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Do you work with children and teens? Do you have children of your own? Then you need these skills. Every therapist, educator, parent (and arguably, every adult!) can greatly benefit from having basic child counseling skills in their toolkit to support the emotional health of children in every context and setting.
Now more than ever, children and teens need the support of adults as they navigate the difficulties of COVID-19 along with the stressors of daily life. Developing child and teen counseling skills is not limited to those working in strictly mental health contexts. All children have mental health and the skills covered in this presentation will give attendees tangible techniques to walk away with and ideas on how to implement them. You’ll receive:
- A basic understanding of relational neuroscience and attachment theories
- An overview of child, play and creative therapy and development
- Tangible techniques that you can practice with others
- Ideas on how to implement these techniques creatively in your unique context
- A packet of interventions/experiences that you can use within your time with children and teens
Many of the techniques covered in this presentation are borrowed from child therapy literature, play and creative therapy literature, the relational neurosciences, as well as attachment theories. As evidence-based and yet adaptable techniques, these skills can be utilized by any adult who comes in contact with children. This presentation will start with a short foundation of the relational neurosciences to develop an understanding of the theories behind the techniques and approaches. Time will be spent on dispelling the myth of mental health as it relates to children, along with the dangers of relying only on “teaching” coping skills as social/emotional skill development for children.