Rocio Rodriquez, MFT

Talking with and Educating Youth in Foster Care: Sex Education
Discover methods to communicate about sex education with youth in foster care. Explore the do’s and don’ts; learn communication strategies and age-appropriate techniques.  Study case presentations and discuss issues, confidentiality, and reporting requirements. Participate in role plays to effectively learn to talk about sex education.  Review resources provided by community agencies that provide services about sex education. 

Positive Consequences When Working with Youth in Foster Care

Study positive consequences in the foster care system. Learn to develop alternative and proactive methods for administering consequences with youth in foster care as you explore ways to work effectively within the foster care system’s approach to working with youth. Focus on the importance of developmental positive consequences that are age-appropriate. Learn how to: shape behavior while providing positive consequences; provide supportive services in the foster care system; implement developmental-appropriate positive consequences; implement positive consequences.

Professional
Boundaries for Foster Parents
Foster parents develop a functional understanding of boundaries and best practices when supporting dependent youth.  Discuss appropriate client/support staff (county workers, teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, attorneys, physicians, biological parents, etc.) relationships and boundaries. Think critically about appropriate foster parent/foster youth relationships and boundaries as well as healthy boundaries regarding youth privacy and confidentiality.  Define professionally appropriate helping relationships in their roles with foster youth especially the differentiation between parental roles and those of a foster parent. Study ideas regarding the importance of self-care for foster parents and the boundaries that must be established to maintain this care.

Reunification:  Emotional Issues Regarding Reunification with Youth in Foster Care

Review issues surrounding the county reunifications process.  Explore attachment and healthy relationship theories that provide useful models for foster parents.  Foster parents learn how to keep their emotions in check while actively participating in the reunification process.

Working with Hoarding Behavior of Youth in the Foster Care System
Explore ways to communicate with youth in foster care about hoarding behavior. Obtain an understanding of hoarding from the perspective of neglect and how it relates to obsessive compulsive disorder and impulse control behaviors.  Study pictures showing what hoarding looks in the home verse messy/disorganization. Discuss hoarding issues, engage in case presentations, and fill out a compulsive hoarding rating scale assessment to learn effectively about hoarding behavior. Discover resources and services provided by community agencies to help foster parents and youth in foster care deal with hoarding behavior.  Study: What hoarding is and how it manifests itself related to foster youth; the Compulsive Hoarding rating scale assessment; and the community resources available.

Coordinating Treatment in Out-of-home Placement Using Family Systems

Using an evidenced-based family model, examine strategies to coordinate treatment for youth in out-of-home placement that allow you to work effectively with treatment teams. Learn: how to use a family systems model to use with youth in out-of-home placement; how to integrate all members of the foster care system team in the treatment plan; and how to work effectively with youth in foster care and with community-based systems.

Setting Limits for Foster Parents

Study boundaries and setting limits for youth in the foster care system. Learn to develop alternative,  proactive methods for administering boundaries and setting limits for youth in foster care. Focus on the importance of age-appropriate developmental boundaries and limits. Learn how to shape behavior and provide supportive services to youth in the foster care system.

Special Incident Reports for Youth in Foster Care:
Crisis Response Steps for Caregivers and Providers Working with Foster Youth

Staff, caregivers, and service providers who provide direct supervision to children in foster care learn to clearly define what incidents are covered by a Special Incident Report. Learn to identify events and provide effective crisis response to all special incidents. Examine and categorize events as special incident or as non-emergency; learn how future special incident reports are to be written and submitted.   

Review: what a Special Incident Report is and the process of submitting reports to the FFA and licensing agencies; how to identify what constitutes a Special Incident Report event; how to provide immediate actions and interventions and to prepare an action plan; how to use Special Incident Reports to track atypical behaviors with foster children which will require treatment team interventions; and how to prepare for future incidents and to create preemptive action plans with foster children.