EVENT FULL: Self-Care Core™ for Foster/Adoptive Parents (9/29/20)


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

Presenter: J. Jay Miller, PhD, MSW, CSW, Dean of the UK College of Social Work

Date: September 29, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern

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Please note, this event is FULL.  Please email Karen Bowman to be placed on a wait list if there are any cancellations.

Self-Care Core™ for Foster/Adoptive Parents with J. Jay Miller, PhD, MSW, CSW

Being a foster/adoptive parent can be challenging. Research suggests that foster/adoptive parents often face multiple stressors, for example: dealing with licensing processes; receiving inadequate information about youth placed in their care; and navigating boundaries with the foster/adoptive care system and separation from foster/adoptive youth. These challenges are often compounded by inadequacies for support for foster/adoptive parents. Given these factors, it is imperative that foster/adoptive parents engage in adequate self-care.

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Display understanding and familiarity with a variety of definitions of self-care;
  • Design a self-care plan utilizing provided guidelines / templates;
  • Identify strategies for implementing a self-care plan;
  • Identify tools for evaluating self-care; and
  • Identify tools for sustaining good self-care practices.
About the presenter

J. Jay Miller, PhD, MSW, CSW is the Dean of the UK College of Social Work and Dorothy A. Miller Research Professor in Social Work Education. At the time of his appointment, Dean Miller was the youngest dean in the country. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, Master of Social Work from Spalding University, and PhD from the University of Louisville.

Dr. Miller is dedicated to a host of social issues and community outreach, a passion which he brings to his work as an educator and scholar. His research and academic interests focus on child welfare and youth involvement in juvenile systems. His work has shaped practice with foster youth and has informed a myriad of policies and practices related to participatory engagement with youth and families. Dr. Miller has practiced in a variety of different contexts at local, state, and federal levels.

In addition to child welfare, Dr. Miller is actively leading research related to self-care and wellness. In 2017, he founded The Self-Care Lab (SCL). SCL is the first known lab specifically dedicated to empirically investigating self-care among helping professionals. Dr. Miller has conducted groundbreaking research on broad ranging self-care and wellness research with social workers, educators, nurses, law enforcement, teachers, and attorneys, among others. Through this work, Dr. Miller demonstrates his commitment to address potentially toxic employment conditions.

Last, but certainly not least, Dr. Miller is a loud, proud foster and kinship alum!

Additional Course Information

This training has a maximum enrollment of 25.

This event is approved for 2.0 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 karen.bowman@uky.edu or 1-833-859-3278 (1-833-UKY-FAST).