Many children in adoptive and foster families come to us with challenging behaviors. Parents and caregivers need to have the knowledge, skills, and understanding of where these behaviors come from and how to deal with them. Past trauma from in-utero and out-of utero experiences can have a significant impact on the child’s brain wiring, making it hard for them to use impulse control and learn from consequences. Join us as we discuss and explore ideas and strategies to use in response to challenging behaviors.
About the Trainer
Barb Clark attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in Youth Studies, Sociology, and English. She has spent over 25 years working with at-risk youth in public schools and the non-profit sector. She has eight years of experience as Youth Development Manager and was integral in the development and implementation of three youth centers. Barb also was the Youth Initiatives Director at the National Youth Leadership Council based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Barb and her husband are the parents of four adopted children, the oldest of which is diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Barb works at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) coordinating a program to train parent leaders to provide post-adoption support in their communities and providing post-adoption support to MN families. She also provides training and consulting with schools, agencies, and families to improve the education and lives of young people who were prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol.