Reducing Family Stress

This course examines the stress of fostering including: sources of stress, impact of trauma, support systems

Instructors Expert – Richard Delaney, PhD, psychologist, author, and foster care consultant; and Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, Director of Foster Care and Adoption Training, Institute for Human Services (IHS), Columbus, Ohio.
Course Duration 4 credit hours
Course Delivery Self-Directed, Online
Course Provider Foster Parent College
Course Type Self-Directed, Online

Day-to-day life is full of naturally occurring stress. The addition of a foster child, especially one with problem behaviors, can alter the family dynamic, compounding existing stress. This course discusses how the stressors that accompany fostering can be reduced and provides insight into and strategies for preserving a nurturing family environment.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify sources of stress in the foster family
  • describe the impact fostering a traumatized child can have on family members
  • describe the physical and emotional impact of stress and trauma
  • describe how stress can be minimized during all phases of placement
  • describe how a support system can help reduce stress for the foster family and help preserve a nurturing family environment

Course Details

Course Type: Self-Directed, Online
Duration: 4 credit hours
Mandatory for P.R.I.D.E. Levels of Pay:
Recertification Required:
Provided by: Foster Parent College
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