Learn the Skills to Understand and Support Children in Care

At the SFFA, we provide the highest quality, comprehensive training free of charge to foster carers and carers in assessment. We also offer training to individuals and organization trainees for a modest fee.

Available classes cover all mandatory and core carer training as well as specialist topics addressing specific critical concerns.

Courses by Category

All Available Courses:

Anger Pie

Rick Delaney, PhD discusses the ABCs of behavior in relation to anger outbursts in 5- to 10-year-old children.

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 credit hours

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Information Session

These sessions educate caregivers on what ASD is, diagnosis criteria, types of intervention, and the financial options and supports available to caregivers & families.

Training Provider: Autism Services of Saskatoon

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference

Caring for Aboriginal Children

The Caring for Aboriginal Children Cultural Curriculum is intended to highlight the value and importance of culturally safe homes for Aboriginal children and youth. This training is two– 3 hour digital modules geared toward foster families and highly recommended for adoptive families. This training is user friendly and the facilitators are built in to the entire curriculum. This module is based on the Saskatchewan Cultural Component and was created and produced in Saskatchewan.

Training Provider: Saskatchewan Foster Families Association

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 6 hours

Could It Be FASD?

While fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are surprisingly common in children in care, they can often be difficult to diagnose, as the signs and symptoms are associated with a number of other conditions.

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 Hours

Domestic Abuse Awareness

Join Joan McDonald as she shares some definitions and statistics, signs and risk factors of abusive relationships, and educational and learning resources for victims, survivors and those supporting victims and survivors of abusive relationships.

Training Provider: Saskatchewan Foster Families Association

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 45 Minutes

Escalating Behaviours Unwrapped

This class explores escalation and de-escalation, including: the “thinking brain” vs. the “survival brain”; the escalation cycle; de-escalation strategies.

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 Hours

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Foster Parent Training is provincially mandated in Saskatchewan due to the high rates of children in care who live with FASD. Training is provided by the FASD Network.

Training Provider:

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 3 hours

First Aid and CPR Training

In order to further enhance the safety of children in foster care, certification in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is now mandatory for all Saskatchewan foster parents.

Training Provider: St. John's Ambulance,Red Cross

Training Type: Instructor-Led, In Person

Grief & Loss Session by Deb Mooney

The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association is offering a session with Deb Mooney RSW, SEP (Registered Social Worker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) with Simplicity Counselling Services (SCS).

Training Provider: Saskatchewan Foster Families Association

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 60 Minutes

LivingWorks Start

LivingWorks Start is an online, skills-based suicide prevention training program that anyone can learn in as little as one hour.

Training Provider: LivingWorks

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 60 to 90 minutes

Lying (2nd Edition)

This course explores four types of lying problems with children: getting out of trouble, gaining attention, pathological, getting others in trouble

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 credit hours

Module 1: The Foundation for Meeting the Developmental Needs of Children at Risk

The knowledge and skills developed during the four sessions of this module are critical to successfully fulfilling the foster parent role. The foundation competencies addressed pertain to assessing and building children's self-esteem, understanding behavior, and developing effective interpersonal skills. These sessions are designed to illustrate how to connect one's understanding of self-esteem and the meaning of behavior to the use of effective communication skills and the disciplinary process.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 12 hours

Module 2: Using Discipline To Protect, Nurture And Meet Developmental Needs

The purpose of Module 2 is to increase the participants’ understanding of the importance of discipline in meeting developmental needs and to provide some concrete techniques and skills they can use to manage behavior effectively. Building on the concepts presented and skills developed in Module 1, the three sessions in this module focus on proactive and reactive approaches to using discipline to protect, nurture and advance children's development.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 9 hours

Module 3: Addressing Developmental Issues Related To Sexuality

This module, consisting of one three-hour session, provides information on normal sexual development and behavior in children and youth, identifies factors that indicate problematic sexual behavior, and outlines techniques for educating children about sexuality.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 3 hours

Module 4: Responding To The Signs And Symptoms Of Sexual Abuse

This module consists of two sessions. The first session is intended to increase the participants’ understanding of sexual abuse, while second session is focused on assisting foster parents to respond effectively to the issues of sexual abuse.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 6 hours

