Regional Foster Families Therapeutic Parenting Lead; Richard Sockett, shares therapeutic fostering resources to help foster carers and their families learn techniques and gain a greater understanding of Trauma and attachment difficulties.
The purpose of this blog is to provide information and resources to help update foster parent’s knowledge and understanding, as the latest research and developments arise in an ever changing and developing field of scientific research.
Richard will endeavour to source the most recent and most relevant information to guide our wonderful foster parents to develop their capacity to become TRUST BUILDERS.
What is TRUST?
Therapeutically Resourced Underpinned by Support and Training.
We are looking to develop “Trust Builders”…
Here at Regional Foster Families we believe very strongly that we are required to develop the all-important sense of safety and trust that is the cornerstone of all nurturing relationships.
Children who often come into foster care have not been offered the opportunity to learn to develop trust, as often the relationships they have had in their early years are the source of their trauma.
We recognise that therapeutic relationships heal relational trauma or developmental trauma.
We strongly believe that our goal is to support our foster parents to become trust builders. To offer children who may well be understandably avoidant of relationships to build the all important “bonds of attachment“. To learn to connect with others and to use these connections to begin to trust not only in the foster parents tasked with caring for them, but to learn to trust in themselves and others outside of the family context.
This is why we strongly believe that offering our foster parents an in-depth understanding of developmental trauma can assist in guiding them to build the “all-important trust“.
Without the capacity to feel safe, which leads to trust, children are unable to effectively learn. As we only learn when in relationship with others, this is something very complicated to do if you are unable to trust in another’s motives.
This is why we offer foster carers face to face training in Understanding Trauma and Therapeutic Parenting, with a follow up course designed to offer foster carers a more in-depth understanding of “PACE“. (Dan Hughes Phd) PACE acronym stands for: Parenting with Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy”.
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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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