Connections Matter Training

Jan 30, 2023 | Learning Opportunities

Connections Matter is designed to engage community members in building caring connections for youth and families to improve resiliency and wellbeing. The Connections Matter initiative is a collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and was brought to WV by the ACES Coalition of WV. 

Why Participate?

Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Our brain, our relationships and our community are all inter-connected. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, they help us heal. With each positive connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. This session uses video, discussion and experiential activities to engage participants in exploring connections to build stronger, more connected communities to support youth and families.

Training Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • Recognize the impact of family stress and trauma on child development and family function and work closely with the family to link them to appropriate community resources
    Engage in respectful, goal-oriented partnerships with families to promote parent-child relationships and family well-being
  • Implement strength-based, family-centered practices that engage families in meaningful decision-making opportunities
    Support and encourage families to identify and use a network of formal and informal supports (i.e., neighborhood groups, faith/spiritual communities, civic organizations, parent support groups)
    Implement creative ways to provide families with support
    Advocate for needed services and resources for families

Who Should Attend?

The Inspiring Dreams Network sponsor this training. It is made possible through a grant by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation with the primary focus of building the capacity of adults who serve youth in Clay, Kanawha, and Putnam County.

  • Parents
  • Youth-serving Adults
  • Volunteers / Community Members
  • Childcare/Family Support Professionals
  • Non-Profit Professionals
  • Medical/Human Services Providers
  • Faith Organizations


Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

STARS credit offered. Nursing, Counseling, and Addictions CEUs Pending

Register here.