HANDS Growing Great Kids Curriculum Training 1073016 December 18-22, 2017 Elizabethtown
 Course ID: 1073016
 Format: On-Site - Classroom course or workshop (Live Event)
 Clinical / Non-Clinical: Non Clinical
 Course Number: 7-0038-01-2018-1247
 Cost (US$): 0.00
 Credit Type(s): 41.4 Contact Hours
 Certificate: TRAIN Certificate of Attendance, Contact Hours Joy
Course Description:

HANDS Growing Great Kids Curriculum Training 1073016 Dec. 18-22, 2017 Winchester

Registration Deadline: Dec/ 8, 2017

Course Description

Growing Great Kids is a comprehensive curriculum training that supports the development of nurturing and empathetic parent-child relationships from birth - 3. Research shows that a nurturing home environment that includes positive attachment and a strong parent-child bond improves birth outcomes when implemented prenatally, and improves child health and emotional outcomes when used during the first three critical years of a child's life. The seminar has a primary focus on fostering the growth of parental skills aimed at building secure attachment relationships, developmentally enriched interactions and empathic parenting, while supporting families to reduce their stress and build protective buffers for their children. This course covers the basics of early childhood development and the specific interventions used by the HANDS programs to improve the lives of both the children and their families. Social workers and nurses will be supported in their leadership roles as they develop the skills necessary to ensure that all members of their staff are progressing in their skill development, ultimately ensuring the quality of care that families are receiving.

FSW Core/Integrated Strategies Training completion is required prior to attending this training.

Due to the limit of participants per site/district, registration will be an approval based process. All registration requests will be approved or declined by HANDS Central Office. If your name is placed on the waiting list you will be contacted by HANDS Central Office should a slot become avaialble.

Course Objectives

1.      Identify the four key components of parent child attachments and how parent-child relationships influence the child’s sense of self, perceptions for the world, early brain developments, physical and emotional health and relationships for a lifetime.

2.      Orientation to the CHEEERS framework for assessing the quality of the parent child relationships/attachments.

3.      Increase understanding of how adverse childhood experiences can influence parenting, infant mental health, the amount and degree of “toxic stress” children are exposed to and family functioning.

4.      Introduce strategies for building relationships and for supporting growth with highly stressed parents who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACE).  These are parents for who bonding and secure attachments with their children may be compromised.

5.      Become familiar with the basic needs and the personal, environmental and family factors that strengthen families and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.   Participants obtain hands on experience using the Growing Great Kids/Families modules aimed at strengthening those protective factors.

6.      Strengthen culturally competent home visiting practices by gaining an understanding of how learning about family values, cultural practices and traditions can strengthen a family’s identify, relationships  and functioning. 


Course Agenda

Instructor: Sharon Hesseltine

Day 1:

  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am    Introductory Activities including:  seminar overview, conceptual framework, design features and outcome
  • 10:00 am - Noon:        The Structure and Language Content of Growing Great Kids and Growing Great Families
  • Noon to 1 pm:             Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:     Attachment and Daily Dos Parenting Skills Overview
  • 2:00 pm - 430 pm:      Daily Do Foundations and Practice – Character Builders and E-Parenting
  • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm:     Preparation for Days 2-4 of Growing Great Kids Certification Training Assignments and Module Practice Preparations

Day 2:

  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am:     Character Builders and E-Parenting Review with Getting in Sync Introduction
  • 8:30 am – 11:00 am:   Daily Do Foundations and Practice – Brain Builders and Play by Play
  • 11:00 am - Noon:        Lunch
  • 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm:   Module Practices with Families
  • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm:     Module Preparation for Wednesday and Assignments Review

Day 3:

  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am:   Daily Do Foundations and Practice – 4 Steps to Success and Body Builders
  • 10:00 am to Noon:      Module Practices with Families
  • Noon to 1:00 pm:        Lunch
  • 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm:   Module Practices with Families
  • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm:     Module Preparation for Wednesday and Assignments Review


Day 4:

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am:     Daily Do Review and Interactive Conversations
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am:   Growing Great Families manual/unit review and discussions
  • 10:00 am to Noon:      Module Practices with Families
  • Noon to 1:00 pm         Lunch
  • 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm:   Module Practices with Families

Day 5:

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 noon: Preparing for Staff Implementation of Growing Great Kids
    • Child Development Activities and Play Time
    • Review of GGK Parenting Attachment Tools
    • Daily Dos in Routine Care
    • Successes and Next Steps
    • Post Training Program
    • Implementation Fidelity and Best Practices
    • Supervision

Evening Requirements:  It is important to note that participants will have approximately one hour of assignments to complete on two of the evenings during the training week.  The assignments will be in preparation for their module practice time with a family.

Instructor Bio
With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work followed by a year long practical nursing study Sharon Hesseltine was lead to Public Health as a home visitor for adolescent parents with Southern 7 Health Department in southernmost Illinois.  She continued in multiple roles at Southern 7 for the next 19 years, leading the Social Services Division, spearheading innovative community partnerships and implementing home-based Head Start and Early Head Start programming.  Following a move to Minnesota, Sharon worked at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) as a health educator and planner.  While at MDH Sharon completed a postgraduate Certificate Program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at the University of Minnesota followed by certification as the in-state trainer for Growing Great Kids.  As Minnesota’s in-state GGK trainer Sharon facilitated 10-12 GGK trainings each year.  After moving to Louisville in December 2015 Sharon launched Intentional Beginnings - a training and consulting business with a primary focus on supporting staff and organizations that include parents with substance use disorders in their service delivery population.

Melody Stephenson, HANDS Training Coordinator

Linda Burnam, RN HANDS Technical Assistant

HANDS is approved by the Kentucky Board of Social Work to sponsor continuing education for credential holders. HANDS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Sponsorship Number KBSW-SP2017022.

Nursing Continuing Education Information:
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is a KBN continuing education provider.  This course has been approved for 41.4 nursing contact hours, KBN Provider #07-0038-01-2018-1247.

Disclaimer Statement:  The Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content.



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Original Posting Date: September 19, 2017

Subject Area(s):
Social Workers
General Public Health Staff
Background/Role(s): None
Course Language(s):
Course Level: Intermediate
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals:
Registration Required Outside of TRAIN: no
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Sponsor: HANDS Central Office
Accreditations: none
Special Notes: A block of lodging rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, 107 Buffalo Creek Dr., Elizabethtown, KY at a rate of $115 plus tax per night. For reservations please call (270) 769-1334 and ask for the HANDS block. Remember to present your tax exempt certificate and government ID to avoid additonal tax charges. The training itself will take place at the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, 108 New Glendale Rd., Elizabethtown, KY. FSW Core Training completion is required prior to attending this training.
Course Contacts
Name: Melody Stephenson
Phone: (502) 564-3756
email: melody.stephenson@ky.gov
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