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 would explain to them that they can feel free to share their story if they want to, I wouldn't pressure them about it. Also I would explain that they can make it a story and make up characters that play the parts of the people in their lives so that they don't have to feel like they have to tell the names or anything really personal about the people in their lives. I think that would be a good way to go about it.

    By 19 hours 25 min ago
  • I would tell them that it is okay to share their story is they desire, however bear in mind that what they say could cause them pain all over again. I would also tell that what they share could be used against them in a way that is not good.

    By 3 days 13 hours ago
  • These are wise principles for any person to use in choosing what to share of their stories, especially young people who have not had a supportive adult to help guide them through these issues before.

    By 1 month 2 weeks ago

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