Neurological First Aid For Meltdowns
In this session, we will discover safe and loving methods for engaging with a child during a meltdown, whether we are parents or caregivers. When someone, especially a child, is beginning to escalate or is already in full “meltdown” mode, most of us recognize that this behavior triggers our own stress state! We will look at some quick and simple techniques that we can use for ourselves in the same moments we are seeking to keep our children safe, as we minister love, grace, and guidance through the context of our own inner peacefulness.
The Brain Workshop
Children who come into our homes from adverse childhood experiences have been changed at the core of who they would have been had the circumstances been different. This workshop not only discuss how early trauma impacts a child's brain development, but how trauma impacts the body, biology, belief system and behavior. Understanding this leads to compassionate parenting.
Journeying Thru Trans-Racial Placement
Robert O'Connor is an adult transracial adoptee, and former state ward turned state ward administrator. He will use his journey to teach us about best practices in supporting transracial placements. He challenges us to examine our paradigm's and to be open to the power the purpose and the promise of such placements."
Building A Teen's Capacity For Relationship
The most important need for a teen, any teen, but those particularly impacted by trauma and loss is relationship. These teens have been wounded in relationships and will heal in the context of nurturing adult connections. This workshop addresses the teen's developmental issues and how to build a relational connection with them.
Remembering Movements for the Recovery of Natural Development
This breakout session will start with our own physical remembering of the natural neurological development for babies through 2 years old, through a short experience of the archetype movements, which begin in utero. How can our churches and families
“play" with developmental purpose? By modeling, entraining, and mirroring movements as we play with our little ones, we create playful bridges for these children's journey away from anchored trauma or crisis. Our emphasis will be on bonding and safety for emotional, mental and physical health now and for their future.
Exploring Adoption, Foster Care and Beyond
Have you been thinking about taking the first step in exploring where God is calling you to impact the life of a child? There are various streams that you can enter in to whether it be in Traditional Foster Care, Adoption, Respite Care or participating as a Host Family. In this break out we will explore each program and the process.
Research and common knowledge both suggest that the most influential relationship in a child’s life is with his or her parent or caregiver. A strong parent-child relationship can limit the effects of trauma, increase a child’s confidence and independence, and empower a child to explore life from a safe base. However, working with or caring for a child full-time with a traumatic history can come at great costs to the worker, parent or caregiver if that adult is not in a good place emotionally and spiritually himself. During this time together we will explore the dynamic connection of emotional and spiritual health. We will discuss what the journey of becoming both emotionally and spiritually healthy looks and how to grow in that journey. Participants will leave the workshop with deeper insight and tools to use to evaluate their own emotional and spiritual health. This is intended for all three levels of participants.
The Dad Who Comforts
Families who are fostering or adopting children need an attentive and mature person leading them. In this seminar we are challenging husbands and fathers to grow in our capacities to offer comfort. We can learn to better see the needs of our wives and children and become instruments of healing. Most husbands and fathers want to develop the capacity to offer comfort. This person will help his family feel safe and will lead with gentleness and kindness.