Description Module 4: Helping a Psychologically Traumatized Child Learn to Regulate Their Emotions (1 day)
Objectives – Module 4
When a child enters a foster or adoptive home following a history of abuse, neglect and trauma, that child will greatly impact the family.
Often times, the foster or adoptive family is broadsided by shattered expectations – the experience is nothing like they expected. They are confronted by confusing emotions and feel unequipped for the journey.
It is absolutely essential that we change the conversation we have with prospective parents so that we include trauma-informed language. It is crucial that we develop an on-going conversation regarding trauma informed care with our foster and adoptive parents that guides and directs education and support for them throughout their journey as parents of children who have come from hard places. It is a process that each person who touches the life of a child with a history of trauma undertakes together – from home study assessors, to foster care/adoption support workers to foster and adoptive parents. Everyone needs to speak the same language.
Objectives for Adoption and Foster Care Workers for Trauma Informed Assessment and Preparation Training
- Ability to conduct foster and adoptive family trauma informed assessments
- Knows topics to be assessed related to trauma informed parenting during foster and adoptive family assessments and knows how to conduct assessment activities
- Knows the social, emotional, and physical/medical characteristics of families that can successfully provide temporary or permanent homes for children
- Knows the types of family expectations and needs that are counterproductive to successful caregiving, and understands the importance of counseling such families out of the caregiving process
- Understands the family dynamics and characteristics that increase the likelihood of long-term placement success
- Understands various factors that motivate prospective parents to pursue foster care or adoption, and how these motivations may impact the long term success of fostering or adoptive parenting
- Understands the likely impact of chronic illness and emotional, mental, or behavioral disability on family life for the life span of the child; and can assist the potential resource family in realistically assessing their ability to cope with these challenges
- Knows how to gather information about the applicant family’s current functioning, history and background, and developmental needs, from a variety of sources, draw accurate conclusions, and make recommendations regarding their suitability for fostering or adopting
- Knows how to educate family members during the family assessment process regarding realistic expectations for fostering or adopting children who have been maltreated and the essential skills of trauma informed parenting
- Knows how to assess support needs of families and children once placement has been made