Classroom Course » 2. Child and Family Dynamics

Dates & Times:
December 07, Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Welcome to the Child and Family Dynamics course, the second of six courses in the Virginia (VA) Youth Mobile Crisis Responder (MCR) Training.

Understanding the science behind child and family dynamics is critical to working with families in crisis. This course focuses on the stages of child development and how family and child dynamics impact a child’s development, which, in turn, affects how you, as an MCR, should approach the youth and families with whom you are working. Understanding how child development and family dynamics go hand in hand will help you interact with youth and families during crises more effectively.

The course also considers cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural and linguistic competency is defined by Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) guidelines from the Office of Minority Health within the Department of Health and Human Services as “providing effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred language, health literacy, and other communication needs.”


Identify developmental tasks for children, adolescents, and emerging adults.

Recognize “divergent” developmental phases.

Identify four common family dynamics within the Family Systems Model.

List four common coping strategies used by family members.

List five typical interactions when communicating in family structures.

Demonstrate the ability to match an appropriate technique(s) to the specific family’s strengths, culture, values, and goals.

Describe the origination of challenging behaviors.

Describe the Stages of Change and how these impact families in crisis.

Demonstrate the ability to have difficult conversations with families.

Demonstrate the ability to match an appropriate empowerment technique(s) to the specific family’s strengths, culture, values, and goals.


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