Kids Self-Regulation in Online Sessions
This is a series of two workshops for therapists seeking to optimize their teletherapy work on self-regulation with clients aged six to eighteen. The series will introduce the basic theory and practice of Self-Regulation and how to adapt it to the online environment.
Self-regulation is the ability to manage extreme (positive or negative) emotions, sensations, and thoughts. It’s a core objective of therapy, especially in trauma therapy. Now, in this time of COVID19, self-regulation is challenging for virtually everyone, since chronic, complex stress from any source sets the nervous system off.
Strengthening self-regulation is well-recognized as foundational in therapy in general and trauma therapy in particular. In therapy, the goal is for clients to expand their ability to respond to triggering events in a way that makes these sensations tolerable, without throwing them off-balance (eg: hyper—too high a response or hypo—a numb or shutdown response).
In these interactive 2 hour sessions you will learn a new experiential language to introduce psychoeducation to your clients (and their parents). In hands-on exercises, you will practice and learn how to employ this language in working with clients to facilitate self-regulation.
Understand and learn to apply a conceptual framework for assessing client symptoms of stress and trauma (ETI Roadmap) and work with clients on self-regulation in the context of that framework.
Learn tools (in a process of more than 10 exercises that can also be used with clients) for self-regulation work with clients aged 6-18, who are trauma survivors or who experience stress and anxiety symptoms.
Increase therapeutic adeptness in blending bottom-up experiential modalities (expressive arts and somatic/body-oriented approaches) and top-down approaches (cognitive processing) into one seamless therapeutic process.
Develop a clear understanding of the foundational role that self-regulation plays in facilitating neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, and vagal tone, and a good understanding of how to deploy experiential tools for self-regulation in ways that facilitate these in clients.
Session One: Introduction to ETI Roadmap, facilitating safety and body-awareness.
Session Two: Introduction to Experiential Top-Down & Bottom-Up Approaches. Step-by-step Guide to Developing Self-Regulation.
Mental health counselors, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists and other clinicians working with clients affected by stress, chronic stress, trauma and complex trauma.
Sundays, May 31 and June 7
Time: 4-6 PM EST
$110 payable in advance.
4 CEUs through the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
Do I need to be an artist or expressive therapist to participate or to apply these methods with my clients?
No, these are simple techniques that anyone can learn to use in clinical settings. While we will use art-making, drawing, and role reversal, our focus will be on the process of expression and experiencing "imaginal space", not on the end product.
What is experiential-self-regulation?
This is a particular form of self-regulation that focuses on body-awareness, grounding, and embodiment.
What if I miss a workshop?
You will be missed. We will send you a recording of the session that will be available to watch for 7 days. You are responsible for payment for all sessions even if circumstances do not allow your participation.