In 2018, a play therapist said to me, “I’m worried my work is not making a difference. As soon as a child’s session is over it’s like their parent does something that reverses everything we just did.”
“For example, I’m working with a 10-year-old boy who is controlling, angry, and rules the roost. Mom brought him in to see me to help him learn tools to be calm and flexible so their family can have more peace.”
“I have wonderful sessions with him, but every time he goes back to his mom in the lobby, they have a power struggle. He demands she buy him a treat and she tries to gently say no. He grows louder and more aggressive until mom eventually gives in.”
“Right in front of my eyes I see him using control and anger to get his way!”
“What good is my work if there’s a disconnect between what I do and what his mom does? I can only imagine what else happens at home!”
This is a tricky spot to be in as a Therapist, Educator or Clinician because you are highly trained in helping children grow and thrive.
Oftentimes, you can see what isn’t working well for parents, but you may feel uncertain how to address these issues. You might question if it’s really your place to say anything!
When your job – and a parent’s expectation -- is that you work with children, not the whole family, it creates a gap in what’s possible.
And, if you’re like the play therapist above, you want to close the gap between what happens at the clinic and at home; but you’ve never been trained in talking to parents.
That’s why I’m teaching a new online class called, “Simple Tools to Support the Overwhelmed Parent: Help Parents Better Help Their Kids.”
When: Friday, April 8 from 8:30am-3:30pm Central (CE Certificate Provided!)
Where: online via Zoom
Cost: $185 (Early Bird Coupon to save $20; expires 3/31/22; CESAVE20)
Take-Away: Simple tools to help parents better help their kids; increased confidence!
This class is specifically for Therapists, Social Workers, Educators and Clinicians who work with struggling kids who may have anxiety, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiance or Other Mood Disorders.
If you love working with children but could use some concrete tools to talk to parents, I hope you join me!
P.S. Do you have an actual news bulletin board -- or an online bulletin board -- at work? If so, please print/share our class flier and invite your colleagues to this online CE. Remember to tell them to use coupon code CESAVE20 to save $20 (expires 3/31/22).
Continuing education, advanced training, and parent coach certification for professionals who support intense kids and their families. View my mental health Ted Talk on helping families heal from stress here.
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