Full Course Description
Co-Regulation Strategies to Empower a Resilient Parent-Child-Therapist Relationship
After years of kids enduring toxic stress, trauma, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation – we are in dire need of concrete solutions to move us all towards resilience...our light at the end of the tunnel!
Watch Mona Delahooke, PhD, international speaker, award-winning author, and expert in infant and toddler mental health for over 30 years for this dynamic keynote session! She’ll translate the latest neuroscience research on resilience and seamlessly weave it together with real-life case studies to provide new practical strategies to empower resilient parent-child-therapist relationships.
You’ll learn to transform the way you co-regulate with parents and their children through:
- Calculating your body budget
- Measuring your own nervous system
- Using parallel process in therapy
- Utilize the parallel process between therapist, parent, and child as a tool in therapy.
- Measure your physiological state and body stress levels in order to help parents experience the process of co-regulation with you.
- Determine how to support your own nervous system to promote resilience in the families you work with.
- Meeting this moment—The effects of the toxic stress of the past 3 years
- The Parallel Process and why it’s so critical
- Measuring where you are in the nervous system continuum
- Applications to child therapy and the importance of co-regulation
Anxiously Glued to their Devices: Modern Tools for Treating Anxiety, Avoidance & Depression in Gen Z & Gen Alpha
Kids today are so glued to their devices, can’t cope with real life…everything makes them anxious!
Anxiety continues to be on the rise, and prolonged anxiety often fuels depression, especially in kids born in 2010 and beyond (Generation Alpha) taking the form of avoidance and contributing to the early development of Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Persistent Depressive Disorder, even Agoraphobia.
So how do we break through the digital barriers surrounding today’s kids in order to combat their anxious avoidance, prevent depression and promote healthy, real-world engagement...
In this recording, view child anxiety expert Dr. Steve O’Brien for a timely presentation on treatment strategies for connecting with anxious kids immersed in virtual reality. You will acquire rapport-building tips for fostering connection and develop interventions designed to promote engagement rather than avoidance in anxiety-ridden children. You’ll also learn how to assist frustrated, disheartened parents struggling to relate to their device-obsessed kids. This powerful 90-minute session will equip you with practical knowledge and tools for increased confidence and competence for addressing the needs of today’s anxious youth.
- Analyze the primary contributors to anxiety and depression in today’s younger children.
- Create effective interview/observation and rapport-building methods with anxious “alpha kids.”
- Design and implement clinical interventions to treat symptoms of Social Anxiety, Persistent Depressive Disorder and Agoraphobia in anxious youth.
- Adopt best practice guidelines for involving parents of anxious children in treatment.
- GENERATION AVOIDANT: Treatment Tips for Equipping the Anxiety-Ridden Kids of Gen Z and Alpha
- Glued to their Devices: Understanding Generation Alpha – or Newest Generation
- Culturally diverse and globally connected
- Educated but lacking in life-skills
- “Tweendom”: Broadcasting and branding
- Lost in Translation: Education and Guidance for Parents of Anxiety-Ridden Kids
- Narrowing the generation gap
- Entering kid’s virtual world
- Modelling healthy social media usage
- Interviewing and Rapport Building
- Getting Started: Information, options, and transparency
- Technological joining: Using devices for conversation and connection
- Easing in: Establishing low-pressure treatment goals
- Contemporary Treatment Interventions for Anxiety and Depression
- “But what if...”: Generalized Anxiety
- “I’m so awkward”: Social Anxiety
- “I don’t want to go”: Panic and Agoraphobia
- “I don’t really care”: Persistent Depressive Disorder
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Interventions for Suicidality, Helplessness, Hopelessness, and Despair in Children and Adolescents
In this recording, Pat Odgen PhD, with 45 years’ experience in body-oriented psychotherapy and Bonnie Goldstein PhD, with three decades of specialized child, adolescent and family and parent psychotherapy, share the risk factors and warning signs of suicidality in children and adolescents and make clear the significance of the “somatic narrative”— the ongoing process of body-based, implicit, nonverbal behavior — in both assessment and treatment.
