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EPIC Vídeo: Efeitos do Trauma no Cérebro e no Corpo

Date: June 18, 2024

Neste vídeo de dicas EPIC, aprenda sobre os efeitos negativos do trauma no cérebro e no corpo, mas também como você, como pai ou cuidador, pode ajudar uma criança a se tornar mais resiliente.

EPIC Video: The Impact of Trauma on the Brain

Date: June 6, 2024

In this EPIC Tip, Ken Lacy, EPIC Clinician, discusses how trauma can impact the brain and how you can help your child heal and process this trauma.

EPIC Video: Attachment in Infants

Date: May 5, 2024

In this EPIC Tip, Gabriela Aretis, MSW, discusses attachment theory regarding infants. We will discuss three ways you can help your infant develop a secure attachment.

EPIC Video: The Ideal Response

Date: February 5, 2024

In this EPIC Tip, Kelly Dougherty, Clinical Intern, discusses “The Ideal Response” from Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). This response allows parents to connect with their child while still correcting their behavior.  

EPIC Video: How Parent’s Unresolved Trauma Affect Their Children

Date: January 8, 2024

In this EPIC Tip, Josiane Mendonca, MSW, discusses how the un-checked trauma parents have experienced can impact their children.  

EPIC Video: Mental Health in Schools

Date: September 12, 2023

In this EPIC Tip, Maria Silva, M.S., discusses how we can address mental health in the context of the school system and become advocates for our children’s mental health.

EPIC Video: Implementing Self-Care

Date: September 12, 2023

In this EPIC Tip, Maria Silva, M.S., discusses long-term, short-term, and immediate self-care while also encouraging mindfulness.

EPIC Video: Taking Care of Your Marriage

Date: August 31, 2023

In this EPIC Tip, Joshua Bennett, M.A., Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, discusses ways to improve and maintain your marriage relationship in any situation, specifically for couples who are foster parents.

EPIC Video Approaching Challenging Behavior

Date: August 3, 2023

In this EPIC Tip, Kimberly Wood, MHC, explains the connecting, empowering, and correcting principles of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and how they can be applied when your child is showing difficult behaviors.

EPIC Video: How To Handle Lying With Children

Date: June 6, 2023

In this EPIC Tip, Gabriela Aretis, MSW, discusses how overreacting or ignoring lying doesn’t instill the value of truth telling, but figuring out the need behind the behavior will help you through this lying behavior.

EPIC Video: Parenting For Teens Who Were Parentified

Date: June 2, 2023

Many children who come from hard places were often “parentified” by their families. Understanding that the child you are caring for has experienced increased emotional, mental, and physical responsibilities for someone their age, can help you grow in encouraging them to embrace their true role as a child.

EPIC Video: Promoting Resiliency

Date: May 15, 2023

In this EPIC Tip, Meiby Nodarse, MHC/MFT, explains the importance of using a strengths-based lens and Protective Factors to brighten a child’s future despite difficulties in their past.

EPIC Video: When to Ask For Help With Mental Health

Date: March 22, 2023

In this EPIC Tip, Terri Galindo, LCSW & LMFT, goes through the questions to ask and observations to make when determining if your child is struggling with their mental health.

EPIC Video: Aging Out of Foster Care

Date: February 22, 2023

Turning 18 can bring a wide range of emotions. Listen as Ken Lacey, 4KIDS Transitional Independent Living Director, explains what causes these feelings and how to help in such a pivotal transitional phase for children in foster care as they age out.

EPIC Video: Casey Cleveland Testimonial

Date: January 27, 2023

In this EPIC Video, Casey Cleveland, Lead Pastor of The Avenue Church and foster/adoptive dad tells the story of his experience fostering and how EPIC practically helped his family.  

EPIC Video: The Need Behind The Behavior

Date: January 19, 2023

In this EPIC Tip Video Pamela Souza, MS, explains that children who have been in hard places oftentimes have a hard time trusting. This is why understanding the needs behind a behavior is important. Listen to some important steps on how to figure out what an action or reaction may mean to a child.

EPIC Video: Why Take EPIC Training

Date: November 28, 2022

In this EPIC Tip Video, Betsy, LCSW, explains the benefits of enrolling in EPIC Training.

EPIC Video: Loss of Bio Parent to Addiction

Date: November 1, 2022

Betsy Godoy-Rosado, LCSW, talks about how to navigate the difficulties that come when a foster or adoptive child loses a biological parent to addiction.

