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Digital Curriculum

Welcome to the Foster PRIDE Core Digital Curriculum – a new way for you to participate in the Foster PRIDE education program at a distance. This curriculum was developed in cooperation with the Child Welfare League of America and many state and private agencies. It represents an international best-practices model for developing and supporting foster families and adoptive families. This digital version, of the PRIDE Core modules, uses video stories, case studies, animations, interactive exercises, as well as interviews with a national cross section of foster parents, workers and former foster children to provide a rich and vibrant learning experience. The full curriculum consists of nine (9) modules - each module contains from one to four sessions - each session is approximately 3 hours of training. The UND – Children and Family Services Training Center does have these modules in our lending library for individuals to check out and complete in their home setting. To find which modules are available please search for them in our lending library (Click here to search for the PRIDE Digital Curricula in our lending library) 

Module One: The Foundation for Meeting the Developmental Needs of Children at Risk

4 CD Sessions - 12 Hours

Session 1: Understanding and Assessing Self-Esteem
We talk about the importance of self-esteem in a child's life, particularly as we meet their developmental needs during foster care. We examine the factors affecting self-esteem and engage in an activity to assess self-esteem in children and ourselves.

Session 2: Building Self-Esteem and Understanding Behavior
We examine the conditions necessary for positive self-esteem and how to create a supportative and accepting environment. We help you identify and build upon a child's personal strengths. We also help you understand the relationship between meeting needs and behavior.

Session 3: Communicating with Youth and Children, Part 1
We examine the elements of and barriers to effective communication. Because communication is so vital to carrying out all the tasks of protecting and nurturing children and working as a member of the professional team, we engage in several exercises building communication skills.

Session 4: Communicating with Youth and Children, Part 2
We explore specific skills and techniques for communicating with children, particularly attending, listening and questioning. We explore the use of interpersonal skills to build relationships, help a child cope with feelings, meet developmental needs, and instill discipline.

Module Two: Using Discipline to Protect, Nurture,and Meet Developmental Needs

3 CD Sessions - 9 Hours

Session 1: Promoting Positive Behavior
We consider the difference between discipline and punishment. We examine the goals of effective discipline and apply them to specific cases. We reflect on the qualities in ourselves essential for effective discipline and how our feelings can affect our decisions with children. We investigate the range of disciplinary techniques and study specific techniques to promote positive behavior.

Session 2: Promoting Self-Responsibility and Responding to Unacceptable Behavior
We explore disciplinary techniques related to promoting self-control in a child including expectations and rules. We consider how to build success in the environment. We also examine techniques to use when responding to a lack of control such as I-Messages, natural and logical consequences, as well as learn some basic guidelines for time out.

Session 3: Responding to Challenges
We study and work through a step-by-step process to address children's behavioral challenges and other issues. We practice the process through several activities in responding to common behaviors like lying, tantrums, anger, withdrawing, jealousy, etc.

Module Three: Addressing Developmental Issues Related to Sexuality

1 CD Session - 3 Hours

We investigate the stages of sexual development and differentiate normal from problematic behavior. We review attitudes about sex, myths and values. We talk about developmentally appropriate information for various ages and how to respond to children's questions. Finally, we learn techniques for facilitating healthy sexual development in children and youth.

Module Four: Responding to the Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse

2 CD Sessions - 6 Hours

Session 1: Understanding Sexual Abuse
We'll explore the range and intensity of our feelings as well as the child's feelings about sexual abuse and appropriate ways to deal with those feelings. We will analyze the indicators of abuse in children. We will look at how to respond to disclosures or discovery of sexual abuse.

Session 2: Responding to the Issues of Sexual Abuse
We will study the impact of sexual abuse on children. We'll also explore specific behaviors: fear, anxiety, anger, and sexual behaviors. In addition, we'll discuss healing approaches to help keep the child safe and build upon his/her strengths.

Module Five: Supporting Relationships Between Children and their Families

3 CD Sessions - 9 Hours

Session 1: Respecting and Supporting Child/Birth Ties
We begin to recognize cultural, spiritual, social and economic similarities and differences between own family and child's family. We examine techniques to help manage loyalty conflicts. We come to understand respect and support connections to siblings and extended family. We learn to help the child accept relationships with birth family, and assist child in managing feelings and relationships.

