Module 4: Responding To The Signs And Symptoms Of Sexual Abuse
This module consists of two sessions. The first session is intended to increase the participants’ understanding of sexual abuse, while second session is focused on assisting foster parents to respond effectively to the issues of sexual abuse.
|Course Duration||6 hours|
|Course Delivery||Self-Directed, Online|
|Course Provider||Governors State University, Chicago IL|
|Course Type||Self-Directed, Online|
Session One includes activities designed to explore participants’ feelings about sexual abuse, to enhance their ability to recognize signs and symptoms of possible sexual abuse, and to develop their capacity to respond to disclosures of sexual abuse. Also, foster parents learn about the behaviors that constitute child sexual abuse, gain insight into why and how sexual abuse occurs, and develop an understanding of the relationship between sexual abuse and other forms of child victimization.
Session Two promotes the foster parents’ ability to respond to the issues of sexual abuse. Participants are acquainted with factors that affect the impact that sexual abuse has on children and the problems commonly displayed by children who have been sexually abused. The steps to therapeutic parenting are explained, the ways foster parents can help the healing process are identified, and the key points to remember in providing care to children who have behavior problems related to fear/anxiety, anger, and sexuality are discussed.
Upcoming Events: Module 4: Responding To The Signs And Symptoms Of Sexual Abuse
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Module 9: Managing The Fostering Experience
This module examines the impact of placement on one's family by devoting one session to exploring ways to help foster families manage the changes, transitions, and challenges presented by the fostering role and another session to helping participants manage the impact of abuse and neglect allegations.
Module 6: Working As A Professional Team Member
The purpose of this module is to provide foster parents with an understanding of the professional team in working on behalf of children and families. The three sessions include information and skill development related to teamwork, the tasks of foster parents as professional team members, and conflict management.
Module 7: Promoting Children's Personal And Cultural Identity
Session One provides participants with an understanding of the importance of valuing and making a commitment to cultural competence and ways to work with the family foster care team to promote positive self-esteem through respecting, advancing and sharing children’s cultural norms and traditions.
Module 2: Using Discipline To Protect, Nurture And Meet Developmental Needs
The purpose of Module 2 is to increase the participants’ understanding of the importance of discipline in meeting developmental needs and to provide some concrete techniques and skills they can use to manage behavior effectively. Building on the concepts presented and skills developed in Module 1, the three sessions in this module focus on proactive and reactive approaches to using discipline to protect, nurture and advance children's development.