Understanding Behavior in Foster Children

This course examines problematic child behavior including: surface behaviors, the ABCs of behavior, tracking behavior

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

Foster children often enter homes with challenging behaviors rooted in a history of trauma. Parents need to be able to decipher problem behavior in order to understand its source. This insight will enable parents to help their children heal and learn new, more acceptable ways to express themselves. This course will look at the function, or purpose, of behaviors, and will provide keys for unlocking the underlying meaning of challenging behaviors. Also covered are the ABCs of behavior and a look at parenting styles.

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

  • list the 3 steps for understanding a child's behavior
  • understand and be able to describe surface behaviors
  • list 4 common reasons for behavior
  • describe the ABCs of behavior
  • list 7 behavior trackers
  • describe 4 parenting styles and state their relationship to a child's behavior

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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