Professionals working in close contact with parents and children have a unique role in helping parents manage their feelings and deciding what action to take when caring for their child. When the child behavior or the caregiver’s response is extreme or seemingly incomprehensible we often lose our freedom of response and resort to a rigid reaction and at the same time we lose our connection with self and other. Mindful parenting is a specific state of mind and set of activities that enables caregivers to respond, instead, from a thoughtful and intentional mind state, rather than a mind state of distress and reactivity.
In this full-day workshop, participants will explore how their own reactions as professionals are informed by their cultural and family beliefs, their early experiences, and their desires and fears for parents and children. Facilitators will guide participants in a variety of experiential exercises using mindfulness practices that shift the mind state from an aroused fight or flight state to a more grounded and spacious state in which the capacity to choose our responses and maintain our connections are regained. Specific tools that address challenging interactions between parents and children will be shared, as well as techniques on how to engage caregivers in the process of being more mindful in their responses to their children’s needs and behaviors.
Presented by Sabina Fila, LCSW
- Mindful Parenting
April 17, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm