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This is a FREE online training event

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Register HERE for this session

The UP Project is hosting an Ask the Expert session on Fostering Teen Mothers: Connecting, Healing, Developing and Empowering with Dr. Sayida Peprah on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 10am PDT.

The Ask the Expert session has two-parts. After registration, participants will receive a link to a 20-minute recorded mini lecture by Dr. Peprah. This session is a pre-requisite and will provide key points around working with teen mothers who are in the foster system. Part two is the live, virtual Ask the Expert session held on August 9, 2018 at 10am PDT. Questions can be sent prior to the session or asked live during the event. It is strongly encouraged that participants view the 30-minute session to allow for a deeper conversation during the live Ask the Expert event.

Sayida Peprah has a BA in Psychology from Spelman College, and an MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a Multicultural Specialization, from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified birth doula (pregnancy, labor and deliver support person).  She has a multi-faced career as a Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Cultural Psychology for the University of Phoenix and a speaker and consultant on topics of cultural competency, mental and maternal mental health. Dr. Peprah has worked with foster youth in a professional capacity, as a therapist through Family Preservation programs and CPS.  Additionally, she is a former foster parent for teen mothers and older girls, in Los Angeles County. 

Session Overview:

This session will review the following 10 key considerations for supporting teen mothers in the foster care system. 

  • Understanding the foster system for a teen mom
  • Understanding the impact of threats of separation as a trauma specific to teen mothers
  • How fear inhibits healthy parenting
  • How to create a sanctuary for a teen mom
  • Guidance on the initial transition and adjustment phase
  • Clarifying foster parent and teen parent roles
  • Healthy modeling 
  • Attachment and Bonding
  • Good enough parenting
  • The power of expectation

Objective: This course will increase participants ability to:

  • Assess for specific traumas unique to teen mothers in the foster care system.  
  • Prepare and design placements that facilitate healing and foster a teen mother’s development as a young adult and parent.
  • Develop and demonstrate secure attachment, which is foundational for healthy child development.

For questions, comments, or concerns please contact Emma Nichols at (707) 992-0537 or

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