“…decent, caring adults are absolutely essential in the lives of children if those children are to grow up strong in body, quick of mind, generous in spirit.” - Nicholas Hobbs (1915-1983), child advocate, educator & psychologist
This course is designed to increase the quality of support for children in care and provide caregivers with foundational knowledge and skills to create a strength-based care environment.
Participants build self-awareness and learn to recognize opportunities within the daily care environment to demonstrate care and support to youth. It designed for and focused on maximizing supportive, relational interactions with children and their families by those who work most closely with them.
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Module 1: The Context of Caring | This first session explores an understanding of self in the context of building caring, restorative relationships with a focus on self-awareness and self-care. Child rights, advocacy, and ethical practice are discussed using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Module 2: Everyday Care Encounters | In this second session, participants explore how encounters in everyday life can be supportive of positive growth and change in ourselves and others. By reflecting on select characteristics of relational child and youth care, participants will identify opportunities in their daily routines to interact in both a planned and responsive way to demonstrate care, meet individual needs, and support healing.
Module 3: Developmentally Responsive Care | The third of five sessions in this series explores the concept of relational safety and the human needs of belonging, mastery, autonomy, and purpose. Participants will consider how to shape experiences as opportunities for growth and discuss positive strategies to avoid re-traumatization.
Module 4: Caring Communication | This fourth session looks at the role of communication in caring relationships and its influence on shaping a healthy environment for growth. Participants will consider and practice a range of communication techniques including silence and stillness, active listening, inquiry and dialogue, reflection, and reframing.
Module 5: Trauma and Pain | In the final of five sessions in this series participants consider the impact of trauma and pain and the importance of allowing expression of trauma without re-traumatization or shaming. Issues of psychological safety, learning self-regulation, and eliminating coercion in the environment are discussed. Strategies for resolving conflict and solving problems are also reviewed.