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Strengthening Families’ Protective Factors:
Focus on Social Connection

Originally presented on January 18, 2022



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Social connection refers to having a sense of connectedness with constructive, supportive people and institutions. Join us as we learn strategies to help families recognize and increase their ability to create and maintain healthy social connections, and to model those skills for their children.


Learners will:

  • Define the characteristics and skills related to building healthy social connections
  • Identify everyday actions that support the development of healthy social connections
  • Participate in activities that demonstrate the ability to recognize and build healthy social connections in yourself and others
  • Make a plan to incorporate this knowledge into your life and work


Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other family-serving organizations.


Training Materials & Resources


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Maureen Durning is the Owner/Director of Butterfly Trainings that Transform, LLC, a Strengthening Families™ training and consulting firm in Boise, Idaho. She is the co-author of numerous Strengthening Families curricula, most recently STRONG: Teaching the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factor Framework to Parents and Professionals. Maureen was the Strengthening Families coordinator for Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. She has trained hundreds of trainers nationally and has presented at numerous national conferences. Maureen’s passions are parenting education, child abuse prevention, and creating trainings that are effective, fun, and powerful.




Jane Zink has been working to strengthen families and improve outcomes for children for about 20 years. She helps to build early childhood systems that use the Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework™ to promote strengths in families and family-serving organizations. Jane has created nationally recognized trainings for professionals and parents and is the co-author of STRONG: Teaching the Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework to Parents and Professionals. She consults with partners across sectors to help them intentionally implement the framework in their everyday interactions with families.


Maureen Durning

Butterfly Trainings that Transform



Jane Zink

Butterfly Trainings that Transform