On May 10, Morgan County, Alabama school counselors attended an Extended Family for Kids Leader Training Workshop in Decatur, AL. By the end of the day, 13 professionals had received all the training they needed to start Extended Family for Kids programs in the fall.
"Morgan County School administrators saw the impact of Extended Family for Kids in other parts of the state, and wanted to bring EFK to their students," said Laure Clemons, Executive Director, Extended Family. "We especially thank Morgan County Deputy Superintendent Lee Willis for inviting us to present the EFK Leader Training Workshop. Lee saw me speak at a TAASRO Conference in 2017, and recognized the value of Extended Family for Kids."
During the one day Training, Clemons led counselors through all nine lessons of Extended Family for Kids.
Counselors also brainstormed ways to identify students in their schools who had a loved one incarcerated, and learned best practices for obtaining guardian permissions.
"These counselors knew of many students in their schools dealing with the incarceration of a loved one," Clemons said. "They jumped into the EFK lesson activities, making for a really fun day."
Counselors were asked what stood out for them. A few of their comments: