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Fostering Relationships aims to support caregivers, staff, and volunteers working with foster youth.

 

Why Online Trainings?

Designed to help you understand the effects of trauma and respond in ways that promote growth and healthy relationships, this online training is organized into four sections, each focusing on one aspect of development: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional.

  • You will find a quiz at the close of each section.
  • At the end of each training you will find:

•  a form for evaluating the training,
•  a form for submitting a question to our panel of experts, and
•  a downloadable “Certificate of Completion.”

 

 (Click here to view our sample training)

 

 

Why Decks of Conversation Cards? 

The cards are intended for beginning and containing important conversations with and among young people. These unique and innovative Conversation Decks are designed to support those working with traumatized and other vulnerable children, youth, and young adults. Each of the sixteen card decks focuses on an issue or approach that is important to the process of building and sustaining the relationships that are crucial to healthy development and living successfully.

Identity

Identity

This deck of sixteen cards is designed to help teens and young adults focus on issues and ideas pertinent to identity formation. They can be used with individuals or in groups.Young people whose early lives have been characterized by instability may come to adolescence more uncertain about who they are and their place in the world than their peers. Although identity formation begins at a very young age, the consolidation of a sense of self is a very important part of development for teens and young adults.

Working Well

Working Well

This sixteen-card deck encourages thoughtful consideration about what it means to be a worker in the context of relationships. Young people whose lives have been disrupted by poverty, periods of housing instability, or chronic loss often have not internalized the structures required to succeed in the workplace. This Deck of Conversation Cards is a tool that can be used in pre-employment classes or workshops, as well as in skill-based courses. Successful employment depends not just on the application of skills, but also on developing and maintaining good relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and, eventually, supervisees. 

Transitioning

Transitioning

This Deck of Conversation Cards is based on the Bridges Transitions Framework and helps youth examine the course of a transition from Endings, through Uncertainty and Beginnings to Renewal. With four cards devoted to each phase, youth have ample opportunity to consider and discuss expected and unexpected changes and transitions. This Deck is particularly valuable for staff working with youth facing major life changes, such as starting a job, leaving foster care, or heading for college. Change is an event. Adjusting to life-changing events, whether small or large, is a process.

Relationship-Based Practices I

Relationship-Based Practices I

For use by individuals or in groups, this sixteen-card deck prompts a thoughtful review of the application of the eight elements of Relationship-Based Practices. It is intended to help staff and volunteers review and implement practices that build and support healthy relationships. Making time and space for reflection is crucial for successful and sustained work with traumatized populations, yet doing so often gets lost in the pressures of daily demands. 

Relationship-Based Practices II

Relationship-Based Practices II

This deck is a resource for individual or group evaluation of relationships. This Deck of Conversation Cards extends the review of the eight elements of Relationship-Based Practices, with two cards devoted to each element. It offers a reminder that the relationship that caseworkers, staff, teachers, caregivers, and volunteers offer vulnerable children, teens, and young adults are the most important part of the work. 

Self Care

Self Care

This deck of sixteen cards is intended to help those who care for others avoid the pattern of always putting others first. Unlike other self-care materials, this innovative deck focuses on the particular issues involved in caring for oneself when working with populations whose lives are characterized by loss, uncertainty, and instability. Too often, staff, caregivers, and volunteers working with vulnerable populations forget that they cannot care for others well unless they first care for themselves.

Online Training - Teens and Young Adults: Addressing the Impact of Trauma

Online Training - Teens and Young Adults: Addressing the Impact of Trauma

The transition from childhood to adulthood allows for the formation of identity. During this period young people’s ideas and feelings often waver as they consolidate a sense-of-self. The confusion brought on by trauma interferes with this process, leaving adolescents and young adults unsure about where and how they will fit into the world.