolescents, as can drug and alcohol use. A young person who has an open line of communication with a caring adult, has an increased probability of positive mental health or well-being and decreased probability of suicide than one who feels alone with no one to confide in. (The suicide Prevention Resource Center).

Training Length: 2 hours

Training Goals:
Participants will have a better understanding of adolescent development, challenges and ability to communicate. Participants will learn to connect with adolescents in a meaningful and helpful way. Adolescents will be better understood by adults who care for and guide them. They will feel supported and more confident in confiding in adults during the confusing and intense years of adolescence.

Training Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Have an increased knowledge of adolescent brain development
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of how technology affects the way teens connect and communicate
  3. Identify five tips for connecting with teens

NetSmart Internet Safety Program

Training Description:
Youth have been bullying each other for generations. The latest generation, however, has been able to utilize technology to expand the reach of their harm. This phenomenon is called cyberbullying, defined as: “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” Adolescents use technology, usually computers or cell phones, to harass, threaten, humiliate,or hassle their peers. The NetSmartz Internet Safety program provides participants with information on how to minimize the risk that children and teens will be victims of different types of internet victimization,including Cyberbullying. Information is provided on how to educate and protect teens against this form of bullying. Participants will also learn how to reduce the chance of victimization by online predators and the problem of revealing too much personal information online. The presentation will use real life examples to describe the offline consequences of children’s online actions. The training uses real life examples to describe the offline consequences of children’s online actions. Elements of the training include:

  • Parent education on how to keep children safe on the street and on the internet
  • Cyberbullying prevention and reporting tools
  • Child and teen presentation information on internet safety and predators

Training Length: 3 hours

Curricula Content:

  • Cyberbullying-The use of internet technology or mobile technology, such as cell phones, to bully or harass someone
  • Online Predators-Those who express a sexual attraction to minors and try to get them to reciprocate with sexual chats, images, and meetings offline. Predators may manipulate and gain trust of a minor in a process called “grooming.”
  • Revealing Too Much-Personal and private information shared through texts, images, or videos may attract unwanted attention from cyberbullies or online predators. This may also lead to serious offline consequences at school and with the law.

Curricula Goals:
Facilitators will learn valuable tools to educate youth on the importance of internet safety. The long-term goal of the NetSmartz Internet Safety Program is to ensure all children use the internet safely and to reduce the number of children victimized through internet risks.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and identify internet safety risks
  2. Educate children and parents on the importance of internet safety
  3. Provide resources to presentation participants on how to use the internet safely

To request a presentation or to become trained as a presenter, please contact ChildBuilders at 713-481-6555.

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