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Mindfulness as a tool for foster children and foster parents to connect to calm.

I am very hopeful that heading back to school this week as gone as smoothly as possible for everyone.

Due to an Interest in learning how to assist children and young people to learn how to take back some sense of control in their lives, led in some part by research by Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk and others, experts in the field of trauma and Neurobiology. I have been concentrating my efforts this week on developing my understanding of Mindfulness, something I often head back towards when my own stress levels alert me to needing to find some calm.

I have sourced some resources on using mindfulness as a tool for foster children and foster parents to connect to calm. A Ted Ex video on YouTube that illustrates a breathing meditation that I hope may assist in showing how to go about this, while also looking at the Child Mind Institutes recent information on the Power of Mindfulness. How a meditation practice can help kids become less anxious, more focused.

I hope that you find them as informative and as interesting as I have.

The Power Mindfulness:

Breathe 5 minutes video:


Therapeutic Parenting Lead at Regional Foster Families

Therapeutic Parenting Lead at Regional Foster Families

I am the fostering agency Therapeutic Parenting Lead (DDP informed) and started my counselling training in 2011 becoming fully qualified in 2016. I have worked for the agency for the last 13 years.

My qualifications in respect of therapy are an advanced diploma in integrative counselling which is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) whom I remain a registered member with.

I spent three and a half years volunteering at Personal Recovery Services as part of my training, an organisation that specialised in working with historic sexual abuse, working with both adults and teenagers.

I have consequently gone on and trained in Level 1 and 2 of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

I have worked in various roles in the social care field specifically with looked after children for the past 20 years. I was a deputy team manager of a specialist (children’s) outreach team dealing with crisis interventions, a deputy residential home manager, an NVQ assessor (up to level 4 management), a trainer in dealing with challenging behaviour, drug awareness and therapeutic parenting.

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