Morgan County school counselors attend EFK Training

May 19, 2018

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: 

  • "I think this will really help the kids at my school."
  • "This was well presented - I was never bored. Loved Picture It! Best workshop I have attended in a very long time."
  • "I love the detailed lessons! Thank you!"
  • "Great handouts! Great info! I enjoyed the lessons."
  • "It was all very insightful. Great. Excited @ starting group."
  • "I love the positive feedback for the kids so that they can feel good about themselves. This is a wonderful program. I am certain my students will benefit from it."
  • "This is so user friendly. It is implement ready! Material is EXCELLENT!! Great workshop - I'm so grateful for this program and can't wait to use it with my kiddos!!"
  • "[What stood out] Too many to list: Leading us through activities, real & life - impacting stories from sessions, transparency of Laure, and more excellent resource, Laure is so positive & you can tell this is near and dear to her, getting the shirt is great, food/snacks were such a treat. I can't wait to use this!!"
  • "The passion and love that each lesson has for these children. Thank you for your time, support and passion."
To learn more about Extended Family for Kids Leader Training Workshops, contact Laure Clemons at 256-927-7997,