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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 was previously 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 Co-authors of the Nurturing Families 5-19 program first sold in only 5 states. I have now created 2 derivatives of that work, “Nurturing Online Program” and “Nurturing Families Infant – 19“.

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What is the most popular/common training?

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By far, the Facilitator Training, TOT training and Racism as Trauma are the most trainings.

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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 Infant-19 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 curriculum?

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

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After taking the Facilitator Training, what is the next training that you would recommend for me to take?

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First, 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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It takes 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 Infant-19 curriculum. We are open to providing this training within an agency contract.

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Once you’re Certified Facilitator of the curriculum, what else is required to keep the certification current?

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You will need to attend a yearly virtual conference. The conference will be every 2nd week of November, on 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 can update your status.  fnctx20@gmail.com

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In regards to the list of FNC-TX Organizational Trainers of the designated agency, do they only train within their agency or can 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 consultation.

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

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

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What has been the haredest part of training virtually?

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The hardest part is not being able to nurture attendees in the same way as usual. Although, I must say the training and implementation of the Nurturing  Online Program is still extremely effective through a virtual platform. We are now 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 train at your designated agency. During these 2 years as a facilitator you must be implementing the curriculum 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?

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With the purchase of the Facilitator Manual w/ Resources, with permission, you may download and print it once.

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Does the Facilitator 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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Will your organization be creating curriculum derived from Nurturing Skills with updated research in order to help families who may be low risk?

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The curriculum that FNC-TX Chief Executive Officer, Sonya M. Thorn MSOL LCSW, has authored is Nurturing Families Infant-19 for treatment families. However, it is also very effective with low risk families as a curriculum from which you can pick and pull the lessons as needed.

FACILITATOR IMPLEMENTATION QUESTIONS

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I plan on implementing Nurturing Families Infant-19 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 Home Practice Asssignment’s (HPA) Reinforce the lessons learned and can be done with self or other adults. It is highly recommended that you provide parents with extra HPA’s to help them interact in 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 the child only?

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Nurturing Families Infant-19 best practices is always to work from a family systems perspective. Work extra hard to join with the adults in the family system before joining with the child. Once you have consulted with your supervisor on ways to join with parents, then you can ask the parents  permission to do sessions directly with the 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 that they do not choose to be on this journey with us. Possibly they have never been around nurturing facilitators that have 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 philosophy and values and provide a cultural translation not a direct English translation of the curriculum. 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? In some programs parents must attend all of their appointments, so I was wondering what would happen if families missed appointments.

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Begin by recognizing that rapport and more time may be needed; then you reschedule as soon as you can in that same week. Discuss with the family what you could do differently to better serve them.

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What is the ideal group size for presenting this curriculum?

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The recommended group size is 10-15 adults, which may include married couples. The recommended home-based or individual size is 12-15 families.

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Is the Temperament Traits Exercise is available for Spanish speaking clients?

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All competencies will be in Spanish soon.  Please check back with us to purchase..

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Would you do this program as a class of parents or just one family at a time?

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You can do individual or group and recognize that both are effective with Nurturing Families Infant-19.

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

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I would have to say a tertiary 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 the Family Nurturing Center of Texas 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, FNC-TX has Nurturing Families Infant-19 that meets the standards for Texas Foster and Adoptive Pre-Service,  if they complete the entire 16 weeks of sessions.

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When working with families that have both parents in the home, what are some ways to better implement the roles in parenting if the roles are reversed such as the mother is more of the father and the father is more of the mother?

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Their patterns and styles of relating are theirs for us to appreciate and honor without judgement or critique. Rejoice in the fact that the children in that home have more than one adult loving them. Beautiful amazing talented emotional competent adults come from diverse parenting styles and family dynamics. You and I may be a product of that.

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It is hard to build rapport with some families that have zero access to online services and are not able to meet in person. Do you feel it is possible to work with a family strictly by phone with this program?

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We believe we do out best to make contact often and however we can. Yes, the Nurturing Families Infant-19 has proven effective on the phone according to AAPI post scores.

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I’m fairly new to the facilitator role and find myself struggling a little bit relaying the material as a facilitator. What are some tips to help me improve as a facilitator?

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Let us start by commending you for your beautiful vulnerability. Practice Practice Practice with any and everyone. Stick to order of the lessons so you learn the intent behind the lesson sequencing. We are here to serve, let us know how we can help.

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Is it best practice to relate to a client by saying “I know how that feels”?

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This would not be our recommendation. We do not know how people feel. Every one is unique in their feelings and life experiences. You can say “I am here to listen and try to understand”.  Emotional presence means it is not about you.

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How would you work with a parent or family that is open to receiving the services, but not receptive of the material provided to them?

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We would listen more and talk less. Just spend time bringing joy to their heart. Try not to give advice or ask too many head questions. The “Guess Who” activity, Family Eco-Story and Parenting Styles are great discussions to start with. Discussions should be informal and the intent is to reach the heart.

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If doing group based training, how many groups should a facilitator have at one time? If doing individual training, how many should be on that facilitator’s roster?

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Best practice recommendations for Nurturing Families Infant -19 for tertiary families is 2-3 groups a week.

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Most of the time, I work only with moms because dads are working. Is that good practice when facilitating or is it recommended that both parents are present?

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You can work with any family member that want to participate, always welcoming all and always from a family system perspective. Remember, your focus is the family when working with just one member of the family.

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Do you feel this training would work well with families from different cultural backgrounds? Is this training offered in different countries?

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Yes, it is.  FNC-TX Sonya M. Thorn, MSOL LCSW Chief Executive Officer is an international trainer on this program. She has taken it to London, Bermuda, Canada, Japan and Latin America.

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How do you teach a parent that is overhwelmed?

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Start by always completing the 10 lessons of the first three competencies. This helps with emotional regulation and self awareness.

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I do not have children myself. I know some parents are resistant to parenting instructions or recommendations from non-parents. How would you recommend handling situations where this may be a barrier to facilitating?

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Excellent question, thank you for asking. The great thing about the Nurturing Families is that it is more about teaching empathy than it is about teaching parents how to parent their children. Because you have a heart and care about others you have the ability to do that just as well as any one else. Also, as mentioned in the training, this program is about relationships with self and others. We happen to focus on the relationship between parents and children that you can also relate to because you are someone’s child but you can also focus on the relationship you have with yourself, others and the people we work with and for their behalf.

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