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Volunteer Continuing Education

Continuing Education: Videos

This section offers suggestions for videos that volunteers can watch for continuing education hours. The videos indicate the number of applicable continuing education hours and include a brief summary of the topics covered. 

Upon completion of any of the training opportunities listed below, document your experience by completing the KCN Volunteer Continuing Education Form. You will automatically receive a copy of your responses, which you should then forward to your Local Program for its continuing education records. You should complete the form each time you complete a training opportunity. If you have questions about the form or any of the opportunities listed below, please contact us.

KCN YouTube Channel: In-Service Playlist

The Evolution of a Prosecutor: Moving to a Public Health Model of Justice | Adam Foss, JD

Adam Foss, JD, presented at The University of Chicago for the purpose of having viewers understand the scope and causes of mass incarceration, understand the role of a prosecutor in mass incarceration and its solution, and envision a broader network of solutions focused more on social determinants that cause crime. (1.5 hours)

Help for the Helper: Surviving Compassion Fatigue | Beverly Kyer (California CASA):  Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

The goal of this training was to have participants be able to take back tips to their program about handling secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. This is a recording of a live training in California. (3 hours)

How Early Childhood Experiences Affect Children’s Future | Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Nadine Burke Harris, PhD, pediatrician globally known for her innovative approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, gave her speech during the "End Violence" conference that was held in Podgorica, Montenegro. (1 hour)

KET: Kentucky Educational Television

The Adolescent Brain and Substance Abuse

The adolescent brain’s slow maturation leaves young people more susceptible to peer pressure and impulse actions, which, mixed with substances such as nicotine and narcotics, can result in damaging, long-term addiction. Dr. Wayne Tuckson welcomes the outreach director for Baptist Health Paducah to discuss how addiction forms in the adolescent brain and the particular dangers of opioids and electronic cigarettes. (0.5 hours)

Analyzing Data Trends for Kentucky’s Youth

Terry Brooks, Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss the new 2019 KIDS COUNT data and several of his organization’s priorities for the 2020 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. (0.5 hours)

Broken Places

Broken Places explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. By revisiting childhood trauma victims we profiled decades ago, we learn how their experiences shaped their lives as adults. (Note: You must have a KET Passport login to be able to view) (1 hour)

Children in Wait: Foster Care & Adoption in Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has made it a top priority of his administration to overhaul the state's adoption and foster care system so that more children in state care find stable, loving homes and families. The governor, along with First Lady Glenna Bevin, state officials, and lawmakers discussed the issue in the KET documentary, Children in Wait: Foster Care and Adoption in Kentucky(1 hour) 

Effective Tools for Youth Suicide Prevention

Some 47,000 Americans take their own lives each year. Young people are especially vulnerable: suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth aged 15 to 24. Renee Shaw sat down with Julie Cerel, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, to discuss her research into suicide. (0.5 hours)

Fostering Family: A KET Forum

Nearly 10,000 children are currently in out-of-home care in Kentucky, and finding ways to better support them and their foster families is an important goal for the Commonwealth. Renee Shaw led a panel discussion on foster care in Kentucky during a KET Forum in January 2020. The panel was composed of David Mead, Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tempore and an adoptive parent; Eric Friedlander, Acting Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services; Joni Jenkins, House Minority Floor Leader; and Terry Brooks, Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. (1 hour)

How the Adolescent Mind Affects Behavior

Dr. Wayne Tuckson welcomes a Louisville child psychiatrist to Kentucky Health to discuss how the developing brain functions and shapes complex behavior patterns through adolescence and into early adulthood. (0.5 hours)

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Health

The importance of mental health has become prominent in the national discussion about overall health care in recent years, as mental health conditions are diagnosed more often among young people. Dr. Wayne Tuckson welcomes a psychologist to discuss the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences on health, and how they can be prevented. (0.5 hours)

Inside the Teenage Brain

Experts are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. FRONTLINE explores how the new discoveries can change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand, our teenagers. (1 hour)

Journey to Recovery: Inside Opiate Addiction

This is a one-hour documentary that takes an in-depth look at the epidemic in KY. Featuring interviews with national experts on opioids as well as Kentuckians on the front lines of the crisis, this documentary explains addiction as a brain disease and explores a variety of successful treatment and recovery programs in the state. (1 hour)

Poor Kids

Through the stories of three families told over the course of half a decade, FRONTLINE explores what poverty means to children in America. (1 hour)

Racial Bias and Juvenile Justice Reform

Pastor Edward Palmer, certified diversity trainer from Radcliff, Kentucky, appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss his perspective on criminal justice issues for youth. (0.5 hours)

Stopping Drug Use Before It Starts

Renee Shaw and her guests explore the issue of substance use prevention among adolescents. The program looks at the importance of messaging, positive youth development, mental health screening, community coalitions, parent education and more. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative. (1 hour)

You Are Not Alone: Series

Renee Shaw hosts this KET series that features people on the front lines of mental health and emphasizes the importance of healthy, supportive relationships in helping youth overcome mental health challenges. Topics include depression, anxiety, suicide prevention, trauma and toxic stress, stigma, youth advocacy, parental concerns and challenges, the role of schools, and strategies within school settings to address mental health issues.

  • Ep. 1: Youth Speak Out - In the spirit of "nothing about us without us," hear directly from young people about their perspective on mental health issues including the challenges facing teens today and the importance of including their voices in finding solutions. (0.5 hours)
  • Ep. 2: Help for Families and Caregivers - As their children struggle with mental health problems, parents and caregivers are frequently overwhelmed and unsure about how to respond. This program illuminates the unique perspective and role of parents and caregivers, offers some concrete guidance to parents, and highlights support and advocacy organizations that were created by parents for parents such as Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children and Operation: PARENT. (0.5 hours)
  • Ep. 3: Whole Child/Whole School - After decades of a relentless focus on standardized tests and other quantitative evaluation methods, schools are recognizing that the mental health needs of their students are equally important. Learn how schools are expanding their focus from academics to whole child learning when KET visits the Pulaski County School District. (0.5 hours)
  • Ep. 4: Depression and Anxiety - Depression and anxiety are the two most common mental health problems that young people can face. Learn how to respond to these disorders, specifically when to refer for treatment and what type of treatment is effective. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is highlighted. (0.5 hours)
  • Ep. 5: Trauma and Toxic Stress - Discover what the terms trauma and toxic stress mean, how they impact children, and what schools and communities can do to mitigate the impact of these negative forces. (0.5 hours)
  • Ep. 6: Suicide Prevention/Teaching Hope - Learn about the risk factors for youth suicide, promising programs at the school level such as Sources of Strength, and things every person can do to help prevent suicides. (0.5 hours)

Other Videos

Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma (SAMHSA’s Awareness Day 2018 Webcast)

Awareness Day 2018: “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma” took place on May 10. The event’s interactive town hall discussion focused on strategies for making child-serving systems more trauma-informed. The discussion featured senior federal officials and family and young adult leaders, as well as executives from the nation’s leading professional primary care and mental health organizations. (2 hours)

Treating Childhood Trauma (CBS 60 Minutes)

Oprah Winfrey reports on how trauma plays a role in childhood development and what new methods are being used to help kids who have experienced it. (1 hour)