Parenting Skills and Family Therapy for Foster Families and Foster Parents
Parenting skills sessions and family therapy sessions for foster parents means that sessions may include only the parent/s or if necessary the whole family as sometimes the system of the family needs to be revisited and improved in order for the parents to improve their skills. For example, parental stress can cause children to have challenging behaviour, however children's behaviour may cause parental stress.
As foster parents, you will learn how to manage the child/ren's behaviour with a trauma-informed approach, how to help the child adjust after the loss of separation and how to thrive as a new family.
Sessions will be individualised to the parent and family circumstances. It may include stress management strategies; understanding child development and developmentally appropriate behaviour; learning about child-directed play to improve the way parent/s play with their child; learning about your child's diagnosis including autism, social (pragmatic) communication disorder and ADHD and how to support your child; behaviour modification; trauma and its influence on child and parent functioning; and secure relationships/attachments.
Sessions are held in Essendon and Hillside. They will run for 1 hour and the amount will depend on individual circumstances. Government funded sessions may be available.