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Teens and Aggression

About the Course

This workshop will focus on providing foster parents with in-depth knowledge of how trauma exposure can impact and sometimes trigger aggression. Foster parents will learn about the various types of trauma, how they affect teens, and the kind of aggression they tend to evoke. The workshop will also explore the various aspects of a teenager's life that could lead to aggression, including social factors like bullying, relationship issues like neglect, absence of a parent, and exposure to domestic violence. The workshop will also provide foster parents with practical strategies to manage aggression, such as effective communication techniques, the establishment of clear boundaries, and de-escalation strategies. Foster parents will learn how to create a safe and supportive environment that promotes healing and provides a sense of belonging for teens who display aggressive behaviors.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between trauma exposure and teen aggression. Foster parents will learn about the various factors that contribute to the development of aggressive behaviors in youth who have experienced trauma, including biological, psychological, and environmental factors.

2. Gain practical strategies for creating a safe and supportive environment for teens who display aggressive behaviors as a result of trauma. Foster parents will learn techniques for establishing trust, implementing trauma-informed approaches, and fostering positive coping mechanisms to help teens feel safe, understood, and supported in their healing journey.

3. Enhance the ability to effectively support and intervene when teens display aggression. Foster parents will learn communication techniques, de-escalation strategies, and appropriate boundaries to set when dealing with aggressive behaviors. Additionally, foster parents will understand the importance of self-care and seek support from professionals and resources to provide the best care for traumatized teens.

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