EPIC Video: The Importance of Play

Date: October 17, 2022

Listen as Meiby Nodarse, MHC/MFT, explains how allowing your child to play freely can help them to express emotions that may be challenging to express otherwise.

EPIC Video: Coping With The Grief Of Foster Care Transitions

Date: July 15, 2022

In this EPIC Tip Video, Karen Lyttle, LCSW encourages us that grief is normal when experiences change, and covers a few helpful tips on how to take of yourself during these transitions.

EPIC Video: How To Love Foster & Adoptive Children

Date: July 11, 2022

In this EPIC Tip, Betsy, LCSW, helps ease the fear around how to love a foster or adoptive children in the same way as your biological children. The first step is to identify your own adult attachment style, and from there Betsy gives three tips on how to actively show love. Watch to learn more!

EPIC Video: Understanding Teenagers

Date: June 14, 2022

In this EPIC Tip Video, Hailey, MA, touches on three practical tips to connect with your teen as they navigate a variety of emotions.

EPIC Video: Connection Before Correction

Date: May 12, 2022

In this EPIC Tip video, Betsy Godoy-Rosado, LCSW, explains the importance of eye contact, tone of voice and asking questions with a child in order to build a connection.

EPIC Video: Infant Mental Health

Date: April 11, 2022

Meiby Nodarse, MCH/LMHC, discusses the importance of early interventions and monitoring a child’s development through a trauma-informed lens to prevent later mental health problems.

EPIC Video: Food Sensitivities

Date: March 14, 2022

In this EPIC Tip, LMHC, Odelaisys Saco encourages the implementation of family meetings and allowing children to help cook to overcome some food challenges that could be caused by childhood trauma. Watch to learn about some practical examples.

EPIC Video: Setting Expectations

Date: February 3, 2022

When setting expectations for children who have dealt with trauma, it’s important to remember their past, understand their triggers, and know what they have been through in the last 24 hours. In this video, Maria Silva, LMHC, dives deeper into these helpful tips.

EPIC Video: Navigating Transitions

Date: January 7, 2022

Odelaisys Saco, LMHC, leads us through some practical scenarios on how creating plans together and setting time expectations can help alleviate the negative reactions through transitions.

EPIC Video: Navigating Discipline

Date: December 13, 2021

Listen as Holly, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, explains three principles for navigating discipline, while keeping a strong, loving relationship with the child at the core.

EPIC Video: Preparing to Foster

Date: November 4, 2021

Hear from Amy, 4KIDS Foster Parent, about what items could be helpful to have when a child enters your home, and learn the benefits of meeting a child where they are at in their journey.

EPIC Video: What is Trauma?

Date: September 30, 2021

Have you ever wondered what trauma is and how we can help our children experience healing from it? Watch as we briefly discuss the types of trauma and why trauma-informed care is essential when working with kids who have experienced difficult situations.

EPIC Video: The Lukasik’s Story

Date: July 8, 2021

Tom and Linda Lukasik (4KIDS Leadership) share about their most recent experience fostering a teen boy and his younger sister, and another little girl who they used EPIC strategies with to help them parent well.

EPIC Video: Myths & Misconceptions of Biological Parents

Date: June 22, 2021

In order to truly love on children involved in the foster care system, we must also have compassion for their biological parents. Hear as one of our 4KIDS Therapists and the Founder & CEO of Every Mother’s Advocate (EMA) discuss why this is so important.

EPIC Video: National Foster Care Month

Date: April 21, 2021

At 4KIDS, we believe trauma-informed care comes straight from the heart of God. He leads us with nurture and structure at the very same time, and in turn, we as parents and caregivers can learn how to do that too.  

EPIC Video: Connecting with Teenagers

Date: April 7, 2021

Listen as one of our 4KIDS Therapists, Holly, shares the importance of staying resourceful, relevant, and real when connecting with teenagers.

EPIC Video: Tools for Regulation

Date: March 15, 2021

Learn about self-regulation and practical tools you can use to help kids stay calm and alert both in their bodies and minds.

EPIC Video: Regulation in Relationships

Date: March 4, 2021

4KIDS Manager of Clinical Services, Mariana Caro, and special guest Dr. Jennie Trocchio, Ph.D., discuss the connection between self-regulation and relationships.

