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The Global Pandemic Through the Lens of Trauma

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Objectives

  1. Appraise the clinical benefits of creating connection for your trauma clients. 
  2. Utilize various strategies to help kids and adolescents experience emotional safety.
  3. Demonstrate activities to use in clinical practice that can help trauma clients from re-experiencing past traumas. 

Outline

Copyright : 08/06/2020

Help Kids Foster Personal Power and Internal Safety: Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for School & Home

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Objectives

  1. Integrate yoga and mindfulness practices that interrupt intrusive thoughts and increase self-compassion
  2. Discover how increased self-awareness and embodiment can support anxiety reduction and change children’s relationship to stress.
  3. Implement practices that support increased sense of safety and reduce overwhelm.
  4. Apply simple practices that build students’ sense of personal power and agency.

Outline

Reducing Overwhelm

Soothing the Nervous System

Managing Intrusive Thoughts

Copyright : 08/05/2020

Oppositional Defiance or Faulty Neuroception: Disruptive Behaviors through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory

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Objectives

  1. Categorize specific behaviors as they relate to each of the three basic pathways of the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
  2. Utilize neuroception-informed interventions, including physiological co-regulation and interpersonal engagement, to treat oppositional behavior. 
  3. Appraise the efficacy of integrating the Polyvagal Theory into “behavior management” programs. 

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Behavior Challenges:  Intentional Choice or Stress Response?

Clinical Strategies for Building Relational Safety and Security

Copyright : 08/05/2020

Coping Skills for Kids and Tweens: How to Manage Big Feelings in an Uncertain Time and Beyond

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Objectives

  1. Determine how the pandemic has impacted students socially and emotionally and integrate strategies for better focus.
  2. Apply coping skills for kids to try either at home or school to implement safe ways to express anger.
  3. Develop students' relaxation and coping skills to manage anxiety.

Outline

Anxiety, Stress, and Anger in a Pandemic

Coping Skills for Anxiety

Coping Skills for Stress

Coping Skills for Anger/Frustration

Copyright : 08/05/2020

When Worry Shows Up at School: A Primer for Educators, Administrators, and Counselors

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Objectives

  1. Distinguish the signs and symptoms of school related anxiety.
  2. Appraise the concept of the worry loop as is relates to children.
  3. Create effective accommodations for anxiety to ensure they are beneficial, dynamic and temporary.

Outline

Three Key Concepts About Anxiety

Recognizing Anxiety at School What is the Worry Loop and Why Does It Matter? How to Create Effective Accommodations

Copyright : 08/05/2020

Creating Psychological Safety in the Face of Uncertainty: Family Based Interventions and Skills

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Objectives

  1. Utilize three practical strategies to increase the sense of psychological safety for parents.
  2. Demonstrate the PACE model for developing connection with children and adolescents.
  3. Develop strategies for parents and children to reflect, regulate their affective states, and relate to one another. 

Outline

Psychological Safety in the Face of Uncertainty

Family-Based Interventions and Skills

Copyright : 08/06/2020

Reframing Children’s Traumatic Experiences: Playful, Embodied Interventions to Restore, Regulate & Connect

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Objectives

  1. Develop effective ways to help children understand and process on what is happening in their body as a result of traumatic stress.
  2. Evaluate how embodied interventions can reframe trauma experiences and connect to a mind-body awareness.
  3. Analyze how sensorimotor processing can alleviate the re-experiencing of trauma.
  4. Apply specific movement, breathing, interoceptive, and mindfulness techniques that can help children and families gain mastery over their lives.

Outline

Stress response patterns as survival strategies

 

Applications Suitable for the Treatment of Recent Traumatic Events

 

Practice and adapt playful and embodied techniques for a variety of settings, abilities & age levels, in order to… 

Copyright : 08/06/2020

IFS and Parenting: Help Kids Transition Forward to a Calm Centered Place

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Outline

What IFS Brings to Parenting

When Parents Are Not at Their Best

Correct It, Don’t Perpetuate It

Improving the Co-Parenting Experience

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate how parents can effectively communicate with their children from a calm, centered place.
  2. Demonstrate how parents can facilitate children's self-awareness, confidence, and control of challenging circumstances.
  3. Create ways to encourage parents toward compassion and empathy in challenging moments instead of guilt and shame.

Copyright : 08/06/2020

Adolescence in Crisis: Racial Trauma and Identity (A Trauma-Focused DBT Perspective)

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Objectives

  1. Apply a racial trauma-informed treatment framework to existing and future clients.  
  2. Appraise how a DBT-informed approach can support clients who have experienced racial trauma. 
  3. Utilize DBT strategies to overcome resistance to discussion, racial identity exploration and formation among adolescent clients. 

