Connecting with Children and Ourselves During Critical Times (2/25/21)


This is a live virtual training being held via ZOOM.
There is no cost for this event.

Presenter: Rick Alleva, EdD

Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern

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Connecting with Children and Ourselves During Critical Times, with Rick Alleva, EdD

Making and maintaining connections with children during this period of COVID-19 is very important to all, but especially for those working with young people experiencing significant emotional challenges like those entering a new foster home. These times of increased stress and uncertainty also present great challenges for those providing care for the caregivers, such as foster parent mentors who coach and support others while managing their own work, family and personal lives as well. Drawing from social, emotional and mindful learning, trauma-informed care, and other self-care and compassion approaches, this workshop will help us to meet the needs of children ‘and’ ourselves during this and other critical times. Come learn some new strategies, share your experience, and participate in activities to help us both connect with children and support each other.

In this training, you will:

  • Learn strategies for making/maintaining connections w/children during critical times.
  • Explore what SEML (social, emotional & mindful learning) & Trauma-Informed Lenses have to offer during this COVID-19 period.
  • Identify connecting challenges and opportunities during this time.
  • Learn where to find resources for connecting with children, helpful activities to engage them and care for yourself.
About the presenter

Rick Alleva, EdD, is the Co-author of The Courage To Care program. Dr. Alleva serves on the Youth & Family Team in the Youth & Family Resiliency Area of Expertise at the UNH Extension, assisting with positive youth development and family support efforts. He helps identify and address youth needs, targeting outreach to those with limited resources and facing significant personal and social challenges. Rick supports a variety of efforts through demonstration programming, training, technical assistance, coalition building and other partnerships. He is certified as a Master Professional through the N.H. Afterschool Professional Development System and provides training in academic enrichment and social, emotional and mindful learning (SEML) topics. Rick is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and is trained to implement the Mindful Schools curriculum with school aged youth.

Rick has a long history of direct work experience with youth, families and communities, including leadership positions in public schools and mental health agencies, as well as community-based programs for at-risk and vulnerable children and youth, such as child/youth emergency shelters, pregnant/parenting teen services, transitional housing, substance abuse prevention, youth employment/training, and psychiatric residential treatment services. Many positions included support from major public and private grants, some receiving significant national recognition.

Additional Course Information

This event is approved for 1.5 hours of ongoing, elective foster parent training credit in a group setting for Kentucky foster parents.

If there are two adults in the same household that want to participate in this training, each person must register separately. Foster parent training credit is administered based on the duration of the meeting and each attendee’s participation. In order to receive credit, participants must be on video and visible to the moderators during the event.

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Upon registration for this training, the Zoom URL link located within the course module will grant you access to the live interactive training. A reliable internet connection and a smartphone, tablet, or computer with web camera is needed to participate.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Karen Bowman at or 1-833-859-3278 (1-833-UKY-FAST).