Louisiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health in Collaboration with Amerigroup of Louisiana is sponsoring a FREE Family/Peer Support Train the Trainer Workshop This FREE six-hour one day training, May 5th, certifies family/ peer support staff to lead the innovative Team Up for Families (TUFF) Road Map workshop that empowers family caregivers to navigate service systems.
Experience the full-day Road Map curriculum, which uses teamwork, games, and "teach-to-learn" methods that explore strategies for working as equal partners with health and education system providers. Learn new practical skills for group facilitation.
Join the TUFF National Learning Collaborative for peer networking and continuing education.
Training Team Leader: Wendy Besmann, director of the TUFF family-driven initiative, and author of the workshop text
Team Up for Your Child: A Step-By-Step Guide to Working Smarter with Doctors, Schools, Insurers, and Agencies.
ABOUT TEAM UP FOR FAMILIES ROAD MAP Team Up for Families Vision: "Families and providers work as equal partners" Team up for Families Mission: Empower families to navigate service systems for children with special needs.
TUFF Road Map training curriculum was produced by Team up for Families (TUFF), a family-driven initiative founded in 2006 under the leadership of Wendy Besmann, the mother of a child dually-diagnosed with autism and bipolar disorder, and with support from the 16 family advocacy organizations and provider agencies representing physical and mental health, education, insurance, and social services. This TUFF Road Map Trainer's Lesson Plan was produced by Wendy in collaboration with National Learning Collaborative Coordinator Keva Clark, Adult Learning Coordinator Marty Iroff, and the Road Map trainers of the TUFF National Learning Collaborative. ROAD MAP Curriculum Goal "In a peer-supported workshop environment, caregivers will learn and practice family-tested strategies for partnering effectively with providers in mental and physical health, education, insurance, and social agency child-servicing systems." Five Elements of Family Empowerment A "theory of change" describes the steps of incremental progress that can lead to a desired change in behavior. The step-by-step structure of the Road Map curriculum is linked to a "theory of change" for family empowerment. Empowerment in this context can be defined as a positive change in the family caregiver's confidence and ability to obtain a desired outcome within child-serving systems. Numerous studies indicate that family empowerment is supported by "values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and beliefs." For example, an empowered family caregiver will: Value the outcome to be obtained, and the impact of personal effort to obtain that outcome. Posses the attitude that she/he can and should take responsibility for achieving that outcome by engaging in a specific role. Work at acquiring knowledge about systems that affect the family Develop skills for navigating systems Maintain beliefs that allow the caregiver to persist in achieving goals.
SPACE LIMITED TO 25 SELECTED PARTICIPANTS!!!!
PARTICIPANTS QUALIFICATIONS: Participants must be peer support staff, caregiver/family member or established volunteers working in a System of Care, family-run organization, or health agency; previous training experience preferred but not required; and must answer the following questions to be considered.
In your words explain: 1. What is the importance of Peer Support to empowering family caregivers?
2. Why do you feel you should be a selected candidate? (Your answers should be no more than one full page. )
Please submit your contact information and answers to the LAFFCMH office by April 28, 2016 to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about TUFF Road Map Materials go to http://teamupforfamilies.org / contact email@example.com.
For questions regarding the training day you may contact the Federation office at 1-800-224-4010 or firstname.lastname@example.org ***Please note, on May 6th a half-day informational session will be offered to area advocates, agencies, and organizations***