Outline

The Racial Trauma Survival Lens

Racial Trauma-Informed DBT Interventions

Copyright : 08/06/2020

Helping Parents Through Crises: Avoiding Pitfalls & Amplifying Opportunities

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Objectives

  1. Devise two interventions that interrupt anxious routines in families.
  2. Compose three cognitive patterns to target in anxious families.
  3. Appraise the efficacy of utilizing a family-centered approach to working with children. 

Outline

The importance of a family-centered therapy approach to treating children. 

The patterns that are emerging in families during this societal crisis. 

The 3 cognitive patterns to target when working with parents in treatment and how to work with them. 

Copyright : 06/04/2020

Attachment Centered Family Therapy: Interventions for Improving Parent-Child Connection and Attunement

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Attachment-Based Treatment:  Principles and Goals

Getting Started:  Assessment and Engagement

Clinical Interventions to Create Connection, Regulation, and Attunement

Objectives

  1. Determine the principles of Attachment Theory.
  2. Demonstrate the PACE model to engage caregivers in effectively responding to their child(ren).
  3. Determine the elements of the social engagement system as it pertains to the parent child relationship.

Copyright : 06/16/2020

LEGO®-Based Play Therapy Techniques: Unlocking Creativity to Strengthen Relationships, Encourage Flexible Thinking, and Promote Problem Solving

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Objectives

  1. Appraise the history, research, and rationale of incorporating LEGO® in play therapy and counseling.
  2. Utilize five play therapy interventions with individuals, groups, and families. 
  3. Differentiate when to utilize directive versus non-directive LEGO® based interventions. 

Outline

LEGO®101:  The (Literal) Building Blocks of Play
History and empirical rationale of LEGO® based play therapy 
What makes building with bricks a therapeutic task?
Who may benefit from LEGO® based play therapy? 


Let’s Build!  Creative LEGO® Based Play Therapy Interventions 
Individual and group interventions for children and adolescents
Directive and non-directive interventions to improve:

Families who build together, stay together – how to use LEGO® with families

Copyright : 06/03/2020

Tech Addiction in Children & Adolescents: Brain-Based Interventions to Optimize Digital Health in Today’s Screen Culture

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Objectives

  1. Formulate the neurological, dopaminergic, and hormonal/adrenal impact of screen time on children, adolescents and young adults.
  2. Analyze the emerging research related to behavioral interventions for technology overuse.
  3. Designate how tech overuse can impact pre-existing mental health disorders.
  4. Utiltize strategies for parents/caregivers to work with problem screen usage within the home including boundaries, discipline and communication.

Outline

Screen Culture:  Origins and Impact on Mental Health

Neurological Impact of Screen Time and Tech Overuse

Technology in the Classroom: Helping or Hurting Educational Outcomes?

Practical Solutions and Recommendations to Manage Screen Time

Copyright : 06/19/2020

Crisis Teaching Strategies for Teachers and Parents During COVID-19: Successfully Transition K-12 Students to Remote/Digital Learning

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Objectives

  1. Utilize strategies to deliver relevant, engaging and authentic learning experiences for students.
  2. Modify lesson plans, activities and exercises for productive, virtual and at-home learning.

Outline

Create a Productive, Virtual and At-Home Learning Environment 

Shift smoothly from parenting, teaching and working 

Coping strategies for stress, frustration and burnout 

Create engaging, authentic learning experiences 

Ways to support services that are still legally required 

Everything doesn’t have to happen on the computer 

What teachers want parents to know about home learning 

 

Adapt Instruction for Remote/Digital Learning 

Create and deliver asynchronous, online content 

Facilitate collaborative, synchronous lessons 

Learning plans to avoid frustration and burnout 

New ways to do familiar things, like grading homework 

Tackling the ‘Digital Divide’ 

 

Integrate Google Classroom/Meet/Hangout, Zoom, Skype, Screencastify, GoToMeeting 

Host live, synchronous online lesson plans 

Dispersing effective, high-quality video lessons 

Apps with features like grading, rubrics, private commenting 

Embedding synchronous moments

Copyright : 05/06/2020

Executive Function: Brain-Based Tools & Strategies to Help Kids and Families Cope with the Unexpected

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Objectives

  1. Appraise the impact of significant, unexpected life changes on kids’ brain function. 
  2. Implement brain-based interventions to reduce anxiety, depression, and dysregulation in kids. 

Outline

Cause to Pause:  When Kids’ Internal Compasses Have Been Shifted

Brain Tools & Strategies:  Guiding Kids & Families Toward a New Normal

Copyright : 05/14/2020

Telehealth Meets Play Therapy: Treating Children and Adolescents in a Virtual Setting

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Objectives

  1. Determine the benefits of providing play therapy on a digital platform.  
  2. Apply directive and non-directive play therapy interventions to use in telehealth therapy sessions with children and adolescents. 
  3. Develop interventions for challenging clinical scenarios in telehealth, including resistance and crisis intervention.  

