From MN Adoption Resource Network

Part II Child Support Group and Training

Sponsored by Fraser


Minnesota Adoption Resource Network


Last Chance to Register for 

Part II: Beyond Consequences Training & Support (5 Session Series)
also includes a child support group
sponsored by Fraser

 Trainings are for adoptive and foster parents, relatives, caregivers and professionals who serve children with challenging behaviors

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Thursdays: January 16, 23; February 6, 13, 20, 2014
Part II: Beyond Consequences Training & Support (5 Session Series) with Brenda Benning, MSW, LGSW in Minneapolis 

This training is an extension of the 10 session Beyond Consequences Series. You must have attended the full 10 sessions before registering for Part II.

Join Brenda Benning, MSW, LGSW, for Part II of the popular Beyond Consequences Training and Support developed by Heather T. Forbes, the founder of the Beyond Consequences model. This second session is for parents who have previously attended the full 10 session Beyond Consequences Training & Support series, because it builds on the skills and techniques taught from Part I. This special series explores Volume 2 of Heather Forbes’ book and offers parents a “love-based” approach to helping children with severe behavior and trauma/attachment histories. Part II presents new scenarios and behaviors seen in the home and encourages parent’s participation. The price of the training includes the book, Volume II, “Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control” by Heather T. Forbes. Books are available at the door to walk ins. Class is only open to adoptive, kinship, and foster parents. 

This five session training will include a CHILD SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by FRASER. The child support group will be facilitated by Fraser and is open to to the first 10 adoptive, foster or kinship children ages 6-9 and whose parents are enrolled in the Part II: Beyond Consequences Training. Fee for the child support group is $75 per child for ALL five sessions. See detailed information below. 


Brenda Benning, MSW, LGSW, received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and has trained with Heather Forbes, the co-founder of Beyond Consequences, Inc., on multiple occasions. She is currently counseling families individually in home and group settings. Her primary focus is adoptive families with children HEALing from trauma histories and attachment issues. Brenda is parenting eight children, seven through adoption; multiple with diagnosed histories and attachment issues. Through these techniques she has restored the regulation in her own home.

Session One: Thursday, January 16

Session Two: Thursday, January 23

Session Three: Thursday, February 6

Session Four: Thursday, February 13

Session Five: Thursday, February 20, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Fraser Child & Family Center
3333 University Avenue SE
Rooms #9, #10

Minneapolis, MN 55414



Register by 01/16/2014 and pay $100/person; $180/couple

Registration will be closed to walk-ins after the first session.
* Limited scholarships are available. To inquire, please call 612-746-5125. Scholarships do not apply to child support group. 


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CEUs available for an additional $30 per person. Certificates of Attendance will be given at end of the training.

Questions? Please contact Janet Hammer at 612-746-5125 or



5 Session Child Support Group that will run consecutively with Part II: Beyond Consequences Training & Support Series and sponsored by Fraser at the Fraser Child & Family Center in Minneapolis.

This group will be a safe space for adopted children to build friendships, explore their identity, and share their thoughts and feelings about adoption. The group uses interactive activities that focuses on various adoption themes that include: self-esteem, grief & loss, and relationships with birth and adoptive families. These activities will give children the opportunity to explore their adoption, while also normalizing some of their experiences. This is not child care, but a therapeutic support group for adopted children.WHO: Children ages 6-9 whose adoptive, foster, or kinship caregivers are concurrently enrolled in Part II: Beyond Consequences Training & Support Series (5 Session Series). Children must possess the ability to participate in groups without one-on-one support or aggressive behaviors. Ten spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


WHERE: Fraser child support groups will be held at the same location of Part II: Beyond Consequences Training & Support Series (5 Session Series). The training will be held at the Fraser Child & Family Center at 3333 University Avenue SE in Minneapolis, MN.

WHEN: Fraser child support groups will take place on the same dates and times of the parent sessions.

FACILITATOR: Elana Meesun Schuster, MSW, LICSW is a clinical social worker, transracial

adoptee, and program lead for Permanency & Adoptive Family Support at Fraser. Elana has completed advanced training at the University of Minnesota’s Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate program and has experience providing individual and family therapy, preschool mental health day treatment, pscyhoeducation groups, and mental health case management services. Elana’s extensive personal, professional, and community-based experience anchors her conviction to advocate for family stability and permanent connections for young children across the permanency spectrum.


FEE: $75 per child for all 5 sessions ($15 per session)



  • Register and pay for Parent Session–Part II: Beyond Consequences Training & Support
  • Option to register and pay for Child Support Group is offered during parent registration
  • A representative from Fraser will email registered parents an intake form that must be completed prior to the first training date

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Questions? if you have questions about the child support group, please contact Elana Schuster at or


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