This training course is designed for foster carers and adoptive parents who are caring for children coming from a background of neglect and abuse.
Children who enter the care system have predominantly been exposed to traumatic early experiences which impact on their emotional, social, sensory and neurological development. Their beliefs and expectations of themselves, others and the world have been negatively impacted by their experiences leaving them with limited ability to form future positive interpersonal relationships that are so vital in order for them to be able to access the support they need to heal and reach their full potential. They have an internal conflict of a desire to be loved and belong alongside a fear of rejection and harm which usually plays out in behaviours that confuse, exasperate and at times traumatise those who are trying to offer them the very care and nurture that they need.
The course gives participants the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the child, recognise the need behind the presenting behaviours and learn the responses that will help to promote such things as:
- The development of healthy attachments
- The ability to learn to self-regulate
- Understanding and reframing of early experiences
- A more positive sense of self and others
- The building of internal resources needed in order to cope with the trials of life.
Week 1: The Attachment Journey
Week 2: Noticing behaviours, recognising the need and developing effective responses
Week 3: Knowing Me Knowing You (identifying your own internal beliefs and expectations)
Week 4: Understanding and Identifying Secondary / Vicarious Trauma
Week 5: The impact of exposure to trauma (emotional, neurological and somatic) Parenting the traumatised child
Week 6: Therapeutic parenting, putting your learning into practice
Each session runs for 3 hours and the sessions run in a 6 week block.
Throughout the course the content covers the theoretical, practical and emotive aspects needed in order to provide carers and adopters with a full understanding of how the child in their care is experiencing the world and how this impacts on the child and on the family.