School & Agency Workshops
"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., Occupational Therapist
A 4-hour workshop on understanding childhood anger as necessary, and approaching it with connection and healing.
- Understand how implicit bias affects children who have experienced trauma.
- Explore the shift from dictatorship to leadership between adults and children.
- Practice self-compassion on your anti-bias journey.
- Learn how to create safe spaces, both for yourself and the children who challenge you.
A 3 to 8-hour workshop on a trauma-focused, neurodevelopmental, and equitable protocol that replaces typical consult methods that use a compliance lens of behavior.
A 3 to 8-hour training on understanding the causes of the C to P pipeline, and how to change the trajectory of baby and toddler lives.
Staying Connected in Conflict: How Healing Happens Through Relationships
This workshop can be tailored to any number of hours.
Brains are designed to thrive from interaction with others, and big growth happens through conflict. Holding a reflective stance with children when in conflict protects you from power struggles and turns you into a healing presence--even in the most charged of circumstances.
In addition to learning about and practicing this tool, we will look at how it
- Promotes equity (racial and otherwise) between you and the children you work with;
- Helps children heal from post-traumatic and developmental stress;
- Builds children's capacities to regulate and reflect;
- Empowers children to resolve their own conflicts in equitable ways.
Three, 3 or 4-hour sessions (9-12 hours total) on the inquiry-based technique for reducing stress (The Work of Byron Katie) and tools for getting your energy back. Co-trained with Joanna Wardisko.
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