Training / CEU
Unplanned pregnancy brings many unanswered questions for your clients. Hope Cottage provides you with the answers you need through free and flexible education programs for professionals and youth across North Texas.
- Professional education programs offer medical staff, teachers and social service providers comprehensive responses to those facing a crises pregnancy and accurate information on current adoption practices.
- Youth education programs aim to improve attitudes about adoption as a positive alternative for those facing a crisis pregnancy, address the challenges of teen pregnancy and offer guidance in making mindful decisions.
Generous donors make it possible for Hope Cottage to offer these seminars free to participants.
Training / CEU:
Teen Mentoring and Prevention (TMAP)
More than 2,000 teenage girls become pregnant each day in the United States. Texas has the third highest birth rate in the country. In Dallas, 26% of teen births are repeat teen births, one of the highest percentages among major U.S. cities. TMAP is designed to increase awareness about the challenges of teen pregnancy and parenting while empowering teens to make positive life choices. TMAP is a fact-based, highly interactive program well received by students and teachers alike.
Funding for Teen Mentoring and Prevention programming is generously provided by the Doswell Foundation – A Legacy of Thoughtful Giving.
TMAP for Parents and Teens
TMAP extends educational services to parents with a specialized presentation aimed to open dialogue among teens and parents utilizing effective communication and thoughtful decision making to delay becoming a parent until adulthood.
Relationship Smarts Plus (RS+)
Relationship Smarts Plus is a 3 session, nationally recognized, evidence based curriculum focusing on healthy relationships. The sessions presented are Healthy Relationships, Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships and Healthy Choices. Teens and Social Media is a bonus presentation. Interactive activities such as team competition, arts and crafts and interactive technology engage students at an optimal level.
ABC’s of Adoption
Developed by experienced educators and counselors at Hope Cottage, ABC’s of Adoption educates teens and young adults about infant adoption. Presented by a trained professional, the curriculum is flexible and can be modified to fit any schedule.
Students will learn about and discuss topics related to:
- Adoption history
- Accurate adoption language
- Modern adoption practice
- Texas adoption law
To learn more about youth education or presentation scheduling, email Kristin Oberg or call 214-526-8721 ext. 241.
Funding for Youth Education programming is generously provided by the Gil & Dody Weaver Foundation.
Training / CEU:
Utilizing curriculum developed by The Infant Adoption Training Initiative, Understanding Infant Adoption provides free training to area hospitals. Mothers making an adoption plan deserve access to trained hospital staff respectful of their decisions during the birth and hospital stay.
A recent issue of The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing* suggested clinical implications for care in adoption response include:
- Identify a resource pool of adoption competent experts in your organization
- Provide continuing education addressing the needs of the adoption triad
- Implement easy to follow protocols that focus on the unique needs of individuals touched by adoption
- Become familiar with referral resources
- Commit to self-reflection to avoid negative responses
* MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing: March/April 2013 – Volume 38 – Issue 2 – p 86–88
Click here to hear how a clear understanding of adoption allowed
Parker Adventist Hospital in Colorado help their patient.
*Link to audio from blog post by Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute entitled “Supporting Adoption Placements in Hospitals.” – June 2013
Understanding Infant Adoption is a tailored, continuing education presentation for hospitals, focused on creating adoption competent experts. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
To learn more about hospital education or presentation scheduling, email Lib Berger or call 214-526-8721 ext. 204
Understanding Infant Adoption is a free training program designed for professionals in education, health and social work. Participants gain information and valuable skills needed to respond with confidence and sensitivity to a client exploring or moving forward with an adoption plan.
If you have questions about:
- Open adoption
- Texas adoption law
- Father’s rights in adoption
- Non-directive options counseling
Hope Cottage provides answers with:
- Training customized to meet location and audience needs
- Flexible scheduling for either 1 or 2 hour presentations
- Training by licensed social workers with extensive adoption experience
- Interactive learning experience with the goal to educate, not advocate
- Approved CEUs for Social Workers
*This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
See what other participants say about professional education by Hope Cottage:
“Our staff will have greater confidence in discussing adoption with clients; we also will be congruent in our language about adoption.”
– Director of a North Texas maternity home – April 2013
“I have better understanding of how to present adoption.”
– Options counselor at a North Texas crisis pregnancy center – March 2013
Join adoption competent professionals helping those affected by unplanned pregnancy through their ability to present adoption facts in an informed,
non-directive and caring manner critical to the decision making process.
To learn more about professional education or presentation scheduling, email Lib Kearse or call her at 214-526-8721 ext. 202
f you are interested in having professional education training at your facility, please call Lib Berger at 214-526-8721 ext. 204 or email her.
Professional Education Schedule