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CF Learning is your gateway to our international network of professionals, leaders, and educators in the field of youth care. For decades, we have developed this network through cooperative learning, direct experience, research, writing, and teaching. Cal Farley’s has built strong relationships which have resulted in our ability to share innovative ideas, practical strategies, and proven models to strengthen families and enhance the overall development of children. We invite you to join us on our journey.
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We offer consultation and customized training by experts in residential treatment, foster care, juvenile justice, and mental health. Our purpose is to come along side you and share, not just what we have done in the past, but what we are currently learning.
We provide assessment services based on Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). Let us assist you in the creation of an individual metric report to guide the formation of targeted interventions for children you serve. Learn more here.
by Dr. Martin Brokenleg Lifelong learning in our hearts occurs through positive and negative experiences. Experiential learning teaches our inner world while intellectual learning, which we call knowledge, teaches our mind. We do not have a good term in English for inner learning. Some societies call this kind of learning capacities, while other societies call[…]
Howard Bath, PhD Margot, age fourteen, stomps into her foster home yelling that she hates that school and will not be going back. “But you like it there,” her foster father replies, exasperated and a little worried. Margot screams and swears at him, “I hate them, and I hate you as well! You’re all[…]
Research Jottings by Larry K. Brendtro, PhD We have become strangers to each other, not only avoiding but even warding off all forms of “unnecessary” physical contact, faceless figures in a crowded landscape, lonely and afraid of intimacy. —Ashley Montagu As a teenager, Jabari risked his life, unaccompanied, to escape war-torn Africa to the United[…]
By the time Josh was four years old, a cascade of loss and powerlessness had already begun. He was removed from his mother’s custody and his home in Moscow, Russia, to an orphanage in the Ukraine. He was later joined there by his two younger sisters. Josh has some memory of his mother, who committed[…]
Research Jottings by Larry K. Brendtro, PhD The conquest of a new truth is undoubtedly the greatest adventure to which a man can aspire. ~Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s life story is a striking example of resilience. Young Santiago had terrible relations with his father. He was brilliant but rebellious, and constant[…]
by Mark Freado “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.” ~Goethe Imagine you arrive at work today to find your office locked and all of your things stuffed in big black garbage bags and maybe a cardboard box or two.[…]
by Larry K. Brendtro The leading pioneer in research on developmental needs was Abraham Maslow (1908-1970). Ironically, as a youth, he was deprived of positive support from his own parents, peers, and teachers. His father Samuel escaped from an unhappy home in Russia by sailing alone to America when only fourteen. Becoming a barrel maker[…]
by Larry K. Brendtro What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthy goal. ~Victor Frankl As a small boy in Vienna, Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) dreamed of becoming a medical doctor. When a high school science teacher contended that humans were little more than chemicals under combustion, Viktor[…]