Product Code: 0494
This module addresses the knowledge and skills foster parents need promote healthy growth, development, and relationships with children who have experienced domestic violence. Many children in family foster care not only have experienced the trauma of abuse or neglect, but also growing up in a family where domestic violence was a part of everyday life. This dual stress presents the child with significant challenges.
This module provides a basis for understanding the dynamics of domestic violence, including why victims often remain with the abuser, the connection between domestic violence and child abuse, the affect of domestic violence on the child, and strategies for parenting the child. The module pays special attention to examining personal feelings and attitudes and how these may affect one's ability to provide care for a child who has experienced domestic violence.
Session One examines the prevalence of domestic violence and explores with participants their experiences in finding out a child in their care has experienced domestic violence. Participants are encouraged to look at their own feelings and beliefs about domestic violence.
Session Two explores how domestic violence evolves in the family. The Cycle of Abuse and the Power and Control Wheel are presented as models to help participants understand how family violence occurs and the reasons that victims may find it very difficult to leave the abuser.
Session Three addresses specific parenting strategies and approaches for working with children who have experienced domestic violence. Participants are encouraged to consider how these experiences may impact the child's behavior and relationships, and are given concrete advice on how to promote healthy growth and development for these children.
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