Subject: 

  • Self Identity

Credit Hours: 

1.50

Summary:

A foster youth's story is powerful and knowing how to share that story to maximize impact is essential. For the young person in care, knowing how to strategically navigate through tough topics surrounding foster care, or any other discussion, can influence others in a positive way, without making anyone uncomfortable including the individual sharing. In this course learn how you, as a supportive adult, can help ensure the safety of a young person and gain access to tools developed to help prepare and support a young person sharing their personal story.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • how to help re-frame foster care experience as expertise
  • how to teach your youth to safely tell stories by retaining boundaries
  • the purpose for which one might share a personal story

Take the Course:

Estimated time to complete: 1.5 hours

A:  Review this "Strategic Sharing" guide developed by Casey Family Programs and Foster Care Alumni of America, and learn why strategic sharing is important, the reasons for sharing personal experiences, and gain skills you can use to develop and nurture the strategic sharing philosophy within your youth:  CLICK HERE
B:  Review this strategic sharing tool developed by The National Resource Center for Youth Development in collaboration with FosterClub, and provide it to youth in your care. This tool will help begin a discussion regarding their story, recognizing that it is precious and hard earned and the importance of protecting themselves:  CLICK HERE
C:  Review this blog by Royce Markley, an Oregon FosterClub Young Leader, about how learning about strategic sharing has helped develop his skills as a professional and how it has impacted the work he is doing today:  CLICK HERE

D:  Continue the conversation on the supportive adult forum, add a comment to course discussion topic question: CLICK HERE

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Course Discussion Question

How will you talk to young people entering your home about strategic sharing?

  • I believe it all start with listening then helping the child to know that the emotions they may feel now can change. However, support the share of their experiences but teach and guide on how to accomplish this respectfully. This will be an ongoing process and the plan may need to be tweaked based on circumstance but the red, yellow and green light is definitely a strategy that should always be implemented no matter how circumstances may change.

    By 22 hours 39 min ago
  • I believe it all start with listening then helping the child to know that the emotions they may feel now can change. However, support the share of their experiences but teach and guide on how to accomplish this respectfully. This will be an ongoing process and the plan may need to be tweaked based on circumstance but the red, yellow and green light is definitely a strategy that should always be implemented no matter how circumstances may change.

    By 22 hours 40 min ago
  • I will stress the need to develop and help or child become comfortable with using escape doors and then coach them in their use. They will know that they do not need to answer every question. I'd also coach the traffic light strategy.

    By 2 days 2 hours ago

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