Dr. Crumbley's Supporting Kinship Caregivers Training Series

As the number of kinship caregivers increases for children in foster care and more child welfare jurisdictions adopt a “kin first” placement practice, the need to provide specialized support for relatives is becoming even more crucial.

Training series one and two were produced by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Series one is geared towards professionals and is entitled, “Engaging Kinship Caregivers: Managing Risk Factors in Kinship Care”. Series two is geared towards caregivers and is entitled “Coping with the Unique Challenges of Kinship Care”. Each includes a discussion guide to help program directors, supervisors and trainers lead group sessions to deepen the learning experience.

Training series three and four were produced by the PA KinConnector navigation, information, referral and education program for kinship caregivers in Pennsylvania. Series three is geared towards caregivers and is entitled, “Kinship Family Training”. Series four is geared towards professionals and is entitled “Family Care Professionals Training”.

Training series five, entitled, “Kinship Care”, was produced by Northwest Media.

Training Series One
ENGAGING KINSHIP CAREGIVERS
Produced by The Annie E. Casey Foundation
http://www.aecf.org/blog/engaging-kinship-caregivers-with-joseph-crumbley/

Accessible online at The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work Continuing Education Program offering continue education units.
https://www.sp2.upenn.edu/academics/opensp2/

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MODULE 1: GUILT

This module explores how to manage the understandable feelings of guilt that relative caregivers may experience as a result of changing family dynamics and loyalties.

MODULE 2: LOSS AND AMBIVALENCE

This module explores how kinship care creates interruptions of the caregiver’s plans, priorities, space and privacy and how these can contribute to feelings of loss and ambivalence for the relative caregiver. It is critical to understand how these feelings can become risk factors to permanency planning.

MODULE 3: PROJECTIONS AND TRANSFERENCE

This module explores projection and transference, which are psychological terms about unconscious processes where we redirect our emotions from one person to another. They are frequently observed in families and are not inherently bad. But, they can become a risk factor in kinship care when negative feelings about the birth parents are transferred to the child in care, leading to “re-creating the monster” and “self-fulfilling prophecies.”

MODULE 4: HOPE, FANTASY AND DENIAL

This module explores how one person’s hope can be another person’s denial. Understanding how important hope is for family members is critical to empathetically working with caregivers in maintaining their hopes while making alternative plans if hopes aren’t realized.

MODULE 5: LOYALTY ISSUES

This module explores how to assist caregivers in prioritizing their dual loyalties between the birth parent and child; and manage their feelings of betrayal.

Training Series Two
COPING WITH THE  CHALLENGES OF KINSHIP CARE
 Produced by The Annie E. Casey Foundation
https://www.aecf.org/blog/training-series-coping-with-the-unique-challenges-of-kinship-care/

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MODULE 1: LOSS AND AMBIVALENCE

This module explores how kinship care can interrupt relative caregivers’ plans, priorities, space and privacy—and how this can contribute to their feelings of loss and ambivalence.

MODULE 2: GUILT

This module focuses on how relative caregivers can manage their understandable feelings of guilt because of changing loyalties, roles and relationship with birth parent and child.

MODULE 3: HOPE AND DENIAL

This module asks, when can hope become a problem? The answer: When relative caregivers cannot implement safety plans or develop permanency plans for the sake of children in their care.

MODULE 4: QUESTIONS FROM CAREGIVERS

This module allows you to listen to questions from caregivers on multiple topics—and hear Dr.Crumbley’s recommendations and responses.

Training Series Three
KINSHIP FAMILY TRAINING
 Produced by PA KinConnector
https://cwray7.wixsite.com/kinconnectorsv2/kinship-families

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MODULE 1: FAMILY DYNAMICS

This module discusses two questions with caregivers: 1) how does kinship care change their roles, relationships and interactions between family members and 2) how do caregivers adjust and prepare their family for these changes?

MODULE 2: LOSS AND AMBIVALENCE

This module discusses two topics with caregivers:1) why and when caregivers may ask the question “Should I and Can I Continue Being a Caregiver? and 2) what are the steps and sources of information to answer that question.

MODULE 3: GUILT

The focus of this module is for caregivers to: 1) identify when and what “triggers” their feelings of guilt 2) develop strategies for managing and coping with their guilt and 3) understand how their guilt can impact their ability to provide permanence, safety and well-being of the child in their care.

MODULE 4: HOPE AND DENIAL

Caregivers will be asked to discuss:1) when does hope become denial 2) how and why is it necessary to recognize the difference between the two and 2) why is it necessary to maintain hope.

MODULE 5: ENGAGING AND CO-PARENTING WITH BIRTH PARENTS

Three topics will be discussed with caregivers: 1) what pre-requisites birth parents and caregivers should meet in order to engage in co-parenting 2) what are the various roles for birth parents with their children and 3) what guidelines are necessary for positive engagement and shared parenting of the birth child

Training Series Four
FAMILY CARE PROFESSIONALS TRAINING
 Produced by PA KinConnector
https://cwray7.wixsite.com/kinconnectorsv2/childcare-professionals

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MODULE 1: FAMILY DYNAMICS

Three topics will be discussed in this module:1) how kinship care changes family dynamics in kinship families 2) how may these changes  impact a caregiver’s ability to provide permanency, safety and well-being of the children in their care 3) what implications do these changes in family dynamics have for engaging and practice with kinship families.

MODULE 2: LOSS AND AMBIVALENCE

Professionals will be provided approaches to assist caregivers in:1) developing a process and criteria for determining “IF I Can or Should I Continue Being A Caregiver” when experiencing feelings of  loss and ambivalence and 2) developing strategies for coping with these feelings.

MODULE 3: GUILT

This module will provide professionals:1) sources of guilt and cues to assess if or when a caregiver is experiencing guilt 2) explanations for how guilt can impact a caregiver’s ability to provide safety and permanency 3) strategies to assist caregivers in recognizing their “guilt triggers” and manage their guilt.

MODULE 4: PROJECTION AND TRANSFER

This module will focus on 1) how a caregiver’s feelings about the birth child’s parents can impact their ability to parent, attach, nurture and protect 2) strategies and cues to assess projections and transference 3) approaches to provide caregivers in recognizing and managing their own projections and transference.

MODULE 5: HOPE AND DENIAL

Professionals will be provided 1) criteria for assessing when a caregiver is in denial 2) the stages of how hope can transition and evolve into denial and 3) criteria caregiver’s can be given to determine when their hopes are placing a child’s safety , permanency and well-being at risk.

MODULE 6: LOYALTIES

This module explores how to assist caregivers in prioritizing their dual loyalties between the birth parent and child; and manage their feelings of betrayal. Also highlighted is how to assess pre-exiting attachments and relationships that may cause dual loyalties and feelings of betrayal.

MODULE 7: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN KINSHIP AND NON-KINSHIP FAMILIES: IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE WITH KINSHIP FAMILIES

This module will: 1) provide a listing and comparison of differences between kinship and non- kinship foster/adoptive families and 2) what implications these differences have on practice with kinship families.

Training Series Five
KINSHIP CARE
Produced by Northwest Media
www.fosterparentcollege.com/course-info/kinship

Joseph Crumbley, D.S.W. explores issues specific to kinship care. The course focuses on some of the unique problems and stressors related to this type of care. Dr. Crumbley offers caregivers insights and steps on kinship parenting, and he provides general steps for parents to consider when parenting these special foster children.

Message To

Caregivers

Message To

Caregivers

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