Kim Seidel’s colleagues, families and other professionals who have attended her training’s have been very pleased with the milestones that they have achieved while implementing Kim’s techniques in their day-to-day dealings with their children, family members, students and/or clients.
Kim’s Professional Training Clients Advocate for Her Services
I have had the pleasure of working with Kim many times over the past 6 years. She is a gifted and enthusiastic speaker. Through her informal but highly focused presentation, she successfully engages with her audience while teaching meaningful ideas and tools.
Kim’s training’s are valuable to professionals and parents caring for a child with a trauma history. She combines real life stories and humor which both entertain and provide practical application of the Great Behavior Breakdown.
Those who hear Kim present leave energized. Participant feedback is always extremely positive. She is always a hit! Parents and professionals request to hear her again and again.
Kim provided my educational teams with hands-on interventions as to how best to handle children of trauma. She was also effective in creating a safe place for everyone to ask and share about a particular student and often times their own children and families. I have had the pleasure of working with Kim many times over the past 6 years. As a consultant she welcomed on-going communication and guidance to any and all staff members that participated in her training’s’ Kim’s ability to guide and empower my staff was so beneficial that I welcomed her into our specialized team of educator’s that work to provide additional supports and services to children identified as having significant levels of trauma.
Mr. D. Starnes, Principal
Post Adoption Resource Center
Kim has provided ongoing training’s and support in small group setting for our agency for a number of years. She is educated and passionate about her work and it shows in all she does. Kim is a great presenter and speaker, she involves those attending, encourages them to participate by sharing their stories, gives them feedback, guidance, and direction in a caring and thoughtful way. She is uplifting and supportive when many of the people involved may not have much hope in their situation. Most of all Kim is real, she shares stories, her struggles and her success and this makes her relatable in ways other presenters are not. Her training’s are informative and rejuvenating as a parent and professional and highly recommended in both capacities.
Jennifer, Licensing Staff
Parenting foster and adoptive children is hard work. Kim Seidel’s training’s are helping foster parents, adoptive parents, and child welfare workers to understand the relationship between past trauma, stress and fear, and severe and disruptive behaviors in children. She teaches parents how to build supportive relationships, rather than react negatively to their behaviors.
The exceptional component of her training is that participants leave with answers to their questions about how to manage particular behaviors. They are also provided with the information and tools needed to maintain this positive approach. Ms. Seidel is very enthusiastic and intuitive as a therapist who captures her audience. She enjoys fielding questions and role playing specific struggles that parents or caseworkers are encountering. Participants learn from, and receive support from, the trainer and each other. When parents are providing a safe and secure relationship with their children, the result is fewer broken placements.
K. Hahn, MA
Adoptive Parent and Foster Care Supervisor
I am a foster care worker who has been working with foster children and their families for over ten years.
I attended Ms. Seidel’s workshop “The Great Behavior Breakdown’s Intensive Course”. The training has opened my eyes to see beyond what children (and adults) present as challenging behaviors to what really lays underneath those behaviors. I had attended trainings and conferences previously that dealt with the RAD subject from many different perspectives. During this training, the light bulb came on, and I developed a new understanding of the subject and a new appreciation for the life experiences of our foster children and even their parents. I also developed a new awareness of my own experiences and issues that have pushed triggers for me in the past. The examples that Ms. Siedel uses in demonstrating points were very effective.
Ms. Seidel is skillful providing answers to participants and role playing actual situations that seem to be impossible to deal with. And it is all so easy to incorporate into everyday practice. I feel that I developed some powerful skills during this training. I use these skills in interactions with foster children, foster parents and biological parents, and it is amazing to see the methods work. I would recommend this training to all professionals who work with foster children and their caregivers. This is so powerful. I feel it can provide positive changes to foster children and their caregivers.
S. Barnes, Foster Care Staff
What Families & Clients Have To Say About Kim’s Services
Our family met “Miss Kim”, 3 ½ years ago when our three grand-babies were placed in our home. She brings a very unique perspective to her work with families of foster/adoptive children. She is gifted in working with the children, helping them express their thoughts, feelings and concerns. Kim also helped me as a foster/adoptive parent, to understand things expressed in “play therapy”. Kim has really been a “God send” for our family. We love you Miss Kim…We really do!
B. & F. Roe, Foster/Adoptive Parents
I met Kim Seidel when she taught a series of classes on children and trauma. She is able to share information in a manner that makes it real and enables you to use what you have learned. We also have had her as a therapist for our family. We adopted three children with an interesting history. We have been blessed by the help and insight she has given us. We are able to walk the walk and talk the talk with these wonderful children with her help. Thank you Kim.
C. & F. Bobalek, Foster/Adoptive Parent
Devine intervention! Kim Seidel has hit the nail on the head for our child. He responds well to her and with her dedication I can see reasoning behind the behavior and I have a much better understanding of how to deal with him. He is a true attachment struggle child. Kim helps to put Bryan Post’s theory into real life situations.
P. M. Adoptive/Foster Grandmother
My husband and I have adopted 3 sets of siblings which all had problems, like R.A.D and F.A.S ,P.T.S.D along with sexual problems. Kim worked with us and our kids, she understood how to help us help them. She taught us how to discipline, how to not react to bad behavior but how to change it and that they are not bad kids, that they react the way they do because they know no other way , and how we could change it. Kim saved our family and showed us what to do, she was there when we needed her and always called us back. We never stop using the tools she showed us and I call them tools because we are always working on making our and our kids’ lives better. I can only say that if I ever needed to do it again I would choose to work with Kim. We took a vacation this last summer and had a great time but we did it with all of our kids and it was hard but again with what we have learned from Kim we did it and we are going to do it again and again. My husband and I loved working with Kim and if you ever need someone to understand and be there for you and your kids, Kim will help you. Thank you so much Kim!
B.Snider and Family
Kim has helped us so much when we have been discouraged and felt like we couldn’t go on with fostering or adoption. She taught us how to bond with our child and also gave us so much more! She continues to be a tremendous encouragement for us in regard to a lot of different issues.
E. B., Foster/Adoptive Parent
Here are some of the most recent comments from adoptive/foster/kinship parents and educator’s on feedback forms:
“No matter how often I attend a training with Kim, I always learn so much more”!
“Fantastic-all foster/adoptive parents should be required to attend this training before taking kids into their home”.
“I was very impressed with this presentation. It changed my opinion on so many levels of child care for the better. So happy I attended”.
“So grateful for you. You’ve helped me understand myself and my story-mom’s story. Thank you”.
“Very funny, entertaining and informational”!
“Lot of information. May have to take class again to refresh. Very educational and trainer was hilarious and serious with real life events and stories”.
“Kim is an excellent trainer! Very appreciative of her program”!