What Every Parent Should Know

What Every Parent Should Know



It is quite common for children and young people in foster care and adoptive situations to exhibit challenging behaviours towards their caregivers or foster parents. 

The What Every Parent Should Know course will introduce you to the professional strategies that will help you set firm boundaries in a manner that is gentle enough to appeal to the children’s emotional needs and developmental stage, and strong enough to reinforce behaviour change positively.

You will master the basic therapeutic parenting skills which will significantly support you to understand why many adoptive and foster children react to people and events in unusual ways. Explore the function of the problematic behaviours and how to start helping the children and the parents achieve the connection that will help the children blend into a new environment.

This course is led by a professional instructor, who will take you through step-by-step, cutting edge approaches of implementing positive and therapeutic parenting techniques, so that both the parent and the children can feel safer in their environment.

Highlights  of The What Every Parent Should Know

  • Gain higher ability to recognise the various causes of trauma, including their symptoms, effects, and management
  • Discover the basic neurobiology of trauma and how it influences the brain to function differently
  • Identify the levels of safety, including what affects your child’s safety
  • Understand the function of problematic behaviours and what causes them
  • Explore negative belief systems, professional advice for changing negative self-beliefs and effective ways to increase attachment and connection
  • Differentiate toxic environment types and recognise the link between environment, interactions, and stress
  • Learn how to establish key resilience factors to help your children face obstacles
  • Gain sufficient knowledge about the Neurosequential model and various connecting strategies
  • Understand how to implement connecting strategies to handle challenging behaviour 
  • Discover why it is essential to comprehend a foster child’s history 

Course design

The course is delivered through our online learning platform, accessible through any internet-connected device. There are no formal deadlines or teaching schedules, meaning you are free to study the course at your own pace.

You are taught through a combination of

  • Text/Video lessons
  • Online study materials

Who is This What Every Parent Should Know for?

This What Every Parent Should Know course is best suited to caregivers, foster parents, teachers, child protective services workers, social workers, mental health workers, or probation workers interested in learning how to effectively help families understand the behaviour of adopted or foster children. There are no prior learning requirements or formal degrees necessary to begin this course, and it can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.

How is the course assessed?

To successfully complete the course you must pass an automated, multiple-choice assessment. The assessment is delivered through our online learning platform. You will receive the results of your assessment immediately upon completion.

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

Upon successful completion, you will qualify for the UK and internationally-recognised professional qualification and you can choose to make your achievement formal by obtaining your PDF Certificate at a cost of £9 and Hardcopy Certificate for £15.


The What Every Parent Should Know is open to all, with no formal entry requirements. All you need is a passion for learning, a good understanding of the English language, numeracy and IT, and to be over the age of 16.

Career Path

Upon successful completion, learners will be equipped with professional skills and knowledge to work with foster or adopted children and their new families in a calm and therapeutic manner.

Course Curriculum

What Every Parent Should Know
Module I. Introduction 00:02:00
Module I. Introduction 00:48:00
Module 2. Understanding Behavior 00:02:00
Module 2. Understanding Behavior 00:38:00
Module 3. Environments 00:02:00
Module 3. Environments 00:49:00
Module 4. Forming Attachments 00:02:00
Module 4. Forming Attachments 00:42:00
Module 5. Managing Behavior 00:02:00
Module 5. Managing Behavior 00:48:00
Handout 01:30:00

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