Overview: Fostering adolescents can be fun, rewarding, tiring, thankless and exasperating. Join other foster carers who are or soon will be fostering an adolescent. Reminisce about your own teenage years, gain an understanding of the teenage brain and the impact of trauma and attachment on puberty. Learn the importance of being that ‘one special person’ who buckles up and holds on through the tears and laughter.
Knowledge: An understanding of the teenage brain and the impact of attachment and trauma on it. Why it is important to be ‘that one person’ The impact of blame and shame The significance of validation Why teenagers take risks and what to prepare for An awareness of the tasks of adolescence The importance of listening
Skills: Validation Communication How to pick your battles Recognising the Shield of Shame Negotiation
Need for Course
Required for professional development of foster carers