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Holding Our Own provides training on various topics affecting children and families. 
Our services can be enlisted for staff training, conference and workshop presentations, as well as, community and parent education.
Sandy Kleven has been a speaker at national gatherings of Systems of Care grantees with the Children's Mental Health initiative through SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and National Indian Child Welfare conferences.  Her work in education for abuse prevention has won awards.   

Topics for training of staff or parents include:
  • working in a cross cultural context
  • entering play with children
  • solving classroom conflicts
  • increasing engagement in all parts of the school day
  • gaining cooperation
  • building compassion
  • when children won't eat
  • "try this instead" how to avoid "no," "stop" and "don't"
  • building parent participation
  • identifying abuse and neglect
  • working with children impacted by fetal alcohol exposure.
  • helping children with special needs
  • helping sad children -- is it depression, trauma or SAD?  

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Slide (below) from a pre-service training for Head Start educators.


We offer the following services:
Behavioral health observation
Onsite training for staff
Pre-service and inservice
Teleconferenced training
Parent education

Consultation regarding challenging children
Child specific intervention plans developed when needed

Staff debriefing

Narrative report
Teleconferenced consultation about the needs of children

"Sandy helped with great suggestions on how to address a challenging child."

"To be honest, everything was useful to me.  I thought of some wonderful ideas to use for a little boy who won't participate in any physical activity besides actually being outdoors."

"This presentation was very useful."

"The biggest thing to me is how to work with challenging behaviors...Also, the part when you spoke about not pushing the kids into doing what you want but instead taking the time to find out why the child is resisting."

"I enjoyed the lecture on inclusive classrooms where all are part of the whole and the advice to 'stay away from power struggles' because the child will always win."


Slide (above) used in staff training.

Here are some of the advantages our organization offers:

Thirty years experience

Competent and reliable.

Communication in language clear to teachers, parents and other staff.   

Experience specific to Alaska, both urban and rural.

Cultural knowledge and proven ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

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Holding Our Own

Children's Behavioral Health Consultation
3978 Defiance Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
907 332 6735