Strengthening Today; Building Tomorrow Conference on January 28 and 29th, 2016

B.7: Foundations of Caregiver Supports 101

24 Jan 2019
11:00
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B.7: Foundations of Caregiver Supports 101

In 2015, Childrens Services (CS), with assistance from Blue Quills First Nations College, developed the initial Foundations of Caregiver Supports (FCS) with the vision that the infants, children and youth in Alberta are nurtured by empathetic, responsive caregivers who recognize and support their unique strengths and developmental needs.  From this framework, CS, ALIGN, AFKA and DFNAs collaboratively developed and piloted five training modules for caregivers on: child development, the impact of trauma, understanding loss and grief, and colonization and healing. This training is designed to shift thinking from what is wrong with this child to a more informed what has happened to this child? and further to, how can I improve the developmental trajectory of this child?  All Child Intervention and DFNA staff (including non-delegated and support staff), front-line workers, and all Foster parents will be required to take the training to achieve consistent, trauma-informed support for children and families across the province, at all levels. These training modules will be part of the Core Caregiver Training series for new caregivers and extra sessions will be held in the next 18 months to ensure existing caregivers also receive the training. These courses can be applied towards required supplemental training for families to maintain their licensing or support skill fees.  Kinship families and families working towards legal permanency (adoption or private guardianship) will be strongly encouraged to take the courses as well, though cannot be mandated to do so.  Collectively, all of the partnering agencies and organizations are expected to make these sessions available, and encourage all staff and caregivers to attend all five sessions, as they will enhance any participants ability to effectively engage with children and provide them better support.  Who is this training for? Foster parents and staff working with children, youth and families in Alberta. Kinship families working towards legal permanency (adoption or private guardianship) are strongly urged to take this training as well.  Why is this training required? To achieve consistent trauma-informed support for children and families across the province at all levels  What will I learn? FCS training aims to shift thinking from “what is wrong with this child? To a more informed “what has happened to this child?” and further, “how can I improve the developmental trajectory of this child?”  There are five modules in the training series Module 1: Colonization, Historical Trauma and Healing Module 2: The Core Story of Brain Development Module 3: Child Development Module 4: Loss and Grief Module 5: Trauma, Stress and the Developing Brain

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