Ohio foster care youth and alumni proposed a training track for foster parents and caseworkers who serve teens; a series of classes that add up to certification. This includes: 

  • Identifying the Essential Elements of Interdependence and mapping out Essential Resources for each category
  • Designing Badges for each category, thanks to the artistic talents of Ashley Williams
  • Creating a Menu of Life Skills Activities for caregivers to share with youth at home 
  • Vetting existing trainings to determine whether or not they are eligible for a training badge

Below are some of the elements that we would like to include.

1.) Teen Brain Development

2.) Communicating with Teens:

  • Transfer of Learning Activity: Pennies in a Jar analogy
  • Tips for Avoiding Power Struggles
  • De-Escalation Techniques

3.) Concept of Interdependence

4.) Essential Elements of Life Skills Preparation

5.) Sample Assessment Tools

6.) Tools for Building Interpersonal Skills

7.) Resource Awareness and Navigation 

8.) Resource Navigation

  • Normalcy Barriers
  • The need for autonomy in order to practice resource navigation (see visual below)
  • Sample Hands-On Activities, which will be shared as Transfer of Learning Activities


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