Recognizing the therapeutic challenges and transformational moments that arise when working with these complex issues, they’ll draw upon the wisdom of the body to promote change.
Drs. Ogden and Goldstein will clarify the dynamic interchange between non-verbal cues and verbal reports when addressing suicidal thoughts. Physical indicators of helplessness, hopelessness and despair will be explored, along with how to address these emotions using body-oriented interventions.
Case studies that illustrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions with suicidal children and adolescents will be shared. You’ll learn new mindfulness based, somatic interventions to enhance self-regulation skills and develop resilience in the face of the intense emotions that fuel suicidality.
- Determine three bodily cues that can indicate hopelessness, helplessness and despair in session.
- Assess the role of the body in generating and maintaining depression in psychotherapy with children and adolescents in clinical settings.
- Analyze the efficacy of working with the body to improve clinical outcome in treatment of suicidal children and adolescents.
- Demonstrate three body-oriented interventions and their clinical implications for treating suicidality and related emotions in children and adolescents.
- Distinguish the role of mindfulness in child and adolescent treatment from “talk therapy.”
- Suicide Ideation and Suicide Attempts are almost Doubling Every Year
- Factors contributing to the current increase in suicide Ideation and behaviour amongst children and adolescents
- Risk factors for suicidality in children and adolescents
- Warning signs of suicidality in children and adolescents
- The difficulty of applying only verbal interventions in treatment of intense emotions and suicidality amongst children and adolescents
- Significance of the “Somatic Narrative” in Assessment of Suicidality and Related Emotions
- How a child’s habitual posture can be an indicator of helplessness, hopelessness and despair
- Specific actions (or their absence) that can provide cues to isolation and negative emotion
- Explore questions to ask children and adolescents about negative emotions and suicidality, and how to track non-verbal answers
- Body-Based Interventions for Suicidality, Hopelessness, Helplessness, and Despair
- The relationship of trauma and dysregulated arousal to suicidality
- Somatic resources that mitigate emotions fueling suicidality
- Mindfulness interventions to foster curiosity about thoughts, emotions and somatic cues that participate in negative emotions and suicidality
- Importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship between therapist and client
- Interventions that help to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships in the clinical hour
- Case studies illustrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions with suicidal children and adolescents
Dr. Dan Siegel shares his debut children’s book series, NowMaps
Techniques to Breathe Our Way to Calm & Cool to Help Children Co-Regulate
As clinicians working with youth of any age and with any scope of need, it’s essential that you understand the five key elements of emotional intelligence and how critical regulation is to help children co-regulate.
Watch Kellie Doyle Bailey, MA, CCC-SLP, MMT/SELI, and Christopher Willard, PsyD, as they guide you through emotional regulation and specific mindful practices to build connections and relationships with young clients in therapy. You’ll learn:
- How to integrate self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision making to regulate young clients
- The how tos of “Lid Flipping Brain” and “Calm Cool Brain” practices to build connection in therapy
- How to implement effective mindfulness practices in everyday therapy sessions
This session inspires, but more importantly empowers you with the tools you need to offer emotional intelligence and mindfulness practices to help the young people you work with!
- Practice the 5 Key Elements of Emotional Intelligence (Self Awareness, Self -Management, Social Awareness, Relationships and Responsible Decision Making) to regulate young clients.
- Differentiate between the Stress Brain “Lid Flipping Brain” verses the “Calm Cool Brain” and the impact on trauma-informed practices as well as connection/relationship in on-going intervention.
- Determine the key elements of mindfulness practices and how to implement effective mindfulness in everyday therapy sessions with youth.
- Key Elements of Emotional Intelligence to Regulate Young Clients
- Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationships and Responsible Decision Making
- “Lid Flipping Brain” verses the “Calm Cool Brain”
- Why kids flip their lids and lose their cool and what to do
- Impact on trauma-informed practices
- Impact on connection/relationship in on-going intervention
- Key Elements of Mindfulness Practices
- Effective mindfulness in everyday therapy
- Limitations of the research and potential risks
Helping Overwhelmed Kids: Building a Coping Skills Toolkit for School and Home
It’s no secret our children and teens are struggling - a national state of emergency has been declared around their mental health. As clinicians and educators working with kids, we see that they are overwhelmed, more reactive, and not using their coping skills.
