Promoting Engagement for Withdrawn Children 

Online, On-Demand Workshop

The child within the home or classroom that is often noticed first or identified for needing extra help and support is the outgoing, loud, active, intense, and aggressive child.

These are children whose behaviors show their wants, needs, and emotional states – and it’s often easy to identify and intervene as needed. Children who are quieter or more subdued in social settings are typically more unassuming, cautious, and careful. They are the ones who are sometimes overlooked as needing extra help or support. They tend to follow rules and cause less disruptions.

Adults and teachers often perceive them as anxious, frightened, or quiet and reserved. They are less inclined to initiate interaction or take command of a situation, however this way of being also has incredible benefits and potential.

Join us for this important training to explore engagement with the withdrawn child as well as tips and techniques to ensure that the interactions are positive and beneficial.

This training is designed for parents, caregivers, teachers, and school personnel. 

In this training, you will learn about:

  • Contributing reasons for withdrawn behaviors
  • Potential concerns/challenges and warning signs when a child is withdrawn
  • Tips and techniques to encourage engagement

$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

The Power of the Parent-Teacher Relationship 

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Both parents and teachers play a vital role in educating a child. Parents are children’s first teacher as they teach children essential life and academic skills while providing love and support. The connection and communication between teachers and parents become very important in any school setting, including early education settings.

Young children are very attuned with their parents, teachers and caregivers and read their cues well. So, when their teacher and parents are connected and have a positive and strong relationship, children are more likely to feel safe in their relationships with their teachers and have more positive attitude towards their teacher, center or school, and learning. Effective communication is essential for building school-family partnerships. It constitutes the foundation for all other forms of family involvement in education.

Join us for this 30-minute online training to explore the benefits of building parent-teacher relationship, as well as different ways of communicating with parents. 

This training is designed for parents, caregivers, teachers, and school personnel. 

In this training, you will learn about:

  • Benefits of building parent-teacher relationship
  • Different ways of communicating with parents
  • Techniques and strategies to communicate more effectively with parents to build strong relationships with them

$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

Mindful Parenting 

Online, On-Demand Workshop

You’ve most likely heard the term mindfulness, but are you familiar with how it applies to and impacts parenting?

This approach to interactions with children serves a twofold purpose: bringing awareness to the emotions of all involved and promoting and preserving connection and understanding within the relationship. It’s about responding to situations, rather than reacting, in order to create a positive and safe learning environment.

Take this training to better your understanding of mindfulness, the benefits and potential that it has for both you and your child/ren, and how to incorporate this moment-to-moment awareness into your parenting style in a practical and sustainable way.

In this training, you will learn about:

  • The three key elements of mindfulness and how to implement a basic mindfulness meditation practice
  • Mindful parenting and the benefits it has for child/parent/family
  • Tips to integrate mindful parenting into daily life

$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

Building Confidence and Self-Esteem in Children

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Confidence and self-esteem are traits that ready us for life experiences!

They improve the beliefs we have about our own abilities, boost communication skills, strengthen relationships, maintain our mental-health and even determine later in life success.  These are certainly the sorts of traits we want to nurture and support in the children we parent, care for and teach.

Join us as we explore the potential of these traits, practical ways to boost both your own self-assurance, and ways to encourage the development of confidence and self-esteem in children.

In this training, you will learn about:

  • The benefits of building confidence and self-esteem.
  • How confidence and self-esteem relate to mental health.
  • Various skills and techniques to support children in boosting their confidence and self-esteem.
$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

Promoting Resilience in Children

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Resilience: the ability to “bounce back” from setbacks, to adapt and overcome adversity, to cope with challenges by making use of internal resources and social supports.

Difficult experiences are an inevitable part of life, and so by supporting resilient practices from childhood, we aim to strengthen a child’s ability to overcome both current and later in life stressors. Research has shown that, even though it may have a genetic component, resilience is a skill that you can build.

Take this training to learn more about the protective buffer that resilience offers against stress as well as strategies to help promote and strengthen this trait in the lives of the children you engage with.

In this training, you will learn about:

  • The importance of resilience in children
  • Factors that contribute to resilience in children
  • Various strategies to promote resilience in children
$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

The Power of Play

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Play is how children explore and make sense of the world. Play is children’s language and toys are children’s words.

When we explore the benefits, especially related to cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development, it’s clear how significant and powerful play really is to a child’s overall growth and wellbeing. Often, we don’t regard play as having an impact on a child’s ability to learn, when in fact it is crucial to supporting things like connecting with others, mastering skills, experimenting and problem-solving and fostering resilience behaviors.

Take this training to learn about the science behind play, the ways in which it impacts a multitude of developmental factors and easy-to-implement tips to creating the ideal play environment within the home or school setting.

