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Course Overview

This is your home for the Therapeutic Pathway 2021

Here, each month you will find the coursework and any resources relating to each session. You can also revisit any of the topics we have covered to refresh your memory.

Each topic is divided into the following sections:

  • Respond
  • Read
  • Remember
  • Receive
  • Reflect
  • Revise

The home learning should take around 1.5 hours to complete and can be completed in one go, or by section, whatever works best for you

Some sections will be submitted to the therapeutic team and others will be for your own reference. You will be given clear instructions at each of these stages. If you have any questions or comments, please contact ed@blueskyfostering.co.uk

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To book on to the March Session – Please click below

May – Sensory Processing

Daytime – Monday 17th May : 10:00 – 14:00
Twilight – Wednesday 12th May & Wednesday 19th May : 19:00 – 21:00
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Full Schedule

Complex Trauma

8th March day session.

10th and 17th March twilight sessions.

29th March QA (reflective) session

Trainers: Juliet, Leila and Ed

Sensory Processing

12th and 19th May twilight sessions.

17th May day session.

24th May QA (reflective) session

Trainers: Juliet, Leila and Ed


 

January - Therapeutic Communication

Therapeutic Communication
(January 2021)


Part 1: Respond (Start Here)

Respond: Please click through to the questions here and answer them as best you can, based on your reflections on the course. Once completed, these will be submitted to the Therapeutic Pathway Team to Review and in due course, you will be sent your answers.
This will be submitted to the Pathway Team

Complete Part 1 (Opens in a new window)


Part 2: Read

Read: Please read at least one of the following

Emotional Responding 

What We Say


Part 3: Remember

Remember: Follow this link to read 3 key points from the learning, Which one ‘resonates with’ or ‘speaks to’ you – write it out and stick it on the fridge, or a post-it on your mirror/computer – or create your own – help your regulatory adult brain with a visual reminder of your parenting aim

Complete Part 3: Follow this link (Opens in new window)


Part 4: Receive

Receive: Please watch / read at least one of the following mediums

Video: Communication and Assertiveness: Master Communication and Assertiveness Skills Training (40 mins)

Podcast: How You Can Feel Less Lonely (9 mins)

BBC Sounds Podcast

Video:  Emotional Regulation in Young Children (5 mins)

Video: Attachment and Reflective Functioning – Howard Steele (25 mins)


Part 5: Reflect

Take at least one element from the training to think more about, to try and apply in practice, to wrestle with, to discuss with others – topics could include:

  • Assertiveness
  • Passive aggression
  • Body Language
  • Supporting your child communicate and express themselves
  • Difference between empathy and sympathy
  • Are adults good at listening to kids?
  • What’s it like to be heard?
  • How does communication connect human beings?
  • How do I feel when I’m ‘Open & Engaged?’
  • When am I triggered into Defensive Responding?
  • When is problem-solving not/helpful?

Part 6: Knowledge Check

Knowledge Check: To check you have understood some key points, please follow the link to complete the short quiz.
This will be submitted to the Pathway Team

Follow this link (opens in new window)


Once you have completed all the above sections, your home learning is completed

Rewatch the course

Within a week of the course being delivered, here you will find a condensed version of the training for you to revisit anything you wish

You will also find the presentation used in the training
All questions and identifying elements will be removed

Download Presentation (Password Protected pdf) – Click here

Leave Feedback for us – Click here

Reading List – Click Here (Jan 2021) 

February - Positive Parenting

Positive Parenting
(February 2021)


Part 1: Respond (Start Here)

Respond: Please click through to the questions here and answer them as best you can, based on your reflections on the course. Once completed, these will be submitted to the Therapeutic Pathway Team to Review and in due course, you will be sent your answers.
This will be submitted to the Pathway Team

Complete Part 1 (Opens in a new window)


Part 2: Read

Read: Please read at least one of the following

The below are books that are optional to purchase (some have free chapters on Amazon) – If you purchase them or already have them, the relevant chapters to this uint can be found int he following locations:

The Whole Child – Chapter 12

Calmer, Happier, Easier Parenting – chapter 1

Why Can’t My Child Behave? – chapter 1

The Incredible Years – chapter 2


Part 3: Remember

Remember: Follow this link to read 3 key points from the learning, Which one ‘resonates with’ or ‘speaks to’ you – write it out and stick it on the fridge, or a post-it on your mirror/computer – or create your own – help your regulatory adult brain with a visual reminder of your parenting aim

Complete Part 3: Follow this link (Opens in new window)

OR

To help you remember the key points from this month we have created a series of Mobile Phone wallpapers for you to save and use as your background, who knows when it might come in handy! Simply follow the link and choose the one you want to save

If you use one, please make sure to take a photo and share it with the rest of the group

Click here for wallpapers


Part 4: Receive

Receive: Please watch / read at least one of the following mediums

Audio / Video: Brené Brown – The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting (Audio)

Video: You are not your thoughts

Video: 10 Rules Of Positive Parenting for Better Behaviour

Video: Compassionate Parenting


Part 5: Reflect

Take at least one element from the training to think more about, to try and apply in practice, to wrestle with, to discuss with others – topics could include:

  • The parenting I wish I’d had as a child….
  • The change in parenting styles over the years….
  •  Anxieties about shifting towards more ‘positive parenting’…
  •  Balancing kids’ self-expression with guiding them to be nice…
  • How do I feel about being in charge?
  • How do I know when it’s good enough?
  • Managing my own feelings as a parent…..

