FOSTERING CHANGES TRAINING COURSE
Today we started our 12 week Fostering Changes training course. It is an evidence based training programme for Foster Carers. It was developed in the UK by a team of clinical specialists who trained and practised as Social Workers or Psychologists, and delivers practical skills to foster carers empowering them to better manage their placements.
“Caring for looked after children can be an immensely stressful and complex task and foster carers need opportunities to process their experiences and reflect on their thoughts and feelings. The Fostering Changes programme provides practical advice and training for foster carers in order to develop their skills in managing difficult and challenging child behaviour and forming positive relationships with their foster children.
This unique training course has been developed from that programme. It brings a collaborative approach to training and is designed for use with foster carers in the local authority, voluntary and independent sectors. It draws substantially on ideas from current parenting training programmes that use a cognitive behavioural approach in order to develop skills.
Evaluation of the course has revealed significant improvements in carer–child interaction, child emotional problems and specific child problems causing most worry to carers. It has also shown a beneficial effect on carers’ sense of confidence and self-efficacy.
This training programme will enable carers to meet children’s needs as well as adapt to changing priorities
The programme includes twelve core sessions:
Session 1: Establishing the group and understanding and recording behaviour
Session 2: Influences on behaviour: antecedents and consequences
Session 3: Giving effective praise
Session 4: Positive attention
Session 5: Using communication skills to help children regulate their emotions
Session 6: Supporting children’s learning
Session 7: Rewards and reward charts
Session 8: Giving instructions and selective ignoring
Session 9: Positive discipline and setting limits
Session 10: Time out and problem-solving strategies
Session 11: Endings and review
Session 12: Acknowledging positive changes and taking care of yourselves.”
Would you be interested in joining a fostering agency that offers this exceptional training by an accredited trainer?
Please get in touch and have a chat about how to become a foster carer with i-want-to-foster.com