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Can relaxation help with secondary traumatic stress?

January 23, 2018

Yes it can!

Secondary traumatic stress (STS) is a significant concern in child welfare. This is due to the amount of trauma we are exposed to in our work. How does trauma impact you and other staff members? Your resource families?

The Amazing Benefits of Relaxation has added a short, relaxing body scan that is available to you. This 14-minute audio clip from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) features Karla Johnston-Krase leading a guided relaxation that includes a body scan similar to something called Yoga Nidra, a style of relaxation with amazing benefits.

Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep) is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. … The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state called samadhi.

To learn more or to access this free self-care activity, go to:

Kids in foster care have lots of questions about adoption. What are they?

November 29, 2017

When young people in foster care tell us they don’t want to be adopted, what should be our next step?

How do we make them feel heard, respect their views, and still do our utmost to help them achieve permanence in a timely way? This 90-minute webinar (Talking with Young People in Foster Care about Adoption) profiles effective child-focused adoption preparation activities in use in North Carolina today and teaches concrete strategies for what to say, and what to try when young people say “no” to adoption.  (Event Date: 11/09/2017). What a great way to celebrate National Adoption Month!