Indigenous Caregivers of BC training follows the Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) model of practice implemented by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This program is located with the Learning and Development Branch and is responsible for ongoing management of the PRIDE Pre-Service for prospective and existing caregivers. PRIDE Pre-Service and In-Service training programs are designed to teach knowledge and skills in five (5) competency areas:
- Protecting and nurturing children
- Meeting children’s developmental needs and addressing developmental delays
- Supporting relationships between children and their families
- Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime
- Participating as a member of a professional team
The Caregiver Training Program has collaborated with Indigenous Perspectives Society: Centre of Excellence in Community Education (IPS) to offer online and face-to-face PRIDE Pre-Service Training. The PRIDE program introduces essential information required to become a foster caregiver of children and youth in British Columbia. Some of the topics include Teamwork towards Permanency, Strengthening Family Relationships and Caring for Indigenous Children.
On average online training takes approximately 35 hours.
Contact April Reeve 250-857-4969 to get more information
PRIDE In-Service Training
PRIDE In-Service is required training for all BC Caregivers (Foster Parents) who have not completed the BC Foster Care Education Program (53 hour In-Service Training). PRIDE In-Service Training is approximately 50-55 hours of online training, facilitated by a group of specialized virtual facilitators, and is completed over a 40 week period. PRIDE In-Service is supported by the Learning & Development Branch of MCFD.
Must be referred by MCFD to participate.
I found this course very helpful in broadening my understanding of the history and effects of colonialism, the residential schools and trauma within the indigenous community. Also, understanding my role as a caregiver and what I can do to help with healing where possible. -Bradley Ryan