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. Throughout the nine sessions, participants follow the life and development of a young girl, named Olivia. Participants first meet Olivia at age f5 and follow her into her late teens. Facilitators use the experiences of Olivia and her caregivers to illustrate many concepts and skills.
In addition to Olivia's story, the ARC Reflections curriculum includes detailed facilitator guides, training presentations, handouts, a case manager guide, facilitator welcome guide, sample pre- and post-surveys and feedback forms.
During the evening chat time, Olivia’s foster parents would talk with her about any incidents, their observations of Olivia’s behaviors and her feelings, and discuss ways to handle things differently the next time.
Olivia’s behavior has improved greatly over the years. She still has some hard days. But she seems more confident, is mostly able to be independent in an age-appropriate way and can generally tolerate her foster parents’ feedback when she makes mistakes.