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SFM - Facilitation Essentials Training (Des Moines)
Friday, June 09, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: Training

Solution Focused Meetings (SFM) provide an opportunity to partner with families engaged in the child welfare system. Often, families face challenges that may influence their participation prior to and during the family driven decision-making meetings. This training will provide participants with information to identify behaviors common with mental health diagnoses and substance use disorder to prepare for facilitation of SFMs. The training will cover the impact of domestic violence during the facilitation process. Information will be shared to better understand working with families across all cultures.

You WILL need this course within a year of taking the Solution Focused Meeting Training.

1111 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
Conference Room D
Enter the building under the awning that faces 9th street. Turn right and go down the long hallway.
Turn left down the hallway of conference rooms at the very end of the hall. Our training is in Room D.
Zach Mundy - Zach Mundy is the Solution Based Casework Coordinator for Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic. Zach has been with Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic since 2008. Since 2008, Zach has been in the field providing in-home and safety services to families. Zach also has been a supervisor with the agency before becoming the SBC Coordinator. Zach attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and graduated with a BA in Community Sociology. In 2017, Zach completed his masters in marriage and family therapy from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA. Zach assisted in creating the Solution Focused Meeting curriculum in 2020 and 2021 and is currently a statewide trainer for Solution Focused Meetings.
Jesse Thomas - Jesse Eash Thomas currently works to provide supervision and leadership in her role as a Family Centered Services Program Coordinator for Four Oaks in the Cedar Rapids Service Area. Jesse has worked as a facilitator and/or supervisor for 12 years; however, she has worked in the Child Welfare System for 23 years in a variety of positions.  Jesse has an AA degree from Kirkwood College and studied Psychology, with a focus in Behavior Modification, at the University of Northern Iowa. Jesse is an approved Iowa State Trainer since 2017. In addition to her work with Solution Based Casework and Facilitation, Jesse also sits on the Linn County Community for Change team and facilitates RPI: Race the Power of an Illusion and UIRB: Understanding Implicit Racial Bias Learning Sessions.

Registration will begin at 8:30AM. Training will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. This training is scheduled until 4:00 PM. Lunch is on your own.
This is a TWO DAY training. If you have not already taken the first SFM training, please sign up. If you have already taken SFM, you ARE able to sign up to only attend the Facilitation Essentials training.

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the current DHS child welfare service contracts, including: Family Centered Services (FCS); Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) / Group Foster Care; Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES): Aftercare Services; Supervised Apartment Living (SAL); Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support Services (RRTS); Parent Partners; Foster Care Youth Council. If you do not work within one of the current DHS child welfare services contract, you may be bumped from the course and placed on a wait list.

At each training, participants will receive a certificate of completion based on hours attended. For more information, please click here

For more information, please contact Katie Lucas, [email protected].

Thank you!

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Contact: For more information contact Katie Lucas, [email protected]