Module 1: The Foundation for Meeting the Developmental Needs of Children at Risk

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.

Course Duration 12 hours
Course Delivery Self-Directed, Online
Course Provider Governors State University, Chicago IL
Course Type Self-Directed, Online

Session One examines the meanings of self-concept and self-esteem and the factors that affect their development. The reasons why children in need of family foster care are at risk in the area of self-esteem and the importance of assessing children's self-esteem in order to be competent in meeting their developmental needs are discussed. Participants engage in an activity designed to enhance their ability to assess the self-esteem of children in their care.          

The second session explores ways to build a child's self-esteem and examines the meaning of behavior. Participants become aware of the conditions essential for positive self-esteem and learn how to create these conditions for children in their care. The relationship between self-esteem and behavior is described and an activity illustrates how behavior is a means to meeting specific needs.

The Taking PRIDE Activity provides an opportunity for foster parents to practice building the four conditions for positive self-esteem and identifying the needs a child in their care is attempting to meet through his/her behavior.     

Sessions Three and Four are devoted to building participants’ interpersonal and communication skills. Because effective communication is so vital to carrying ‘out the tasks of protecting and nurturing children, meeting their developmental needs, supporting their relationships with their families, promoting permanency outcomes, and working as a member of a professional team, foster parents engage in many activities related to building their communication skills.

In Session Three participants reflect upon their personal experiences with communication, identify roadblocks to effective communication, and explore ways to promote effective communication.     

Session Four examines nonverbal communication, demonstrates attending behaviors as a way of being an involved listener, identifies ways to encourage children to talk with them, and provides an opportunity for foster parents to practice the skills of reflective listening and questioning.

Course Details

Course Type: Self-Directed, Online
Duration: 12 hours
P.R.I.D.E. Levels of Pay: Level 2
Recertification Required:
Provided by: Governors State University, Chicago IL
Training Type: CORE 1

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Module 7: Promoting Children's Personal And Cultural Identity

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Module 5: Supporting Relationships Between Children and Their Families

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Module 6: Working As A Professional Team Member

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