Outline

Optimizing Your Telehealth Sessions from the Start 

Setting up your space (and why it matters) 

Preparation for virtual sessions 

How to structure a teletherapy session 

Adjusting expectations and outcome

Creative Teleplay Interventions for your Virtual Toolbox 

Demonstrations and resources, including: 

Troubleshooting Common Scenarios 

What to do when:  Resistance, hyperactivity, limit testing, crisis intervention, and more 

Teleplay with non-verbal children 

Clinician self-care (screen time is exhausting!) 

Copyright : 05/08/2020

CBT Strategies for Kids and Adolescents: Supporting Students with ADHD and Anxiety

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Objectives

  1. Determine the unique characteristics and challenges that students with anxiety or ADHD have with respect to coping with the academic and social demands of the school environment;
  2. Utilize evidence-based interventions to help the anxious or ADHD student make a positive adjustment to re-entering school subsequent to a prolonged absence due to COVID-19 quarantine. 
  3. Develop interventions for teaching executive functioning skills to children and adolescents with ADHD.

Outline

School Anxiety:  Why Avoidance is not the Solution

ADHD:  More Than a “Behavior Problem”

Copyright : 05/21/2020

Build Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth in Kids & Community: Mindfulness Practices for Therapists, Educators and Families

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Objectives

  1. Measure the impact of stress on learning, mental health and behavior in kids.
  2. Implement techniques to boost resilience following isolation.
  3. Integrate playful mindfulness practices to rebuild social and emotional intelligence.

Outline

Strengthen physical, psychological and social functioning
Mindful movement and eating practices for physical health
Positive psychology techniques to boost cognitive clarity and functioning
Relational practices to set boundaries and reconnect with peers

Build resilience and post traumatic growth
Connect with existing personal and community strengths to build resilience
Discover ways to overcome feelings of helpless and loss of control
Capitalize on new strengths and skills learned in isolation
           
Foster self-regulation and cultivate connection through co-regulation
Basic co-regulation exercises for therapists, educators and families
The power of rituals and routines, games and play for co-regulation
Engaging mind and body based self-regulation skills for all ages

Copyright : 06/16/2020

Ethics with Minors: An Essential Guide for Mental Health Professionals

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Objectives

  1. Assess select ethical and legal issues unique to working with minors. 
  2. Determine how to effectively navigate codes of ethics, laws, and licensing rules when working with minors. 
  3. Utilize recommended methods for reducing risk and avoiding problems. 

Outline

Navigate Challenging Situation with Minors: How to do it! 

Boundaries and Multiple Relationships: “Thin Ice!” 

Legal Matters: Consent, Records and Reporting 

Strategies for Avoiding Problems and Reducing Risk 

Copyright : 05/29/2020

Nutrition and Mental Health in Kids & Teens: What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know

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Objectives

  1. Appraise the impact of the common foods of the Standard America Diet on mental health.
  2. Integrate nutrition-specific questions into the initial intake/assessment. 
  3. Develop general nutritional recommendations for caregivers and families to support optimal mental health. 

Outline

Nutrition Today – and What It Means for Mental Health

Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Mood Management

Copyright : 06/08/2020

Navigating Youth Mental Health in Today's Educational Setting

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Objectives

  1. Assess for achievement and determine educational placement for students. 
  2. Formulate how disruption to a child’s schedule impacts their mental health. 
  3. Apply emotion regulation interventions to increase focus and academic achievement. 
  4. Demonstrate cognitive behavioral interventions to decrease symptoms of anxiety, ADHD and depression. 
  5. Employ behavioral strategies to increase engagement with students in virtual learning settings. 

Outline

Integrating student mental health into virtual and/or physical classrooms 

Virtual and Physical Classroom Strategies  

Provider Self-care and Support 

Copyright : 08/11/2020

Suicide and Self-Harm in Children and Adolescents: Assessment Tools and Treatment Approaches to Help Young People Heal

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Objectives

  1. Utilize screening and assessment tools to determine which clients or students present the highest risk for suicide.
  2. Appraise the efficacy of utilizing a multi-systemic approach for supporting suicidal and self-harming children and adolescents.
  3. Integrate alternative coping strategies to help self-injuring clients or students manage triggering situations without engaging in self-harm.

Outline

Suicide, Suicidality, and Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI):  Separate but Related
Similar concepts but with crucial differences
Why a multi-systemic approach is necessary 
6 key components of treatment

 

Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI)
Risk factors, course, and types of self-injury
What motivates someone to self-injure?
NSSI screening and assessment tools
4 factor model of NSSI
The do’s and don’ts of NSSI intervention

 

Suicide and Suicidality
Risk factors and important terminology
Individual and relational factors
Ideation, Plan, Intent, Means
Suicide assessment tools
Safety planning do’s and don’ts

Copyright : 07/21/2020