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Kids Self-Regulation in Online Sessions 




This video recording of two workshops is for therapists who seek greater effectiveness in working on self-regulation with clients aged six to eighteen via teletherapy.  The series introduces the ETI theory and practice of self-regulation and offers practical guidance in facilitating it in the online environment.  

Self-regulation is the ability to manage extreme (positive or negative) emotions, sensations, and thoughts. As a foundation to stability and relationships, it’s a core objective of therapy, especially trauma therapy. 


Now, in a time of pandemic, self-regulation is challenging for everyone, since chronic, complex stress from any source sets the nervous system off.  Helping children self-regulate is a requirement for therapists of all kinds. 

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 (ie: neither hyper—which is too high a response, nor hypo—which is a numb or shutdown response). 

In two interactive 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 with clients to facilitate self-regulation.


  1. 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.

  2. Learn tools (16 exercises) that you can use with clients aged 6-18 for self-regulation, designed to be effective with trauma survivors or those who experience stress and anxiety symptoms.

  3. 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.  

  4. 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 (1 hr and 38 minutes)

Introduction to ETI Roadmap, facilitating safety and body-awareness.

1) ETI theoretical framework

2) Six experiential exercises. 


Session Two (1 hour and 48 minutes)

Introduction to Experiential Top-Down & Bottom-Up Approaches.  Step-by-step Guide to Developing Self-Regulation.

1) ETI self-regulation and the use of imaginal space.

2) Ten experiential exercises.  


Intended Audience

Mental health counselors, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, and other clinicians working with clients affected by stress, chronic stress, trauma, and complex trauma. 


One edited video of two recorded sessions (May 31, June 7), 98 minutes, and 108 minutes in length.


$120 payable in advance.


What materials will participants need during sessions?

1) A notepad.

2) Several print papers (A4).

3) A pencil/pen, crayons, and or markers.

Are there handouts and printouts?

There are several pages to print out for the exercises. You will find a link to these embedded on the first screens of the video. 

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. 

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