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The short courses below, all of which are free, are available any time and include a certificate of completion learners can share with their supervising agencies.

Note: If you wish to use these courses to meet in-service training requirements, you should first verify they will be accepted by your agency. To ensure course navigation and printing of certificates function as intended, we recommend taking these courses on a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date web browser.

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  • Guardianship, Pathway to Permanence [UNC]
    This course provides North Carolina resource parents information about guardianship, which is a route to permanence for some youth in foster care. (1 hr.)

Additional Courses

  • Advocating for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services [UNC]
    Explains the role of Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCOs) in North Carolina and how to build collaborative relationships with them so children and youth get the behavioral health services they need. NOTE: although child welfare professionals are the original intended audience for this course, resource parents are sure to find it useful. (3 hrs.)
  • How Loss Impacts Youth in Foster Care [NCSU]
    Focuses on how foster families can support healthy communication and improve overall relationships with youth and children who have experienced losses. (1 hr.)
  • On Their Way [ILR, Inc.]
    Teaches caregivers to use daily activities and real world experiences to motivate youth and increase the skills youth need to live independently. Course materials consist of a 20-minute video presentation and a guidebook that includes discussion topics for mealtimes, ways to engage youth in budgeting, daily health management ideas, early career development activities, and resource awareness. (30 min.)
  • Supporting Successful Visits Series [UNC]
    Parent-child visits are one of the best tools for maintaining connections and reunifying families safely. In this 3-course series, you will learn how to support youth throughout the visitation process while managing common concerns such as trauma reminders and behavioral challenges.

  • Transitioning Youth to Adult Medical Care [UNC]
    Offers tips for preparing youth to manage their medical, dental, and behavioral health and describes how pediatric medical homes can help youth find and transition to an adult medical home. (15 min.)
  • Triple P Online [Triple P International & the Univ. of Queensland] NC parents have free access to two self-directed, online courses—one for parents of kids from toddler to tween age, one for parents of pre-teens and teens. Triple P is evidence-based and a key element of North Carolina’s efforts to promote family and child well-being and prevent child maltreatment. Click here to watch a preview video. (Courses consist of eight, 1-hr. modules)