Workshops for Service Providers

A workshop for folks who do services outreach, counseling, or parent education.  

Why family history?  Family history benefit studies have gotten increasingly specific. Research shows that knowing family history makes kids more confident, that coping skills are among the traits that can be passed along.  Most recently, Dr. Josh Straub reported on family history as part of premarital counseling & parenting planning: what traits from your family of origin did each person want to bring forward into the family, which were they excited to not bring forward.  Listing an array of family traits and introducing "choice" in taking them along into the future is a powerful act for parents. And a great model for kids.

We are all hinges between two other generations. We can use all that we've seen and learned from three generations with a little guidance.  Family history can be a great asset for family services -- it is a free, portable, and universally available bank of information.  Families build relationships and skills.  Family stories instill resilience in children. Families can build legacies of story and strength.

Service providers will leave prepared to:

  • Show how family history helps parents get closer to their kids now, and what kids gain going forward. 

  • Show parents that they can change that story from one of abuse to one of survivorship; from addict to dad -- make it one of process and coping.

  • Understand seven kinds of family stories and why it's good to tell both good and bad stories.

  • The two kinds of story plots that are best for teaching resilience.

  • Role-play talking with kids about family history rather than to them.

Includes the following handouts and materials to make providers ready to deliver to clients in the field.

For providers:

  • Detailed workshop booklet so they can refresh as needed.

  • Cheat sheet on the history of family history.

  • What studies are snowing now about family history.

  • Packet for parents.

  • Feedback form -- what are they hearing? Parents want more information about some aspect of family history and how to collect it? Something specifically for older kids?  I'd love to know what's working in your field and how, and I will respond to every survey participant.

Packet For parents:

  • Five cards with 3 Questions each to get parents started talking -- just pull out the card.

  • 3-generation family map to fill out with a child.

  • Tips for telling kids their own stories, especially when those stories are difficult.

  • Simpler questions designed for younger kids.

  • A drama-free set of questions for parents to ask their elders, if they wish.

  • Activity pages for kids around family history.

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