A--[MORNING SESSION] In Touch Parenting: Coaching Children to Use Words for Feelings (Jan. 12, 2019)
Children who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect and sexual abuse lack words for feelings. Without words, their behavior does the talking. Yes, behavior problems are a language, but it can seem like a foreign language to parents. The goals of this workshop on In Touch Parenting are:
To help foster and adoptive parents translate the hidden meaning of behavior problems
To identify ways to discover the mind-behind-the-behavior, that is, to figure out what thoughts, feelings, and motives the child has when acting certain ways
To teach the “In Touch stance”, a way of approaching troubled children with empathy and curiosity.
To suggest ways that encourage children to “use their words” instead of losing control or acting out.
To help parents to encourage children to express their feelings and needs.
Dr. Richard Delaney is an internationally known clinical psychologist, speaker and consultant to foster, kinship, and adoptive parents and programs. Dr. Delaney has given several hundred presentations in the throughout the United States, Canada, and the Bermuda Islands. He is currently the principal investigator of Foster Parent College (www.fosterparentcollege.com).