Foster Carers


“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it, is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.”

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Trauma Informed Mindfulness Training for Foster Carers.

Foster Carers

We know that caring for a child or young person who has experienced early trauma is extremely
rewarding. We also know it is extremely challenging. It is physically and emotionally demanding, and
can affect our physical health and our mental health.

Secondary trauma occurs when the adult caring for a child who has experienced trauma absorbs this
trauma and if left un-noticed and un-treated it can cause long term difficulties.

We also know that the life of a Foster Carer is a busy one; with little time for much needed Self-care.

As a Foster Carer, you will likely have access to training in managing your children’s behaviours and
managing your children’s emotions. However, what we hear consistently (and what we know from
our own experiences) is that access to training around managing your own behaviours and managing
your own emotions is much less available. That’s where Gie’s Peace can help!

Our Trauma Informed Mindfulness Workshop for Foster Carers equips the adults equips you to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of a Mindfulness Practice & gives the opportunity to try out a variety of Mindfulness strategies
  • Recognise and understand your own emotional triggers and how you manage them
  • Stay calm when your child is dysregulated and respond with calm rather than reacting or
    over-reacting in the heat of the moment
  • Understand how the brain performs under stress
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of Secondary Trauma / Compassion Fatigue and how to
    manage these

Our trainers are qualified Social Workers with extensive experience in Fostering & Adoption, Trauma Informed Care, and have either worked within Fostering & Adoption or are current Foster Carers. This gives us first hand experience of the challenges of caring for / working with, Children who have experienced Trauma and or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)

Our Workshops are:

  • Delivered online and during school hours meaning they are accessible to those who have
    children at home
  • Focussed around very short, time limited self-care and mindfulness techniques, recognising
    that Foster Carers have limited time available for self care practices
  • Accessible to all, regardless of any previous experience of Mindfulness
  • Fun and interactive allowing time for reflection and peer support
  • Flexible enough for you to attend a future date, should circumstances mean you are called
    away, to unable to stay for the duration of the course.

Our workshops aim to support Foster Carers in a non-judgemental and supportive manner to help them carry out their caring role in the best way possible.

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