What is Enhanced Fostering?
Enhanced Fostering, often called Therapeutic Fostering, is the type of care needed for children that have experienced a high degree of trauma and/or abuse in their life. This trauma is often compounded by the fact that they have been through several failed placements – often both fostering and adoption. As well as developmental difficulties and attachment disorders, this trauma often manifests itself through a variety of mental health problems. Giving care to our most troubled young people is an extremely challenging job, which is why there is an increasing demand for foster carers to undertake the additional training necessary to become Therapeutic Foster Carers.
Our Innovative Blended Training Program in Therapeutic Fostering gives carers all the knowledge and skills needed to support the children in their care through the 3 stages of recovery from trauma. These 3 stages are: Stabilisation, Adaptation and Integration (as mapped out by Judith Lewis Herman) You can read about it HERE.
Our Enhanced Fostering training gives participants a wealth of tools – all of which are underpinned by Dan Hughes’ attachment parenting model of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy) and is a model of caring/parenting which helps support secure attachments with children and young people who have experienced difficulties in early life.
What is our Blended Learning Framework?
After many years of understanding the needs of foster carers, we have created a flexible, components-based intervention. Our Therapeutic Fostering training is organised around three primary domains of intervention (Stabilisation, Adaptation and Integration). Within each domain we explore 6 key topics.
The cost of covering these 18 topics through conventional face-to-face training would be prohibitive for many organisations. Instead, our model uses e-learning to cover much of the theory required to really understand all facets of these children. Then for each domain, we include a live workshop where we really bring the theory to life and embed it through interactive exercises and action planning.
Who can train in Enhanced Fostering (or Therapeutic Fostering)?
Our program has been developed to support those that work with children and adolescents who have been impacted by complex trauma. Complex trauma includes a range of stressful experiences which are typically chronic and interpersonal and may affect many different areas of a child or adolescent’s life. Arguably, any carer of a traumatised child needs to become a therapeutic carer, so this course is for both experienced foster carers and those brand new to the profession.
All courses are also highly recommended for social workers.