Fostercare Councelling- Training

Roots Research Center NGO has developed several training programs for professionals working for and with children with trauma and for current or prospective foster and adopted parents and parents who have adopted. The seminars are developed by experts on trauma informed and attachment aware care.

Seminars for current or prospective foster and adoptive parents.

This set of seminars is specifically designed for current or prospective adoptive and foster parents. A foster or adopted child has many possibilities to exhibit emotional and behavioral problems related to developmental trauma and the relationship of attachment they have created through their past experiences. It is extremely important for all adoptive, and even more for foster parents to understand the emotional needs of the child in order to be able to handle any future possible behavioral and emotional problems that are related with the child’s life before foster or adoption care. This will help them develop their parental skills and build the parent’s confidence and ability to relate deeply with the child. The relationship that a child will form with his foster or adoptive parent can be therapeutic and reparative for the child. Through this relationship the child will be able to better communicate its needs, create healthy relationships with others and overcome any trauma and attachment related problems.

Seminars for professionals working with and/or for children with developmental trauma

Children that have experienced traumatic events or have been neglected in their past have many chances to exhibit emotional, behavioral, physical and academic problems that are related to trauma and attachment issues. Traumatized children become teenagers with delinquent behaviors, who do not trust adults, always want to be in control and tend to create superficial relationships. Other children isolate themselves socially, become closed into themselves, become victims of circumstances and often develop attachment disorders. They evolve to adults that have difficulties adjusting to society and create problematic relationships. Often these children may be seen as victims or even perpetrators. Trauma informed and attachment aware trainings are important for those who work with or make decisions for children that have been traumatized. These trainings will connect them with the child’s inner world and will provide explanations for the behaviors they exhibit. It will help them recognize the behaviors and the reasons behind them. The question “What is the problem with this child?” will change to “What has this child experienced and what defense mechanisms were developed to survive?”. This change in perspective is the first step to create therapeutic relationships with the child and make decisions that will be beneficial for the child’s future.

Seminars for professionals working in institutional care

The aim of these trainings is the daily and lifelong improvement of professional skills of people who take care of children living in public care institutions. This set of seminars is done in collaboration with a child care institution and is designed based on the needs of each organization. All professionals, regardless of their position or academic background, participate in these training sessions. The goal is to improve daily practices of care of the children living within the institution in order to provide the best possible emotional, social, physical and academic development for each child. This can be achieved through the improvement of professional skills by introducing evidence based practices and by creating a more therapeutic environment within the institution.

Seminars for professionals working with teenagers and youth leaving care/ and teenagers and young people on the go.

These workshops focus on teenagers and young people that have been affected by trauma. Teenagers and young people living and/or leaving institutional care as well as refugees and migrants may often exhibit behavioral, emotional and physical problems related to attachment issues and trauma. It is important for professionals and caregivers to have a deep understanding of these problems in order to create therapeutic environments that will allow teenagers and young people to develop transition skills necessary for them to enter community life. Transition skills are very important in facilitating socialization and a smooth integration into the community they are living in. An important prerequisite for the independence and socialization of teenagers and young people leaving care, as well as of teenagers and young people on the go, is to develop social and vocational skills that will help them cope with any adversity they might encounter during their transition process. Behaviors relating to trauma can negatively influence the development of such skills. A trauma informed and attachment aware therapeutic environment can strengthen and facilitate the development of self determination, autonomy, independence and quality in living for young people entering the community.

Our team of experts is open to create or modify seminars based on the needs of organizations or groups of people that want to provide a more trauma informed and attachment aware care for children that have experienced (or currently experiences) trauma or neglect.