Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected
Parts 1 & 2
Working with distressed kids and families takes three important 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 model and develop coregulation in the therapy room. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss and practice techniques 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
- Get useful child feedback about sessions, including asking the best questions to tap into therapeutic engagement and using evidence-based feedback measures like the Child Outcome Rating Scale
- Create a toolbox of developmentally appropriate techniques like Grounding Together, Squiggling, Co-Mindful Meditations, and The Do-Over
Continued with workshop 304
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 Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.