You will be asked to reflect on which one you chose in your Reflection (below)


Part 6: Revise

Knowledge Check: To check you have understood some key points, please follow the link to complete the short quiz.
This will be submitted to the Pathway Team

Revise


Once you have completed all the above sections, your home learning is completed

Rewatch the course

Within a week of the course being delivered, here you will find a condensed version of the training for you to revisit anything you wish

You will also find the presentation used in the training

All questions and identifying elements will be removed

Download Presentation (Password Protected pdf) – Click Here

Leave Feedback for us – Click here

February Reading List –  Click Here

March - Complex Trauma

Complex Trauma
(March 2021)


Part 1: Respond (Start Here)

Respond: Please click through to the questions here and answer them as best you can, based on your reflections on the course. Once completed, these will be submitted to the Therapeutic Pathway Team to Review and in due course, you will be sent your answers.
This will be submitted to the Pathway Team

Complete Part 1 (Opens in a new window)


Part 2: Read

Read: Please read at least one of the following


Part 3: Remember

A –We need to REGULATE  the child first,  before   RELATE and  then REASON with them

B-  New healing pathways in our children’s brains are made  through our therapeutic re-parenting. We have to help them ‘wire’ it before they can ‘fire’ it!!

C- Complex Trauma impacts our children globally in their development, not  just emotionally/relationally.


Part 4: Receive

Receive: Please watch / read at least one of the following mediums

Audio / Video: SevenSlideSeries: The Human Brain

Video: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Impact on brain, body and behaviour

Video: Repair of Early Trauma: A Bottom up Approach. 11 minutes

Video: Regulate, Relate, Reason. Sequence of Engagement. 18 minutes

 


Part 5: Reflect

Take at least one element from the training to think more about, to try and apply in practice, to wrestle with, to discuss with others – topics could include:

  • How do  I keep myself in a ‘just right state’ in the face of my child’s extreme emotional dysregulation. Name one or two  different things I can start practicing to help with this.
  • When my child’s ‘thinking brain’ is offline due to stress, who do I connect with him or her? What new ways has this course helped me to do this?
  • How can I track my own nervous system in the moment using the knowledge I have gained of how my body and mind responds to stress during this part of the course
  • Stemming from information gained from the course how can I teach my child about his nervous system to help him/her  learn that strong emotions are a sign of his/ her  pain and are something we can learn to manage together.

You will be asked to reflect on which one you chose in your Reflection (below)


Part 6: Revise

Knowledge Check: To check you have understood some key points, please follow the link to complete the short quiz.
This will be submitted to the Pathway Team

Revise


Once you have completed all the above sections, your home learning is completed

Re-visit the course

Download Presentation  – Click Here

Leave Feedback for us – Click here

March Reading List –  Click Here

Points that came up from the course:

 List of Hacks and Ideas- Complex Trauma Training

The boy who was raised as a dog
The Coventry Grid 
The body keeps the score
Deb Dana Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection

Minecraft Chilled Music

Steel Tonge Drums

Low-Fi Beats

Zelda Low -Fi Beats

 

May - Sensory Processing

May – Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing
(May 2021)


Part 1: Respond (Start Here)

Respond: Please click through to the questions here and answer them as best you can, based on your reflections on the course. Once completed, these will be submitted to the Therapeutic Pathway Team to Review and in due course, you will be sent your answers.
This will be submitted to the Pathway Team

Complete Part 1 (Opens in a new window)


Part 2: Read

Read: Please read the following

Page 1-9 Sensory Processing , Co-ordination and Attachment by Ruth Stephen

(Beacon House website. Free resource,  under occupational therapy resources)


Part 3: Remember

               A !  A child’s with sensory sensitivity  may be unconsciously  responding to a trigger which reminds them of their past trauma ! We need to  keep lens focused on inner world of child and  study  their nervous system.

                B – My child’s nervous system has been shaped by her or his early trauma particularly 0-5. We will be making new pathways in her/his brain in our therapeutic re- parenting. This is hard and takes time!!!!

               C- A child with sensory sensitivity /reactivity may take longer to feel true ‘felt safety’ in placement with you, as his/her nervous system will be responding to triggers to maintain hyperarousal

               D – Proprioception (heavy muscle work) and brain stem calmers can be really helpful for my child sensory system. This makes him/ her feel better.  Doing these with my child will enhance their regulatory impact, it may take time to find the right activity!


Part 4: Receive

Receive: Please watch all of these videos (30 mins total)

Video: Dr Lucy Jane Miller Talks about SPD- 11 minutes

Video: Understanding Sensory Integration in Young Children. Importance of Sensory Integration. A video Series by Pathways. Org. 5 mins 20.

Video: An Introduction to a sensory, soothing, regulation, calming box by Treisman- 5 minutes


Part 5: Reflect

Take at least one element from the training to think more about, to try and apply in practice, to wrestle with, to discuss with others – topics could include:

– What will I do differently in my parenting for my child with further information gathered on the course today?
-Are there any downregulating sensory strategies/ activities I want to incorporate for myself  into my day to keep myself more regulated in the face of my own  pressure and stress. What resources do I need for this?
-What ways can I help the team around my child keep considering  sensory in our reasoning behind my child’s behaviour.
– I have learnt that anxiety increases sensory sensitivity. What situations cause my child to feel anxious? How can I use sensory soothing strategies to help or change the activity to make it less anxiety provoking or over whelming from a sensory perspective?

You will be asked to reflect on which one you chose in your Reflection (below)


Part 6: Revise

Knowledge Check: To check you have understood some key points, please follow the link to complete the short quiz.
This will be submitted to the Pathway Team

Click here to take the quiz and finish the course


Once you have completed all the above sections, your home learning is completed

Re-visit the course

Download Presentation  – Click Here

Leave Feedback for us – Click here

May Reading List –  Click Here

Points that came up from the course: