Lending Library

For Resource Caregivers

The Lending Library is an online collection of past trainings produced by Family Programs Hawaii, specifically for Hawaii’s Resource Caregivers. These online trainings can be used to obtain Training Hours.

What is the Lending Library?

The Lending Library is an online collection of past trainings produced by Family Programs Hawaii, specifically for Hawaii’s Resource Caregivers.

How can I gain access the training videos?

You can easily scroll down and view any video you would like by clicking the hyperlink.

How do I get training hours?

    1. Please select a training video that you have not viewed (or attended).
    2. Watch the video in its entirety and fully absorb all of the information presented.
    3. When the training is complete, click the quiz link in the description box.
    4. Take the quiz, and upon passing you will receive a training certificate you can submit to your licensing worker.


If you have any questions, please contact the Warm Line at (808) 545-1130 (Oahu) or (866) 545-0882 (Neighbor Islands). If you wish to view these trainings on a DVD, please contact the Warm Line.

More Topics

If you are looking to receive training on other topics, please contact the Warm Line to gain access to Foster Parent College and FosterParent.com. Other DVDs and books are also available.


  • If you have previously attended or viewed a training, you will not be able to receive training hours again.
  • Please do not advertise videos on any websites or social media platforms, as these were intended for the use of Resource Families.


A Closer Look at Building Resiliency and Healing Trauma
2020 Speaker: Tia Roberts Hardstock

This training will define resiliency and its relationship to post-traumatic growth, our ability to “bounce back” after traumatic events, and how resiliency is a learned skill. We will also cover skill building and how to set an example for our Keiki. 1.25 hours

Stress and Trauma with Infants and Young Children
2020 Speaker: Thao Tu, People Attentive to Children

This 2-part training series will cover the impact of stress on the body and adulthood, identify what stressors affect infants & young children, and strategies to help comfort young children. 2.5 hours

Understanding How Trauma Affects Learning
2020 Speaker: Frank Capatch

In this training, you will learn how trauma can be a barrier to education, understand the challenges for foster children in school, and utilize engagement and attachment strategies. 1 hour

Youth Mental Health Hawaii
2020 Speaker: Amanda Martinez, MPH

Nationally, the alarm has been raised about increases in mental health issues among youth and there is a growing awareness of youth needs and vulnerability. In this session, the presenters will give you an overview of the state of youth mental health in Hawai’i, share possible solutions and available resources available both locally and nationally. 1 hour

Foster Resiliency: Taking the Next Step in Trauma Informed Care
2019 Annual Conference with speaker Tia Hartsock

Enhancing our knowledge of trauma-informed responses. Discovering three (3) best practice techniques for youth in foster care. Increasing understanding of how to foster post-traumatic growth. Building resiliency in youth and young adults. Applying ten (10) self-care techniques to use weekly. Learning the “Stages of Change” model and how it should influence expectations. 3.25 hours

Pathways to Healing: Understanding the Trauma Behind the Behavior
2013 Annual Conference with speakers Tia Roberts and Crystal Brown

Learn how behaviors in children and adolescents are impacted by trauma. Learn about Trauma Informed Care and what you can do to provide a safe and nurturing environment in your home. Identify action steps to increase support for resource families. Learn about national and local resources in providing trauma informed services. 3.5 hours

A Follow Up to – Pathways to Healing: Understanding the Trauma Behind the Behavior
2013 Speakers: Tia Roberts Hardstock and Crystal Brown

Learn about trauma-informed care practices and how trauma histories have an impact on behaviors. Discuss triggers and effective interventions. Practice new skills in role playing activity and case scenarios. Learn about how natural and professional supports can help. 2.5 hours

Trauma & Anger Management for the Family
2013 Speaker: Dr. George Rhoades

Understand anger and trauma. Understand the effects of trauma on children, teens, and adults. Learn about the types of trauma experienced by families. Explore coping skills for children, teens, and adults. 2 hours


A Closer Look at Building Emotional Regulation Skills
2020 Speaker: Tia Roberts Hardstock

This training will cover the difference between the “zones” of regulation, the 3 components of emotional regulation, and how to practice trauma-informed care. 1.5 hours

Dealing with Power Struggles
2020 Speaker: Keith Kuboyama

The Dealing with Power Struggles webinar covers the three common elements of a power struggle, the circle of security, and conditioned fear responses. 1 hour

