“RPC+ TIPS for Tuning In”

RPC+ TIPS for Tuning In is 10-week long workshop that teaches foster, adoptive and kin caregivers about the impact of trauma on the development, attachment, emotions and behaviors of the children and youth in their care. 

The workshop provides a safe space for caregivers to access compassionate training; learn concrete strategies to manage daily and ongoing challenges; enhance relationships with their children; build a network of support with fellow caregivers.

RPC stands for “Resource Parent Curriculum” (a resource parent is another name for a kinship, foster or adoptive parent or caregiver) and TIPS stands for “Trauma Informed Parenting Skills.” 

RPC+ TIPS for Tuning In provides important foundational information about trauma and its impact. It endorses the belief that strong and loving bonds between caregiver and child combined with significant positive attention will reduce many challenging behaviors in children and begin the process of healing from developmental trauma and loss. Caregiver self-regulation is critical in using this preferred proactive and responsive (rather than reactive) parenting stance. 

Since 2014 over 700 foster, adoptive and kin caregivers in Vermont have graduated from RPC+ TIPS for Tuning In. 

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Foster father of teen boys: 

“It’s easy for us who have not lived through trauma to forget that something innocuous can ignite the fuse to a ticking time bomb, it’s classes like this that help us defuse that bomb or help to put the pieces back after it has gone off.”

Foster mom of young children:
 “By increasing our understanding of trauma and being positive, sometimes it takes a bit more for these traumatized children in our care. As we are reminded in this class, the more positive feedback and praise given, the more the behavior will change. Turn things around and you will be surprised on how well it really does work!  This class reminded me to look for the positive and by giving these kids more control. They will feel safe and comfortable, and will act in a more positive way. I’ve been practicing it and it works!”

Pre-Adoptive Parent:
 “I thoroughly enjoyed this class, it was much better than I was expecting.  Usually I don’t go to these kinds of trainings because I think they are boring and your sitting behind a desk all day not retaining the information.  This course was not like that, it was engaging and filled with great real-life material and skills.”