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 five guide emphasizes that we communicate our experiences in ways that go beyond language, learning someone’s language takes time and starts with curiosity, cultural beliefs and practices may influence how a person expresses his or her emotion and mirroring is a way of letting other people know you see them and understand their needs.
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.
Relationship Building? It's Like Riding a Roller Coaster
Findings & Stats
Relationships take time to develop and generally develop in stages.
Meet children and teens where they are. Remember that survival trumps everything.
No two people communicate their needs in exactly the same way. Environment, past situations, cultural beliefs and practices may influence how a person expresses his or her emotion.
Statements & Quotations
Even when we understand that children or teens are protecting themselves, the disconnects can feel like rejection. This is why it‘s so important to pay attention to your own feelings and self-care needs.
Children and teens affected by trauma are sending us signals or clues all the time and the clues don’t always make sense or feel good to those around them. It is easy to react to those signals or clues without fully understanding them.