Training in Therapeutic Fostering
Therapeutic Fostering (sometimes called Enhanced Fostering) is a catalyst for healing. Our Innovative Training Program in Therapeutic Fostering gives carers all the knowledge and skills needed to support children through the 3 stages of recovery from trauma.
These 3 stages are: Stabilisation, Adaptation and Integration (as mapped out by Judith Lewis Herman)
Participants will acquire a wealth of tools – all of which are underpinned by Dan Hughes’ attachment parenting model of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy) – a model of caring/parenting which supports secure attachments with children and young people that have experienced difficulties in early life.
- Therapeutic Care: face-to-face course
- Trauma-Informed Practice: e-learning
- Understanding Trauma: face-to-face course
- Understanding Trauma: e-learning
- Secure Base: face-to-face course
- Secure Base: e-learning
- PACE Training: face-to-face course
- Adverse Childhood Experience: face-to-face course
- The 3 Stages of Recovery: Blog
What is Therapeutic Fostering?
Therapeutic (or Enhanced) 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 offer more Therapeutic Fostering.
“I love this training and I learn so much from it, it makes perfect sense and I’ve been able to adapt the training to my everyday life.”
Sam is a Foster Carer with Timeout Fostering
Who is Therapeutic Fostering Training suitable for?
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.
This training suite is also suitable for social workers.
What is our Training Daisy© framework?
After many years of understanding the needs of foster carers, we have created a flexible, components-based intervention. We call it the “Training Daisy©” because each of the three primary domains of intervention (Stabilisation, Adaptation and Integration) have 6 key “Petal” topics asscociated with it.
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.
Each domain and objective are outlined below, click on each one for more detail:
This short course will guide you through the key benefits of Blended Learning and how it will add value to your training.
The ultimate goal of our Training Daisy© program is to support children, adolescents, and caregivers in active engagement in the world, in a manner that is empowered and future-oriented, rather than focused on survival. We see Therapeutic Fostering as being the catalyst for this healing.
What is Blended Learning?
Our Training Daisy© program follows a blended learning format, which means that it combines a face-to-face workshop with online training. Training your workforce through face-to-face delivery alone places a considerable strain on your budget. E-learning has become a common financial solution over recent years, but it has its limitations.
The Training Daisy© is a powerful combination of the two formats. It ensures that there is time to cover all the much-needed theory, as well as giving participants sufficient opportunity to discuss real-world implementation.
If you would like a shorter program take a look at our 4 hour face-to-face Therapeutic Care Course HERE.