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.
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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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.
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.
The knowledge and skills developed during the four sessions of this module are critical to successfully fulfilling the foster parent role. The foundation competencies addressed pertain to assessing and building children's self-esteem, understanding behavior, and developing effective interpersonal skills. These sessions are designed to illustrate how to connect one's understanding of self-esteem and the meaning of behavior to the use of effective communication skills and the disciplinary process.