View Janine Halloran, LMHC and author of the bestselling Coping Skills for Kids Workbook and the new Coping Skills Flipchart for a presentation focused on things we CAN do. She’ll share the positive impacts of SEL and making children feel known, seen, and heard. Janine will also teach a variety of coping skills to:
- Help kids manage emotions when they get overwhelmed and stressed out
- Practical strategies to implement in school or home settings on a regular basis
- Teach kids to cope in safe and healthy ways
- Gifs to encourage deep breaths, grounding techniques, and identifying feelings to help kids self-regulate
- Evaluate research about what tools and skills help support the mental health of children and teens.
- Utilize a structured way to identify and explore coping skills with kids and teens.
- Develop a coping skills toolkit consisting of several evidence-based interventions and foster a coping skills space appropriate for child and teen clients.
- The Status of Children's and Teens' mental health
- Declared state of emergency – child & teen mental health
- Research Pointing to Ways We Can Support
- Positive Childhood experiences
- Structure for Exploring Coping Skills
- Coping skills checklist
- 5 Different coping styles
- Ideas for implementing coping skills at school and at home
- Calm down space/peace corner
- Coping skills toolkit
- Limitations of Research and Potential Risks
Disrupting Negative Narratives with Kids in Mind
In this recording, S. Kent Butler uses his personal story to speak truth about the effects of privilege on his own mental wellness and resolve, while sharing best practices for removing culturally biased barriers. Described by his audiences as authentic and real, “RAW: *Realism * Authenticity * Wisdom” was developed as a presentation during a moment of intense reflection of his life and an even deeper meditation related to the state of the world, “RAW” highlights how clinicians can successfully balance counselling and self-care with social justice advocacy. This session provides counsellors with insights, wisdom and encouragement on how to intentionally get into “good trouble” as Anti-Racist co-conspirators fighting against injustices on a global scale and working proactively on behalf of the kids in their lives.
- Develop and acquire a meaningful understanding of the influences power and privilege has on society.
- Determine and integrate best practices for removing culturally biased barriers that impact young people today.
- Formulate how one’s values, attitudes, and actions affect the communities that they serve and adopt and utilize effective antiracist resources that support their social justice advocacy.
- Reckless Appetites: Feeding the Soul
- In addition…The premise behind “RAW”
- Making your Mark
- The evolution of Zoom
- Knowledge is Power
- Humanizing Me: RAW!
- Parents: Family values
- Hidden Truths
- Continuous Traumatic Stress Disorder (CTSD)
- Self-Knowledge: Self-Love
- Privileged: Understanding the Impact of Words
- Busting Myths
- The Disparities
- Decolonizing organizational structure
- Building a House for Diversity - Inclusivity
- Radical Reimagining
- ABAR: 3 Core Pillars
- My Muse!
- Making a difference
- What is your muse?
- Roles Social Activist Play
- Worth the Fight
- My Legacy
- As I Grew Older
Positive Parenting Beyond the Belt: Examining Alternative Approaches to Child Disciplinary Practices in Communities of Color
Discipline has often been a sensitive topic within many communities of colour. To spank or not to spank? How do cultural implications influence our thoughts concerning where we draw the line between discipline and abuse? Parents are bombarded with messages concerning positive and gentle parenting - what do these terms mean and why are more parents of colour considering sparing the rod when it comes to raising children.
View childhood experts Brittany Prioleau, PhD and Claire Cronin, PhD as they dive into the cultural, psychological, and historical contexts of corporal and physical punishment and its effects on childhood behaviours. They’ll share parenting attachment styles and their direct influence on disciplinary behaviours. During this recording, you will learn:
- Historical and cultural impacts on traditional disciplinary behaviours to foster alternatives
- Parent/child attachment styles and their effects on relationship building
- Biological effects of trauma and toxic stress on childhood brain development
- Ways to learn and unlearn generational trauma relating to discipline & explore alternative approaches
This session covers hot button issues you don’t want to miss!