A Follow Up on the Importance of Self Care for Kids and Caregivers
2020 Speaker: Tia Roberts

This training will cover the essential elements of self-care for caregivers and keiki, the development of Vicarious trauma, and healthy coping mechanisms. 1 hour

Helping Children in Care Manage ADHD
2020 Speaker: Dennis Itoga

This training will focus on children with histories of trauma who exhibit difficult behaviors at home and in school as well, how to help children and youth cope with difficulties relating to ADHD. You will understand the basics of ADHD for children in care and who have experienced trauma, as well as the various causes of behavior and symptoms in ADHD. 1 hour

Mental Wellness: Tips and Strategies for Surviving & Thriving
2020 Speaker: Amanda Martinez, MPH

This webinar will focus on providing self-care tips, mental health strategies, and resources for community members. It will discuss how to help our most vulnerable youth, who may have pre-existing mental health challenges that need additional support. Join us for a conversation on staying mentally well during this challenging time. 1 hour

A Psychological Perspective on the Traumatized Child
2019 Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Andaya

This training will cover what it like to parent a child who has experienced trauma, how trauma manifests in children over time, and how it changes the brain. We will also cover how to care for children and their emotions before they escalate into anger. 1 hour

Trauma Changes the Brain: Making Sense of Challenging Behaviors
2018 Annual Conference with speakers Kathy Bentley & Veronica Lamb.

Gain a general knowledge of brain development from infancy through young adulthood. Learn how brain development influences behavior. Learn how trauma can negatively impact the brain during development. Learn how trauma increases a child’s vulnerability to human trafficking. Learn how as a caring adult, you can help the child be successful in spite of the trauma. Learn why peer relationships are critical and how you can influence these relationships. 2.75 hours

Ho’olohe Pono: Youth Suicide and Bullying Prevention
2013 Speaker: Antonia Alvarez

Increase Resource Caregiver’s knowledge and understanding of bullying and suicide among youth through prevention, intervention, and post-vention strategies. Provide skills to identify high-risk populations for bullying and suicidality and identify tools to increase resiliency in youth. Learn the importance of creating a “Web of Support” for yourself and your foster keiki. Hear real-life stories and statistics from local youth. 1.75 hours

Kids Are What They Eat: How Food Can Affect Your Child’s Behavior
2013 Speaker: Stephanie Jurgenson

This training discusses how Traffic Light Eating benefits your relationship with food, the importance of eating nutricious meals, and the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats. 1.5 hours

ADHD: What it is & What Can I Do About It?
2012 Speaker: Dr. Roger Hamada

Overview of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – what it is and what it is NOT. Learn about behaviors, learning processes, and developmental growth of children diagnosed with ADHD. Understand your role as a caregiver in creating an environment that supports healthy development for children with ADHD. Learn about the role of medication in managing ADHD. Develop strategies to assist children with ADHD. 1.75 hours


Importance of ‘Ohana and Kuleana
2020 Speakers: Dr. Tammy Martin, Venus Kau’iokawekiu Rosete-Medeiros, Noelani Realin, and Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier

We will discuss the importance of Hawaiian culture and values in supporting keiki and ‘Ohana in foster care. Participants will review the significance of “Ohana – family, kuleana – rights & responsibilities, and pilina – relationships in understanding the Hawaiian worldview. We will also explore the role that resource caregivers can play as a pu’uhonua for children and families in Child Welfare Services. 1 hour

Importance of Pilini and Pu’uhonua
2020 Speakers: Dr. Tammy Martin, Venus Kau’iokawekiu Rosete-Medeiros, Noelani Realin, and Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier

We will discuss the importance of Hawaiian culture and values in supporting keiki and ‘Ohana in foster care. Participants will review the significance of “Ohana – family, kuleana – rights & responsibilities, and pilina – relationships in understanding the Hawaiian worldview. We will also explore the role that resource caregivers can play as a pu’uhonua for children and families in Child Welfare Services. 1 hour

Knowing Who You Are: Helping Youth in Care Develop Cultural Identities
2020 Speakers: Chet Okayama, Jennifer Carter, and Janelle Ann Taua-Freitas

This webinar series is a two-part training that builds multicultural competence to boost understanding and courageous interactions with diverse ethnic groups. Participants will learn skill-building through interactive exercises and games. You will learn to develop a positive sense of pride in your own ethnic identity, develop strategies for addressing personal assumptions and biases, and learn how to effectively have “Courageous Conversations.” You will be able to identify strategies to incorporate multicultural competencies into daily practice toward building a positive family and community environment for healthy ethnic identity development.  2.25 hours

Healthy Ohana

The Importance of Family Connection for Children in Care
2020 Speaker: Sue Badeau

The Building Bonds with Birth Families webinar will teach you the importance of healthy and positive view of birth family for child’s self-concept and trauma healing. The speaker talks about the critical role of foster parents in mentoring, partnering with and supporting birth parents toward achieving reunification of other permanency outcomes for children. You will learn how to help develop quality of visits with birth family because it is one of the most important indicators of the success of a child who was in foster care.

