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Compass workshop: Dealing with big feelings

Wednesday, June 17, 2020   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: workshop, young people, children, mental wellbeing, Training

Emotional regulation is all about being able to manage feelings so they don’t intrude heavily on relationships or day-to-day life. This might involve being able to resist ‘losing it’ in upsetting or frustrating situations, or having the skills and techniques to be able to calm down when big emotions start to take over. Most of us unconsciously use a broad range of emotional regulation strategies to cope with difficult situations everyday. Some children and young people however will become overwhelmed by their feelings and appear unable to self-regulate. This can manifest in different ways depending on the child. For some there is an instantaneous response (outbursts, violence, self abuse).For others the distress can build up with a cumulative pressure eventually manifesting as more complex problems (substance misuse, depression, eating issues etc).

As helping professionals, educators, and carers we can assist these young people to learn to regulate these strong emotions at the point they first experience them and learn the skills to express and manage emotions in more resilient and confident ways.

This workshop with Child, Educational and Community Psychologist Dr Emma Woodward examines the what, why, and how of emotional regulation. It is brain-based, strengths-focused, and full of practical tips and strategies to use when talking and working with children and young people about their emotions. Participants will explore and practice a rich and wide variety of interventions to help young people (of all ages) tolerate, manage, and shift their affect states so they can reduce their dependency on actions that cause harm.

Dates: Thursday 23rd July 2020.
Time: 9am to 3pm. Lunch and morning and afternoon tea provided.
Location: Commodore Hotel (449 Memorial Avenue).
Cost: $249 per person including GST.

Find out more about this Dealing with big feelings workshop, including how to register. You can also contact the Compass Seminars team (06 759 1647 or office[at]compass.ac.nz). You are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment!

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