We start by learning how to respond to to the stress instead of the behavior.
School & Agency Training
The Neurorelational Framework
Neuroscience that Transforms Relationships: An Equitable and Trauma-Informed Approach
Information and inspiration for caring for yourself in a hard job -- a 1 to 3-hour training
Three, 3-hour sessions on the inquiry-based technique for reducing stress (The Work of Byron Katie), recent brain science discoveries on stress, how your particular brain responds to stress, and tools for getting your energy back. Co-trained with Joanna Wardisko.
A 4-hour training on using the NeuroRelational Framework in schools, clinics, and home.
An 8-Workshop Course (3 to 6 hours per workshop) on using the NeuroRelational Framework to respond to challenging behavior in Schools
1) The NRF: Assessment to Intervention
An introduction to the NeuroRelational Framework, this workshop compares the NRF with conventional responses to behavior, walks through the 3-step process of assessment to intervention, and gives participants practice in creating their own NRF interventions for behavior issues.
2) From Co-Regulation to Self Reflection
Co-regulating with children leads to self-regulation; co-reflecting with children leads to self-reflection and greater agency in cooperating and contributing to the whole. Learn tools that regulate both adults and children simultaneously, and build skills in collaborative and reflective problem-solving with kids.
3) Assessing Arousal States
Learn about the difference between toxic and adaptive stress, and how to promote the latter in schools and home.
4) Soothing the Sensory System
A workshop dedicated to the brain's Sensory System, learn about the 7 senses and practice spotting vulnerabilities and devising soothers for each.
5) Healing-Centered Teaching and Parenting
A workshop dedicated to emotions and relationships, learn status quo conditions that trigger trauma responses in children and how to approach behavior with a neuro- and relational framework. More than three hours of training enables participants to practice responding to behavior with simultaneous curiosity, connection, and limits.
6) Executive Functionality: Sparking the Cortex
A workshop dedicated to the brain's Executive System, learn how to move children from lower to higher-level brain functions, promoting regulated and reflective adults and kids.
7) The NRF: Putting it Together
Gain NRF fluency by applying the NRF's three steps of assessing and addressing arousal states, levels of relationship engagement, and brain system strengths and vulnerabilities to specific cases.
8) Reflective consultation with parents & Peers
Build skills in using NRF language and principles in student consults with colleagues and parents.
Tell me about the child, and we'll have a conversation about possible solutions.
This is intensive one-on-one coaching for teachers with a child who uses physical aggression, causes frequent disruption to instruction or family life, or is withdrawn.
Avoid burn-out by meeting your needs. The Work in 4 Questions (AKA Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction) and Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy are two powerful ways to get guidance in meeting our own needs when working to meet the needs of children.
"Betty planned for 2 training sessions--one for our school staff and another for parents. She took time to get to know our staff so that she could best tailor her presentation to our needs. She is a knowledgeable and skillful presenter, helping us to better understand current research about students’ emotional needs. She also offered practical next steps for us to consider. We are planning on setting up a follow-up session."
--Stanley Jaskot, Principal of B. F. Day Elementary in Seattle
"Betty is an amazing presenter who manages to pull seamlessly from a variety of great sources. She takes lots of complex, interrelated ideas and pulls them into concrete, easy to implement suggestions for how to help children regulate so they can feel better and function better in our increasingly busy world."
--Caroline Johnson, OT at Northgate and B. F. Day Elementary Schools in Seattle
"The Angry Kids workshop was amazingly helpful to me. I’ve been an OT for 20 years and I always felt inconsistent with behavior plan implementation because I’ve always been drawn towards the relational side, but still felt required to attempt it all. My 12 year old son just lost his father to a heart attack a 6 months ago and he has suddenly erupted into anger in the last 3 months. I feel like I’m suddenly able to manage those behaviors after taking this training, and the last two days we have been laughing and enjoying our commute to school rather than fighting. I also used the intervention with a student at school and it worked beautifully. Clenched fists relaxed within two interchanges. I’m really grateful for Betty's work." Rebecca K. OT/L
"I have been extremely impressed with Betty Peralta as a coach and facilitator. As an executive director of an international organization, she helps me work through professional and personal issues with a variety of cultures. Her method is extremely fast and effective. I would recommend her in a heartbeat."
Teresa Grant, Make A Difference Now Orphanage Director in Tanzania