The Engaging with a Child’s Birth Family webinar will help you understand the birth parents own trauma, reactions, and behaviors that may be seen before, during or after visits. You will learn how a child’s understanding of their relationships with critical people in their lives evolve over time and developmental stages. 2.5 hours

Hope and Health: Managing Stress, Emotions, and Behaviors for Caregivers and Children
2015 Annual Conference with speaker Sue Badeau

The experience of trauma affects children across all developmental stages, impacting their emotions, behaviors, and overall well-being. Living with children who have experienced trauma often contributes to high levels of stress, secondary trauma, and other challenges for caregivers. Caregivers can experience improved well-being for themselves when they learn basic strategies for self-care, stress management, and trauma-informed emotional and behavioral management for their children. 3.5 hours

Fostering CommUNITY:  Connecting Our Ohana
2012 Annual Conference with speakers Dr. Kimo Alameda, Laurie Jicha, and Lynne Kamaza

Promote healthy attachment, development, well-being, and positive adjustment to placement through Visitation-‘Ohana Time. Understand the benefits and purpose of Visitation-‘Ohana Time for children in foster care, birth families, and resource families. Learn how to supervise Visitation-‘Ohana Time in a way that maintains safety and is productive to both the families and children. Look at the perspectives of the child, birth parent(s), resource caregiver(s), and social worker on Visitation-‘Ohana Time through a panel discussion. 2 hours

Best of Both Worlds: Resource & Birth Families Working Together for Children
2011 Annual Conference with speaker Norma Ginther, MSW, LISW

Facilitate visits and participate in other interactions with birth families to ensure that the child maintains critical connections in his/her life. Evaluate sources of conflict from different perspectives and learn to manage them. Understanding the benefits and challenges of engaging and supporting birth families. Explore ways of working with birth families, regardless of whether the goal is reunification or adoption/guardianship. 3 hours

Nurture & Watch Me Grow: Cultivating Healthy Resource Families
2010 Annual Conference with speakers Barbara Nak RN, MA and Tom K. Naki MPH

Develop and enhance the attitudes, skills and knowledge to create nurturing Resource Families. Evaluate the role Nurturing Fathers play in the parenting process. Explore Multicultural parenting issues. Practice Behavior Encouragement techniques. 2.75 hours

Pilina: Supporting Sibling Connections in Foster Care
2020 Speakers: EPIC ‘Ohana and High Hopes

Maintaining strong sibling connections for children and youth in foster care can play a critical role in their health, safety and overall well-being while in care and as young adults. This presentation provides information, recommendations and shares the voices of young people with foster care experience about the importance of ensuring sibling connections, particularly for those who are separated, for our keiki involved in foster care. 1 hour


Strengthening Relationships Between Children and Caregivers: Giving Your Child the Best Start (Part 1)
2020 Speakers: Bridget Carranza, Michelle Choe, Alyssa Foster; Parents and Children Together

Children sometimes have difficulty forming secure relationships and managing their behavior and emotional responses to stress. Attachment helps children learn that they can trust and rely onn their caregivers, understand they are important, and improve self-control. Caregivers will learn to respond to the child’s needs and distress, and skills to help improve a child development and long-term outcomes through attachments. 1 hour

Strengthening Relationships Between Children and Caregivers: Why Attachment Matters in Early Childhood (Part 2)
2020 Speakers: Bridget Carranza, Michelle Choe, Alyssa Foster; Parents and Children Together

Children sometimes have difficulty forming secure relationships and managing their behavior and emotional responses to stress. Attachment helps children learn that they can trust and rely onn their caregivers, understand they are important, and improve self-control. Caregivers will learn to respond to the child’s needs and distress, and skills to help improve a child development and long-term outcomes through attachments. 1 hour