Module 5: Supporting Relationships Between Children and Their Families

The goals of the three sessions in this module are to help foster parents understand the importance of the child's family relationships, to develop their skills to support these relationships, and to provide ways for participants to share the parenting role and to help birth parents.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 9 hours

Module 6: Working As A Professional Team Member

The purpose of this module is to provide foster parents with an understanding of the professional team in working on behalf of children and families. The three sessions include information and skill development related to teamwork, the tasks of foster parents as professional team members, and conflict management.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 9 hours

Module 7: Promoting Children's Personal And Cultural Identity

Session One provides participants with an understanding of the importance of valuing and making a commitment to cultural competence and ways to work with the family foster care team to promote positive self-esteem through respecting, advancing and sharing children’s cultural norms and traditions.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 6 hours

Module 8: Promoting Permanency Outcomes

The intent of the four sessions in this module is to provide participants with a foundation for understanding permanency planning practice and to assist them in helping children and families achieve the desired permanency outcomes.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 12 hours

Module 9: Managing The Fostering Experience

This module examines the impact of placement on one's family by devoting one session to exploring ways to help foster families manage the changes, transitions, and challenges presented by the fostering role and another session to helping participants manage the impact of abuse and neglect allegations.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 6 hours

Noncompliance and Defiance

This class explores the spectrum of behaviors associated with cooperation and noncompliance, including: fearful compliance, cooperation, noncompliance, defiance

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 credit hours

Opioid Poisoning Response

With widely increasing numbers of opioid poisonings across Canada , St. John Ambulance is offering this critical, online training program to support all Canadians seeking nasal naloxone administration training.

Training Provider: St. John's Ambulance

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 2 Hours

Parent Life Guard Training

The Lifesaving Society provides parent lifeguard training to educate caregivers on the dangers of water and what to do to stay safe around water with the children in your care.

Training Provider: Life Saving Society, Regina Saskatchewan

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 3 hours

Positive Parenting 1

This course explores three types of positive parenting techniques: encouragement, cooperation, tracking behavior

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 credit hours

P.R.I.D.E. Pre-Service

PRIDE is a licensed model of practice for the development and support of foster families.

Training Provider: Governors State University, Chicago IL

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 27 hours

Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Component

The Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Component is intended for future foster and adoptive families to highlight the value and importance of culturally safe homes for Indigenous children and youth. It provides an introduction to the history, traditions and richness of Indigenous people and their diverse culture. The Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Component was created in Saskatchewan with collaboration, consultation and approval of Elder representatives from all of the First Nations Communities in Saskatchewan.

Training Provider: Ministry of Social Services

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 3 hours

Sleep Problems (2nd Edition)

This course explores four types of sleep problems in children: fears about sleeping alone, frequent waking and roaming, nightmares and night terrors, sleep problems and depression

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 credit hours

Supporting Normalcy

This course explores how providing children in care a normal childhood relates to supporting normalcy, reasonable and prudent parenting standards, and making decisions about and advocating for their participation in activities

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 Hours

Taking Things - Stealing

This class explores common reasons for taking things including: experimentation, intellectual disability, trauma history, social or psychiatric problems

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 credit hours

Theraplay Pediatric Services

Theraplay provides individual occupational therapy treatment to children.

Training Provider: Saskatchewan Foster Families Association

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 90 Minutes

Trauma Competent Caregiver

In-depth training session to increase competency and sensitivity in caring for children with traumatic history.

Training Provider: Saskatchewan Foster Families Association

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 6 hours

Trust-based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Caregiver Training

TBRI is an evidence based practice that meets the needs of the “whole child”.

Training Provider: Saskatchewan Foster Families Association

Training Type: Instructor-Led, Video Conference , 6 hours

Understanding Sex Trafficking

This class explores human sex trafficking, including: commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC); risk factors and vulnerabilities; parenting strategies

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 Hours

Working with Birth Parents: Visitation

This course explores different aspects related to visitations with birth parents: coping with frustration, supporting the foster child after the visit, cancellations and no-shows, working with caseworkers and custodians, pre-visit anxiety

Training Provider: Foster Parent College

Training Type: Self-Directed, Online , 2 credit hours