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?

  • Sharing our stories has such a powerful impact on others when much care and consideration is given to what we share, when we share, and who we are sharing it with. The red, yellow, green light strategy seems to be a wonderful way to put some protective boundaries in place for both the person sharing the story and the people hearing the story. Its critical to remember that the purpose for sharing a story is often two-fold - the speaker has a opportunity to grow by sharing a personal experience and the listener has an opportunity to learn and grow by hearing and responding to the experience of another.

    By 4 weeks 14 hours ago
  • Our age range is younger kids, so this will depend on their level of awareness and ability to communicate. It would be a fine line between teaching boundaries and not wanting them to think they shouldn't talk about it or that it's something to be ashamed of. Once kids are old enough to understand, I would basically talk about the different "circles" of people in their life and possible results of oversharing with the wrong audience.

    By 1 month 1 week ago
  • The age of the kids (and what is developmentally appropriate) would have a great deal to do with how/when this is discussed. Overall, I will be sure to communicate that their story is theirs to share, not mine or anyone else's. I also plan to discuss boundaries and possible consequences that could arise as a result of sharing certain details (I liked the red/yellow light illustration). I think a good point the articles brought up was also to think about what the goal/motivation is in sharing (awareness, etc).

    By 1 month 1 week ago

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