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The Devereux Early Childhood Initiative's trainings are designed to promote social and emotional well-being and the quality of care provided for children.
DECA Program for Preschoolers - Training Options
Devereux Early Childhood InitiativeDECA Program Implementation Training (Best Practice): In this 2-Day hands-on training, participants will build the skills needed to implement the five steps of the comprehensive DECA Program. Participants will learn to 1) Collect Information on individual children and program practices; 2) Administer the DECA, a strength-based assessment of social and emotional development; 3) Score and understand the meaning of assessment results; 4) Develop and implement plans for children who have concerns, and for program elements that need improvement; and 5) Evaluate progress. Family Involvement will be emphasized in each step of the DECA Program implementation process.

DECA Program Overview Training: In this 1-Day training, participants will be introduced to resiliency theory and the 5 steps of the DECA Program. This training will provide participants with an understanding of how the DECA Program can be implemented in early care and education settings, with a primary focus on how assessment results can help teachers plan to support the social and emotional development of ALL children in the classroom.

DECA Program Strategies Training: This 6-8 hour training will give education staff additional ideas and guidance in using the Classroom Strategies guide. Planning for the whole classroom in strengthening the protective factors as well as planning for individuals will be stressed. Teachers should come away with new planning strategies and new ways of thinking about children: through social/emotional lenses!

Family Service Worker (FSW) Training: This 3-6 hour training was designed to provide family service staff with an overview of the DECA Program. Family service staff will learn the basics of the program, as well as what their role in the process might be. Collaboration between education staff and family service staff provides more comprehensive delivery of the DECA Program, emphasizing the systems approach to helping families and children.

DECA Program Refresher Training: This half or full day training is designed to serve as a review, refresher, and rejuvenating training staff who have been previously trained on the DECA Program. This training makes a great topic for inservice sessions, and may be offered in back-to-back sessions if your group is large.

DECA for Preschool Local Program Mentor Training (LPM): The 2-Day Local Program Mentor Training will help prepare participants to return to their local programs and offer technical assistance and workshops as necessary on the DECA Program. Time will be spent on reviewing DECA Program key messages, discussing training and mentoring tips and techniques, and troubleshooting with program staff and participants. This training is highly interactive, with the expectation that participants will present a training workshop or mentoring plan to the group. Participants will be expected to use evening time on Thursday for planning. This training is limited to 25 participants in order to maximize the opportunity for interactive discussion.

**In order to attend LPM training, participants need to have attended the DECA Program Basic Implementation Training conducted by a DECI Certified Trainer.

DECA-C (Clinical) Training: The 1-Day DECA-C training will focus on using the DECA-C as part of the DECA Program as well as its use as a stand alone tool. Topics covered in the DECA-C Training include: the development and standardization of the DECA-C; administering the DECA-C; scoring the tool; interpreting results; using the mental health consultation model to establish a plan of how to work with families around results; and, planning next steps for children. **Participants need to be a "Level B" user to order and use this tool. For more information on the qualifications of a Level B user, click here.

DECA for Infants & Toddlers - Training Options
DECA I/T Implementation Training (Best Practice): The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA-I/T) Program for Infants and Toddlers is a strength-based system designed to promote the protective factors central to social and emotional health and resilience in our youngest children. The DECA-I/T Program utilizes a five step approach to help families and early care and education professionals recognize and support the social and emotional well-being of all infants and toddlers, the home and early care and education environment, and themselves! In this interactive, hands-on training, participants will learn how to implement the DECA-I/T Program within the 5-step system including 1) Collecting information on individual children, the home, and the group care environment, 2) Administering the assessment, 3) Scoring the assessment and summarizing results, 4) Developing and implementing plans for the environment (home and group care), the child, and the adult caregiver, and 5) Evaluating progress.

DECA I/T Overview Training: In this 1-Day training, participants will be introduced to resilience theory and its link to the social and emotional health of Infants and Toddlers. Participants will learn about the five step system and how this system helps to assess and plan for the children both in the program and home environments. Family involvement in the context of the DECA I/T implementation will be discussed. In addition, the training will emphasize the importance of adult resilience and its relationship to providing quality care to very young children.

DECA I/T Local Program Mentor Training: The 2-Day Local Program Mentor Training will help prepare DECA-I/T Program Implementation Training participants to return to their local programs and offer technical assistance and workshops as necessary on the DECA-I/T Program. Time will be spent on reviewing DECA-I/T Program key messages, discussing training and mentoring tips and techniques, and troubleshooting with program staff and participants currently using the DECA-I/T Program or who are planning to use the Program. This training is highly interactive, with the expectation that participants will present a training workshop or mentoring plan to the group. Participants will be expected to use evening time on Thursday for planning. **In order to attend this training, participants need to have attended both days of the DECA for Infants and Toddlers Training conducted by a DECA Program Certified Trainer.

