See below for a selection of Movies that you can view for CEU credits. These can be found in a variety of places including Netflix and Amazon Prime. Other movies with the topics of Child Welfare, Foster Children, At-Risk children, Advocacy, and Substance abuse are appropriate as well.

See below for a selection of Movies that you can view for CEU credits. These can be found in a variety of places including Netflix and Amazon Prime. Other movies with the topics of Child Welfare, Foster Children, At-Risk children, Advocacy, and Substance abuse are appropriate as well.

 

The Girl

A woman, whose son is in Foster Care, struggles as she assist illegal immigrants across the border

Camp

A boy living in foster care builds an unlikely bond with an investment banker

 

The Blind Side

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Precious

In 1987, Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother and father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, unloved and generally unnoticed.

 

Foster

Short Term 12

Get a first-hand look at the foster care system as seen through the eyes of those who know it best. With extraordinary access to the inner workings of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Oppenheimer and Harris go beyond the sensational headlines and stereotypes to take an unprecedented look at an often misunderstood world and upend some of the most enduring myths about foster care and those involved in the system.

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend

 

Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many year.

Eighth Grade

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

 

Ben is Back

A drug addicted teenage boy shows up unexpectedly at his family’s home on Christmas Eve.

The Mustang

The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

 

The Hate U Give

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Staff must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

Boy Erased

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

 

Instant Family

A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

Leave No Trace

A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever

 

The Dark Matter of Love

Families discover the realities of bonding with children who have grown up in institutions

Closure

Follow Angela’s journey to meet her birth family.

 
See below for a selection of television shows that can be viewed for CEU credits. This is a sampling, if you view another tv show with topics related to your advocacy work, let us know!

See below for a selection of television shows that can be viewed for CEU credits. This is a sampling, if you view another tv show with topics related to your advocacy work, let us know!

 

The Fosters

An offbeat drama featuring a diverse family built through adoption and foster care.

Life Unexpected

After living in foster care and seeking emancipation, Lux finds her biological parents.

 
 
 

Thirteen Reasons Why

The story of a young high school student as she descends into despair brought on by betrayal and bullying, culminating in her suicide

The Guardian

Nick’s Eyes are opened to the lives of At-Risk youth

 
 
See below for a selection of some of our favorite books. We have many of these available at the office for check-out. Other books with relevant information may be read for CEUs as well.

See below for a selection of some of our favorite books. We have many of these available at the office for check-out. Other books with relevant information may be read for CEUs as well.

 
 
 

Far from the Tree

By Andrew Soloman

Andrew Soloman tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in doing so. Also a Movie!

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974. Intense. Unforgiving. Untamed. For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival. This books deals with the impact of domestic violence on children.

Educated, A memoir

By Tara Westover

An unforgettable memoir by Tara Westover, a young girl who grew up in a survivalist family in Idaho, the youngest child. She was not homeschooled—instead, she simply didn’t go to school at all. Follow her journey through her traumatic teen years and the eventual decision to go to college through shear force of will.

Lucky Boy

By Shanthi Sekara

A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky boys gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy.

 
 
 

The Glass Castle, A Memoir

By Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. Jeannette Walls has a story to tell and tells it brilliantly, without an ounce of self-pity. Also a movie!

Orphan Train

By Christina Baker Kline

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

Room

By Emma Donoghue

Jack lives with his Ma in Room, a secured single-room outbuilding containing a small kitchen, a basic bathroom, a wardrobe, a bed, and a TV set. Because it is all he has ever known, Jack believes that only Room and the things it contains are “Real”. Ma, unwilling to disappoint Jack with a life she cannot give him, allows Jack to believe that the rest of the world exists only on television. The only other person Jack has ever seen is “Old Nick”, who visits Room at night while Jack sleeps hidden in a wardrobe. Also a Movie!

I Beat the Odds

By Michael Oher

An offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, Michael Oher is the young man at the center of this true story, depicted in the award-winning book and movie The Blind Side. Though the odds were stacked heavily against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. In I Beat the Odds, Michael reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth to offer powerful advice on how anyone can achieve a better life.

 
 
 

A Child Called “It”

By Dave Pelzer

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most sever child abuse cases in California history. Dave was beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. he had nothing and no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive, dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him, and calling him their son.

Three Little Words

By Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years in her life in fourteen different foster homes as her mother spiraled out of control. She was left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed, and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

Etched in Sand

By Regina Calcaterra

Regina Calcaterra’s emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

Children of Manse

By Lewis Richard Luchs

This true story, based on case files and family interviews, opens with the children’s background and the oldest boy’s determined struggle to keep his family together. The four children barely survive ever worse threats as they lose the adults in their world to imprisonment, abandonment and death. When all seems hopeless, a talented social worker intervenes, trying to change their fate.

 
 
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The Body Keeps a Score

By Bessel Van Der Kolk

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The Boy who was Raised as a Dog

By Bruce D. Perry PHD, MD & Maia Szalavitz