Explore how Family Group Conferences can be used by schools, social service agencies and others to benefit youth and families when you join this free virtual training, offered by the Office of Dispute Resolution and Family Court Programs for the 7th Judicial Circuit and partially funded by a Title II grant.
Family Group Conferences (FGCs) are family-led meetings where family, friends and other supportive people in their lives come together to make a plan to address difficulties or challenges faced by the family or youth in the family. The FGC is supported by an independent facilitator, who helps the family prepare for the FGC and guides the conference. In an FGC, families are empowered to express needs, verbalize concerns, identify resources and create their own robust plans to support the family or youth in managing challenges, which may include truancy, behavioral issues, academic concerns, parent engagement, etc. Outside agencies (such as the school system, juvenile office, etc.) may provide information on things that the family should address in their plan, but the family decides the best way to support the family or youth in achieving their goals.
About this free training
This training is free for participants who are interested in co-facilitating FGCs for families referred by the Clay County Family Court. For more information on Clay County’s FGC program and facilitation compensation, please email Teri Hargrave, program Coordinator with the Office of Dispute Resolution and Family Court Programs for the 7th Judicial Circuit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This training, led by The Center for Dispute Resolution at Missouri State University, will cover the philosophical underpinning of the FGC model; the goals and benefits of the process; appropriate behaviors, role and responsibilities for a facilitator; strategies for building strong family support networks; how to prepare family members for an FGC; and how to effectively coordinate an FGC meeting.