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.
After a discussion of the meaning of culture, cultural competence, the impact of culture on the participants’ lives and the reasons why children in need of family foster care are at risk in the area of self-esteem and cultural identity, the session focuses on the foster family's role in helping children achieve a positive cultural identity. Participants acquire information about steps they can take to learn about the cultural norms of children in their care. They engage in activities designed to increase their ability to use the community to support children's cultural identity, to incorporate the child's culture and traditions into daily life, to manage diverse traditions in the family, and to help assure positive special occasions within the foster family.
The overall goal of Session Two entitled, "Helping Children Develop Lifebooks" is to demonstrate how Lifebooks can be used with children to record their life stories in a way that promotes a positive sense of identity and self-esteem.
Building on their understanding of how Lifebooks contribute to the child's self-esteem, identity and the maintenance of connections, participants learn about a variety of ways to approach the interactive process involved in developing a Lifebook with children. They practice concrete ways to discuss sensitive issues with children and identify and record positive aspects of a child’s history. To illustrate that the Lifebook involves a process and a product, participants begin planning a Lifebook for a child living with their family.
Upcoming Events: Module 7: Promoting Children's Personal And Cultural Identity
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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.
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