Children and youth often face challenges when navigating school, extracurricular activities, social media, and relationships at home and school. As they mature, their brains and bodies move through many developmental changes that each bring about a unique set of challenges which can be overwhelming at times. Change is almost always stressful, and it is normal for adults to experience some of the ways children and youth react to stress as challenging. This workshop explores the reasons behind difficult behaviours and provides strategies to help children and youth learn new ways to move forward as they navigate these developmental challenges and times of crises. Participants will learn strengths-based, interactive approaches to help recognize and manage dysregulation and promote emotional regulation.

*New workshop – available September 2021

 Some of the Topics Included

  • The Difference Between Regulation and Dysregulation
  • Factors That Contribute to Crises in Children and Youth
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Recognizing Potential Crisis Behaviours
  • Preventing Crisis Behaviours
  • Learning to Recognize Emotions
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Preparing for Crisis Behaviours
  • Strategies for Managing Big Emotions
  • Safety Considerations
  • Responding to Crisis Behaviours
  • The Difference Between Responding and Reacting
  • Teaching Skills for Regulating Big and Small Emotions
  • Self-Care Post Crisis
  • Follow-up With Children, Youth, and Others Involved

Target Audience:

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop for social service and other helping professionals, teachers, childcare workers, school personnel, and anyone supporting children and youth who may be experiencing emotional dysregulation and crisis.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, videos, practical exercises, case study exercises, personal reflections, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the causes of crisis behaviours in children and youth
  • Identify gaps and patterns that may lead to crisis behaviours in children and youth
  • Learn ways to respond to patterns of dysregulation in children and youth
  • Respond and support children and youth who are experiencing strong emotions
  • Understand the core developmental needs of children and youth
  • Identify ways in which children and youth can manage their own emotions and self-care