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SFM Facilitation Essentials (Cedar Rapids)
Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 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.


The D Street Campus

1924 D Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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.
Katie Henniges - Katie Henniges has over 23 years of experience in the human service field and has been employed with Families First since June 2005. Katie provides support and direction to supervisors and direct care staff through group and individual supervision to ensure quality services are being delivered to those families served by Families First. Katie is a Trainer for Child Safety Conferences and is an approved statewide Trainer Solution Focused Meeting and Youth Transition Decision Making Meetings. Katie has also facilitated trainings in partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Services for supervisors and direct care staff across Iowa. These topics have included but are not limited to: Family Interactions, Engaging Non-Custodial Parents in Child Welfare, Placement Stability and Quality Case Visits in Child Welfare.

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 SFM training, please sign up for the February 19th, 2024 course.

Backup dates for this training are February 26th & 27th. The location is TBD.

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the current HHS 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 [email protected].

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Contact: For more information contact the Child Welfare Provider Training Academy, [email protected]