Unit 9 Caring for Carers
Guided Learning hours (GLH): 22
This Unit can be undertaken on a 'stand alone' basis from the Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting. It equips learners in recognising, managing and resolving compassion fatigue (blocked care) in parents and carers, (usually foster carers and adopters). Recent research carried out by The Hadley Centre, Bristol University, with Inspire Training Group (published November 2016) has highlighted the significant challenges presented to the fostering industry by the high levels of compassion fatigue experienced by foster carers. This leads to higher levels of placement disruption, and has a very significant impact on carer retention.
This unit has been developed specifically for supporting professionals, and mentors by Inspire Training Group, in response to these challenges, and gives learners an excellent overview with solid strategies to overcome this debilitating problem. The course can be done exclusively online.
This unit is part of the Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting. Individuals who decide to purchase the course from this page do so at their own risk, and the cost of the course is non refundable.
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Please note the NATP members 50% discount does not apply to the Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting, however members do get the diploma at a reduced cost, please enquire to find out more.
This unit is part of the Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting which is unregulated qualification accredited with the Awarding Body NCFE. It is aimed at parents who are caring for children who have experienced developmental trauma. It is also aimed at supporting professionals who are working with families in order to support them, which can be used as evidence for Continuing Professional Development.
The unit is divided in to 3 learning outcomes which the learner will need to achieve in order to complete this part of the course.
Understand how to help therapeutic parents to identify compassion fatigue. Learners will develop their knowledge of the main indicators of Compassion Fatigue and the contributory risk factors which carers may encounter leading to the onset on Compassion Fatigue. This empowers learners to confidently identify the need for support in a carer who are experiencing Compassion Fatigue.
Explore strategies used by supporting professionals with carers experiencing compassion fatigue and the impact and effectiveness of these strategies. This part of the unit will develop knowledge and understanding of strategies used to support carers with Compassion Fatigue. Learners will develop knowledge of ‘direct working’ strategies, implementing the use of empathy with Foster Carers and also emphasising the importance of understanding developmental trauma in children. They will explore professional interventions and language which may further contribute to Compassion Fatigue, and the role of blame in relation to Compassion Fatigue. The Learner will also outline ways in which professionals may involve extended family and friends in supporting the foster carer to overcome Compassion Fatigue.
Recognise issues relating to the impact on the child, where compassion fatigue may be present. The final part of the unit focuses on the support professionals can offer foster carers who are experiencing compassion fatigue in order to ensure safeguarding standards are met. Professionals will develop knowledge of Therapeutic models which may be used in helping the Foster Carer to overcome Compassion Fatigue. It also gives learners the opportunity to explore how interventions used by professionals to support the carer, can have an impact on the child, emphasising positive outcomes from overcoming Compassion Fatigue.
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