Secure and Calm Workshop
10:00am – 12:00pm
The Dalai Lama Centre, Online
Parents and caregivers may know from research that the early years (0-6) are a critical time for the development of self-regulation, a time when responses to stress are “wired” creating patterns that can be hard to change later in life.
What matters most in these early years is for children to feel safe and secure, and be able to count on their caregivers to calm them down when they are frightened, upset or distressed. When caregivers respond to children’s stress in a caring and calm way, children learn they can ‘get over’ the stress and return to feeling safe and secure again, and they trust that their feelings matter, that comfort is available and that it is worthwhile to work on managing difficult emotions.
This workshop provides practical tools for fostering Secure and Calm in practice. This workshop deepens participants understanding of Heart-Mind Well-Being (HMWB). It would be helpful to attend our foundational HMWB workshop beforehand but it is not a prerequisite.
This workshop will be of interest to anyone caring for children, including parents, early childhood educators, family support workers, and other service providers.
- Develop strategies for creating a safe and supportive environment for children
- Explore the Secure and Calm toolkit containing practical tools for promoting HMWB
- Experience how calming strategies such as conscious breathing and mindfulness activities can be integrated into daily life
- Make personal connections to the work of promoting HMWB