Protective Factors Framework:
To build strong resilient families, organizations need to build up the protective factors of the caregivers raising a child with a disability. The Protective Factors Framerwork was created in 2003 by the Center for the Stufy of Social Policy as a strength-vased initaite to precent child abuse and neglect. Care 4 the Caregivers has infused this gramework with examples from the disability community. This training shows how each protective factor is impacted by a diagnosis, give organizations a conceptual framework of each protective factor, and gives organizations pedagogical tools they can use to make changes that will help strengthen families.
There are 7 training courses and organizations either register for all of them or can pick one or two protective factos. Each training will be 2 hours.
The 7 courses are:
- Introduction – This module introduces the concept of the strength-based theory and how it plays a role in the protective factor. To use a strength-based lens, individuals must first unerstand their own personal biases. The new content will guide organization in identifying the interal biases holding them back from working with families in a strength-based approach.
- Parental Resilience – This module defines resilience, teaches everyday actions to build parent resilience, and facilitates activites that help parents realize how they are resilient. Resilience can show up differently in all families. Though, this is especially true for parents of children with disabilites. Parents’ fears or the unique hardships their child faces or that their child may never becaome independent contribute to increased stress. Additionally, the intensity of behavioral challenges, the inability to get their children to eat different foods, get on a sleep schedule, and toilet train increase parental stress and fractures any sense of resilience that parents thought they had.
- Social Connections – The framework addresses how friendships can provide empathy, support, advice, and relief to parents. It will also describe how organizations can foster social connections with the families they serce. Yet, not all friends understand the challenges of raising a child with a disability, Actually, their lack of understanding can often contribute to feelings of hurt and isolation. Thus, it is critcal to adapt stratgeies to how parents of children with disabilities can foster connections with other parents of children with disabilites.
- Concrete Support in Times of Need – All parents need help sometimes. Whether. itis chilcare, paying bills, or fixing a flat tire. However, the help that parents of children with disabilities need is often more specific. The new curriculum will provide informationspecific to education parents of children with disabilities on how to ask for help, for what, and from who. New content will focus on understanding the stresses of being a parent of a child with a disability and how organizations can adequately assist parents they interact with. In this section, organizations will also learn how to recognize signs of abuse and neglect within the disability population.
- Knowledge of Parenting – Parents of children with disabilites can become frustrated when general parenting tips do not apply to their child. So, how may they acquire knowledge of parenting from trusted resources? The new content will include how disability can play a role in when and how children will reach different developmental milestones.
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children – Children with disabilites demonstrate different social and emotional competence of childre. The Strengthening Familes Protective Factors only include competencies that apple to population averages. However, how can parents adjust their expectations to nurturing social and emotional competence in a differently-abled child? The new Protective Factors Framework supplemental material will focus on the importance of communication for children with disabilities and how to create natural social environments for those with disabilites.
- Wrap Up – During the wrap up session, prganizations will review everthing they learned and create action items. They will not only outline practices they are going. tostart to implement but also reflect on practices their organization is going to stop doing.
Community Members Served:
This is a professional development course for organizations that work with the disability population.