This thesis project offers a training curriculum designed to provide workshops for Foster Family Respite Caregivers (FFRCs). An acronym for Respite Enhanced Strengths Training, REST provides a foundation of trauma-informed skills and supports to be used by respite caregivers in their service to foster families. Topics begin with the purpose of family foster care, respite care, and the roles of foster families and respite caregivers. Caregiving challenges and the importance of training to help address these challenges are central themes. REST includes skills to recognize the impact of loss and trauma on child development and behavior and strategies to support the unique needs of special populations such as children who are developmentally disabled and young people who identify as LGBTQ. REST addresses critical and sensitive issues including burnout and mandated reporting. To enhance workshop implementation, REST offers a set of PowerPoint slides as a Facilitator’s Guide and a RESTPACK (participant handouts).
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|Advisor:||Pasztor, Eileen Mayers|
|Commitee:||Potts, Marilyn, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Developmental psychology, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Caregiver, Foster, Respite, REST, Training, Trauma|
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