Adjusting to becoming a kinship caregiver for a relative or fictive kin youth can be a difficult transition, one that is often made quickly and during challenging situations. Understanding how to move from a relative or friend role with a child and their parents, to one of being the child’s parent and caregiver can pose a lot of questions and a lot of confusing emotions. Knowing how to make this transition in today’s culture-with all of its technology- can make parenting even more challenging. Join us on Tuesday, June 14, from 6:30 pm – 8 pm where we will discuss how caregivers can move from the role of grandmother/uncle/aunt/cousin to parent and caregiver for a child in today’s youth culture.
About the Trainer:
Jennifer Connor Godbey, is an Assistant Professor and outpatient clinician at University of Kentucky, Department of Psychiatry seeing a variety of patients, adults, adolescents and their families. Over the course of her practice, Jennifer has worked several types of families including biological, adoptive, kinship, and foster families as they adjust to many types of family and life changes. She is the lead faculty therapist and supervisor for the Functional Family Therapy Clinic, offering family therapy, supervision and consultation in FFT. She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desentization Reprocessing) and uses this in regular practice with patients as well as co-facilitates consultation group for EMDR, having practiced this model for 15 years.
From 2003-2013, Jenn was the Program Director/therapist for Florence Crittenton Home Residential Treatment Program. Prior to that, she had worked for Bluegrass as an in-home therapist. As a clinical social work supervisor in KY, she has supervised social work clinicians, students and psychiatry residents. She has presented in classes and conferences/workshops on topics related to Functional Family Therapy, EMDR, psychotherapy, and clinical supervision to clinicians and providers in multiple settings. Jenn has been active in Kentucky Society Clinical Social Work for 15 years, serving on the Board in multiple roles, currently as past president. She has been active in this organization as an advocate for the profession and the people we serve.
Although this LIVE webinar is designed to be an informative, educational, and helpful resource for kinship families caring for relative or fictive kin children, anyone is welcome to attend including foster parents, professionals, students, or community members. It is our hope that by participating in this LIVE webinar, attendees will receive educational and helpful information. However, it is important to note that this webinar is not approved for foster parent training credit or CEU’s as attendance is not monitored during the webinar event.