Bloom University June 2024 Training Schedule

Bloom University

June Training Opportunities


Bloom University offers nationally recognized training opportunities designed to elevate your impact in supporting Georgia’s children. Bloom University provides trauma-informed, evidence-based training for foster parents, biological or adoptive parents, caregivers, human service professionals, child welfare workers, teachers, and other professionals or volunteers who work with children.


All training opportunities reflect best practices and standards of care for working with children and adolescents.



Better Brains for Babies: Fostering Secure Attachment for Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

June 19th | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Early positive interactions are essential to healthy attachment because the brain is developing rapidly during the first year. This course will explore attachment, experience, and learning through a trauma-informed lens to help caregivers find ways to support secure attachments for children ages 0 to 5 who have experienced instability, neglect, and abuse.


Free virtual course




Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework

June 26th | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Strengthening Families is a research-informed framework and approach to preventing child abuse and neglect. Developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, this approach focuses on family and community strengths and protective factors rather than risk factors.


Free virtual course




Youth Mental Health First Aid

Certification Course

June 27th | 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. Successful completion of this course results in a 3-year certification as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.


Low-cost, virtual certification course, Free to Bloom Foster Parents and Bloom Family Resource Center Participants


Amerigroup S.T.R.I.V.E.S Webinar




We are thrilled to invite you to our upcoming S.T.R.I.V.E.S. webinar on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 6 pm. Join us for an evening filled with inspiration, motivation, and valuable insights. Our speaker will share their expertise and empower you to strive for excellence in all areas of your life. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, learn from industry leaders, and take your personal and professional growth to the next level. Reserve your spot today and mark your calendar for this transformative event. We look forward to seeing you there!


Strengthening Your Family: Sensory Integration Strategies

Using Sensory Integration Strategies to Increase Understanding and Peace at Home

Thursday, February 22, 2024 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

Extended Access Available February 23 – March 23, 2024


Register Now! Use coupon code SENSORY at checkout to receive your FREE registrationCEUs for this webinar are also available, learn more.


Is your child’s behavior often confusing or concerning? Would you like to feel more confident that you can keep your child’s emotions and behaviors regulated? The “story of why” we tell ourselves about our kids’ behavior can really inform how we react, and whether or not situations escalate or mellow out. We are all sensory beings whose bodies are tasked daily with making sense of all the sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and touches in the world around us. Understanding the sensory system and its impact on behavior changed my own family’s life and has helped countless families in my office find greater calm and connection.


Participants will leave with knowledge of what the sensory system is and how this knowledge can prevent dysregulation. Sensory system know-how can also be a key factor in helping kids cool down and regroup if escalation has occurred. Ultimately, we will discuss concrete sensory-informed strategies to use at home, that help kids and families stay calm and connected.


Presented by Dr. Laura Anderson, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist at Common Cord.

There is a $15 charge per registrant after the first 600 registrants have used the discount code.

How to Address “Common” Issues Facing LGBTQ+ Families and Keeping Up Contemporary LGBTQ+ Language


Thursday, March 21, 2024

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

Use coupon code EXPLORE at checkout to receive your free registration.


As many parents know, keeping up with the current language and trends in youth orientated culture can be a challenge. Keeping up with the ever changing issues and language with respect to LGBTQ+ youth can even create even greater questions for parents to consider.


This workshop will focus on practice wisdom to competently care for LGBTQ+ youth as parents in their home. The workshop will provide a safe space to discuss and to learn about caring for LGBTQ youth in family systems. The workshop will also discuss the ever changing lexicon of LGBTQ+ language and help parents to facilitate an understanding of those concepts with are critical in grasping the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ youth.


Presented by Gary Mallon, DSW, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City.

Mark Your Calendar!

Don’t miss any of our Live Monthly Webinar Series for Parents and Professionals. Check our calendar for upcoming webinars!


Thanks to our partner Jockey Being Family we are able to offer 600 FREE registrations each month for all Strengthening Your Family Series Webinars!














Amerigroup Trainings available

At our F.O.C.U.S. 360° Institute, you’ll gain direct insights from certified and licensed experts in various fields. Upon completion of each training session, certificates of attendance will be issued. We warmly invite all caregivers, licensed professionals, providers, partners, and transition age youth to participate in this valuable learning opportunity. Let’s embark on this educational journey together – we can’t wait to Edu-Train You!



The month of January is awareness for Human Trafficking, Mental Health, Jump into Wellness and Mentoring.


Mental Health: Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S.

There are two types of fentanyl: pharmaceutical fentanyl and illegally made fentanyl. Both are considered synthetic opioids. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain, especially after surgery and for advanced-stage cancer.

However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related overdose are linked to illegally made fentanyl, which is distributed through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often added to other drugs because of its extreme potency, which makes drugs cheaper, more powerful, more addictive, and more dangerous.

Stay tuned for SUD related trainings.

 SAMHSA Fentanyl Awareness Youth Challenge 

The SAMHSA FentAlert Challenge calls on youth aged 14-18 to contribute community-based strategies addressing fentanyl dangers. Participants are urged to submit innovative ideas using various platforms like social media, vlogs, and podcasts. The challenge offers cash prizes and participants can inquire to or apply here. Submissions will be accepted until February 26, 2024. 

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Image result for Child sexual exploitationWhat is CSEC? Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Date/time: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | 11:00 AM EST

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Amerigroup Community Care is working with Justice U and Street Grace to invite you to attend a training aimed at offering essential and critical knowledge on commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). This training will look at how CSEC affects the unique role you have in interacting with and caring for youth and children. Interested in how you and your network can participate in this opportunity? Visit CSEC Series Georgia – Learn With Justice U for more information. Enter code Amerigroup to register at no cost 


Person sitting cross-leggedExpressive Therapies: Building a Bridge to Wellness

Date/time: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | 1:00 PM EST

Presenter: Teresa Bradley, LPC, CPCS, MAC, TF-CBT, CCM


This training will provide information on alternative forms of therapy to assist our youth. Expressive arts therapy is an integrative, multimodal approach that utilizes a variety of methods including writing, music, visual arts, drama, and dance to help people achieve personal growth. In this type of treatment, people work with a trained therapist who helps them explore and understand their reactions to their experience with different forms of expressive art.  Click here to register