Trainings & Events

Good news! Better Brains for Babies, sponsored by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services Prevention and Community Support Section, is now accepting applications for the next BBB 2-day Community Outreach Educator training workshop, to be held August 23 – 24, 2018 at the Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute in Atlanta. The application deadline is Friday, July 20 at 5 pm.

Minimum qualifications for being a BBB educator include the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Documented experience in educating others about early childhood development
  • The ability and willingness to use BBB materials to teach others about brain development (either within the scope of your employment or as an independent trainer)
  • A demonstrated network of professional contacts with whom you can share brain development information
  • A commitment to share brain development information at least once per year and to report all uses of BBB information in the online reporting system

If you are interested in attending or know of someone who might be a good BBB educator, the BBB homepage ( has a link to the online application. Please contact Diane Bales at if you need further information. 

Online Trainings with Care Solutions 
Through the partnership with Care Solutions, Inc., OPFS has made several online trainings available to interested participants. These trainings provide CEUs free of charge to participants!

How do I get started?
To get started, you need a free online training account with ProSolutions Training. If you do not have an account, it only takes a minute to set it up during the ordering process. The course(s) you order will immediately appear in your training account. Once you've finished a course and test, you can print your professional development certificate, which includes IACET CEUs at no extra cost. Your training record with ProSolutions Training will be kept online, free of charge, and you can also print a transcript, if needed.

The link for new students to create an account with ProSolutions Training register here.

mandate reporterMandated Reporters: Critical Links in Protecting Children in Georgia 
Every professional working with children is an important part of Georgia's plan to eliminate the abuse and neglect of children. This course is designed to help Georgia mandated reporters recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect, their legal obligations related to reporting suspected abuse and neglect and how to make a report.

This course has been reviewed and approved by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families, the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. 


Mandated Reporting Requirements: A Track for Georgia Medical ProfessionalsCertain individuals in Georgia are required by state statutes to report suspected child abuse and neglect. There is a system in place to intervene on behalf of children who may be abused or neglected and to secure their safety. In order for this system to function, however, someone must first identify and refer the children who might be in need of protection. 

This course was written specifically for medical professionals (like doctors and nurses) in frequent contact with children. Medical professionals will learn about their legal responsibility to report suspected abuse and neglect.

school buildingChild Abuse and Neglect: Mandated Reporting Requirements for Employees, Volunteers, and Contractors of Georgia Public Schools
Certain individuals in Georgia are required by state statutes to report suspected child abuse and neglect. There is a system in place to intervene on behalf of children who may be abused or neglected and to secure their safety. In order for this system to function, however, someone must first identify and refer the children who might be in need of protection. 

This course was written specifically for individuals employed by the Georgia Department of Education (like public school teachers and principals or school volunteers) in frequent contact with children. 

sleeping babySafe Sleep for Georgia Babies
Keeping children safe is a major priority for every parent, grandparent, child care provider and professional working with parents and children. To support this effort, the First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Deal, as co-chair of the Georgia Children's Cabinet, has launched a safe sleep campaign to educate parents, grandparents, child care providers and others in the community about safe sleep practices for infants. In this course, we will examine ways to promote safe sleep practices for Georgia infants and reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths.

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Bullying Basics: Recognizing Bullying Behaviors and Risk Factors
This course is designed to help you explore the concept or action of bullying, risk factors for bullying, and strategies you can use to support children who are bullied. For information on prevention strategies and dealing with bullying behaviors, check out Part Two of this course coming soon.

Brain Development: Amazing Brains, Amazing Babies
ProSolutions Training is proud to offer this landmark six-hour course about the importance of brain development in the healthy growth of infants and young children. This intermediate level course contains four Parts that cover the basics of brain anatomy, function and development, and that discuss the impact of experiences on the developing brain. Each Part includes a pre-test (non-graded), embedded video examples, and comprehensive checkpoints to assess students’ knowledge as they progress through the course material to the post-test.

Culturally Appropriate Services: Looking Through Diversity Lenses
The human services profession provides services to a very diverse population. An understanding of culture and the major role it plays in service delivery is essential to successful client relationships and outcomes. In this course, you will learn practical information and useful ideas on how to increase cultural and linguistic proficiency at both the provider and agency levels. You will also learn how to develop or enhance programs and services to address the needs of culturally diverse youth and families more effectively, in particular when working with Latino populations.

Best Practices in Confidentiality and Record-Keeping
After completing this course, you will be able to: understand best practices concerning confidentiality, understand best practices concerning record-keeping, and understand best practices concerning technology, including the internet and databases.

Strengthening Families in the Face of Non-Marital Births, Non-Resident Fatherhood and Family Complexity
Families are very complex, and as the trend of non-marital births increases, so do the challenges human services professionals face as they work to support families. Today, 41% of all births and 50% of all births to women under 30 are to unmarried mothers. While non-marital childbearing is highest among minorities, it is growing at an equal pace for all race and ethnic groups. Despite their high hopes of marrying when their children are born, most young unwed parents break up by the time their children are five years old, leaving female-headed families and non-resident fathers as the result. This pattern of family formation and dissolution has become normative.

Health and Safety Orientation Training
This package meets the requirements for the Georgia CCDF Health and Safety Orientation Training. This *FREE Bright From the Start 6 Hour approved online training includes the following required content: Prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunization), prevention of sudden infant death Syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices, administration of medication, consistent with standards for parent consent, prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions, building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic, prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma, emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster or a threatening incident (such as violence at a child care facility), handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of bio contaminants, and precautions in transporting children.

Reading to Young Children
Teachers and parents can help young children be successful in school and in life by doing one thing each and every day... READ aloud to them! This course helps explain how regular reading activities actually promote development across three learning domains: Cognitive - problem-solving and language development, Social - interactions with others, and Emotional - how children feel about their self-worth. Participants in this course will learn about the importance of reading, book selection and techniques for reading aloud.

Personal Safety on Home Visits
Many human services professionals are required to make home visits as part of their service delivery. Often times, professionals find themselves in home visiting situations where they feel unsafe. In this course, you will learn what you can do to ensure personal safety while conducting home visits. You will also learn about appropriate interpersonal communication skills to use during difficult situations, tips on identifying hazardous conditions, and information on mitigating dangerous situations.