2019 Parenting Education Symposium
2018 Parenting Education Symposium January 10, 2019, from 9:30 to 3:30, at the U of M, St. Paul Student Center
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The Parenting Education Symposia are designed to be active, engaging forums where participants discuss, share, and collaborate in order to advance the work of parent and family education. The 2019 Symposium focuses our attention on trauma that impacts children and families. In particular, we will be learning about homelessness and how it impacts children and families. Ending homelessness and its negative impact on children and families requires collaboration and a knowledgeable, skilled workforce. The available resources for ending homelessness must be used in the most efficient and impactful way possible. We must understand the needs of families experiencing homelessness and make connections to resources that best meet those needs (from Heading Home Together plan). Person-centered, trauma-informed, and Housing First practices will help advance our work. These three best practices must be incorporated into mainstream programs, like ECFE. Topic presentations by experts in higher ed and the field will be followed by group discussion and sharing. The overall goal is to emphasize the importance of our work as family professionals, and to generate and learn new strategies for effective, high-quality work with families and with each other. The audience for this event is leaders and practitioners from a variety of fields that work with parents and families. Together, we will lead, learn, and build in order better meet the needs of practitioners and leaders who work with families.

Symposium Overview:
The 2019 Parenting Education Symposium is designed to be an engaging, productive forum where participants learn, discuss, and share ideas and suggestions for the effectively meeting the needs of children and families who have experienced trauma, particularly homelessness.
Goals

  1. Learn about homelessness in Minnesota and how it impacts children and families.
  2. Learn about and discuss Heading Home Together: Minnesota’s 2018-2020 Action Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
  3. Learn about and discuss strategies for working with families who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma, particularly homelessness.
  4. Discuss and learn about the work currently being done, available resources, and models of collaboration.

See Homelessness page on this website.

KEY TOPICS & RESOURCES

Competencies

Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document For the Field of Parenting Education
Click Here, National Parenting Education Network (NPEN)

Wisconsin Core Competencies for Family Support Professionals
Click Here, Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board

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