Resilience: Helping Children Cope (Laredo Area)
Complete Attendance not available before workshop starts.
Presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald.
According to the American Medical Association, this generation of children has the highest rate of diagnoses and prescribed medications, food allergies, autoimmune diseases and learning challenges ever recorded. Many believe children have changed, yet it appears that children have not changed, but childhood has in response to the changes in our culture. At some point, the stakes became dangerously high and more children now live childhoods with unnecessary stress. This stress is revealed in their thoughts, emotions and actions. Since all humans adapt in ways that protect them and ensure their survival, these reactions are strictly defensive. Often what adults label as defiant, aggressive, mean, impulsive, or something else, the children view as a way to deal with the stressors or distress in their life or a way to resolve an unsolved problem. Instead of viewing the children or their behavior as the problem, we must recognize they have had accomplices. The accomplice may have been or continues to be a social environment awash with poverty, drugs, gangs or violence; and early care and education system too busy collecting data and overseeing state and federal over-regulation to notice a child's cry for love and hope; a mental health system that allocates most of its financial and human resources toward diagnosing and treating disorders, rather than investing in primary prevention; or perhaps we have become a nation of limited self-regulation and a declining sense of conscience, led by our insatiability for material acquisition and temporary pleasure, which has sacrificed intimacy in relationships in the process. Whatever the cause, it is time to shift what has been business as usual for the past 16 years and apply a framework that focuses on moving beyond survival toward wellness. Only then will we be able to reach the seemingly unreachable children around us.
Objectives: At the completion of this session, each participant will be able to:
1. Define the best practice and research-based interventions for addressing adverse childhood experiences.
2. Identify the most common adverse experiences
3. Differentiate between stress and distress, and design an approach that shifts the focus from surviving to thriving
Diversity and Special Needs Populations
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