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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.”

 

 

decks

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.

 

Parenting

Parenting

This sixteen-card Deck of Conversation Cards offers staff and volunteers a tool for opening conversations with young parents about caring for themselves and their children. Young parents, particularly those who themselves have not been well-parented, often have many questions about how to raise their children and how to take care of themselves in their new role as caregivers. At the same time, they are often afraid to ask for help, fearing that they will be seen as being ill-prepared and unable to care for their children.   

Sense Abilities

Sense Abilities

This deck of fifteen cards, three for each of the five senses, is designed to encourage parents to consider ways in which all of their senses can come into play in the relationship with their infants and young children. Particularly when under stress, parents can easily forget that even small, everyday routines offer opportunities for playful and educational interactions with their children. This Deck of Conversation Cards is a valuable resource for parenting classes and can also be used at home, during supervised visits, or in day care settings. 

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 - Young Children: Addressing the Impact of Trauma

Online Training - Young Children: Addressing the Impact of Trauma

Toddlers and preschoolers are eager to make the world their own. These little scientists enthusiastically experiment to learn about themselves and what is important in their lives. Young children who have been traumatized are frequently too anxious or fearful to engage in the healthy exploration that leads to mastery and satisfaction.