611 – Therapeutic Activities with Kids and Families

Coregulating Together
Martha Straus

To regulate with distressed kids and families, we need to have three skills: the ability to stay calm and present ourselves, a way to gather both verbal and nonverbal session feedback to improve effectiveness and encourage collaboration, and a toolbox of techniques that teach and practice coregulation in the therapy room. In this workshop, you’ll explore the developmental importance of coregulation. You’ll discover:

  • How to help concerned adults (including therapists) become better regulated with activities, such as Setting the Intention, Knowing Your Hooks, and Conversations with Your Younger Self
  • Fun and useful ways of collecting and integrating child feedback about sessions, including asking the best questions that tap into therapeutic engagement, and routinely using evidence-based feedback measures like the Child Outcome Rating Scale and the Child Session Rating Scale
  • Building a toolbox of developmentally appropriate techniques like Grounding Together, Co-Mindful Meditations, Back-to-Back Breathing, and The Passing Storm


Martha Straus, PhD, a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Adolescent Girls in Crisis, and most recently, Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Martha Straus is in private practice. She is a professor at Antioch University; and an adjunct instructor at Dartmouth Medical School.
Non-financial: Martha Straus has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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