course »Restorative Self-Care and Resiliency: Teaching Child Welfare Professionals Skills to Teach Foster Youth

Date: 3/24/2017, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
How do we help young people that we are working with refine and develop strategies for self-regulation and self-calming? In this training we’ll explore the neurobiology of self-regulation, and then examine a number of strategies and practices for supporting clients to deepen self-regulation and resilience. We’ll explore working with the nervous system to help it accomplish these goals. This training will take us deeply into the exploration of the relaxation response, to help us cultivate resilience at the level of the nervous system. We will engage in a variety of movement and mindfulness practices to support integration and well-being, and learn how to tailor these awareness practices to the present moment state of our nervous system, increasing their integrative potency and efficacy in supporting our internal equilibrium. We’ll also explore core beliefs around self-care, and develop a concrete self-care plan.

Learning Objectives
  • Examine our own core beliefs about self-care
  • Understand that the practice of self-care is the practice of changing habits
  • Understand the neurological basis of behavior change in neuro-plasticity
  • Understand the importance of cultivating the relaxation response
  • Learn about the physiology of the relaxation response, and why it needs to be practiced
  • Cultivate the relaxation response, increasing equilibrium and positive emotionality
  • Develop a personal self-care schedule based on our unique preferences