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Trauma-Informed Practice with Youth in Foster Care

13 Aug, 2016

"This issue brief defines trauma, then discusses the trauma foster kids may go through and how caregivers and social workers should be ready to help."

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  • The Teenage Brain

    Published - 15 Aug, 2016

    "Positive youth development services, opportunities and supports are essential in promoting healthy brain and social development in adolescence. "

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  • Growing Healthy Relationships

    Published - 21 Jun, 2016

    Steinberg states, “The adolescent brain undergoes particularly extensive maturation in regions that regulate the experience of pleasure, the ways in which we view and think about other people, and our ability to exercise self-control. These three brain systems—the REWARD system, the RELATIONSHIPS system, and the REGULATORY system—are the chief places where the brain changes during adolescence.”

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  • Growing Intrinsic Rewards

    Published - 20 Jun, 2016

    In our last blog we examined the three primary tasks of adolescence as defined by Laurence Steinberg in his book, Age of Opportunity. Here is how Steinberg defines it, “The adolescent brain undergoes particularly extensive maturation in regions that regulate the experience of pleasure, the ways in which we view and think about other people, and our ability to exercise self-control. These three brain systems—the REWARD system, the RELATIONSHIPS system, and the REGULATORY system—are the chief places where the brain changes during adolescence.”

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  • Critical Adolescent Tasks

    Published - 19 Jun, 2016

    In his book on the neuroscience of adolescence, world renowned speaker and author, Lawrence Steinberg, Ph.D., talks about new findings in understanding the brain development of teens that need to be applied in the work of all focused on the adolescent years.

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  • The Evolution of Foster Care; Placement to Treatment to Development

    Published - 17 Jun, 2016

    Foster care has largely been driven to focus on the placement of children and not because of the rewards in the system (outcomes), but largely because of the punishments (risks) in the community. When something does go wrong with a placement, an injury or death of a child or youth, the forces around the foster care system punish it severely, but rarely constructively.

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  • Group helps former foster kids establish a home all their own

    Published - 01 Jun, 2016

    "Statistics show that many former foster youth will experience homelessness, poverty or incarceration along with higher rates of suicide, teen pregnancy and drug addiction."

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      • Many years ago when developing our outreach to Youth in Detention in the Archdiocese of Detroit, MI, we had solicited Jerry Goebel to help train our volunteers. Jerry had developed a program called LifeCoach. It was a...

        Ida Johns, Detention System Outreach
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      • A Compelling Life... is filled with gentle invitations to reflect on life in all its' richness, beauty, joy, and sorrow. As a Catholic parent, I have worked with Jerry and his Web resources personally and...

        Dr. Dobie Moser, Catholic Family Ministries
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      • I have had the privilege of both watching Jerry work with youth and being taught by Jerry to use his methods with others. There are so many things I appreciate about it. The first thing I noticed is...

        Adelle T., Social Worker
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