Let Kids Be Kids: Normalcy to improve child wellbeing

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Normal experiences in childhood are critical to the wellbeing and social development of all children. Children in foster care are no different! This workshop provides information of the importance of normalcy and what caregivers can do to ensure their children are living as normal of a life as possible. Training Objectives Participants will learn how… Read more »

Reflective Parenting: Introduction to Mentalization

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This workshop provides an introduction to the concept of “Reflective Parenting” and how it is related to secure attachment and successful parenting via mentalization skills. Mentalization is the skill of being able to see yourself from the outside and your children from the inside, and is one essential component of successful parenting. Training Objectives: Participants… Read more »

Addressing Family Violence in Child Maltreatment Prevention Programs

Addressing family violence Nov 2018

This is a two-part workshop. In the first part, we provide basic domestic violence information for people who have not had that training. The second part provides more in-depth strategies for home visitors to work with clients experiencing domestic violence. Training Objectives Participants will learn the dynamics of family violence. Participants will learn the impact of… Read more »

Beyond The Big Talk: Strategies for engaging children of all ages in discussions about sexual heath

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This workshop offers valuable resources and skill-building around talking with children of all ages about sexuality. Building upon psychosocial, moral, cognitive and spiritual development theories, we will explore age-appropriate messaging about topics of sexuality and practice handling questions and scenarios dealing with children. Training Objectives Define healthy sexual development with the context of psychosocial, moral,… Read more »

Empowering Young Parents Through Inclusive Messages

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In this workshop, learn about the young parenting myths that are perpetuated by our culture, media, and peers and learn how to work with these parents so that the messages they hear are inclusive and empowering. Training Objectives Participants will learn how prevalent cultural myths about young parents have been perpetuated by politics and teen… Read more »


Girasol strives to help Texas immigrant children and families to heal from trauma through support, education, and connection. Girasol is housed in the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas at Austin and works with community partners to support immigrants by providing services to women and children both during and… Read more »

Annual UT Child Welfare Conference

About #CWConf: The UT Child Welfare Conference seeks to unite research & practice and promote resilience in children and families. The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) has been able to this free high quality continuing education opportunity for local professionals, students, advocates and researchers interested in child welfare the past few years.  Who Attends?: For the… Read more »

Safe Babies Program Evaluation

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The Safe Babies program is designed to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers in foster care by supporting their attachment needs at the most critical time in a child’s development.  First3Years, formerly Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH), began in 1980 as a group of volunteers in the infant mental health field who were concerned about… Read more »

Texas Youth Permanency Study


The Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) examines the long-term outcomes and opportunities of youth in the Texas Foster Care System. Specifically, the study seeks to understand the quality of relationships developed by youth in care and identify factors that help youth sustain strong and supportive relationships when they exit out of foster care. Relational permanency… Read more »