What I Wish I Knew Then: A Conversation with Dena Johnson

Episode 4 of A Fostered Life Podcast features my conversation with Trauma and Attachment Therapist Dena Johnson, who focuses her practice on counseling foster and adoptive families.

The first time I heard Dena speak was at a conference for foster and adoptive parents several years ago. I was really struggling with some of the challenges of being a caregiver for children with a background of trauma, and I was so grateful for her honest, down-to-earth, approachable and hopeful tone and helpful practical insights for parents and caregivers.

Dena shares really informative content about trauma-informed parenting on her Facebook Page at Dena Johnson Counseling, and in this episode, I asked Dena to talk a bit about what she would say to her younger self with the benefit of years of experience and hindsight.

Dena offers transparency and vulnerability, letting us know we are not alone when we’re facing challenges and struggles as we seek to serve our children with compassion and empathy. She’s been a real blessing to me, and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. 

Foster Parenting with Trauma in Mind

Dena Johnson, Trauma and Attachment Therapist

This week’s Coaching Call is one I am very excited about. I’ll be welcoming Trauma and Attachment Therapist Dena Johnson to talk about “Parenting with Trauma in Mind.” We are meeting online (Google Meets) on Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00 PM (PST).

(Members of The Flourishing Foster Parent are invited to attend online Coaching Calls, which are 30-minute talks from experienced foster parents or professionals in fields relevant to foster parenting followed by a 30-minute facilitated discussion with everyone on the call. This is a great opportunity for foster parents to receive training and encouragement!)

If you are not yet a member of The Flourishing Foster Parent, don’t worry—there’s time! Click here to join. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a link to access the Coaching Call.

The cost is only $5 per month, which covers all of that month’s Coaching Calls—and you don’t even have to leave your house to participate! Information and real-time engagement with other foster parents comes right to your computer!

Coaching Calls take place three to four times per month, and they each happen at different times (10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, all PST) so ideally everyone can find one that works for their schedule each month. And if you can’t actually make the calls, don’t worry—the topical portion of the call will be recorded and made available to members. (I am not recording the discussion portion, as I want people to feel free to share and not worry about their comments being recorded.)

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at admin@theflourishingfosterparent.com. Otherwise, I hope to see you tomorrow on the call!

What topics would you like to see covered in future Coaching Calls?