SFNFCI Offers First Ever Training to Caregivers!

One of the most consistent and important gaps that have been identified through the Disability Research Partnership is the need and desire for training among many of those who work with and care for children and youth with special needs in our communities.  Caregivers are an essential group who have, themselves, voiced a desire for more knowledge and training around disabilities and behavioural challenges.

In partnership with Agency Chiefs Child and Family Services, SFNFCI organized a 2-day training for caregivers working with the agency.  Facilitator Nadine Dalheim led a group of 13 caregivers through two customized trainings:

DAY 1:   Working with Children and Youth with Exceptionalities

In this one day course, participants learned about various exceptionalities and disorders, including  FASD, Autism, ADHD Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Attachment Disorder, and Depression.  Participants learned related information on assessment/diagnosis and certain interventions and strategies for caring for exceptional children/youth.

DAY 2: Engaging Clients Using Therapeutic Interventions  

Building on the information learned in Day 1, this training focused on multiple ways of engaging children and youth with exceptionalities in ways that create healthy, safe, helping environments. Participants learned about the goal of therapeutic interventions, some basic interventions such as art therapy, play therapy and animal therapy, and how these can be beneficial for engaging children and youth in relationship development. Participants had the opportunity to discuss and practice relevant skills. 


The training was very well received – 100% of those who filled out the feedback form said they would recommend the training to others and participants rated the training 4.5 out of 5 overall!








The Disability Research Project will be sponsoring the same training for Caregivers at Meadow Lake Tribal Council Child and Family Services (MLTCCFS)- one session to be held in Meadow Lake and another in Buffalo Narrows.  These trainings will happen later in March before the project concludes on March 31st.











For more information on the Disability Research Project contact Raissa  at              306-373-2874 x 223 or by email at  raissa@sfnfci.ca

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