Engaging Kids Involved in Systems – The Brain, The Environment, The Whole Child
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Dr. Jean Clinton MD, FRCP (C) and Stephen de Groot BA, BSW, MSW, RSW have come together, combining over 50 years of clinical and research knowledge, skills and experience working with children, youth, families and service providers. Jean and Steve, coming from quite diverse backgrounds, have united their energy and skill sets. This has created an exciting diverse yet complimentary relational and strengths based approach to engaging with kids and their caregivers. Their goals are simply to optimize the overall development and well being of all children, youth and their families.
Jean and Stephen are developing a variety of workshops/curricula for all people working and living with children and youth.
Engaging Kids Involved in Systems: The Brain, The Environment and The Whole Child.
Many kids who are attached to child serving systems have had and may continue to have a host of unique and adverse experiences that have impacted negatively on their developing brains and overall development (social/ emotional/physical, etc). Too often these children and youth have limited capacity for emotional and behavioral regulation, problem solving, planning and developing and sustaining healthy relationships. This can cause many personal and interpersonal problems for them as well as create a great deal of stress within relationships with caregivers. Working with children and youth who present with a variety of emotional, social, mental, behavioral and relational challenges can be difficult, even under ideal circumstances.
This highly informative and engaging workshop has been developed for all educators and social service providers who have the responsibility for working and/or living with children who are in the care of child and family, mental health, justice, youth care and/or homelessness services. It is developed to assist care-providers with an understanding of “system” kids experiences, the impact on brain development and overall children and youth well being. The presentation intends to enhance people’s knowledge and understanding of the development and context of difficult and challenging child/youth behaviors. Further, the seminar will provide practical relational and strengths based strategies for engaging children and youth in a manner that optimizes the development of their brains and the overall well being of the whole child.
Through lectures, group exercises and process-oriented discussions, participants will have an opportunity to:
- Review and connect with their preferred outcomes for children and youth
- Take a tour of the brain
- Learn about the teen brain under construction
- Consider the intentions and implications of Discipline vs. Punishment
- Learn about types of stress, stress responses and impacts on the brain
- Learn about Mindset and the impact of this on work
- Connect with early experiences and impacts on “system” kids
- Receive an overview of self regulation; what it is and why it’s so important
- Learn more than 100 relational and strengths based strategies for optimizing brain development and overall well-being
- Practice a variety of applications with key tools and strategies
“This is by far the best training I have ever attended! I am taking away so much – RELATIONSHIPS BUILD BRAINS – I get it! Thank you.”
“I have seen Steve and Jean separately and loved them both! I could not have imagined how amazing they would be together! Everyone who works with children should attend this workshop!”
“Wow! Thank you for giving me great knowledge, but also hands on strategies for what to do with it. I feel so much confidence and can’t wait to see the kids I work with”.
OMG! I can’t believe how much more I know and understand about the brain and challenging behaviors after one day… especially teens!