Training Curriculum

The Casey Foundation and the Justice Resource Institute developed ARC Reflections, a training curriculum to develop foster parents and caregivers’ understanding of traumatic stress, increase their own emotional regulation and provide tools to support their parenting skills. The Session Two guide helps facilitators build on earlier content, emphasizing that many challenging behaviors displayed by children and teens make sense when you look at their life experiences. Caregivers are encouraged to explore the lens used by children and adolescents to understand themselves, their relationships and their world.

Every session includes a check-in to increase awareness and engagement of participants; a facilitator checklist of session materials; practice activities and take home log for participants; a representative case study to follow throughout the sessions; and reflective questions for participant growth and understanding.

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October 12, 2017

ARC Reflections Training Program

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    What facilitators should say at each point in the 51-slide session.

  2. 2

    What might be the cause of confusing or challenging behaviors in the children and teens in care.

  3. 3

    How trauma shapes the lens through which children and teens understand themselves and the world.

  4. 4

    Why behaviors are often survival strategies.

Key Takeaway

Trauma's Effect on Childhood Development Is Far Reaching

The experience of trauma, stress and adversity strongly affects many aspects of children’s and teens’ development. Trauma affects how children and teens take in information, the ways they understand themselves and other people, and how they make meaning of their experiences. 

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