FLIP IT: Don’t FLIP OUT, Use FLIP IT
FLIP IT Training This one day training teaches participants the four supportive steps of FLIP IT that are designed to help young children (ages 3-8) learn about their feelings, gain self-control and reduce challenging behavior. The four steps are embodied in the FLIP IT mnemonic which stands for F - Feelings, L - Limits, I - Inquiries, P - Prompts. This strategy is nothing new, but transforms best practice into something that is easy to remember, applicable in a variety of challenging situations and portable. This training is designed to support DECA users but can also be for programs who are looking for best practices on reducing challenging behavior in young children.

FLIP IT Train-the-Trainer Session: This two day train-the -trainer session offers time to experience the 1-Day FLIP IT Training and become competent in teaching FLIP IT to others. Participants will leave this train-the-trainer session with the 1 day FLIP IT Training PowerPoint (or five, 1.5 hour workshops) and trainer notes, a variety of resources to help support the use of FLIP IT in the classroom and by families, and the confidence to provide workshops and technical assistance on the information.

FLIP IT Online Course: When a child's challenging behavior demands your attention, it is hard to know what to say and do. FLIP IT can be your guide! This course will teach participants the four supportive steps of FLIP IT that are designed to help young children (ages 3-8) learn about their feelings, gain self-control and reduce challenging behavior. This on-line learning course has a running time of 2.5 hours. Upon completion of the course, 0.5 CEUs are offered (5 hours) factoring in time for the interactive pieces, reflection, application of the skill, and learning assessment. The cost of the CEUs are $25 and are offered through Western Kentucky University. The course can be completed over time and not in just one sitting. For more information or to take this course, go to www.netsmartu.com/FLIPIT

Build Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You - Training Options
Building Your Bounce Training: This training session can be from 2 to 8 hours in length. In this fast-paced society in which we live, all too often we do not take time to reflect on how we are taking care of ourselves. As early childhood professionals, the quality of service we provide to children and families is directly related to the manner in which we care for ourselves. The Devereux Early Childhood Initiative believes that in order to provide children with a high quality child care experience that prepares them for life long success, it is critical to focus on children’s social and emotional health, as well as the social and emotional health of all the adults in their lives. Building Your Bounce is a training designed to rejuvenate the spirit of early childhood professionals. During the training participants will learn:
  1. How important it is that they take care of themselves and promote their own social/emotional health.
  2. How their social/emotional well-being impacts the children in their care in both positive and negative ways.
  3. Specific, simple, inexpensive strategies to reduce stress and promote their social/emotional health.
Facing the Challenge: Working with Children who use Challenging Behavior - Training Options
Facing the Challenge Helping Teachers Better Work with Children who use Challenging Behaviors Training: This 1-Day session will help early childhood educators better understand, prevent, and plan for challenging behaviors. The main areas of focus will be on defining challenging behavior, learning why kids misbehave, exploring prevention and intervention strategies, and following a child through the behavioral planning process with use of real classroom footage from the DVDs Facing the Challenge and Classroom Moments, two resources created by the DECI. In addition to DVD footage, the training will focus on content from the best-selling book by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar-Rasminsky, Challenging Behavior in Young Children.

Facing the Challenge: Helping Teachers Better Work with Children with Challenging Behavior Train-the-Trainer Session: This two and a half day training will provide the background, training materials, and exploration of the resources needed for delivering workshops of varying lengths on challenging behaviors. The target audience for this session is consultants, trainers, technical assistance providers, and others who work with the professional development of staff.

Participants who attend this 2.5 day session will:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to prevent and address challenging behaviors in preschool aged children
  • Learn activities and techniques to enhance training skills
  • Receive guidance, power point slides, trainer notes, and a CD with video clips to leave ready to deliver teacher training sessions based on Facing the Challenge, Classroom Moments, and the book Challenging Behavior in Young Children
  • Explore the resources and training guides to plan your own training sessions
Additional Training Topics
  • Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Observation of Young Children
  • Quality in the Early Learning Environment
  • Parent Involvement
  • Behavior Concerns in Preschool Children
  • Resilience
  • Advocacy
  • Classroom Strategies for Mental Health and Social Skills
  • Linking Social/Emotional Health to School Readiness
  • Building Protective Factors in Adults
  • Head Start and the DECA Program (includes PRISM, Performance Standards, and Reporting Outcomes)
Distance Learning
Available to programs with distance learning capacity, the Devereux staff is able to provide a wide array of training options. Training ranges from an introduction to the DECA Program, a refresher course for previously trained staff, as well as a question and answer session with members of the Devereux team. Please contact Devereux to discuss other distance learning options, including webinars and phone support.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Continuing Education Units are offered for most of our trainings through Western Kentucky University, a fully accredited institution, for a small fee. For questions or more information on CEU's, please contact Debi Mahler at dmahler@devereux.org.

To Schedule a Training at Your Site
To schedule a training session at your site, please contact Debi Mahler, Training Coordinator, at dmahler@devereux.org.
To Attend a National Training Event
For more information or to register for a DECI national training event, please click here.
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