In this training, you will learn about:

  • The benefits of play for children.
  • The importance of structuring the environment to promote social-emotional development and academic skills through play.
  • Activities to use with children including everyday items to reinforce the skills learned throughout the presentation.
$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

Supporting Empathy Development

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Empathy is a complex skill that develops over the lifespan and is shaped by genetics, observation, learning, and life experiences.

It creates the foundation for our ability to connect with others and plays a significant role in creating and maintaining meaningful relationships throughout our lives. Modeling, practicing, and reinforcing this skill from a young age helps children achieve different empathy milestones and foster ways of being that serve them as they navigate the world and relationships around them.

Join us as we explore ways in which to nurture and support the development of this important life skill as we parent, care for or teach children on a daily basis.

In this training, you will learn about:

  • Difference between empathy and sympathy and the three main components of empathy.
  • Age-appropriate empathy milestones.
  • Techniques to support empathy development.
$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

Separation Anxiety

Online, On-Demand Workshop

Separation anxiety can be a difficult and emotional experience for both a child and his/her parents.

However, depending on the child’s age and developmental milestones, this may be a very natural and healthy response as he/she learns and becomes familiar with the concept of object permanence. Understanding the developmental stages, signs and triggers will help parents, caregivers and teachers navigate whether the child’s experience is to be expected or whether he/she needs additional help and support to overcome the anxiety.

Join us as we explore the concept of separation anxiety and how that may present itself in a child’s emotions and behaviors. We will also introduce techniques that can be incorporated into daily routines, at home and school, to ease anxiety and assist the child in those difficult moments.

In this training, you will learn about:

  • Signs and triggers of separation anxiety.
  • Ways to ease children’s separation anxiety.
  • How to prepare children to start preschool/childcare center.
$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

Trauma Stories and the Impact on Teachers 

Online, On-Demand Workshop

The role of a teacher is one filled with daily demands and expectations.

It is also, however, one of great responsibility and influence as the potential to shape and impact a young life in a positive way is a significant position. This means ensuring your own health and wellbeing is maintained and supported is crucial. Trauma stories, compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization may be parts of a teacher’s role that aren’t spoken about or addressed very often, but that deserve attention to assist you in understanding, navigating, and overcoming these experiences. 

Join us as we explore the effect of hearing traumatic accounts from the children you teach, the impact that it may have on your health and wellbeing, the warning signs to keep in mind, and finally guide you to implementing ways to address and buffer the impact.

In this training, you will learn about:

  • The risk of secondary trauma and the definition of compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization.
  • Mandated reporting and personal concerns.
  • The trauma impact of secondary trauma.
$15

ATTENTION: Palm Beach County parents, teachers, and caregivers: Use the CODE: AWOBPBC to waive the fee!

A special thank you to the Florida Blue FoundationEarly Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County for supporting this training for teachers, and educators in Palm Beach County. This workshop is a part of our A Way of Being with Children series focusing on children ages birth to 5.

Fritzi Horstman Discusses Childhood Trauma Related to the Prison Population

NEWS RELEASE
April  25, 2023
For immediate release
Media contact: Cara Scarola Hansen
Center for Child Counseling Public Relations Counsel
cara@yourmissionmarketing.com
561-632-6747 

Fritzi Horstman Discusses Childhood Trauma Related to the Prison Population: “See people for who they are, not for what they’ve done.” 

Center for Child Counseling series on fighting ACEs continues in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Second Chance Month.

Fritzi Horstman, founder and executive director of the Compassion Prison Project, stressed seeing people “for who they are, not for what they’ve done” in her presentation during Center for Child Counseling’s Part III of its 2023 Lead the Fight series on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Emceed by Eugenia Millender, Ph.D., RN, chair of the Center’s Board of Directors, the event virtually gathered more than 200 community members and leaders from all over the world to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and childhood trauma in relation to the prison population.

The event took place in conjunction with both National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Second Chance Monthrecognizing the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect AND recognizing the need to build meaningful second chances for the millions of people returning to society from incarceration each year.

As a nurse scientist, Dr. Millender is co-founder and co-director for the Florida State University Center for Population Sciences for Health Equity and an associate professor at the FSU College of Nursing. She researches stress, trauma, and mental health disparities among underserved populations using principles of community-engaged and community-led research. In her opening remarks, Millender presented data related to the prison population’s impact on Palm Beach County in 2022. 44,782 arrests were made and 1,088 people were admitted to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC), ranking PBC seventh of 67 counties in the number of admissions to FDC. Approximately 1,100 individuals were released from FDC and returned to PBC. 

