Research shows that parental incarceration has significant adverse impact on and intergenerational consequences for children and families. In this workshop, providers working with justice-system involved families will hear from parents and providers about what families need, from researchers about the latest findings on the impact of parental incarceration on children, and the implications of that research for what we can do better. In addition, providers working with justice-system involved families can experience significant stress, burnout, and secondary trauma. This workshop will offer some tools for supporting provider well-being, as well.
In this workshop, we will describe a community-led parent education program, called “ Safe, Secure and Loved”, which introduces mindfulness and self-compassion practices as ways to promote habits of resilience. Habits of resilience are nurturing behavioral strategies to manage parenting stress, clarify parenting goals and strengthen children’s trajectories of resilience.