90 Minute Discussion Sessions

The discussion sessions are delivered informally to a small (4-10) group of carers, often in a carer’s home. They provide a variety of useful and practical information during a 90-120 minute period with a small workbook for carers to take home as an on-going resource. Some of the topics include: Keeping Memories, FASD, with new topics coming soon. For further details on these sessions, scroll to the bottom of the page.

The discussion sessions are an opportunity to:

  • Provide carers with peer support
  • Provide relevant and up to date information on a specific topic
  • Encourage the carers to attend the full one day workshops and / or other training opportunities
  • Provide a focus for association meetings

To find out when the next discussion session is happening in your area, or if you would like one of these sessions at your next association meeting or foster care group meeting, please contact your local Regional Coordinator.

If you have an issue or topic of interest you would like developed into a 90 minute 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.