Practice Guide

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed a series of facilitator guides dedicated to teaching caregivers about Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care.

This guide, devoted to module three, helps instructors arm foster families with important skills and strategies for coping with difficult behavior.

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The full curriculum, designed to support children with trauma histories, has four modules. These modules cover: 1) trauma’s impact; 2) strategies to address trauma; 3) coping with difficult behavior; and 4) generating signals of safety.

April 5, 2017

Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    What facilitators should say at each point in the 35-slide module.

  2. 2

    Strategies that caregivers can use when a child starts re-experiencing trauma.

  3. 3

    How to better understand children’s signals of distress.

  4. 4

    Strategies caregivers can use to promote emotional regulation in children.

Key Takeaway

In module three, caregivers learn what to do when a child strays from a regulated state

This guide walks a facilitator — slide by slide — through the module’s content, which focuses on helping caregivers navigate three phases of challenging behavior: 1) revving; 2) re-experiencing; and 3) reconstituting. Caregivers will learn how to detect when a child is shifting into one of these behavior states and learn specific strategies for helping children — and themselves — manage emotions and behavioral responses.  

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