Learning by Doing: Encouraging Emotional and Developmental Growth Through Life Experiences
2016 Annual Conference with speakers Dr. Kimo Alameda & Laurie Jicha

Understanding what “normalcy” and “prudent parenting” means and its importaance in the lives of children and young people in foster care. Encourage emotional and developmental growth for children and young people in your care by creating experiences and opportunities for them to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities. Expand your partnershipe with the Department of Human Services to hand in hand support and maintain overall health, safety, and well-being of children or young person in your care. Develop strategies to empower yourself and the child or young person in your care. Learn different perspectives from a young peerson, social worker, and resource caregivers on “normalcy” and “prudent parenting” through a panel discussion. 3.25 hours

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse and Recovery
2021 Speaker: Erika Warner, LCSW, CSAC

Know the difference between recovery versus sobriety, how substance abuse impacts children, and identify “mixed feelings” of keiki with parents with SUD 1.5 hours

Teens and Substance Abuse
2021 Speaker: Erika Warner, LCSW, CSAC

Identify addiction versus misuse, the three main components of the addiction process, and what to say to teens experimenting with substances. 1.5 hours


Fostering a Love of Learning
2020 Speaker: Special Parents Information Network (SPIN) Amanda Kaahanui

This webinar will help families navigate that education process of the kids in their home during this difficult time. Families will learn about how to balance school life and home life, the importance of documentation for when kids are able to return to school, and resources that they can access to help kids stay on track with their education goals. 1 hour

Helping Youth Prepare for Distance Learning
2020 Speakers: EPIC Foundation, Katie Awaya, Christine Miyamura, Katie Ling, and Mele Aina Dancil-Wood

Epic Foundation offers educational programs to students ages 4 through college. Distance learning is a whole new experience for most of us – students, parents, teachers, and everyone else. No one is an expert, no one has all of the answers. In this webinar, we’ll share with you what we’ve learned in the last several months since March as we ourselves plunged into the world  of distance learning. 1.25 hours

How to Support the Children in Your Home with School
2020 Speaker: Frank Capatch

From this training you will learn how to utilize stategies for encouraging foster children in school, understand the importance of consistent actions, and how to incorporate positive reinforcement in supporting your youth. 1 hour

A Closer Look at Learning Disabilities: What is Looks Like and How to Help Your Child Succeed
2019 Speaker: Steven Taketa

In this training you will obtain a general understanding of learning disabilities, develop a greater understanding of the relationships between learning disorders, thoughts and emotions. You will also learn to apply strategies that can be used by children and adolescents with learning challenges to improve academic performance. 1.5 hours

Navigation Special Services in Schools: Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
2019 Speaker: Beverly Reidy

This training will outline specific sections of the IEP in order to understand and discuss the resource family’s role in helping to develop their child’s IEP at school. You will learn to build awareness of the Idividualized Education Program (IEP) process and development, as well as understand the various roles of those involved in the IEP process, including the Surrogate Parent and Resource Caregiver. 1 hour

Supporting Successful  Transitions into Higher Education
2019 Speaker: Jennifer O’Donnell

This training will outline specific higher education options available to youth exiting high school. 1 hour

Surrogate Parenting and Educational Advocacy: How to Advocate for Your Child’s Educational Success
2019 Speaker: Renee Spencer

This training provides strategies that resource families can use to be an effective advocate for their child at school. You will understand your child’s strengths and challenges in order to identify and advocate for needed resources. You will learn about surrogate parenting and eligibility requirements, identify the roles and rights of surrogate parents, and understand the DOE process and services offered at schools. 1 hour

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

Providing Safety and Support for LGBTQ+ Youth (Part 1 & 2)
2019 Speaker: Causha Spellman

Get familiarized with the basics and foundations of LGBTQ+ life experiences. Discover ways to help support LGBTQ+ youth. 2.25 hours

Sexual Health & Safety

Creating Sexual Safety in Foster Care (Part 1 & 2)
2017 Speaker: Dr. Wayne Duenh

Gain knowledge and skill in trauma assessment. Acquire an understanding of the traumagenic effects of child sexual abuse, its psychological, neurological impact and its behavioral manifestations. Become sensitive to the diverse potentially direct and indirect social and behavioral indicators of past sexual abuse on the child’s psychosocial and cognitive development. Develop a high level of comfort in discussing sexual abuse and normal sexuality issues. Develop knowledge and skills in addressing sexuality and sexual abuse issues in working with sexually abused children and their resource caregivers. Develop skills in generating risk reduction strategies thereby creating safe environments. 3 hours

