Foster Parent College recently announced a new online course Taking Things Without Permission.

“At some point in early life, most children will take something that doesn’t belong to them,” says Dr. Richard Delaney, the instructor for the course. “While many people use the term ‘stealing’ when talking about these behaviors, I prefer to use the term, ‘taking things’ because for children in care, it really isn’t a criminal act, but rather connected to their emotional issues.”

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This Advanced Parenting Workshop explores the common reasons for taking things. Two case studies are presented, and participants work together to determine the reasons behind the children’s taking things and how their parents can teach them more acceptable behaviors. With the help of Dr. Rick Delaney and his teaching assistant, participants then develop an action plan for one case family.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • list four common reasons for taking things
  • recognize the four defining signs of complex trauma
  • describe the seven aftereffects of complex trauma
  • list five components of nurturing parenting
  • develop and implement an action plan

Learn more about the online foster parent and case worker training available at Foster Parent College.

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