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Social and Emotional Development for Children and Teens: Mind-Body Strategies to Improve Challenging Behaviors, Self-Regulation and Stress

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Through clear, straightforward steps, guiding principles and mind-body techniques backed by neuroscience and research, Mona Delahooke, PhD, will teach you practical methods to better support the social and emotional lives of the children and families you work with.

Attend this cutting-edge seminar and you will learn valuable tools to nurture relationships, measure progress, reduce child stress, address challenging behaviors and promote self-regulation. Through case studies, video examples, and dynamic discussion you will learn how and when to use specific treatment techniques based on each child’s unique individual emotional, sensory/motor and developmental profile.

Discover how to customize treatment and educational strategies across disciplines through a mind/body and user-friendly roadmap of social and emotional development applicable to:
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Challenging behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Mental health issues
  • Developmental delays
  • Communication delays
  • Sensory Processing disorders
This workshop will show how to develop these skills in children and teens with clear, practical and attuned strategies to guide you to harness strength and hope in garnering psychological resilience for children and families.

  1. Determine treatment strategies/techniques based on individual’s emotional/sensory/motor profile and neuroception of safety in social-emotional development.
  2. Explore the difference between intentional misbehavior and stress responses.
  3. Integrate mind and body-based techniques for the treatment of mental health, behavioral and developmental challenges.
  4. Employ the 3-step process of personalized attunement to help children become calm and emotionally regulated.
  5. Articulate the importance of a cross-disciplinary approach to supporting social-emotional development.
  6. Communicate the critical importance of the “therapeutic use of self” when working with children.

Foundations for Social-Emotional Treatment
  • Difference between developmental and chronological age and clinical/educational implications
  • Neuroception – Polyvagal Theory (Stephen Porges, Ph.D.)
  • The therapeutic “use of self”
  • Difference between purposeful misbehavior and stress responses
  • Parent-child and provider-parent relationships
  • Promote a calm and alert state
Strategies Tailored to Individual Differences
  • Conscious vs unconscious behaviors
  • Identify underlying challenges
  • Work at each person’s neurodevelopmental level
  • Identify the behavioral features of stress responses and how to support in real time
  • Treat functional capacities/challenges across diagnoses
  • Three steps to personalized attunement
Mind-Based Techniques for Regulation, Attention and Engagement
  • Sensorimotor contributions to physiological regulation
  • Establish the neuroception of safety as the priority
  • Auditory and other sensory pathways to support physiological and emotional regulation
  • Play techniques for pre-symbolic development
  • Powerful wordless dialogues
  • Non-verbal social problem solving
Body-Based Techniques for Social Problem-Solving, Executive Function and Cognitive Flexibility
  • Communicative flow
  • Build symbolic bridges
  • Re-enactment of procedural memories and how to debrief
  • Availability to use “mind” to control body
  • Integrate mind/body strategies
Techniques for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioral, developmental and hybrid approaches – how to choose
  • Floortime®, DIR and FCD, and developmental, relationship-based techniques
  • Behavioral and developmental techniques
  • Alternative forms of communication for non-speakers
  • Lessons about neurodiversity and avoiding ableism
Techniques for Communication Delays
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Affect/emotion harnessing techniques
  • Promote intentional communication with caregiver
  • How to combine words, affect and action
Techniques for Challenging Behaviors
  • Deconstruct oppositional defiant disorder
  • Determine upstream causes of challenging behaviors
  • Use the child’s natural sensory preferences for cooperation
  • Stress responses and faulty neuroception
  • Support adaptive responses to emotional dysregulation
Techniques for Anxiety, Stress and Trauma
  • Identify stress responses as early as possible
  • Emotional co-regulation and modulation strategies
  • Build symbolic pathways through story telling
  • Explore fears through procedural re-enactment
  • Partner with parents


Mona Delahooke, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience caring for young children and their families. With a special focus on early childhood development, she is a senior faculty member and Mental Health Working Group Co-Chair of the Profectum Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the development of neurodiverse children, adolescents and adults.

She is also a faculty member of the Early Intervention Training Institute of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic and trains clinicians in the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (DMH) as an independent contractor. Dr. Delahooke holds the highest level of endorsement in the field of infant and toddler mental health in California, as a Reflective Practice Mentor (RPM). Currently in private practice in Arcadia, California, she consults with parents, preschools, regional centers, public agencies, and school districts in the areas of screening, assessment, intervention and support for families, infants, toddlers and young children. She is the author of Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention (PESI, 2017), which describes a contemporary, neurodevelopmental approach useful for all childhood professionals.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Mona Delahooke maintains a private practice. She is a senior faculty member and Mental Health Working Group Co-Chair of the Profectum Foundation. She is a faculty member of the Early Intervention Training Institute (EITI) of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. Dr. Delahooke receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Mona Delahooke has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Washington Educators & Administrators: 6.0 Clock Hours have been made available through Puget Sound ESD for the seminar on 11/7/2017 in Lynnwood, WA and additional dates - 11/9/2017 Seattle, WA; 11/10/2017 Tacoma, WA. Clock Hours are only awarded to participants who follow the sign-in and reporting procedures provided at the seminar. Clock Hour Number SEH137.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Washington Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists:
This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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