By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognise values and beliefs that contribute to your understanding of child behaviour
  • • Recognise the place of the child/young person’s beliefs in driving their unwanted behaviours
  • • Build on carers own understanding of how to encourage children / young people to change their behaviour
  • • Implement strategies to manage unwanted behaviours of children/young people in care

The intent of session one is to guide participants in exploring behaviours that they find challenging and work through a process to understand how to better respond to these types of situations. This session will lead participants to explore their own value and belief system and how this shapes and influences the way they act and respond to different situations. Also explored is the probability that a child or young person’s behaviour will be a result of: the beliefs and values that they hold as a result of the types of abuse they have been subjected to; the family culture they come from and the fact they are likely to be experiencing culture shock.

Session two explores ideas on how to encourage desirable behaviour in the children and young people who come into care. It will look at parenting styles and useful principles to guide carers in encouraging desirable behaviours. As part of this, the session will look at the role of discipline as against punishment.

This third session will introduce participants to a useful framework when responding to a child or young person’s unwanted behaviours. A range of responses for unwanted behaviours will be explored and the group will participate in a skills practice exercise which will give them the opportunity to demonstrate how they could use these strategies to manage unwanted behaviour. The last session will encourage participants to reflect on strategies that have worked for them in the past as well as explore new strategies they may like to put in place. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of SMART plans, action plans and eco maps as a way to enhance their carer role. Carers will have the opportunity to develop a plan for working with a child or young person in their care.

Please note; there is an additional workshop which looks more closely at some of the differences in working with adolescent behaviours for those involved in caring for youth.

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