Palm Beach County is a microcosm of what’s occurring nationally. Horstman believes it is imperative that we address the chronic mental health issues in prison with common sense, compassion, and urgency. Compassion Prison Project is an organization dedicated to creating trauma-informed prisons and communities, bringing accountability and creative inspiration to all men and women living and working in prisons. 

In 2020, Horstman directed “Step Inside the Circle” at California State Prison, Los Angeles County with 235 incarcerated men. The video is a call to recognize the physical, emotional, and social impact ACEs have wrought upon society and stress the importance of care–not punishment–going forward in the prison system. 

ACEs without intervention predict various adverse health outcomes. For instance, an individual with four or more ACEs is seven times more likely to go to prison. According to trauma and addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté who has worked with Horstman on many projects, “When you study prison populations, you see a preponderance of childhood trauma and mental illness. The two go together. So, what we have in prisons are the most traumatized people in our society.” 

Through the Compassion Prison Project, Horstman and her team are calling for change within the prison system and restoring the prisoners’ human dignity and healing their trauma with understanding, compassion, and love.

“If punishment worked, there would be no prisons, because most of the children that have ended up in prison were all punished, were all destroyed. They were physically abused, emotionally abused, sexually abused, neglected, told they were nothing. So, that’s punishment. They’ve already been punished. Violence for a violent act doesn’t work. The only thing that works is love. The only thing that changes anything is love.”

With 95% of our nation’s incarcerated men and women eventually returning home, Horstman recognizes the necessity of rebuilding lives through awareness, self-love, and self-care. Her goal is to give them purpose and direction and have them make a difference while they are sitting in their cells. When incarcerated individuals are eventually released, they need to be healed and have hope to be positive contributors to society and reduce the rate of recidivism.

Horstman gave the example of working with child abusers, “They are going to go home one day, so, if they’re not in good shape, if they don’t feel human…they’re going to continue. It’s my job to make sure, it should be every person’s job in the prison to make sure, those men are in great shape going home.”

She emphasized enforcing accountability and the damage that has been done by those incarcerated, but “if I’m being punished by everything I’ve done in the past, then I can’t move forward.” When speaking with the prisoners, Horstman aims to take their victimhood out of the equation and gives them empowerment to change their outlook and reason for being in prison to one with purpose and hope. 

“When I walk into prisons, what happens is, I start seeing people for who they are and not for what they’ve done. Because if you look at what they’ve done…you recoil. But when you look at who they are, you see their magnificence.” 

In her closing thoughts, Horstman quoted Bob Kerrey, “‘Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.’”

Following Horstman’s presentation, Dr. Millender called on the attendees to join in leading the fight against ACEs by committing to taking action: become ACEs-aware and -informed through training; invest in early childhood development; join the Center’s new Giving Circle; or send letters and information provided by the Center to policy makers urging them to drive supportive change. 

Center for Child Counseling, in conjunction with Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2017, developed ‘Lead the Fight’ in 2016 to bring awareness to system leaders around fighting childhood adversity with advocacy and action. In 2021, the event was transformed into a virtual action series in response to the pandemic and the urgent need to move forward policies and practices that support children’s mental health and resilience. Virtual conversations continued in 2022.

The 2023 Lead the Fight series is continuing with monthly conversations and events through June, hosting nationally- and internationally-recognized experts on various topics. More information and registration regarding the next event will be available soon at www.centerforchildcounseling.org/leadthefight

Partnership sponsors who are leading the fight in making these important and necessary panel conversations possible include: The Breakers Palm Beach and Kathy Leone, The Hanley Foundation, The Haley Foundation, Julie Fisher Cummings and the Lovelight Foundation, SageView Advisory Group, Florida Association for Infant Mental HealthFirst Republic Bank, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Premier Pediatrics, The Journey Institute, Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, Stephens & Stevens, Marital and Family Law.

The Center’s Fighting ACEs initiative to build trauma-informed communities is made possible with the generous support of Quantum Foundation, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and private donors.

About Fritzi Horstman:
Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Compassion Prison Project (CPP) an organization dedicated to creating trauma-informed prisons and communities, bringing accountability and creative inspiration to all men and women living and working in prisons.

Horstman is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

About Center for Child Counseling:

Center for Child Counseling has been building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County since 1999. Its services focus on preventing and healing the effects of adverse experiences and toxic stress on children, promoting resiliency and healthy family, school, and community relationships. As of October 2022, KidSafe Foundation now operates under Center for Child Counseling as the two entities are now stronger together in their education and prevention of child sexual abuse and childhood trauma.

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Fritzi Hostman, Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project

Eugenia Millender, Ph.D., RN, emcee of the Lead the Fight event; chair of Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Director; co-founder and co-director for the Florida State University Center for Population Sciences for Health Equity; associate professor at the FSU College of Nursing

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