Let’s Connect Introductory Workshop: Building successful connections between adults and the children and youth they care for
taught by Lucianne Hackbert, Ph.D.
September 16, 2017, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
This interactive workshop will provide caregivers, professionals and other adults who work with children and youth with an introduction to Let’s Connect (LC), a program that promotes healthy adult-child relationships. Let’s Connect is a trauma-informed program that targets 3 interrelated skill areas:
- Adults’ awareness of their own and the child’s emotions and emotion regulation skills
- Adults’ use of concrete steps to guide their response to children’s emotional arousal and challenging behavior in supportive ways
- Adults’ use of behaviorally-specific caregiver-child emotion communication skills that model and build emotional awareness and regulation skills and healthy coping in children and youth
This half-day workshop will provide adult participants with an overview of Let’s Connect (LC) by introducing the primary concepts and core components and engaging in active group dialogue and experiential exercises.
- Consider their current use of social and emotional skills including self-care strategies
- Explore what LC offers to support and augment their existing skills so they can be attuned and responsive caregivers
- Enhance their confidence in managing the emergent situations that arise every day in their interactions with children and youth
Specific learning objectives include:
- Present an overview of the LC program in light of recent research on child development, positive parenting, and interpersonal neurobiology
- Discuss the function of emotion
- Explore how our emotional needs change as we develop and reflect differences in temperament
- Learn skills that adults can apply every day using real-life scenarios from home, school and community settings
- Watch LC Trainers demonstrate LC concepts and skills
- Practice skills and self-care strategies in a supportive group
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for both parents and professionals who work with children, youth and families to self-reflect on their critical role as a model. This role brings deep satisfaction and meaning but also presents challenges and stress. Professionals who may find this event particularly useful include mental health providers, social service caseworkers, juvenile justice professionals, school counselors, community mentors and advocates involved in youth organizations.
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:00am - 1:00pm
$75.00: Regular Registration
$56.25: (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and UW budget number.
* Registration includes a Certificate of Completion with 4 CEU's
CCFW offers a limited number of scholarships per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140 Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 2 weeks prior to the workshop. Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.
About Let’s Connect
Let’s Connect (LC) offers a developmentally grounded and trauma-sensitive lens to help adults to see children’s needs and perspectives more clearly. The LC skills are applicable across a variety of clinical and community settings. Let’s Connect has been delivered to families as a stand-alone program as well as a strategic enhancement to other child and family based treatments, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. For more information, please visit the LC website at www.letsconnect.org.
Considered a promising practice by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, LC has also been recognized as a promising strategy in Child Trends' newly released report on early care and education programs that effectively address early childhood trauma.
About the Presenter
Lucianne Hackbert, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Research Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Hackbert is one of the three developers of Let's Connect, and has 10+ years of experience developing and implementing Social and Emotional Learning programs to foster resilience in children, families, and communities. Dr. Hackbert’s work has involved integrating creativity, mindfulness, and movement into evidence-based approaches to address the needs of children, youth and adults and across various settings such as homes, schools, hospitals and community spaces such as gardens. Dr. Hackbert’s professional life is committed to helping adults to engage with children and youth with confidence and competence.
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