The provision of foster care in the UK has now to accommodate a situation where increasing numbers of young people require therapy. 65% of foster children in care at 31st march 2017 had experienced abuse or neglect. As a consequence, many were traumatised. There is a real need for people considering foster care to opt to become therapeutically trained. It is likely that moving forward, training will focus more and more upon the merits of this approach. For some children, specialist intervention is required to ameliorate the effects of traumatic experiences. Therapeutic foster carers are required to provide background support for children that may be receiving therapy. A basic understanding of the different types of therapy employed is useful in terms of knowledge building.
There are different kinds of psychotherapies. Essentially, they are described as ’talking treatments’ involving both therapeutic conversations – as well as interactions – between the therapist and a child. The family may also be involved. The intention is to effect behavioural change through a shared understanding of problems and how best they may be resolved. Many psychotherapies are ‘relationship based treatments’ which aim to bring improvement to a young person’s relationships. The relationships themselves can be used as the means to deliver improvements. In this blog, we start by detailing three psychotherapeutic approaches.
If you have been thinking about foster care as a career, you’ll have so many questions: how long does it take to become a foster carer? Will I be allowed to foster if I don’t own my own home? Do you have to have a garden to foster? Do foster carers have to have a medical check?
What is therapeutic foster care? We have all the answers to your questions and can give you an accurate idea about what fostering involves. After talking with us, you might decide to think about therapeutic foster care. We offer the best in training so you will be able to offer a child or young person a secure and stable home. Call 020 8427 3355 and find out if fostering can bring you the rewards it has brought to so many of our foster carers.
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