Building Trauma Competent Healing Caregivers: What Does That Look Like?

Around the globe, millions of children live in group homes and other residential settings. Many come with deep hurts from severe abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Some have lived on the streets, in orphanages, or as victims of trafficking for many years. Although the staff caring for these children often do so with giving hearts and sincere desire to bring healing, they frequently are not fully equipped for the challenges before them. When it is not possible to see these children taken into family care, how can we help dedicated caregivers to understand and meet the complex needs of wounded children? This webinar will present an overview of what it means to be a healing presence in the life of a wounded child living in a residential setting or foster home. We will discuss three essential skills and three essential tasks key to becoming that healing connection. These tasks and skills can be easily taught and practiced within any cultural setting and offer true hope and restoration to wounded, abandoned and abused children.

Presenter: Jayne Schooler has worked extensively with caregivers serving wounded children in Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine the U.S. and other parts of the world. She is the author of numerous books, including her newest Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families (Navpress). She and her husband are adoptive parents.

Resources:  Handout #1 and Handout #2