Date of Graduation

Summer 8-16-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly L’Engle

Second Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Raffel

Abstract

This report discusses the need for extensive trauma informed care training for resource parents (formerly known as foster care parents). A review of the literature and collection and analysis of data during group interviews with case managers and one-on-one interviews with resource parents was conducted. The review and data analysis found that resource parents are experiencing several challenging behaviors as a result of trauma from the foster child(ren) in their care and resource parents want more specific and detailed trauma informed care training that will help foster parents better address behavioral issues of the foster children in their care. Resource parents and case managers identified barriers to trainings including resource parents having a busy schedule while, working around the clock, and supervising their children which made it difficult for them to attend trainings. Coordinating a time that was convenient for a majority of resource families and BWC staff was challenging. Furthermore, it was challenging to choose a central location for case managers and all resource parents could commute to for training, due to resource families being located in several different districts, miles apart. A mobile application is recommended as a convenient, easy to access resource for additional trauma informed care training.

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