Coping With Difficult Behavior

Facilitator’s Guide to Module Three of TST-FC

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

April 5, 2017

Summary

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.

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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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