Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) During Challenging Times

12:00pm - October 4, 2022 | Timezone: US/Mountain
Mountain Plains MHTTC
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2022
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Event Description

Current conditions have created new and unique challenges for parents, caregivers, and families who may have already been coping with trauma and stress. Mental health providers have a responsibility to support the mental health needs of these individuals by learning and applying new skills to assist in stress management and addressing trauma using evidence-based interventions. 

This seven-part Community of Practice (CoP) series will allow participants to explore and understand family coping resources, learn new skills and practice therapeutic techniques to support families dealing with stress and trauma during uniquely challenging times. 


Region 8 Only Event: This series is available only to providers of Region 8 states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming).  


Registration Information:

Registration in this series will be limited to 60 people to ensure opportunities for participant sharing, engagement, and skill-building. If you are unable to commit to participating in all sessions in this series, please defer your registration to allow others to participate.  


Session Topics:  

  1. An Overview of Family Coping with Stress and Trauma  

  1. Deliberateness  

  1. Structure and Safety  

  1. Connectedness  

  1. Resource Seeking  

  1. Co-Regulation and Crisis Management  

  1. Positive Affect, Memory and Meaning  


Session Dates:  

  • Oct. 4 

  • Oct. 18 

  • Nov. 1 

  • Nov. 15 

  • Nov. 29 

  • Dec. 13 

  • Dec. 20 

Learning Objectives

  • Gain Knowledge about the impact of chronic stress and trauma on families.  

  • Become familiar with resources and skills that families can use to cope.  

  • Learn new therapeutic strategies and techniques for building family coping resources. 


Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA

University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine and Center for Strengthening Family Coping Resources

Laurel Kiser











Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine, is a Psychologist working in the field for over 40 years. She leads the Family Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center, a Category II Center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Along with a dedicated team of clinicians and families, she developed Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR), an intervention designed specifically for families coping with chronic and severe stress and trauma. She is the founding director of the Center for Strengthening Family Coping Resources, Inc., a nonprofit organization, supporting SFCR. 


Vikki Rompala, LCSW

Consultant for the Center for SFCR and Vice-President of the Family Hub at Chicago Commons Association.

Vikki Rompala











Vikki Rompala, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of social work practice and management experience. She has been an Affiliate of NCTSN since 2011 and was the former chair of the NCTSN Partnering with Youth and Families committee from 2007-2011. She has extensive program development and evaluation experience and is a Peer Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation. She is a trainer in the SFCR model and has assisted in training and implementation of SFCR in Chicago within domestic violence, adoption preservation, grandparents raising children programs and in an outpatient mental health center.