Session 2: Supporting Contacts Between Children and Families
We explore supervised and unsupervised visits and other contact with child's family. We look at techniques to help prepare children for visits, provide support during visits, and provide care after visits. We learn how to help a child to manage feelings in response to visits and how to support contacts other than visits.

Session 3: Becoming Partners in Parenting
We learn to support, work with and help the birth family in a partnership model that empowers all parties appropriately.

Module Six: Working as a Professional Team Member

3 CD Sessions - 9 Hours

Session 1: Strengthening Teamwork Skills
We look at the concept of teamwork and discover through exercises the importance of working as a team. We investigate the five steps in decision making. We look at our role, our rights and responsibilities as foster parents and how we can communicate effectively with other members of the child welfare team. We explore how to participate effectively in meetings and reviews that are part of the permanency planning process.

Session 2: Developing Your Professional Role
We look at our role as professionals, our strengths and our position as advocates. We examine how to comply with the agency policy regarding confidentiality and how to access the service appeal system. We explore our role in documenting a child's history. We also assess our own strengths and needs for support.

Session 3: Conflict as Opportunity
We explore how we feel about conflict and how those feelings affect our behavior. We'll learn about the positive functions of conflict and study different styles for managing conflict. We'll apply team collaboration skills as a positive way of handling conflict.

Module Seven: Promoting Children's Personal and Cultural Identity

2 CD Sessions - 6 Hours

Session 1: Valuing and Making a Commitment to Cultural Competency
We discuss the meaning and importance of culture in our lives and the life of a child. We examine our role in helping children achieve a positive cultural identity. We investigate community resources to support a child's cultural traditions and ways to incorporate culture into daily life. We also explore the challenges to managing diversity in the family.

Session 2: Helping Children Develop Lifebooks
We look at how Lifebooks can be used with Children to record their life stories in a way that promotes a child's positive sense of identity and self-esteem. We practice concrete ways to discuss sensitive issues and record the positive aspects of a child's life.

Module Eight: Promoting Permanency Outcomes

4 CD Sessions - 12 Hours

Session 1: An Overview of Permanency Planning Practice
We discuss the risk of children from temporary placements and multiple moves. Concurrent planning is the main focus of the session with reunification as the primary goal of permanency, but still identifying and planning for an alternative. We have several exercises to identify the challenges of concurrent planning, our strengths and the supports we would need to carry out the process.

Session 2: Understanding Permanency Goals
We focus on the circumstances that contribute to the selection of each permanency goal as well as the benefits and challenges of each. We discuss several case studies and work out permanency goals. We also examine the needs of older children and their journey to permanency and life on their own.

Session 3: Supporting Children's Transition to Permanent Homes through Reunification or Adoption Placement, Part 1
We reinforce that reunification is a primary child welfare goal. We explore our feelings, that child's feelings, and the feelings of the birth parents as a child transitions from our home. We look at the tasks related to carrying out an adoption placement plan. We investigate adoption from your point of view as well as the child's and the adoptive parents.

Session 4: Supporting Children's Transition to Permanent Homes through Reunification or Adoption Placement, Part 2
We discuss the differences between foster care and adoption. We investigate the possible decision to adopt. We explore the need to anticipate challenges as an adoptive family and develop strategies for managing those challenges.

Module Nine: Managing the Fostering Experience

2 CD Sessions - 6 Hours

Session 1, Part 1 and Part 2: Managing Change in Your Family
We explore the impact that fostering has on family operations as well as relationships both withing and outside the family. We look at a five-step process for managing the effects of placement on family operations and explore ways to strengthen marital, parent-child, and sibling relationships. Finally, we look at maintaining and building support to the community.

Session 2: Managing the Impact of Abuse/Neglect Allegations
We learn about the importance of advance preparation and examine ten steps for dealing with abuse/neglect allegations. We also explore the ways to connect you with your state/agency policy and provide a range of services and supports available to you both before and after possible allegations. We also look at the emotional impact on you, the child and the family and consider ways to manage the investigation process.