- Distinguish the historical and cultural impacts on traditional disciplinary behaviours to better engage families and help foster and develop positive alternative disciplinary methods, practices and approaches.
- Determine parent/child attachment styles and their effects on relationship building.
- Evaluate the biological effects of trauma and toxic stress on the childhood brain to better understand its impacts on development.
- Discipline in Historical Context
- History of discipline in social context (Schools and communities)
- Roots of corporal punishment in the US
- Cultural contexts surrounding discipline
- Learning and unlearning, generational trauma
- Spankings Effects on Behaviour and the Brain
- Trauma and the childhood brain
- Effects of physical/verbal punishment
- Toxic Stress
- Positive Discipline
- The most effective way to teach a child is to provide positive reinforcement for desired behaviours
- Limit and boundary setting
- Age-appropriate discipline (Consequences that teach)
- Speaking Through Play
- The dynamics of the relationship between parents and children affects the child’s development
- Parent engagement and connection with their child is linked to:
- Increase self-control in the child/ability to manage behaviour
- Positive self-image
Self-Injurious Behaviors: Supporting Treatment, Empathy and Understanding
Over the last 20 years, I witnessed the acts and aftereffects of children, adolescents, and adults who mutilate their bodies to express overwhelming emotions. I have often wondered what hurt could cause such destruction and isolation of the self. At a time when these individuals need to be most connected, they perpetuate disconnection through self-injury, which others often perceive as horrific. I have also witnessed how mental health providers and families respond to self-injury with shame, disappointment, horror, and helplessness.
Self-injury typically begins in early adolescence but can become more frequent over time. As documented self-injury occurrences have significantly increased in recent years, all mental health professionals, nurses, teachers and support staff are equally at high risk of their own feelings of PTSD, depression, hopelessness, compassion fatigue and burn out.
This recording is an inspiring exploration of the impact that self-injury has on individuals, their families, and service providers. Through expressive activities and discussion this session aims to raise support for us as well as the individuals and families we serve at a time when they often feel the least connection to others. Weaving between the literature, stories from experience, and experiential exercises, the goal is to facilitate self-expression, creative problem-solving and increased therapeutic rapport. This session also aims to support the professional to create strong plans for their own wellness and resiliency while working with such an impactful issue.
- Identify at least 3 types of Self-Injury.
- Identify how to differentiate warning signs and risk factors for different clients.
- Identify 3 or more replacement behaviours to support someone who engages in self-injurious behaviours.
- Name 3 things to say and/ or do to support someone who is currently at risk for self-injury.
- Practice 3 ways to provide nonverbal support to someone who is engaging in self-injurious behaviour.
- Develop a strong plan to support your own wellness in response to the work with self-injurious behaviours.
- 1-3-hour session: Provide at least 3-4 headings
- 3+ hour session: Provide 3-4 main headings with 3-5 bullets below each
- Use brief statements to easily convey what the attendee can expect to learn/gain from the day
- Include a clear reference to techniques/interventions/clinical application related to your topic
- Include acknowledgement of the limitations of the research and any associated risks of the approach/modality you are presenting. This can be as simple as “Limitations of the research and potential risks”
Play-Based Techniques to Help At-Risk Youth Living in Poverty Develop Effective Emotional Regulation Skills in Academic, Social, & Community Settings
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a legacy of increased poverty and widening inequality. Children and youth are disproportionately impacted by poverty, making up 33% of all impoverished individuals. Living in low-income households has been associated with poor health, emotional dysregulation, and increased risk for mental health problems. After viewing this recording, you will learn play therapy clinical practices to support improved emotional regulation in academic, social, and community settings among children and youth living in poverty.
- Attendees will articulate at least 3 implications poverty has on child and youth social, academic, and behavioural functioning.
- Attendees will verbalize one rationale why play therapy is an effective practice for addressing adverse outcomes among impoverished children and youth.
- Attendees will list at least 3 play therapy modalities and describe how they can implement them in their own practice setting.
