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Helping Military Children Discover Their S.P.A.R.C.

(Online course approved by IACET and NBCC for CEU credit.)

Helping Military Children Discover Their S.P.A.R.C.: Strength, Potential, Aspirations, Resourcefulness, Confidence™

This training allows professionals to learn how military children can develop skills and mindsets that contribute to hardiness and growth. Identifying military children’s sparks and interests allows them to meet personal and academic goals.

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The Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Explain what it means to thrive and the role of caring adults in helping children reach their full potential.
  • Interpret current research on Thriving, and examine a specific four-step process to help adults support youth.
  • Network with colleagues to develop strategies for promoting thriving attributes in children and youth.
  • Analyze professional and personal practices as related to components of thriving and identify strategies and methodologies for application.

Course Format:
Online instruction with up to 30 people per session.

Course Length:
This course includes 6 clock hours (.6 CEUs) of instruction and group work time, exclusive of  breaks and lunch.

Target Audience:
Professionals, para professionals, youth leaders, and others who work with children and youth in educational or community organization settings. This course is also relevant to parents who are interested in ways to help their child reach their full potential.

Course Agenda:

  • Moving Beyond Resilience
  • What it Means to Thrive
  • Equipping Youth with Sparks
  • Military Children and Academics, Relocation, Social Issues, Family Dynamics
  • Mindset: Fixed vs. Growth

Participants will learn how to help students identify and develop their talents and interests, which can be utilized as catalysts to achieve personal growth. Participants will learn the difference between a fixed and growth mindset, and examine the impact mindset has on the ability, resilience, and stamina of children and youth when tasks or life events pose challenges. Participants will also learn strategies to use in helping young people to develop, manage, practice, and revise goals as they implement them to impact their academic world, extracurricular participation, or future career paths. Topics include Helping Children Move Beyond Resilience to Thriving, Identifying and Developing Sparks, and Helping Children
Move from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset.

Participants receive the following resources during the training:

  • Helping Military Children Discover Their S.P.A.R.C.: Strength, Potential, Aspirations, Resourcefulness, Confidence Institute Participant Manual (MCEC Publication)
  • The Military Parents’ Guide to Education Legislation (MCEC Publication)
  • Mindset The New Psychology of Success: How we Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential by Carol S. Dweck
  • Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths in Teenagers by Peter L. Benson
  • Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar through Life by Stacy Heller Budnick

Credit Options
CEU - Course participants are eligible to receive .6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this six clock hour course. The Military Child Education Coalition is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. MCEC is also a National Board for Certified Counselors Approved Continuing Education provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. These designations allow us to offer you these opportunities.

The Military Child Education Coalition is an approved continuing education provider for the Texas
Education Association Provider # 501-090, Texas and other state entities.

To receive CEUs a participant must maintain 95% attendance, engage in the class activities and discussions, complete an end of course evaluation, and complete an end-of-course assessment with a minimum score of 80%. The CEU fee is $25.00.

For more information about this training, other professional development opportunities, or learner support, please contact Amanda Hulsey at 254-953-1923 x 1139 or Amanda.Hulsey@militarychild.org