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FACILITATOR IMPLEMENTATION QUESTIONS

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I plan on implementing NP online program with birth parents whose children are in foster care. Do you have any suggestions on how to utilize this program when birth parents will have limited access to their children on a weekly basis?

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This is a great idea and it has proven to be effective. Parents do not need to have daily or weekly access with their children to successfully learn. All HPA’s to learn the lessons can be done with self or other adults. It is highly recommended that you provide parents with extra HPA’s to help them interact is nurturing and fun ways when they do have access to their children.

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If the parents will not participate in the program, is it acceptable to work with only the child?

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Nurturing Program best practices is always to work from a family systems perspective. Work extra hard to join with the adults in the family sytem before joining with the child. Once you have consulted with your supervisor on ways to join with parents you can ask the parent permissions to do sessions directly with the child and with the parent and child on a regular basis.

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How would you work with a family or parent who is consistently non-complaint in the practice of taught sessions in their own home?

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Nurture Me and Watch Me Grow. The language non-complaint assumes they do not choose to be on this NP Journey with us. Possibly they have never been around Nurturing Facilitators that empowered them and pointed out their strengths. Don’t give up on believing in people even if they do not currently believe in us, themselves or the journey.

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Do you have suggestions for utilizing the program if a translator is needed for just one client? How best could we make it work to help them out as we don’t have a large Spanish speaking clientele?

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The best and most equitable way to serve families that speak a different language other than English is to educate the translator on the Np philosophy and values and provide a cultural translation not a direct english translation. You can also ensure that the translator comes from the same culture as the family being served.

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What happens if the families no show a lot of appointments after you have started the curriculum? Some curriculum they have to make almost all of their appointments, so I was wondering what would happen if families missed appointments.

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You recognize that rapport may need more time and then you reschedule as soon as you can in that same week. Discuss with family what you could do differently to better serve.

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What is the ideal group size for presenting this program in a group setting?

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Recommended Group size 10-15 adults it may be married couples. Recommended home-based or individual size 12-15 families.

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Does the temperament Traits Exercise is available for Spanish speaking clients?

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All 3 competencies will be in Spanish in a couple of weeks please check back with us to purchase.

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Would you do Nurturing parenting as a class of parents? so more then one family or just one family at a time?

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You can do individual or group and recognize that both are effective with the Nurturing Program for Families 5-19 and Infant – 5 supplement.

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What is the largest group or number of family members you might work with at one time?

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Recommended Group size 10-15 adults it may be married couples. Recommended home-based or individual size 12-15 families.

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Is there a specific group of people that this program works best being administered to?

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I would have to say a tirchiary level because that is how I developed the program and I paid close attention to their needs and the needs of the Facilitators who have created a career around serviving our most vulnerable populations.

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Does TNC have any curriculum that is aligned with child placing agency minimum standards for Texas Foster and Adoptive Pre-Service Training? For example, could someone attend one or more of the trainings and would it encompass all of the standards required for foster-adopt agencies in TX?

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Yes, if they complete the entire 16 weeks of sessions.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

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What empowered you to start this program?

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Thank you for asking. I enjoy answering this question. I have been in direct partnership with Dr. Stephen Bavolek/ Nurturing Parenting Program/ Family Development Resources for almost 29 years. I am a Social Worker and always wanted to do more to support families in their role as parents. After being trained and licensed in many Family Therapy and Family Education programs I came across Dr. Stephen Bavolek’s (Dr. B.) research. I first became a Facilitator in 1992. Dr. B and his work inspired me through the years to create my own curriculum. Through a joint venture we became CoAuthors of the Nurturing Families 5-19 Program first sold in only 5 states. I have now created 2 derivative of that work, “Nurturing Online Program and Nurturing Families Program for families with children Infants – 19.

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What is the most popular/common training?

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By far Facilitator Training, TOT training and Racism as Trauma.

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Is every agency that goes through training considered an affiliate?

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Agencies who choose to fill out the form and be affiliated with FNC-TX, stay current with updates and keep their facilitators current in their certification remain affiliates.

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In the current training that I am in only my colleague and I are in the teaching profession. Is it common for educators to take this training? Even non-traditional educators like Parents as Teachers since they do a lot of the home life education?

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It is very common for any individuals working directly with families to take this training to become certified Facilitators.

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Does this program work just as well with one person versus a group?

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Absolutely! The Nurturing Families Program has been developed to work with tertiary families in group, home-based, clinic-based and/or through an online platform.

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In the COVID-19 era, what has changed in your Nurturing Parenting curriculum?

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We are continuously working on assisting FNC-TX Certified Facilitators in the art of providing NP services virtually. We have also developed a Nurturing Online Program with 10 lessons.

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After Take Nurturing parenting training, what is the next training that you will recommend me to take?

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Attend the annual conference. After 2 years in great standing as a Certified Facilitator attend the TOT to start the Certified Trainer process.

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When you update your trainings do you notify the trainee that there’s an updated course available?

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Yes, quarterly we will send out information to our Certified Facilitators and Trainers.

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How long are you required to be a facilitator before becoming a trainer?

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At least 2 years.

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Is your trauma informed training being offered online?

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We do not currently have one posted because we are busy finishing the updated Nurturing Families Program for parents with children of all ages. We are open to providing this training within an agency contract.

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Once you’re certified to teach the curriculum of the Nurturing Program, what other programs that are related to the Nurturing Program that will accredited to keep the certification to continue teaching the Nurturing Program?

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You will need to attend a yearly virtual conference. The conference will be every 2nd week of November, Thursday and Friday.

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What would I have to do if I want to continue facilitating if I ever leave my organization?

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Contact FNC-TX so we update your status.  fnctx20@gmail.com

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The list of Texas Organizational trainers of the designated agency, do they only train within the agency they are listed or do they train outside their organization?

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No they are only allowed to train within their designated organization.

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What kind of support can I expect from y’all after completing the training?

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Quarterly we will update you on trainings. You can always contact us with questions or comments. We also provide Facilitator coaching sessions, fidelity audits and Np consultation.

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The only training that you will be offering until December is the Facilitator Training?

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Yes , That is currently posted. Please frequent our site. We are constantly adding new trainings. Please share any needs you have with us.

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What part of training virtually has been the hardest to adjust to?

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Not being able to Nurture attendees in the same way as usual although I must say the training and implementation of Nurturing Program is still extremely effective through a virtual platform. We are not being asked to be creative in a different way.

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When you become a trainer do you only train on specific competencies?

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You are first a Certified Facilitator for 2 years before you can then train at your designated agency. During these 2 years as a Facilitator you must be implementing the NP to fidelity directly to Families.

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Is there a way to get a hard copy of the book we purchased or are we allowed to print it off?

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You can have a one copy download permission for the Facilitator Manual, at time of purchase.

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Does the nurturing parent’s certification ever expire?

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It does not expire if you attend the annual 2 day conference in November. It is at this online conference every year that we reinstate certifications to facilitators and trainers.

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Do you ever offer any public events for parents?

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Yes FNC-TX offers direct services to families when an agency contracts for us to do so. Please call or email FNC-TX and allow us an opportunity to serve community families directly.

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