FAIRHOPE, AL — The need for foster and residential homes continues to rise, and research confirms the effectiveness of a trauma-informed, trust-based approach to caring for children in out-of-home placements.
Answering the need for continuously updated, relevant training, Whole Child Initiative has created onsite and online training and provides free online resources that equip organizations and caregivers with a comprehensive, trust-based, trauma-informed approach to caring for vulnerable children.
Whole Child Training
In addition to training organizations and caregivers about the importance of attachment and the impact of trauma on child development, Whole Child Initiative’s holistic philosophy emphasizes the need for each person involved in caring for a child—the Whole Team—to formally assess and address four main aspects of a child’s life: Physical, Emotional, Educational and Spiritual.
For organizations, Whole Child offers in-person onsite training, which includes engaging presentations and exercises for staff and caregivers. Onsite training assists teams in developing organization-specific best practices to ensure a high standard of care for each child. Following onsite training, organizations also receive a quarterly consultation.
Whole Child also provides supplementary online training on trauma and attachment for caregivers, which includes lessons and quizzes as well as sustaining training content for 12 months.
Whole Child Training was developed by licensed social workers, therapists and the leadership of residential and foster care facilities who have cared for vulnerable children for over 120 years.
Whole Child Initiative provides ongoing content and resources for residential teams, caregivers, social workers, teachers, children’s ministries and counselors through its website, WholeChildInitiative.org. Sign up to receive Whole Child emails by creating a free account. Encouragement and information are also posted on Whole Child’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn).
Anyone caring for vulnerable children can join the Whole Child Community and discuss specific needs, issues or questions with other caregivers and professionals through a forum hosted at WholeChildInitiative.org.
Events, including intensives in the Southeast United States and free quarterly webinars keep caregivers and professionals equipped, engaged and encouraged.