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Parenting Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

CORE TEEN (Critical On-going Resource Family Education)

Session 2

Parenting Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma

February 15th, 2024

6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST

Via Zoom

Joy Harris Edwards

2 credit hours

Navigating the teen years can be challenging. It is even more difficult for youth that have experienced trauma. The University of Kentucky Training Resource Centers, in collaboration with DCBS, will offer training to equip foster and adoptive parents to meet the needs of older youth who have moderate to serious emotional and behavioral health challenges.

During this CORE (Critical On-going Resource Family Education) Teen Training session #2, piloted by the Foster Parent Training Program at the UK College of Social Work, parents will further explore how trauma affects a youth’s behaviors.

The experience of trauma often produces behaviors that often seem out of context and usually include anger, mistrust, or defiance. The experience of trauma can also impact school performance, relationships, and can result in delays in social skills and development. During this session, participants will explore how the interactions and interventions used with youth who have experienced trauma are different than those used with youth who have not experienced trauma. Participants will:

· Understand what traumatic events are and how they affect youth physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

· Recognize emotions and behaviors in your child that are associated to a traumatic event.

· Learn how triggers work and how to respond effectively to a traumatic response

· Gain usable knowledge on how to parent traumatized youth and promote successful behaviors.

Adaptive responses are those behaviors that a child or youth might develop in order to protect themselves when they feel unsafe. During this session, parents will learn more about the impact of trauma and how to meet the behavioral needs of children who have experienced trauma.


To learn more about this program, please feel free to contact Carla Jordan, TRC Training Specialist, at carla.jordan@uky.edu or 1-833-859-3278 (1-833-UKY-FAST).

Please note each session is approved for ongoing, elective training credit for Kentucky Foster Parents. This program also meets the requirements for CarePlus Training. Basic & Advanced Foster Parents, Fictive Kin Foster Parents, Care Plus, or Therapeutic Foster Parents can all take advantage of the opportunity to fulfill their training hours. A reliable internet connection and computer/smartphone with webcam are required.


February 15
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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