Introduction to Therapeutic Foster Care Programme


This programme can be offered as a precursor to our Therapeutic Fostering Care Course or as a stand-alone provision. It is delivered over 6 days and each session includes a reflective space, reading with a link to theory and practice skills including suggestions to better understand and work with traumatised children and young people. Theory topics include neurodevelopment and trauma, attachment, psychotherapeutic processes and secondary trauma and self-care.

Teaching Methods

There is a fair amount of course material provided which will be delivered via description and dialogue by the facilitator supported by readings and exercises. Group participation is encouraged throughout and essential to participant learning. This will include video clips, group and small group exercises and examples from practice.

Length of Course

6 days each day being 4 ½ hours (with 15 minute break and 30 minute lunch)


Any appropriately sized room with a projector, screen and flip chart

Group Size

Maximum group size up to 16. At least one of the participants must be from the sponsoring organisation such as a supervising social worker or similar

Who will benefit/target audience

This training day is of use and relevance for all foster carers. It is can be provided to newer carers as well as their more experienced colleagues. It can be used as a precursor and selection process for our Therapeutic Foster Care Course and if so there would a minimum attendance expectation and a short assignment.

Main benefits

This course offers an experience of the basic processes Foster Carers need to be able to use in order to develop as Therapeutic practitioners. This includes using reflective spaces, making sense of readings and theories and implementing practice skills to develop relationships with and understanding of traumatised children and young people. Participants will gain or develop their understanding of trauma, neurodevelopment and attachment, psychotherapeutic ideas in practice and self-care.


There will be a reading or webinar provided for each session. A list of readings and resources can be provided to support learning

Other Related or Connected Courses

Orb8 Therapeutic Foster Care Course

Lead Associate/Associate Skills, Knowledge

MA or doctoral level professionally qualified practitioners with a wide variety of skills as trainers, lecturers and educators. They offer extensive theory to practice knowledge and experience of neurodevelopment and trauma and include psychotherapists, consultant nurses and social workers, psychologists and related health professionals.

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