There’s More to the Story: Disrupting Parent Bias in the Child Welfare System
With Heather Pugh, M.S. Infant/Child Specialist, IMH-E (II), Safe Babies Coordinator for Tarrant County and Monica Gautney, M.A., LPC-Associate, Safe Babies Trauma Therapist for Tarrant County
Sponsored by Safe Babies and MHMR Tarrant County
When you meet a parent in your work, this is not their first chapter. This is certainly part of the story, but it’s not the ONLY story. Most parents in child welfare have gone through chronic, extensive trauma which has impacted the way their brain is wired – it is wired to survive and reacts at the drop of a hat. Parents are often perceived to be resistant, adversarial, distrusting, and non-communitive. Why is that? The system in place heavily relies upon compliance and outcome-driven services with a one-size-fits-all approach. It asks parents to give something they’ve never gotten, i.e.-nurturing parenting, develop a support system, figure out healthier coping skills, and protect your children better. But parents are not even on the starting line of a race we’re asking them to finish. How do we, as individuals in the child welfare system, take on the role of emulating bigger, stronger, wiser and kind? How do we create trust in people of the system that broke the trust in the first place? How can we hold parents and reframe the single story to one where we all have a stake and role in outcomes in the matter?
In this webinar, we will put on our trauma-colored glasses and take a deeper look into how the consequences of implicit bias plague the child welfare system. To disrupt our biases, we will discuss reflective practices to increase self-awareness. We will also explore the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and past and present trauma among individuals involved in child welfare. Developing a deeper understanding of the impact of such experiences will offer insight into some of the challenges created for parents. Finally, we will offer practical tools and strategies to build trust and support relationship-based interventions with parents. Let’s help support parents in writing this difficult chapter and create opportunities for positive outcomes for the whole family.
Via Zoom | Earn 2.0 CEUs or 2.0 MCLEs
Infant/Young Child & Family-Centered Practice | Relationship-Based Practice | Family Relationships & Dynamics Attachment, Separation & Loss | Observation & Listening | Responding with Empathy | Supporting Others Collaborating | Building & Maintaining Relationships | Collaborating | Empathy & Compassion
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