8 Ways Educators Can Support Children in Foster Care

  Use “Parent Neutral” phrases. Instead of asking a child to pass something on to their mom or dad, ask them to give it to their “adult”.  This creates a more inclusive environment for children in foster care, group homes,…

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A Letter from Executive Director Lauree Copenhaver

I have sat and wrangled over what to say regarding our current state of civil unrest and racial conflict.  I knew that as the leader and Executive Director of Human Services Consultants, I needed to make a statement regarding our…

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Evidenced Based Training for HSC

We have great news! Pressley Ridge Treatment Foster Care Pre-Service Training Curriculum received Evidenced-Based Status by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare! Now what exactly does all of this mean, especially for HSC Foster Parents? Let’s break it down. …

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Shared Parenting in Foster Care

The need for foster parents is immense. Motivation for potential foster parents can range from a desire to help traumatized children, to a more specific goal of helping children reunify with their biological families. Here in Arizona the goal for…

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5 TIPS FOR WRITING OBJECTIVE CLINICAL NOTES

Because therapeutic foster parents provide a bridge between therapy and home life, clinical notes are crucial. This includes daily notes on the child’s progress or regression on treatment goals, therapeutic activities, their predominant mood, coping skills, behaviors, incidents, and more.…

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Becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent in Arizona

So you’re interested in becoming a therapeutic foster parent? Great! There is a huge need here in Arizona. Getting started can seem like a daunting process, but we are here to help! Every agency does things a little differently and has their own process for new families.  At HSC, the process is one of mutual selection; it is just as important that you feel that HSC can support you, as we do that your family is a good fit for our agency.

Celebrating Holidays with Traumatized Children

Kids who have experienced trauma may have mixed feelings about the holidays, but you can make it a fun, memorable holiday season by following these tips: Practice grounding activities to assist in self-regulation. A great one is the 5-4-3-2-1 grounding…

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What is a Sensory Diet?

For our therapeutic foster care clients, a sensory diet is a group of activities that are specifically scheduled into each day, to assist with improved attention, motivation and mood regulation. The activities are chosen for each child’s needs, based on…

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When talk is not enough: Alternative forms of therapy for children

When we have a bad dream, talking about it is difficult.  It feels as though talking about the dream and remembering it makes it more real and concrete.  It is easier instead to push it to the back of our…

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