Helping High – Risk Youth & Youth Who Have Been Sexually Exploited
2014 Speakers: Ret. Chief Nicholas Sensley, Jessica Munzo, Shantae Willias, and Clarence Vierra

Training will focus on early identification, intervention & approach to working with this population. It will be interactive with case examples & a focus on trauma surrounding this group of youth. 2 hours

H.O.P.E – Helping Our Providers Educate: Tips for Effective Communication with Youth About Sexual Behavior
2013 Speaker: Sonia Blackiston

Techniques and tools to talk with youth about sexuality. How to become a more approachable caregiver for a youth. To realize that you don’t have all the answers but there are resources that can keep you talking and learning together! 1.25 hours


Assisting Resource Caregivers with Grief in Fostering
2020 Speaker: David Ogata, MC, LMFT

This training will cover concepts and definitions of grief and how it affects the mind and body. Increasing your awareness to recognize the signs of personal grief. It will also cover the importance of self-care and ways to help one cope during their time of loss. You will be provided resources to further assist you in your healing during your time of loss. 1 hour

Grief in Foster Children
2020 Speaker: Cynthia White, M.A.E

This training will cover a grief theory and how it relates to grief in children in care. Differences between grief and trauma will be defined. Participants will learn to recognize how grief manifests in children’s behavior. 1 hour

Skills for Assisting Grieving Children in Care
2020 Speaker: Cynthia White, M.A.E

This training will teach skills for working with grieving children and practice skills through activities. These are skills that work for both grief and trauma, and can be easily applied at home with the highest rate of effectiveness. Supplies needed: 2 pieces of different colored paper, pen or pencil, tape, and glue. 1 hour


Understanding Court Hearings for Resource Caregivers
2020 Speaker: Amphay Champathong, MSW, LD

Learning Objectives:
– Understand what takes place in a typical review hearing
– Learn the importance of resource caregivers to ensure well-informed decision making regarding cases
– Learn what it means to be a limited party and how caregivers can advocate for the children in their care 1 hour

Caregivers & the Court
2012 Speakers: Judith Wilhoite & Judge Paul Murakami

Learn the how’s and why’s of Resource Caregivers’ involvement in their foster youths’ court hearings. Better understand the family court process. Learn how to support foster youth attending hearings. 1.75 hours


Hawaii Adoption and Permanency Strategies for Success in Adoptive Families
2014 Speakers: Paulette Bethel, Chiyomi Chow, and Crystal Brown

Paulette Martinez Bethel will share coaching strategies to help bring out the best in ourselves and our youth. Chiyomi Chow and Crystal Brown will share their personal experiences with adoption and permanency in order to highlight some of their successes and challenges. 2 hours

Mixed Plate: Permanency
2012 Speakers: Laurie Jicha and Lynee Kazama

A brief overview of ‘Ohana Time will be covered and you will be given an opportunity to provide feedback on your experiences with ‘Ohana Time. Learn about the new federally mandated ongoing training requirements for Resource Cafregivers and how this will affect your licensure. Learn how other states and agencies have implemented ongoing training requirements. Learn how you can support different permanency options.  1 hour

Teen/ Transitioning Out of Care

Transitions: Supporting Young People Entering Adulthood from Foster Care
2019 Speaker: EPIC ‘Ohana

Transitioning from foster care to adulthood can be a very stressful time for youth people and their supporters. Knowing which resources are available to assist with that transition is important. Understanding the emotional and mental support that young people need just as important. Learn about key resources from EPIC ‘Ohana youth services staff and hear from former foster youth about what was most helpful in aiding their transition from foster care to adulthood. 1 hour

Virtual Resource Fair

Virtual Resource Fair
2020 Speaker: Family Programs Hawaii

Family Programs Hawaii Resource Families Support Services was excited to offer its first Virtual Resource Fair on July 30, 2020, featuring 10 state-wide service providers who offer appicable support available to Resource Families in Hawaii. A wealth of information was provided by the Department of Human Service (DHS), Aloha United Way (AUW), EPIC ‘Ohana, Child and Family Services, and many more. During this 1.5 hour Zoom webinar, each service provider introduced its organization and services for approximately 10 minutes. The Virtual Resource Fair goal was to help families connect with needed services and information, especially during COVID-19. 1.5 hours