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The workshops and trainings below are tailored for health and mental health workers, educators, and others serving children and their families. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Professional Events
Lucianne Hackbert, PhD
9:00am - 1:00pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required. Please click here.
Cost: $75.00

This interactive workshop will provide caregivers, professionals and other adults who work with children and youth with an introduction to Let’s Connect (LC), a program that promotes healthy adult-child relationships. Let’s Connect is a trauma-informed program that targets 3 interrelated skill areas:

  1. Adults’ awareness of their own and the child’s emotions and emotion regulation skills
  2. Adults’ use of concrete steps to guide their response to children’s emotional arousal and challenging behavior in supportive ways
  3. Adults’ use of behaviorally-specific caregiver-child emotion communication skills that model and build emotional awareness and regulation skills and healthy coping in children and youth

Details
This half-day workshop will provide adult participants with an overview of Let’s Connect (LC) by introducing the primary concepts and core components and engaging in active group dialogue and experiential exercises.

Participants will:

  • Consider their current use of social and emotional skills including self-care strategies
  • Explore what LC offers to support and augment their existing skills so they can be attuned and responsive caregivers
  • Enhance their confidence in managing the emergent situations that arise everyday in their interactions with children and youth

Specific learning objectives include:

  • Present an overview of the LC program in light of recent research on child development, positive parenting and interpersonal neurobiology
  • Discuss the function of emotion
  • Explore how our emotional needs change as we develop and reflect differences in temperament
  • Learn skills that adults can apply every day using real-life scenarios from home, school and community settings
  • Watch LC Trainers demonstrate LC concepts and skills
  • Practice skills and self-care strategies in a supportive group

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for both parents and professionals who work with children, youth and families to self-reflect on their critical role as a model. This role brings deep satisfaction and meaning but also presents challenges and stress. Professionals who may find this event particularly useful include mental health providers, social service caseworkers, juvenile justice professionals, school counselors, community mentors and advocates involved in youth organizations.

Workshop Date

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Workshop Cost

$75.00: Regular Registration
$56.25: (25% off): UW Affilitate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number

Scholarships may be available. Please see the registration page for details or email mindful@uw.edu

About Let’s Connect

Let’s Connect (LC) offers a developmentally grounded and trauma-sensitive lens to help adults to see children’s needs and perspectives more clearly. The LC skills are applicable across a variety of clinical and community settings. Let’s Connect has been delivered to families as a stand-alone program as well as a strategic enhancement to other child and family based treatments, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. For more information, please visit the LC website at www.letsconnect.org.

Considered a promising practice by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, LC has also been recognized as a promising strategy in Child Trends' newly released report on early care and education programs that effectively address early childhood trauma. 

About the Presenter

Lucianne Hackbert, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Research Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Hackbert is one of the three developers of Let's Connect, and has 10+ years of experience developing and implementing Social and Emotional Learning programs to foster resilience in children, families and communities. Dr. Hackbert’s work has involved integrating creativity, mindfulness and movement into evidence-based approaches to address the needs of children, youth and adults and across various settings such as homes, schools, hospitals and community spaces such as gardens. Dr. Hackbert’s professional life is committed to helping adults to engage with children and youth with confidence and competence. 

Friday, October 20, 2017
Professional Events
Lucianne Hackbert, PhD & Monica Fitzgerald, PhD
9:00am - 5:00pm (Fri/Sat) | 9:00am - 12:00pm (Sun)  »  CCFW

Registration is required. Please click here. Cost: $425.00.

This highly interactive training will provide professionals with the foundation to integrate Let’s Connect (LC), a program that promotes healthy adult-child relationships, into a variety of clinical and community settings where they work. LC offers a developmentally grounded and trauma-sensitive lens to help adults to see children’s needs and perspectives more clearly.

This training is open to professionals working with children, youth, and families, including mental health providers, social service caseworkers, juvenile justice professionals, school counselors, community mentors and advocates involved in youth organizations.

Details: Let’s Connect is a trauma-informed program that targets 3 interrelated skill areas:

  • Adults’ awareness of their own and the child’s emotions and emotion regulation skills
  • Adults’ use of concrete steps to guide their response to children’s emotional arousal and challenging behavior in supportive ways
  • Adults’ use of behaviorally-specific caregiver-child emotion communication skills that model and build emotional awareness and regulation skills and healthy coping in children and youth.

This training will provide participants with insight on how to better understand children’s social-emotional needs and to respond skillfully. Participants will learn how to coach parents and caregivers in attaining new skills. The workshop curriculum will include:

Day 1 and Day 2:

Introduce the theory and scientific context for LC including relevant research on child development, positive parenting and interpersonal neurobiology.

Learn the LC Core Components: 

  • Psychoeducation to build a base of knowledge including the following topics: Social and emotional development and the markers for health, Why emotions are important for all of us, the universal need for human connection and the power of nurturing, the impact of adversity, chronic stress and trauma, the role of successful connection for resilience and recovery and the mental and behavioral challenges commonly experienced by children and youth
  • Social and emotional skills to build emotional awareness, and self-care and effective ways to communicate and connect successfully
  • Contextual sensitivity to embody competence at all levels across the whole system of care

Review and discuss how LC can be used as a strategic enhancement to evidence-based mental health treatments for children and families.

Learn and practice the LC Skills using vignettes and role-play and receive feedback.

Learn and practice LC strategies for self-care:

  • Hand-to-Heart 3-step process
  • Guided visualization
  • Belly Breathing

Day 3:

Continue practice of the LC Skills as you receive direct feedback from trainers and other participants

Create an action plan to build LC strategies into your professional life

Review the steps to become an LC Coach including follow-up consultation:

  • Group consultation for six months after the training at an additional cost.
  • Individual consultation from the LC Trainers as you apply the skills in your child and family settings.

For more information on the LC Professional Training, please visit the Let's Connect website training page

LC is considered a promising practice by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, It has also been recognized as a promising strategy in Child Trends newly released report on early care and education programs that effectively address early childhood trauma.
 

Training Dates

October 20 – 22, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Training Cost

The cost of the full training is $425.00, which includes a certificate of completion and CEUs.

About the Presenters

Lucianne Hackbert, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Research Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Hackbert is one of the three developers of Let's Connect, and has 10+ years of experience developing and implementing Social and Emotional Learning programs to foster resilience in children, families and communities. Dr. Hackbert’s work has involved integrating creativity, mindfulness and movement into evidence-based approaches to address the needs of children, youth and adults and across various settings such as homes, schools, hospitals and community spaces such as gardens. Dr. Hackbert’s professional life is committed to helping adults to engage with children and youth with confidence and competence.

Monica Fitzgerald, PhD is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and one of the three developers of Let’s Connect. Dr. Fitzgerald’s clinical and research interests focus on the impact of violence and trauma exposure on children’s emotional and behavioral adjustment, parent-child interaction patterns and parental emotion socialization practices, and approaches to implementing and disseminating trauma-informed, evidence-based prevention programs and treatment interventions in community settings and human service systems (e.g., community mental health centers, schools, child-welfare).  She is the Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Training Initiative and co-director of the Trauma Center of Excellence (a SAMSHA funded project). She is a co-investigator on a NIJ Comprehensive School Safety grant to evaluate the feasibility and impact of the Safe Communities Safe Schools Model in Colorado schools. Dr. Fitzgerald is an expert trainer in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Abuse-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), and regularly conducts trainings and provides consultation for these models nationally and internationally.