2 Hour Discussion Sessions

The discussion sessions are delivered informally to a small (4-10) group of caregivers. They provide a variety of useful and practical information during a two hour period with a small workbook or resources for caregivers to take home as an on-going resource. Some of the topics include: Keeping Memories, FASD, Living or Working with Traumatised Children, Attachment Types and more. For further details on the sessions that are available, scroll to the bottom of the page.

The discussion sessions are an opportunity to:

  • Provide caregivers with peer support
  • Provide relevant and up to date information on a specific topic
  • Encourage the caregiver to attend the full one day workshops and / or other training opportunities

To find out when the next discussion session is happening in your area or to register, please visit the training schedule here or contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

If you have an issue or topic of interest you would like developed into a two hour module, please contact the Training Manager on training@nullfosteringkids.org.nz


Session: Keeping Memories

Session Description:
“Life story work is regarded as a therapeutic tool and is underpinned by theory about separation and loss. Most children in care gain a great deal from talking about their past, present and future. A life story book is an attempt to connect the child to their past life through discussions and the gathering of information so they can go forward into the future with this knowledge.”                   (MVCOT Practice Centre)

By the end of this facilitated discussion carers will be able to:

– Understand the benefits of helping a child/mokopuna to keep an accurate record of their journey in care.

– Assist every child/mokopuna in their care to create / add to a life story book.

– Ensure every child/mokopuna leaving their care has a life story book to take with them.Carers will create a life story book / memory box for every child placed in their home.


Session: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Session Description:

By the end of this facilitated discussion caregivers will be able to:

– Have an awareness of FASD and shift thinking from behavioural to brain-based neurodisability. (neurodisability = a group of congenital or acquired long-term conditions that are attributed to impairment of the brain).

– Identify 8 key strategies in working with children affected by foetal alcohol.

– Respond to child’s behaviours differently with the understanding of how this behaviour may have been influenced by the impact of maternal drinking on the child’s developing brain during pregnancy.

– Access support if caring for a child with FASD.


Session: Living or working with traumatised children (2 HR)

Session Description:

This discussion session provides the caregiver with information and an introduction into how to respond to a child in care, using a trauma informed approach


Session: What is Maltreatment (2 HR)

Session Description:

This discussion session provides the caregiver with information regarding what maltreatment of a child or young person can be, and the signs of abuse including emotional, physical, and sexual or neglect.


Session: Securing Permanency (2 HR)

Session Description:

This discussion session aims to assist caregivers to choose which legal orders best suits their own and the mokopuna’s needs in becoming a permanent caregiver, and what support is available to permanent caregivers including, financial and other assistance (s388A). We also look at the Noho ake Oranga policy: enhancing the wellbeing of Mokupuna in permanent care.


Session: Custody and Guardianship (2 HR)

Session Description:

This discussion session defines the rights and responsibilities of both guardianship and custody when mokopuna move into care. It also explores the different sorts of guardianship.


Session: Attachment types (2 HR)

Session Description:

This discussion introduces caregivers to a number of types of attachment, namely: secure attachment, ambivalent attachment, avoidant attachment, and disorganised attachment.