As a caregiver the very best thing you can do for those who depend on you is to take care of yourself!
Caregivers are expected to welcome children who have been traumatized into their homes and invest emotionally and physically into the children. Caregivers are expected to separate gracefully when the time comes for the children to move on. The caregiver’s responsibilities and personal sacrifices in caring for someone else can be challenging for even the most experienced caregivers.
This 6 hour focused topic training for caregivers teaches how to reduce your stress, find more energy and improve your resilience while you care for difficult children and demanding expectations. The course includes opportunities for self-reflection and insight, short term goal setting and practical self-care and stress reduction techniques.
Luanne Hawley has been a licensed foster parent for 25 years, as well as a relative care provider and adoptive parent. She has been an advocate for Foster Parents and Care Providers having provided support services through the FIRST (Foster Intervention and Retention Support Team) program for many years.
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The University of Washington READi Lab focuses on conducting research related to early identification and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is also referred to as autism. Their work is important because early intervention and detection can change the lives of those impacted by autism.
The Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence is excited to partner with The University of Washington READi Lab to offer the training
to caregivers for training credit.
The training focuses on “caregivers of newly diagnosed children, and provides helpful tips and strategies for the journey that lies ahead.” … “This DVD was developed by the READi Lab, through a grant funded by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, and in collaboration with Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Gigantic Planet. Many families and professionals contributed to its development…."
This course includes a welcome and five chapters; is available in English, and with Spanish subtitles:
- Chapter One: Understanding the Diagnosis (Approximately 12 minutes)
- Chapter Two: Voices of Experience: Caring for Yourself and Your Family (Approximately 10 minutes)
- Chapter Three: Finding Help for Your Child (Approximately 11 minutes. Provides Washington State Resource Information.)
- Chapter Four: Setting Up a Treatment Program (Approximately 22 minutes)
- Chapter Five: Voices of Experience: The Long View (Approximately 6 minutes)
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