What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work: A Workshop for Mental Health Professionals and Parents

This is an On-Demand webinar. This webinar was originally broadcasted on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

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In our culture, it is normal for caregivers to respond to their child stress and distress with reassurance and problem-solving. However, in some instances, these strategies lack effectiveness, leaving everyone feeling frustrated. With a dose of humor and plenty of real-life examples, participants will learn why, when and how to use emotion-focused communication skills to strengthen relationships, increase cooperation and respond more flexibly to strong emotional reactions in children and teens, including expressions of worry, anger, hopelessness, even silence. Sample scenarios and scripts will be provided for participants to customize based on their caregiving style and their child’s personality, and the presenter will facilitate a demonstration with a real-life scenario. Suitable for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers of children and teenagers, as well as professionals working closely with families, What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work is a workshop that offers concrete tools for efficiently navigating the twists, turns, and sometimes total chaos of life with kids.

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to—

  1. Describe the neurobiological rationale for emotion-focused communication
  2. List common knee-jerk responses when faced with others’ stress and distress 
  3. Apply the 2-step model of emotion coaching to a real-life scenario

Dr. Adele Lafrance is a clinical psychologist, research scientist, author and co-developer of emotion-focused treatment modalities, including Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. A frequent speaker at professional conferences worldwide, Adele has published extensively in the field of emotion and health, including a clinical manual to support families published by the American Psychological Association. She’s also written a popular parenting book titled: What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work and provides numerous practical resources to parents and caregivers at no cost via her website www.mentalhealthfoundations.ca.

Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Introduction to the knee-jerk response; neurobiological rationale for emotion-focused communication
2nd hour
  • Introduction to the 2-step model of emotion coaching; Practice and demonstration, Part 1
15 Minute Break
3rd hour
  • Practice and demonstration, Part 2

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US Participants

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance showing the hours completed will be distributed either following the Live Broadcast or with On-Demand registration (On-Demand participants must pass a post-webinar attendance quiz).  A CE package will be available which includes the full webinar description and details, the speaker’s CV and references.

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
Webinar Rate CAD $139 / USD $111
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