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Integrating Adolescent Brain Development into Child Welfare Practice with Older Youth PART 1
Friday, September 17, 2021, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: Training

Integrating Adolescent Brain Development into Child Welfare Practice with Older Youth incorporates the latest research to combine the knowledge related to trauma, implicit bias, and building social capital and provides strategies on how to more effectively work with older youth who experience the child welfare system.

 This thirteen-module training will describe the transition outcomes of older youth in foster care. Participants will be able to recognize how normal development is impacted in foster care placement and how this influences adolescent thinking and behavior. Trauma impacts brain development and can be long lasting, the training will identify strategies to support healing and growth in older youth.

This is Part 1. Please visit our website to sign up for Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4. All sessions will be held virtually.


Sara Butler Shoop - Sara Butler Shoop is a LMSW living in Burlington, IA with her husband and two young children.  Sara has been a Trauma Informed Care Coordinator through the Child Welfare Provider Training Academy since 2012 and has worked with children and families for over 30 years.  
Brianna Deason
Brianna (Bri) Deason is currently working as a Youth Development Specialist for the Iowa Department of Human Rights. She has nearly 15 years of lived experience with the foster care system. Bri is also a senior at the University of Iowa, studying Political Science and Pre Law. 



Registration will begin at 8:30AM. Training will begin promptly at 9AM. This training is scheduled until 12PM.


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

If you have any questions or need to cancel your registration, please contact Katie Henry, [email protected].

Thank you!


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