Training Institute


Annually, the Idaho Children's Trust Fund convenes the Strengthening Families Training Institute to bring together practitioners and parents from throughout Idaho to learn best practices from national and local experts, and to share their experiences with each other.  Registration opens in early January of each year and the Training Institute is held in mid-March.



Announcing SFTI 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday March 21-22


Take a look at the Brochure

And Register Here!


2016 SFTI Wrap Up!

Connect the Dots                                                                                                           Opening: What's your dot?

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Riverside Hotel in Boise, ID  

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Conference Program



Cindy & Paula's Darkness to Light

Ben & Bart's Promoting Positive Norms

Ben & Bart's Post It Exercise

A video message from Ben

A video message from Bart



1B- Strengthening Families 101foster youth board

1C- Why Words Matter

1D- ACE's Onward!

2A- Extending Our Reach in Idaho                             

2B- Healthy Fatherhood

2C- Say YES to Safe Sleep

2D- Ethics

3B- Self Care

4A- Babysteps and Beyond

4C- A Path Forward, Policy Options

4D- Crying Baby Implementation


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 2015 SFTI Wrap Up

Two Days of Hope and Resilience

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     2015 Brochure

     Materials provided by presenters of the 2015 SFTI: 


       Beverly Haugen and Sherry Iverson Crying plan workshop

      Why a Crying Plan      Help Us Know Your Baby  


       Dr. Paul MacPherson on Shaken Baby from Call to Action 3

      Crying & Abusive Head Trauma    


       Heather Kemp- Nurturing Parenting

     Nurturing Parenting Programs



Pat Stanislaski workshops and key note       

Dr. Noreen Womack                                                                       

Roger Sherman

Alyssa Reynolds Ethics Workshop

  • Cultural Humility and Ethics


Presenting The Ed Van Dusen Legacy Award check to Richard Johnson of Family Advocates



2014 SFTI Wrap Up

Sending Forth Ripples of Hope to Take Prevention to Scale

SFTI JUmping Kid    2014 Brochure   



2013 SFTI Wrap Up

Making the Connections

Materials provided by presenters of the 2013 Strengthening Families Training Institute.

Click on the Presentation titles to access Power Point slides.

Caren Kaplan MSW, National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds
"The Social Ecology of Child Neglect and its Prevention"
"Role of Child Maltreatment Prevention in Differential Response Systems"

Anne Tierney M. Coun., LCP, Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy Centers
"What is INCAC?"

Beth Jacob OTR/L and Kelly O'Leary MS, CCC-SLP, St. Luke's ELKS Rehab
"Parenting Special Needs Children"

Erika Wainaina LMSW, Marian Woods LCSW, Laura Alfani MPH, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
"Unnatural Causes"

Ross Mason BA, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
"Children of Incarcerated Parents: What You Need to Know"

Satya Kline M. Ed., Healthy Families America
"Untangling the Power that Binds: Working With Parents With Histories of Early Childhood Trauma"



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