The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention program is hosting an ACT Raising Safe Kids Facilitation training, free of charge, on May 13 and 14 in Annandale.
The ACT Raising Safe Kids program is a national, evidence-based, nine-week program that teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age ten. The ACT Program is a campaign of the American Psychological Association, designed to raise awareness of parents and caregivers about their important role as teachers and models for children. The ACT training provides information and tools to help parents and caregivers raise children in safe, stable, health environments and to teach participants how to deal with children’s challenging behaviors, anger, conflicts and positive discipline strategies.
"Teach carefully…what a child learns about violence, a child learns for life" is the key message for the ACT campaign. Research shows that exposure to abuse and neglect in a child’s formative years can have long-term emotional and behavioral effects on children.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Identify the risk factors for violence and its consequences in children’s lives.
- Describe and use practical methods of discipline with children.
- Recognize protective factors and skills for effective parenting (such as anger management, peaceful conflict resolution, positive discipline and screen/media violence education).
- Identify strategies for planning and implementing a successful parent group program in their agency or community.
- Use skills learned to participate in community-wide prevention efforts with a support network of professionals.
The CSB is looking for professionals and organizations who work with caregivers of children ages 0-10. Applicants must have a minimum of an associate degree but a bachelor degree is preferred. Multilingual skills are welcome. Previous experience conducting classes for groups of adults and class management skills is expected. Organizations interested in this free training opportunity are expected to be invested in facilitating ACT throughout the community and are required to complete the ACT Raising Safe Kids Facilitator Certification Process.
To be considered for the training, submit a resume and a letter demonstrating organizational support to Carrie Cannon, CSB Prevention Specialist or call 703-538-3215.
This initiative is funded by the Prevention Fund, in partnership with Healthy Minds Fairfax.
Contact for news media inquiries: Lucy Caldwell, Communications Director, 703-324-7006 (office), 703-856-5210 (cell).