Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC)

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma:

A Workshop for Resource Parents

What is the RPC?

RPC provides resource parents with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively care for children and teens who have experienced trauma. Participant  learn how trauma-informed parenting can support children’s safety, permanency, and well-being.  The curriculum includes skill-building exercises that will help participants apply this knowledge to the children/youth in their care. The curriculum was designed to be taught by professional in the human services field along with a foster parent co-facilitator. 

This workshop is divided into 8 modules of approximately 90-minutes in length:

1. Introductions
2. Trauma 101
3. Understanding Trauma’s Effects
4. Building a Safe Place
5. Dealing With Feelings and Behavior
6. Connections and Healing
7. Becoming an Advocate
8. Taking Care of Yourself

Goals of the workshop include:
1. To educate resource parents about the impact of trauma on the development and behavior of children in foster care.
2. To provide resource parents with the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Respond appropriately to the behavioral and emotional challenges of traumatized children.
  • Help traumatized children develop healthy attachments.
  • Help traumatized children recognize and develop their strengths.
  • Help traumatized children develop the coping strategies needed to grow into healthy and functional adults.
  • Take care of him/herself and seek support from others.

The workshop was developed by the NCTSN with the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Resource parents and professionals from more than two dozen agencies across the United States. 

Grillo, C. A., Lott, D. A., & the Foster Care Subcommittee of the Child Welfare Committee

(2010). National child traumatic stress network. Caring for children who have experienced trauma: A workshop for resource parents. Los Angeles, CA, and Durham, NC: National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC)

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma:

A Workshop for Resource Parents

Training for Facilitators

How do we receive training in the facilitation of RPC?

RPC is free to download by anyone interested in utilizing the content to teach the impact of trauma on children.  The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)’s Resource Parent Curriculum Committee maintains a learning center site with resources related to identifying and preparing facilitators, ideas and suggestions related to workshop logistics, and supplemental materials to support use of a trauma-informed parenting approach.

If an agency would like additional support in developing facilitators of RPC there are master trainers at LUK inc. available to provide a learning community approach for an implementation effort. Part of the Learning Community approach is an emphasis on sustainable implementation; therefore planning and practice prior to launch is a requirement of those participating. The following components are part of the Learning Community Approach:

Type of Service Time Line  
Implementation Planning Call 90 days prior to Implementation Best Practice
Pre-Work Call 60 days prior to Implementation Best Practice
2-day Face to Face training 30 days prior to Implementation Best Practice
Monthly Consultation Monthly for 10 Months Best Practice
Senior Leader Call Quarterly Optional
Review of Video with feedback on fidelity Once Optional
1-day Face to Face Advanced Facilitator Training 6 months into Implementation Optional
Individual Coaching/Consultation Once Optional

*Costs will be provided after inquiry

Agencies are encouraged to develop team rosters prior to the pre-work phase of the learning community.  Facilitators are paired prior to training so to engage in pre-work activities together.  Agencies should consider training up to 20 facilitators or 10 pairings. The minimum intensive learning community should be 4 facilitators or 2 pairings.  The following roles are encouraged for a sustainable design:

Senior Leader: Leader in the agency responsible for oversight of program seeking implementation. Responsible for convening Intensive Learning Community team meetings.  Senior Leader will observe at least one module from paired facilitators and provide a feedback session to the pair. The Senior Leader can also serve in the role of RPC Staff Facilitator

Resource Parent Curriculum Staff Facilitator:  Brings professional training and experience in the room. Makes sure participants feel supported and are able to share difficult emotions.


Resource Parent Curriculum Co-Facilitator:  Brings his or her lived experience as a caregiver of a traumatized child into the room. Shares concrete examples to the application of a trauma lens in the home