The course consist of 11 sessions, which can be run over no less than 11 weeks. The first time I delivered the course I ran it over a period of 22 weeks one session every 2 weeks. This worked well as it allowed the Foster Carers and Supervising Social Workers to reflect on the information conveyed, shared and to reflect on the impact it has on their practice (work with the children in their care).
It also allowed time for home task to be completed which is all relative to the materials used for the training. The current course is being delivered over 15 weeks, some weeks we alternate while others run consecutively.
The beauty of the training is that we can organise the time scales to suit your organisation.
The feedback from the previous course was outstanding not just the quality of the training delivered but also the insight it brought carers and the impact in turn this has had on the improved relationships that have developed between the children and themselves. The course main focus is on nurturing attachments and also places emphasis on PACE .
Reviewing attachment theory in the first sessions not just looks at the different attachment patterns, but looks closely at what they actually look like in reality, not just from a theoretical perspective.
A very significant aspect of the course is that it allows carers to look at the things they do and say about the children they care for and examine why they do and say these things. It looks at old paradigms that have been imbedded in their belief systems and allows them to consider how they serve a purpose in the here and now.
The course has a session which covers reflective practice – what is reflective practice, what is its purpose and why is reflection so important and needed. Reflection is encouraged and practiced before every session.
The course encourages mind mindedness and it is positive to hear and see how carers have become more attuned with themselves as well as the young people they are caring for as a result of being more mind minded and focused.Foster Carers having a greater understanding of trauma and how deep rooted it is has also been an eye-opener for carers as well as other professionals on the course.
The course also allows for follow-up work with the carers, once the 11sessions are over for those who have attended the course. This has been positive and well received by the foster carers. I have to date supported several cares and they all say how the course was a real turnaround for them in regards to them thinking about different ways of working with the children/young people and most importantly has aided in the prevention placement breakdown.
The current course I am presenting is going very well and Foster Carers are using information and insights in review meetings Personal Education Plans and generally giving them different tools to incorporate into their fostering.
I supported a carer in a meeting in school when the placement was on the verge of breakdown and we discussed mirroring some of intervention she was using at home, in the school and to stop making the main focus on attendance and focus on the child and working in a way to build and nurture relationships. This meeting had a positive outcome, the school was responsive to working differently with the young person and the child remains in placement.
The course has been very instrumental in regards to sharing of knowledge and information. The currant course has Foster Carers, Supervising Social Workers and Residential workers attend. This is an inclusive way to working for what’s in the best interest of the children. Working therapeutically with children and every one working with them to clearly understand their therapeutic needs is the way forward for positive outcomes for our children and clearly help produce more adept and attuned adults.