Foundations of Caregiver Support (FCS)

Update December 2018

Update from ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough Dec 12, 2018 Re: Foundations of Caregiver Support (FCS)

This project has taken a life of its own.  ALIGN has provided 3 train the trainer sessions over the last 6 months.  We have trained over 150 people to train the FCS modules.  To date there have been a total of 685 staff and 200 agency caregivers trained that we know of.  We believe that many of the contract foster care programs are working on training their caregivers over the next few months.  Thank you for the support and uptake in doing this work.  We ask that you report who has been trained in your agencies to us so that in June we can report on the total numbers.

We are moving forward with the assumption that the trainers are making plans within their own agencies to train staff. Our offer of assistance stands, especially if you need an indigenous trainer.  Please email or call Nicole nicolem@alignab.ca or 780.232.9199.

We have decided not to offer ALIGN session in January and February.  Our contract goes until June and the funding is tight.  We hope to run another session for whoever needs it later in the spring.  If you are struggling getting the training in, or need help please call Nicole ad we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get it done.  If we need to ask for more funding we will but need to know the need by March.

Update October  2018

Train the Trainer Edmonton December 4 – 6, 2018

Foundations of Caregiver Support 101 (Modules 1 -5) Training Series Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

All modules will be offered in both Edmonton and Calgary same day.
Module 1 is pre-requisite for the other four modules.
Module 2 thru 5 can be completed in any order

Who is this training for?
Foster parents and staff working with children, youth and families in Alberta. Kinship families working towards legal permanency (adoption or private guardianship) are strongly urged to take this training as well.

Why is this training required?
To achieve consistent trauma-informed support for children and families across the province at all levels

What will I learn?
FCS training aims to shift thinking from “what is wrong with this child? To a more informed “what has happened to this child?” and further, “how can I improve the developmental trajectory of this child?”

There are five modules in the training series
Module 1: Colonization, Historical Trauma and Healing
Module 2: The Core Story of Brain Development
Module 3: Child Development
Module 4: Loss and Grief
Module 5: Trauma, Stress and the Developing Brain

See Details, Dates and Locations

Update May 2018

Foundations of Caregiver Support 101 Trauma Training Series Train the Trainer Spring/Summer 2018

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a cultural shift, that will positively affect outcomes for children and families.

FCS aligns with the Child Intervention Practice Framework, Signs of Safety, and the Prevention and Early Intervention Framework to support positive interactions between workers, children and youth, and their caregivers.

In the first phase of delivery, four of the FCS modules were piloted with select front-line staff and caregivers over the course of 2016-17, including the 2016 and 2017 AFPA conferences, and the Northwest Aboriginal Caregiver Training Retreat (Treaty 8) in 2016 and 2017.

In phase two, CS and First Nation Agencies (DFNA) front-line workers, and caregivers will receive the training.

  • Phase two training is expected to be completed for current workers by June, 2018.
  • This training will be mandatory for delegated staff. However, all CS staff will be encouraged to take the training.
  • CS aims to train all existing caregivers by the Fall of 2019.

Key stakeholders, including the Alberta Foster/Kinship Association (AFKA) and ALIGN Association of Community Services, have been involved in this project and will play a key role in the delivery of the FCS modules to caregivers. ALIGN will be hosting train the trainer opportunities in your area in 2018 to give agencies the material to train their own staff and caregivers, as well,  ALIGN will be hosting the training series in 2018/2019 for agencies staff and cargivers throughout the province.

Phase three will be the incorporation of this material into Work Force Development (June 2018) and on-going Caregiver training (Fall 2018).

Updated February 2018

The Three Core Trauma-Related Needs Dr. Howard Bath Alberta, January/February

Update September 2017

The Committee is in the process of  reviewing the recently released  Review of  literature with the focus on Aboriginal Peoples and Communities – Trauma,Child Development, Healing and Resilience. The expectation is that organizations in Alberta serving child, youth and families must be Trauma Informed along with understanding Child Brain Development and stress. This is the foundational work for the 101 training that will come out this up coming year.

The definition of Trauma Informed Care  has 4 common elements; Trauma Awareness, Emphasis on Safety, Rebuild Control for person served and  the approach is Strength Based. There is many ways for Organizations and their programs to make sure they are meeting these common elements in all the work they do.

Update June 2015

Foundations of Caregiver Support – June 2015
This document provides the vision and purpose of the Foundations of Caregiver Support and a description of it’s three foundational pillars: child development, trauma, and loss and grief. The document is part of a communication and engagement strategy for Child Intervention staff and stakeholders. Primary stakeholders include: Human Services staff and divisions, Delegated First Nation Agencies (DFNA), Alberta Foster Parent Association, ALIGN, and other agencies, partners and the community…

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