CORE: Teen – Competencies Development

The first phase in developing the CORE Teen training was to identify a comprehensive list of competencies.  Current literature and curricula were reviewed, as well as surveys and interviews of parents, older youth and professionals were conducted.  This generated a list of 215 competencies identified as important for resource parents of adolescents to be successful. The competencies were categorized into 17 themes: a) Trauma Informed Resource Parenting; b) Behavior Management; c) Parental Adaptation; d) Regulation; e) Self-Care; f) Structure and Environment; g) Attachment; h) Social Connections and Support System; i) Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI); j) Continued Connections; k) Relationship Development; l) Grief and Loss; m) Culture; n) Self and Prescribed Treatments; o) Parental Resilience; p) Transitions and q) Family Dynamics.

Utilizing the Delphi method, the competencies were prioritized for inclusion in the training by administering two rounds of a survey to an expert panel who ranked their importance. The inclusion of the competencies in the training was based on two criteria: the competencies had a minimum mean score of four and seventy-five percent of the panelists rated the competency at a four or higher. Of the 215 non-duplicative competencies generated initially, 61 competencies reached consensus for inclusion in training development.

Many of these competencies focused on trauma-informed parenting, building a trusting relationship with youth, helping youth maintain a connection with their biological family and other past supportive relationships, emotional regulation skills for the parent and youth, and how to adapt to meet the youths’ unique needs.

For a listing of the 61 competencies, please click on following link: CORE: Teens – Competencies

CORE: Teen – Characteristics Development

The CORE Teen Partners also used the Delphi method to validate the importance of 30 characteristics considered to be essential for successful parenting of older youth with moderate to severe emotional and behavioral needs.

For a listing of the 30 characteristics, please click on following link: CORE: Teens – Characteristics


For more information, please contact

Sue Cohick,
Core Teen Project Director