EPIC Video: Self-Care for Parents

Date: December 31, 2020

Though it can be hard to find time for “you,” it’s so important for parents and caregivers to have a practice of self-care, whether that’s long-term, short-term, or an immediate self-care routine in your schedule that recharges you.

EPIC Video: Self-Care for Parents

Date: December 31, 2020

Though it can be hard to find time for “you,” it’s so important for parents and caregivers to have a practice of self-care, whether that’s long-term, short-term, or an immediate self-care routine in your schedule that recharges you.

EPIC Video: Navigating the Holidays & Special Events

Date: November 30, 2020

How can you be proactive and prepare to help your foster or adoptive child be set up for success this holiday season? In this EPIC Tip, one of our 4KIDS Therapists discusses ways you can lean into your child’s emotions and have realistic expectations for them surrounding special events.

EPIC Video: Inspiring Gratitude

Date: November 13, 2020

Thanksgiving may be just around the corner, but the benefits of practicing gratitude year-round are endless! Listen as one of our 4KIDS Therapists, Odelaisys, unpacks this idea a little bit more and offers a few ideas on how to intentionally add gratitude habits into your family’s life.

EPIC Video: Insight for Interracial Families

Date: October 30, 2020

Many kids journeying through foster care and adoption may find themselves in an interracial family for the first time. As a result, these children and teens need compassionate caregivers who are ready to listen and “lean in” to conversations on race and discrimination with them.

EPIC Video: How to Say Yes More

Date: September 10, 2020

Saying “yes” more to your kids can actually help them respond better to you when you have to say “no.”

EPIC Video: Setting Limits

Date: August 13, 2020

Setting limits and teaching your kids how to compromise in relationships is one the best things you can do as a parent or caregiver. Take two minutes to hear some great examples of how to do this!

EPIC Video: Celebrating Uniqueness

Date: July 21, 2020

You are the biggest example for your kids when it comes to celebrating uniqueness. Frame people’s differences in a positive light and surround your family with individuals of diverse backgrounds. Give them opportunities to serve people that reflect a different culture than their own. The goal is to have our kids on a journey that […]

EPIC Video: How to Talk To Your Kids About Race

Date: July 17, 2020

Hear as one of our 4KIDS Therapists, Barbara, shares some timely insights for how parents and caregivers can discuss racial diversity with their children.

EPIC Video: How to Use Engine Plates

Date: June 19, 2020

Listen as Holly explains a creative way to gauge your child’s emotions and teach them the value of using words to communicate how they feel.

EPIC Video: How to De-escalate Meltdowns

Date: June 4, 2020

What do you do in the face of a chaotic meltdown from your child? Using Dr. Dan Siegel’s “Hand Model of the Brain,” we can learn about the specific parts of a child’s brain we need to speak to first to help them calm them.

EPIC Video: How To Use Proactive Strategies

Date: May 21, 2020

In order to reduce meltdowns, teach your children what to do ahead of time and before their stress levels get too high. Listen as Linda Lukasik, 4KIDS Director of Training & Student Services, shares a practical way to do this using “fire drills.”

EPIC Video: Working with Children in Uncertain Times

Date: April 21, 2020

Times of uncertainty are stressful. They can be scary, they can be sad, and even overwhelming. Children look to adults to know how to process in these times. When we help kids sit in the uncertainty and acknowledge their feelings in the midst, this helps increase their resiliency.

EPIC Video: Interrupting Trauma with Positive Experiences

Date: April 21, 2020

We may not be able to completely protect our kids from having painful experiences, but we can minimize the negative effects by leaning in and sitting in the pain with them. Creating positive childhood experiences for your child by engaging in play and staying emotionally present will disarm your child’s fear and strengthen connections in […]

EPIC Video: How to Approach Academics

Date: April 16, 2020

We all want our kids to be successful. Academics are part of that, but they are not everything. While challenging our kids to do their best, to push forward, to be successful is so important for their well-being, it cannot come at the cost of relationships, especially in times of stress and uncertainty.

EPIC Video: How to Parent with Presence

Date: April 7, 2020

The most precious gift we can give our children is our presence. In the midst of busyness, finding time for connection can seem impossible and oftentimes we end up replacing busyness with connection. But by setting aside even just 5-10 minutes every day, we can grow greater connection with our kids.

EPIC Video: How To Parent In High Stress Situations

Date: April 2, 2020

When you take care of yourself and find ways to allow your emotional, physical, and spiritual needs to be met, only then can you parent effectively in a high stress situation.