Adoption Academy was commissioned to work with their foster carers to help them build resilience. Many were foster carers of long standing (one had fostered for 30 years). We also work with adopters in South Gloucestershire.
Gill’s training ‘Building Resilience to Stress Less Workshop’ didn’t disappoint. It gave foster carers that much needed time to be able to reflect on their individual situations. Gills openness by willingly sharing her own experiences with the group, as well as her warmth & humour, enabled carers to feel safe in the room. There was very much the feeling of support, and not being alone. Through carefully guided activities Gill enabled cares to reflect on their own experiences and identify what they were going to work on and ‘let go’ when they returned home. They looked at themselves, what they did to take care of themselves, and the importance this has on being an effective foster carer. Carers left better informed and more self-aware, some with new strategies to try out, some realising the importance of admitting when we get it wrong. They also all left with the challenge of making some time for themselves – this perhaps being the one they struggled with most!
“ Identified ways of destressing:”
“ Good techniques”
“ Very good informative course”
“ I enjoyed seeing what my drivers were and was surprised at them.”
“ very helpful course, lots of practical suggestions and tips”
Listen more, observe more
Relaxing is important
To mirror and match behaviour
How to look after myself
To just let some things go – the world’s not going to end
Spend more one to one time with the children
Let the little things go
How my reactions to the child behaviour affect how they will act in the future
To slow down
To ask for help
To get into the child’s world
Take a break to re-engage with my life and interests
Connect and then correct.
Pick your own fights
I will certainly be commissioning Gill again.
Employee Development and Training Officer
South Gloucestershire Council
Member of the International Stress Management Association
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