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Charlotte "Understanding Challenging Behaviors"
November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 amFree
Workshop Description: Caring for a youth with a history of loss and/or trauma can present unique challenges for even the most experienced parent, or caregiver. This interactive workshop will describe the impact of childhood trauma on early brain development, identify the needs behind difficult behaviors, and review interventions.
Meet the trainer: Michelle Calvert, MPA, Professional Trainer and NC Certified Parent Educator, has worked in the child welfare field for over 15 years, as an adoption and foster care worker, a Family Finding Specialist, and a trainer. Michelle’s interest in youth permanency began at an early age as she learned about her own mother’s experiences growing up in foster care and the rippling effects this had on her mother’s life and family. This led Michelle to devote her professional career to the pursuit of permanency for children in care and strengthening families. She feels her involvement in Family Finding has been the most rewarding experience of her career to date. Michelle holds a BA degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received training from nationally known permanency expert Kevin Campbell in 2011; completed the Training for Adoption Competency program through The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. (C.A.S.E.) in 2013; and most recently earned the Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work in 2015. Michelle is passionate about her work with children and families and dedicated to the fulfillment of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina’s mission, “to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe and loving family.”