Who's it for?
This programme is designed to introduce foster carers to important childhood trauma theory. Each session looks at a different important topic that will teach them about the brain, behaviour and development of the children they care for. These modules are designed to support carers in beginning to adopt a trauma-informed approach. This programme is full of ideas, strategies and advice that foster carers can take home and begin to implement straight away. With a therapeutic approach at its core, this is an essential course for anyone caring for vulnerable children and young people.
Increasing numbers of children are not fulfilling their potential in schools because of difficult backgrounds or experiences. Their brains, bodies and thoughts are programmed to help them survive- so there isn't much time for learning or developing relationship skills.
The modules of the course:
Childhood Trauma and the Brain: What you need to know
Learn about childhood trauma and how it impacts a developing brain. Find out what happens when children are stressed or overwhelmed. Why they have meltdowns and what the impact is on their behaviour and internal processing. Most importantly, learn what can you do to help. Underpinned by therapeutic approaches and full of advice and free resources. This session is essential for anyone working with vulnerable children and young people.
Attachment Disorder in the Context of the Home
Learn about attachment disorder and how it impacts a child or young person. Find out how to identify attachment disorder and how it may impact the behaviour and thinking of those you care for. Learn to support them by ensuring you are not triggering attachment style behaviours that remind them of their trauma. Full of practical strategies and advice about what does and doesn’t work in the home and at school.
Boundaries and Consistency in the Context of the Home
Learn about the importance of boundaries and consistency in a foster care home. Find out how to approach behavioural incidents whilst still maintaining a therapeutic approach based on connection. This session will help you to teach the children you care for, even when you are maintaining boundaries. With specific approaches and advice, foster carers will feel inspired to frame their behaviour management at home around the wellbeing of their foster care children.
Therapeutic Play and Relationships
This course should complement the foundation set through the learning done in module one Childhood trauma and the Brain. This session follows on from that, to develop therapeutic responses to children in foster care. Guide them through their feelings and behaviours, developing their emotional intelligence skills and self- awareness. Find out how to adapt your responses to behavioural incidents and emotional outbursts to focus on connection and empathy. These skills will underpin your whole approach to fostering and help you to begin to work more therapeutically.
Creating a Therapeutic Environment
This module underpins the learning in other modules and should be taken following those sessions. Learn how to create a therapeutic environment throughout your school which puts wellbeing and mental health at its core. Find out how changing your classrooms, hallways and outdoor areas can increase feelings of safety and promote self-belief which in turn positively impact learning. Ensuring your school is meeting the needs of each child through its design.
A course pack
An impact report
This course can be booked face to face or online.
If you are interested in creating a more therapeutic approach to fostering please take a look at our Play Therapy page for more information on how you can support the children's mental health and wellbeing alongside upskilling the carers - we find this approach has the most impact for the children and young people in care.
We have found that our course has a huge impact on the strategies implemented by foster carers and have had carers still commenting on the benefits of our course years after taking it!