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Thriving Together: Fostering Emotional Resilience in Children & Youth

Building Blocks of Well-Being: Social Emotional Foundations for Children & Youth

Children and youth undergo significant growth and change in how they process, experience, and demonstrate emotions, and how they form and interact with adults and peers from birth through adolescence.  Knowing and understanding this developmental arc is critical for professionals who work with children and youth.  Further, it is important to be aware of the ways in which disability can impact a child’s social development and their capacity to express emotions.

These 3 webinars will provide participants with foundational knowledge to best support the military-connected and civilian children they serve with and without disabilities. Information shared will strengthen participants’ capacity to engage with all families and caregivers around this important developmental topic. Webinars will include data to support and guide understanding of social-emotional development as fact not an educational fad. Particular attention will be given to the ways in which the presence of a disability and/or environmental risk factors associated with military and civilian family life (e.g., deployment, frequent moves, marginalization, income instability, trauma) may impact a child’s social-emotional development.

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Tiny Hearts, Big Emotions: Cultivating Emotional Learning and Development with Responsive Practices

This webinar explores emotional intelligence development from birth, focusing on regulation, attachment, and expression within cultural contexts. Explore how, in partnership with caregivers, to support this growth through nurturing interactions, impacting future relationships, learning, and overall development.

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Harmony of Expression: Exploring Social and Emotional Development in Middle Childhood Through Expressive Art Approaches

This webinar covers social-emotional development in middle childhood (6-12 years old) and expressive art’s role in aiding transitions and loss. It delves into art techniques for self-awareness, empathy, and communication, suitable even for those new to art therapy principles and applications.

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Embracing Identity: Fostering Positive Emotional Growth in Teens and Young Adults

Adolescence is a time when meaningful relationships are at the nexus of social life, education, and mental health. This interactive presentation will focus on how our personal and professional relationships with the youth in our care can foster and support educational and social-emotional development.

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Reclaiming Well-Being: Awareness, Strategies, & Resources to Support Children & Youth

With a solid knowledge of social-emotional development from Building Blocks of Well-Being: Social Emotional Foundations for Children & Youth (part one), these next webinars will provide professionals working with military-connected and civilian children with and without disabilities in childcare, classroom, and recreational settings with knowledge and practical strategies that can be applied to their work.

These 5 webinars will address three common areas of challenge for professionals: understanding children’s behaviors that may pose challenges for adults, adapting to unexpected changes in the lives of children and youth, and addressing emotional distress and behavior (e.g., self-harm, depression, bullying, violence). Presenters will foster awareness and understanding around these topics while also offering valuable resources to support professionals in their work. Additionally, they will provide strategies to help military-connected and civilian children, adolescents, and their families navigate these difficult experiences.

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The Art of Connection: Empowering Professionals to Respond Positively to Challenging Behaviors - Part 1

The use of positive guidance practices to teach young children appropriate responses to different situations is critical for professionals working with this population. This webinar focuses on factors that impact children’s behavior and how professionals respond to the different behaviors children present.

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The Art of Connection: Empowering Professionals to Respond Positively to Challenging Behaviors - Part 2

Intentional planning should be taken when responding to challenging behavior to avoid implicit bias that can negatively impact the response of the caregiver or educator. This webinar discusses how to respond to children’s behavior more effectively through reflection and the use of a neutralizing routine.

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Expressive Brushes: Using Art-based Mediums to Support Children & Youth During Change

This webinar explores using art to enhance empathy, perspective-taking, and communication in 6-12 year-olds, focusing on navigating life’s challenges. It outlines art as a tool for expression and offers strategies for adapting art-based approaches to meet diverse needs in various contexts.

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Coping Compass: Working in the Wake of School & Community Violence & Disaster

This webinar is designed to equip professionals who work with middle and high school students from military families with the skills and knowledge necessary to support students and communities affected by traumatic events.

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Coping Compass: Identifying and Addressing Problematic Behavior

This webinar will provide insight into the underlying causes of middle and high school student behaviors often associated with anxiety, depression, antisocial behavior, and suicidal ideation. Examples and practical strategies for early identification, and intervention to promote positive changes are also shared.

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