Thursday, April 24, 2014

  Welcome to Online Training with The Governor's Office for Children and Families

The Governor's Office for Children and Families (GOCF) serves as a unique resource for policy makers, child advocates, communities, and families across the state of Georgia. The mission of GOCF is to empower Georgia communities to achieve improved and sustainable outcomes by working in a system of care framework, which will ensure that all children and families are educated, healthy, safe, and growing.

In order to help communities access the resources and assistance that GOCF provides, several educational trainings are held throughout the year. Trainings help participants understand the significance of a community system of care response and increase awareness about current issues affecting children and families.

Online training opportunities are accessible through this web page for providers and other interested individuals. Please use the button on this page to create your free online training account.

The Governor's Office for Children and Families Home Page

Welcome to Free Online Trainings Sponsored by
The Governor's Office for Children and Families

Why online training?
GOCF is committed to "Supporting Communities...Empowering Families...Connecting Youth." The mission of the Governor's Office for Children and Families (GOCF) is to build capacity in communities to improve outcomes for Georgia's children, youth and families. Free online trainings for providers and families support the GOCF initiatives. New trainings are offered periodically throughout the year through ProSolutions Training.

How do I get started?
To get started, you need a free online training account with ProSolutions Training. If you don't have one, it takes only minutes to set up an account during the ordering process. The course(s) you order will immediately appear in your training account. Once you've finished a course and test, you can print your professional development certificate, which includes IACET CEUs at no extra cost. Your training record with ProSolutions Training will be kept online, free of charge, and you can also print a transcript, if needed.

What online courses are available?
Currently, the trainings provided by ProSolutions Training and sponsored by the Governor's Office for Children and Families are:

Mandated Reporters:
Critical Links in Protecting Children in Georgia

Who is a mandated reporter? Every child care provider and many other professionals who come in contact with children are important parts of Georgia's plan to eliminate the abuse and neglect of children. In this one-hour online course, you will learn to better recognize the indicators of abuse and neglect, understand your role in responsible reporting, and identify the groups of children that may be at a higher risk of being abused or neglected. Provided by ProSolutions Training and sponsored by the Governor's Office for Children and Families. PLEASE NOTE: Georgia law changed effective July 1, 2012. This course has been updated to reflect these changes.

Mandated Reporting Requirements: A Track for Georgia Medical Professionals
Certain individuals in Georgia are required by state statutes to report suspected child abuse and neglect. There is a system in place to intervene on behalf of children who may be abused or neglected and to secure their safety. In order for this system to function, however, someone must first identify and refer the children who might be in need of protection.

This course was written specifically for medical professionals (like doctors and nurses) in frequent contact with children. Medical professionals will learn about their legal responsibility to report suspected abuse and neglect.

Safe Sleep for Georgia Babies
Keeping children safe is a major priority for every parent, grandparent, child care provider and professional working with parents and children. To support this effort, The First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Deal, as co-chair of the Georgia Children's Cabinet, has launched a safe sleep campaign to educate parents, grandparents, child care providers and others in the community about safe sleep practices for infants. In this course, we will examine ways to promote safe sleep practices for Georgia infants and reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths.

Essentials of Outdoor Safety
Outdoor play is great for children's health and development, but it also exposes them to different safety risks. Learn about the major causes of outdoor injuries and easy ways you can prevent them at your center or home day care.

Designing an Outdoor Classroom
Play is important work! In this course, you will be provided with many suggestions to create or improve on your outdoor play environment.

The common goal of all these suggestions is to create a safe environment that supports healthy development and imaginative and creative play. Your role in this outdoor classroom is not to "teach a lesson" at every play break, but to encourage, facilitate, and observe. If you build it, they will learn!

MyPlate: Helping Children Make Healthy Food Choices
When it comes to nutrition, one size does not fit all. The USDA's MyPlate symbolizes a personalized approach to healthy eating and physical activity. It has been designed to be simple and yet remind us to make healthy food choices and to be active every day.

This course examines MyPlate as it relates to preschoolers by supporting young children in making healthy food and activity choices every day.

Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: The Gateway to Reading Success
Preschool teachers and parents are critically important in helping young children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. However, there is a core deficit that causes some young children problems in learning to read. That core deficit is in phonemic awareness. This course will provide participants with an understanding of phonemic awareness, how it develops in young children, and which phonemic awareness skills teachers should help young children acquire.

Domestic Violence Webinar Recordings

DateWebinar Name
3/18/13 Considering Trauma: Enhancing Child Advocacy Programs
3/27/13 Understanding and Modifying Children's Behavior in a Shelter Setting
5/2/13 Domestic Violence: A Context for Case Management and Advocacy
5/30/13 Domestic Violence: Working with Youth Experiencing Violence
6/28/13 Domestic Violence: Combating Compassion Fatique
7/9/13 Domestic Violence: Using Trauma Informed Care with Support Groups
7/23/13 Domestic Violence: Best Practices in Confidentiality and Record-Keeping
10/28/13 Supporting and Empowering Non-offending Parents in Domestic Violence Situations
11/12/13 Surviving the Workplace: Preventing or Fixing Burnout
11/21/13 Conflict Resolution: Strategies for Preventing and Working Through Conflict
12/10/13 Creating Child Advocacy Programs in a Shelter Setting
2/25/14 Support Groups: Aiming for Cohesiveness

Online courses change each quarter!

Click "Getting Started" to visit ProSolutions Training and register for these courses.