- A Framework for Understanding Child and Youth Poverty
- COVID-19 impact on child and youth poverty
- Alarming disparities of child poverty among ethnic minority groups
- Poverty’s impact on children and youth health, mental health, educational functioning
- Efficacy of Play Therapy in addressing adverse outcomes among impoverished children and youth
- Types of Play therapy modalities and interventions that promote improved emotional regulation among impoverished children and youth: Types of Play Therapy Interventions
- Child-Centered Play Therapy
- Adlerian Play Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
- Play therapy interventions
Kids at the Crossroads of Grief: When Emoticons & Memes aren’t Enough…
1.5 million youth in the U.S. are grieving the loss of a parent or significant person in their lives. As we continue to experience communal, and personal associations to the pandemic, gun violence and racial and economic upheaval, these losses will continue to grow and change our communities. The times call for professionals to respond to their own loss histories, assess and integrate impact of this intersection of contexts, and to make room for more concrete, intentional responses to client and community needs.
As professionals, it is important to understand the dynamics of this unique experience so that we can offer support that is relevant, youth focused, culturally aware, and sensitive to individual and community grief needs. This fun, (yes, fun!) and experiential digital recording will offer a new lens to view work with loss and young people, and their unique walk and perspective on grief. Content to include activities, focus on cultivating peer, and community support, virtual therapeutic alliance building, inclusive and resonant facilitation skill building and family based-, group and individual processing considerations.
- Build a basic understanding of the complex nature of the child/teen/young adult grief experience.
- Defend the importance of a culturally, and grief-aware environment as a factor in individual and group grief support planning/intervention.
- Determine at least three personal barriers that are a challenge when working with grief, and engaging youth and youth populations of difference.
- Create safe, and resonant approaches to youth engagement/therapeutic alliance using digital, and social media platforms and messaging techniques in virtual settings.
- Develop a support, self-care, and engagement plan that is relevant, reflective, and responsive to the needs of this population, and professional development.
- Overview & Perspectives on Child/Adolescent/Young Adult Grief Experience
- Considerations for complex nature of building supportive environments for grief
- Impact of trauma and pandemic on youth coping
- Exploration of ID’ed areas of public health concern
- Models and approaches
- Diversity vs inclusion
- Limitations of research
- Experiential activity – Assessing youth centred loss
- Youth of Difference Grief Support
- Considerations on the impact of trauma vs grief/pathologizing grief
- Fragility vs resilience
- Privilege/bias in grief
- Beyond Cultural Competency & Self Care
- Identify and navigate barriers to inclusive service
- Professional Development in Grief Support
- Exploration of Youth/Peer led inclusion efforts
- Baseline for cultural consciousness
- Self-care and professional accountability
- Leadership, career, sustainability, organizational health
- Inviting and Putting it All Together
- Inclusive youth programming and planning
- Conscious community engagement and strategies
- Activity implementation
- Creativity and community resource development
Self-Compassion for Educators: Building Resiliency Inside and Outside the Classroom
There has never been a time in history when educators have felt such overwhelming levels of stress, burnout, and exhaustion!
High levels of accountability and so many demands on your time it can feel like the endless tasks and expectations can deplete all energy leaving you with little left.
Still, we depend on you to be a positive guiding force in our children’s lives – often playing simultaneous roles as educator, parent, mental health counsellor, and caring friend. For you to fulfil these vital roles, it’s abundantly clear that you need to develop resiliency both inside and outside the classroom.
In this recording, view Lisa Baylis, MEd, teacher, counsellor, facilitator, and author of Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-Being and Grow Resilience as she shows you firsthand how to be kind and loving toward yourself and how to prioritize and sustain your well-being through self-awareness and self-compassion.
- Distinguish the difference between empathy and compassion to manage burnout and compassion fatigue and its effects on the body and brain.
- Develop opportunities in and out of the classroom for informal mindfulness breaks, self- awareness and reflection.
- Demonstrate components of mindful self-compassion for treating unworthiness and confronting the “inner critic.”
