VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Treating the Tender Roots of Foster Care
Rita J. Terrago
The research base for early intervention is a broad footing upon which to build. How that structure is contemplated is debatable when it comes to building best practices for very young children in foster care. The clinical prognosis data held out to therapists working with foster care children is not reassuring, and when considering the developmental aspects of treatment of very young clients, the complexity of each case can be staggering. In part, the additional dilemmas face very young children placed in foster care who undergo a multitude of perceptual upheavals make these cases uniquely difficult:
• Pre-verbal experience of trauma
• A loss of their known world: their primary caregiver
• A loss of touch, affection, and a mode of soothing known only and specifically to the particular infant or young child and their biological mother
• An extreme change of environmental smells
• Changes in the decibel level of the environment
• Many times, a loss of dialect or language use
• Changes in complexity, color, amount of movement predictability, etc.