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Resilient Eating: Supporting Your Foster/Adoptive Child’s Relationship with Food (Part 1)

Food issues can be stressful and complex, making mealtimes miserable for even for the most seasoned foster and adoptive families. This workshop will focus on how food insecurity, neglect and improper nutrition impact children physically, neurologically and relationally. Common feeding issues will be explored and we will dive in to shifting our perspective from restriction to regulation and resilience. 

 
 

Animal Assisted Therapy

Join us to hear how Harmony’s team partners with dogs and horses in the therapeutic process to promote emotional regulation and relational health.   We’ll explore how the experiential aspect of canine and equine-assisted therapies promotes emotional growth and learning through expanding the window of tolerance and allowing for safe, nonjudgmental relationships with the animals. We will also include some of the latest research outlining the neurobiological benefits of animal-assisted therapy and how you may apply some of these principles in your home or work settings.

Resilient Eating: Supporting Your Foster/Adoptive Child’s Relationship with Food (Part 2)

This workshop continues to examine the relationship between trauma and feeding issues in foster and adopted children, introducing healthy and connected interventions designed to create felt safety and resilience. We will explore the need for regulated parental responses, learn how to create structure and routine around feeding and build attachment though nurturing a healthy relationship with food.

 

Crisis De-Escalation: Techniques for Parents and Professionals

The de-escalation techniques presented are from Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), a curriculum that was developed by Cornell University and is now used in schools, residential treatment facilities, and foster homes. After understanding how the brain functions during a crisis, we will learn how to engage a child with a calm voice and a non-threatening stance. A variety of support techniques will be discussed along with strategies and phrases to reduce power struggles. You will learn to “say this….not that” to let children know you are an ally and not another obstacle in an already challenging situation.

 
 

Trauma Informed Yoga

Research has shown that the use of yoga and meditation helps individuals manage the symptoms of chronic stress and trauma, as well as, foster a reconnection between the brain and body. Learn what makes trauma informed yoga different from your typical class at the gym. This training will help those in professional settings- whether clinician, teacher, yoga instructor etc.- to understand the basic elements that create a trauma informed yoga class or session. It will also help parents or caregivers when seeking resources for themselves or their children by equipping them with what questions to ask the yoga teacher or what components to look for in online resources. Join our therapist, who is a trauma sensitive registered yoga teacher, in learning how to adapt yoga practices to meet the needs of your children, clients, and students.

How to Talk to Your Child About Suicide

Talking about suicide is hard, and it’s even harder to think about having to do this with your own child.  Research and practice show that opening up lines of communication between parents and children can help reduce the likelihood that a child will attempt suicide.  Offering concrete, real life supports – especially nurturing relationships - reduce that likelihood even more.

Sadly, suicide is on the rise across all age groups and races in our country.  A therapist and mother will discuss why some children may be more at risk to attempt suicide than others and the signs to look for.  Then, they will give some practical tips for how to plan for the conversation, what to say and not to say, and how to build in supports for your child.  They will also talk about what to do in a crisis situation and what to expect when professionals are called upon for help.  

 
 

Rhythm in Relationships

Connecting with a child who has a history of attachment related issues or other challenges requires patience, perspective, support … and rhythm. Rhythm is also an effective tool to help calm a dysregulated child. This webinar will highlight the importance of including rhythm in both relational interactions and daily activities.  Using brain science along with concepts from Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) and the Circle of Security, we will explore how parents and professionals can apply practical, rhythmic-based strategies to enhance attachment and promote regulation.

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