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.
About This Program
Target Population: Not Specified
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
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
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Parents as Tender Healers (PATH).
No reference materials are currently available for Parents as Tender Healers (PATH).
- Agency/Affiliation: Spaulding for Children
- Website: spaulding.org/professionals/spaulding-institute/training-curricula/parents-as-tender-healers-path-curriculum-training
- Phone: (248) 443-7080
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2018
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2007
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2007