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. This session eight guide emphasizes that sense of self and identity grow in layers over time. Participants will be taught that a key developmental process is the growth of a sense of self, an understanding of individuality and eventually the formation of a coherent identity
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.
Our lens for self influences our sense of agency, exploration, tolerance for frustration, internal state and imagination.
Our self-concept or an individual lens of self becomes the filter through which we interpret our experiences.
Caregivers can play a positive role in shifting a child’s or teen’s lens to a more positive and powerful self.
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A child’s early attachments and internalized model for self will influence his or her level of engagement with the world. Children and teens who have experienced trauma often self-protect by disconnecting or disengaging.
Children and teens develop a sense of self based on their early experiences, including their successes and failures, the labels others use about them and their ability to influence — or not — the world around them.