Compassion Fatigue and its Effects on the Body and Brain
- Stress on our brain
- Understanding self-regulation
- How do I treat a friend exercise (journal prompt)
Mindfulness Breaks, Self-Awareness and Reflection
- SLOW practice (exercise)
- Soothing touch (exercise)
- Self-Compassion Break (exercise)
Moving from Caregiver Fatigue to Compassionate Care
- What is the difference between empathy and compassion
- How does it relate to compassion fatigue
- Compassion with Equanimity (exercise)
- Review of practices
Helping Anxious Families: Active Tips That Work and Common Traps to Avoid
Anxiety and OCD will show up, and after the past year, anxious cracks have become chasms for many anxious families.
It’s common for clinicians to get caught up in content (what kids worry about) instead of focusing on the how and why of anxiety --all the more detrimental with a missed OCD issue!
In this recording, Lynn will show you how (and why!) to sidestep this content trap and move away from all-too-common elimination strategies.
- Determine the differences between content-based and process-based interventions for anxiety and OCD.
- Develop treatment plans that focus on parental involvement.
- Utilize interventions to disrupt the process of OCD in the family's behaviours.
- Assign homework to address cognitions that bolster anxiety and depression.
- Active Engagement and Skill-Building from the First Session
- Setting a tone of active engagement
- Interrupting common family patterns
- Talking process instead of content
- Don’t Do the Disorder! Staying Free of Common Errors
- What doesn’t work: content, reassurance, distraction
- Teaching families how to handle worry using process-based interventions
- Creating homework and increasing follow up
Adoption and Foster Care: Strategies to Enter the Child’s “Internal World” Building Connection and Engagement
For children adopted from birth or those who have experienced multiple foster care placements - their internal world is highly complex and ambiguous, from a child who remains with their family of origin. The foster and adoptive experience is considered adverse and traumatic.
By the time they are adults, they have endured separation from their birth family, adapted to a new family, grappled with fears and fantasies, questioned their identity, and need support navigating the lifelong search for self, “who am I and where do I belong?” If their “inner world” is left unacknowledged, this can cause lasting emotional, psychological, and behavioural issues.
View Jeanette Yoffe, child therapist who specializes in adoption and foster care derived from her own experience of being adopted and moving through the foster care system, as we delve into the “internal world” of adopted and foster care kids.
In this training you’ll familiarize yourself with new and imaginative ways for working with traumatized children and their families by utilizing Interventions to facilitate attachment, bonding and building strong families. Learn how to foster engagement and connection with the children you work with and gain unique strategies to help kids express anger, regulate affect, manage grief and loss...and assist kids in creating a new narrative to reorganize their internal world.
- Develop knowledge of new tools and interventions to use specifically with children who have been adopted and/or in foster placement.
- Assess the “internal world” of an adopted or foster child’s grief and loss.
- Integrate 2 strategies to foster engagement, connection, and trust with resistant children.
- Demonstrate 4 creative therapeutic interventions to use with children in order to help them express anger, regulate affect, and manage grief and loss.
The “Internal World” of an Adopted or Foster Child
Play-Based Interventions for Children over 5
- Explore internal family systems
- Create a cohesive narrative
- Externalize internal thoughts and feelings
Foster Engagement, Connection and Trust with Resistant Kids
- Express anger
- Regulate affect
- Manage grief and loss
Structured Treatment Activities, Examples, Detailed Handout
- Take the shame out of “talking” about their early life transitions
- Boost creativity through non-verbal directives
- Create an environment of “play without pressure
- Goals of treatment
- Materials needed
- "How to" approach for each methodology
Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Children & Adolescents
Over 107,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US in 2021 – the most in any year!
Over 80% of adults with substance use disorder (addiction) began using substances when they were children or adolescents.
This is unacceptable.
We are on the front lines helping children and adolescents navigate the difficult road to adulthood and independence, so understanding what substances they may use, and how to help them is key to reverse our yearly deaths due to drug use.
Watch Paul Brasler, MSW, LCSW, who has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescent,s and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. He is widely regarded as a teacher who understands how to connect with people with substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders. View Paul in this recording as we examine current trends in substance use among minors, and ways we can help children, adolescents, and their families impacted by SUD.
