New Line Up of Virtual Classes Aim to Help Parents and Teachers Through the Holidays and Beyond

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Prescott – The Trauma Lens Care (TLC) program, a program of MATFORCE focused on providing resources, education, and support for professionals, parents, and caregivers involved in the lives of children from hard places, announces a new line up of virtual classes scheduled for winter 2020.

TLC Director Stacey Gagnon said of the new classes being offered, “I’m excited and inspired by the stories I hear every day in our communities about the families and professionals who work with children from hard places.  These new classes are designed with them in mind and will offer tips and techniques to help both the child experiencing trauma and exhibiting bad behaviors, as well as the adult involved.”

Trauma Lens Care Trainings
Teaching through the Holidays – Using a trauma-informed approach, teachers will learn how to be intentional in supporting their students during the holiday season. Wednesday, December 2nd | 10:00 am to 11:15 am

Parenting through the Holidays – Using a trauma-informed approach parents will learn about what is happening within the brain of a child during what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” Discussion will include tips and techniques that will help both parents and children manage their stress during the holidays. Wednesday, December 9th | 10:00 am to 11:15 am

True Self Care: Avoiding Burnout for Teachers – Save the date. Wednesday, January 6th | 10:00 am to 11:15 am

True Self Care: Avoiding Burnout for Parents – Save the date. Wednesday, January 13th | 10:00 am to 11:15 am

Loving Porcupines: Love vs. Fear for Teachers – Save the date. Wednesday, February 3rd | 10:00 am to 11:15 am

Loving Porcupines: Love vs. Fear for Parents – Save the date. Wednesday, February 10th | 10:00 am to 11:15 am

Kinship Classes
Also included in the mix of winter classes is a three-part virtual learning series geared towards professionals who help kinship families. Kinship families are relationships between individuals who are thought of as having family ties. Examples include grandparents raising grandchildren, aunts and uncles caring for nieces or nephews or foster families.

Drawing on almost two decades of experience helping parents, caregivers, and educators create and maintain positive growth and learning environments for children, Sandi Cheney will equip professionals with tools to assist the kinship families they work with.

This 3-part virtual learning series starts December 3rd at 3:00 pm, with additional 1-hour classes on December 10th and December 17th. This class is limited to 20 participants.

COVID-Related Classes
On Friday, December 11th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Beth Dunn, a counselor with Yavapai County Education Service Agency, will discuss the brain’s coping mechanisms during COVID.

On Tuesday, January 12th, Tom Benson will present, “Loneliness amid COVID-19, now more serious than ever. Is there a solution?”

For more information about any of the classes listed, or to register for free, contact MATFORCE today at matforce@cableone.net or (928) 708-0100. Visit matforce.org for more details.

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