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Webinar Presentation "Understanding Difficult Behavior" 6.18.2020

June 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Every child in foster care has a history of loss and trauma which impacts how they behave and interact with the world. Understanding the root cause of challenging behaviors is essential to building a connection with children in foster care, and for supporting those who care for them. Participants in this training will learn about the impact of trauma and stress on early brain development, how brain wiring affects behaviors, and about the factors that drive difficult behavior.

Meet the trainers

Dana Gracie, Professional Trainer and Family Educator
With 20 years’ experience in child foster care, Dana has held positions in direct care, education, supervision, leadership, and staff development. Dana’s professional focus has been on addressing the needs of children and families in the foster care system. She brings to the work not only a professional perspective, but a personal one as well, as Dana is the adoptive mother of a sibling group of older boys from the child welfare system. Dana received her Master’s in Business Administration from Montreat College with a focus on Leadership Management, and her Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College, majoring in Religion with a minor in Sociology.  She 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 of promoting “the right of every child to a permanent, safe and loving family.”
Michelle Calvert, Professional Trainer and Family Educator
Michelle has worked in the child welfare field for over 17 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. Michelle holds a BA degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Michelle recently earned the Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She lives in Cornelius with her husband.


June 18, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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