Parents as Tender Healers (PATH)

Note: The PATH program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the areas of: Placement Stabilization Programs and Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Not Specified

Brief Description

PATH is a ten-week curriculum developed to train prospective foster parents. Sessions are intended to help parents decide whether fostering or adoption is appropriate for them. Sessions address:

  • How resource families differ from birth families
  • How and why children in the welfare system develop survival behaviors
  • The different roles of birth, legal, and caregiving parents
  • Characteristics of successful resource families
  • The types of abuse and neglect experienced within the child welfare system, survival behaviors developed, and the emotional issues underlying these behaviors
  • The impact of separation and trauma on children, and the importance of emotional attachment
  • Understanding issues faced by children in transition, and identifying existing and future family strengths and support
  • Tools and techniques to help children develop attachment
  • Disciplinary techniques for children who have experienced trauma

The final session consists of a panel discussion with experienced Resource parents and children.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Parents as Tender Healers (PATH).

References

No reference materials are currently available for Parents as Tender Healers (PATH).

Contact Information

Agency/Affiliation: Spaulding for Children
Website: spaulding.org/the-spaulding-institute/training-curricula/parents-as-tender-healers-path-curriculum-training
Phone: (248) 443-7080

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2007

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2007