Better Kid Care: The Protective Factors Framework

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The Strengthing FamiliesTM Protective Factors Framework includes five factors that, when robust in families, reduce the risk of child maltreatment. This workshop (containing 5 sessions) is held over two days.

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March 25, 2017, 8:15 AM - 12:45 PM

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In this Introduction Course, participants will explore all five protective factors, learn about program strategies that help families to build those protective factors, and the everyday actions that build strong families.

Registration, Fees and Credits:

The instructor is Denise Continenza, a Specialty Discipline Instructor. Denise has a M.Ed. in Youth and Family Education from Penn State.

$7.00/per Session (total of 5), $35/Two Day Series. Registration Ends Two Days Prior to Event.

Please, register early at PA Keys!

PQAS hours for each session and Act 48 hours for the complete series.


Research studies support the common-sense notion that when the Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research shows that these protective factors are also "promotive" factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.

Five Sessions over two days:

Part One - March 25, 2017:


Arrive and Snack
Parental Resilience: No one can eliminate stress from parenting, but a parent's capacity for resilience can affect how a parent deals with stress. Resilience is the ability to manage and bounce back from all types of challenges that emerge in every family’s life. It means finding ways to solve problems, building and sustaining trusting relationships including relationships with your own child, and knowing how to seek help when necessary.
Social Connections: Friends, family members, neighbors and community members provide emotional support, help solve problems, offer parenting advice and give concrete assistance to parents.  Networks of support are essential to parents and also offer opportunities for people to “give back”, an important part of self- esteem as well as a benefit for the community. Isolated families may need extra help in reaching out to build positive relationships.

Part Two - April 22, 2017:


Arrive and Snack
8:00 Session-1 
Concrete Support in Time of Need:  Meeting basic economic needs like food, shelter, clothing and health care is essential for families to thrive. Likewise, when families encounter a crisis such as domestic violence, mental illness or substance abuse, adequate services and supports need to be in place to provide stability, treatment and help for family members to get through the crisis.
10:00   Break
10:15 Session-2 
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development:  Accurate information about child development and appropriate expectations for children’s behavior at every age help parents see their children and youth in a positive light and promote their healthy development. Information can come from many sources, including family members as well as parent education classes and surfing the internet. Studies show information is most effective when it comes at the precise time parents need it to understand their own children. Parents who experienced harsh discipline or other negative childhood experiences may need extra help to change the parenting patterns they learned as children.
  Lunch Break
Social and Emotional Competence of Children:  A child or youth’s ability to interact positively with others, self-regulate their behavior and effectively communicate their feelings has a positive impact on their relationships with their family, other adults, and peers. Challenging behaviors or delayed development creates extra stress for families, so early identification and assistance for both parents and children can head off negative results and keep development on track.
2:45   Dismiss

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