- Determine current trends in substance use disorders among adolescents and children, including commonly used substances.
- Perform age-appropriate screening and assessment for substance use disorders in minors.
- Operationalize clinical interventions for children and adolescents who use substances.
- Utilize clinical strategies to engage the client’s family in treatment to improve treatment outcomes.
Cravings, emotions related to drugs are strong and ways to regulate impulses have yet to be developed. Negotiating risk behaviour is critical.
Adolescent Risk Factors
Adolescent Substance Use
- Early onset
- Preexisting behaviour or mental disorder (ADHD, CD, ODD, Trauma)
- Peer Factors
- Family Factors
Engagement & Treatment
- Current trends
- What children and adolescents use and how we recognize it
- Prescription medications
Involving the Family
- Models and approaches
- Screening and assessment
- Modifying motivational interviewing to fit the needs of minors
- Cognitive behavioural approaches
- Consent to treatment for adolescents
- Helping vs. Enabling
- Examples of family therapy that works
Tele-Play the Preschool Way! Interactive Play Therapy Interventions for Engaging Young Children
In this recording, view Preschool Play Therapist, Amy Nelson, as she reveals a detailed blueprint for designing effective tele-play sessions with children 3 to 5 years old through the interactive powers of the green screen.
- Formulate a structure that enhances engagement and encourages participation
- Learn new tricks to get unstuck and into momentum when working with very young children
- Avoid tech resistance and overwhelm with this simplified step-by-step process
- Formulate and design developmentally appropriate telehealth play therapy sessions.
- Apply simple and effective green screen strategies to improve client engagement in telehealth play therapy sessions.
- Modify and adapt session structure as it relates to clients' needs and clinical outcomes.
The Preschool Brain
Designing Your Telehealth Session
- Review the science behind social-emotional development in children 3-5 years old
- Identify the three tenets of developmentally appropriate practice
- Value of directive play strategies with young children
Secrets of the Green Screen
- How to utilize the ‘regulation rollercoaster’ to structure your telehealth sessions
- Strategies to support young children focusing, making smooth transitions, making choices, and practising self-regulation skills during telehealth sessions
Tips and Tricks
- Demonstrations and resources for using the green screen including a step-by-step guide for getting started
- Analyze strategies for responding to resistance
Inside the ADHD Child's Experience
In an increasingly unpredictable world, kids are more anxious than ever. But for those with ADHD, worry and fear can increase their agitation, distractedness, and impulsivity. Fortunately, there are effective techniques that can help them change their relationship with worry and avoid the pitfalls of negative thinking. In this recording, you’ll get insights into how kids honestly think and feel about having ADHD, which informs the practical tools you—and their parents—can use to better help them improve executive function skills and reduce stress.
- Explain how to foster effective collaboration and conflict resolution with ADHD children, teens, and their parents to improve clinical outcomes.
- Identify ways for children with ADHD to realistically evaluate anxious situations, tolerate uncertainty, and self-soothe for symptom management.
- Describe how having young clients externalize their anxiety can improve client engagement and retention.
- Apply practical tools in session to help kids with ADHD develop resiliency and reduce patterns of negative thinking.
All about ADHD and executive functioning skills
- Definition, biology, assessment and diagnosis
- Prevalence statistics including co-occurring diagnoses
- Explanation of executive functioning skills and why they matter to treating ADHD
Understanding the relationships between ADHD and anxiety
- ADHD and emotional overwhelm
- Exploring the relationship between worry and anxiety
- Why people with ADHD are prone to anxiety
- What kids with ADHD have to say about anxiety and what helps them
A new approach to treating anxiety in kids and families living with ADHD
- Defining the 5C’s of ADHD parenting
- Tools for transforming negative thinking and reducing worry
- Learning how to tolerate uncertainty and evaluate situations
- Techniques for reducing specific types of anxiety
Keeping a positive mindset
- Overcoming setbacks and refusals to cooperate
- Focusing on improving executive functioning skills to manage anxiety
- Integrating mindfulness and self-awareness with action-oriented therapeutic interventions
Preventing School Shootings