School & Agency Workshops
Healing Responses to Hard Behaviors
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.
The Safety-Challenge-Threat Model for Learning & Behavior
A 6 - 24-hour (4-day) training on using the NeuroRelational Framework's 3 Steps:
Identify the threat response (ie. behaviors that would indicate nervous system threat and how these are defense mechanisms that are intended to bring the body to safety)
Establish safety for self and child (This can include anything from ideas of how to co-regulate meltdowns to how culturally responsive teaching and brain-based learning provide more sustainable safety in children/youth)
Introduce challenge (Participants learn how to move children into reflection so they can problem-solve and eventually gain the skill of engaging in conflicts while remaining connected, both to their own thinking brain and to the people around them.
Transforming Child Consults & Parent Conferences Using the NeuralRelational Framework
A 3 to 8-hour workshop on a trauma-focused, neurodevelopmental, and equitable protocol that replaces typical consult agendas that use a compliance lens of behavior.
Create real change for children by turning those ineffective behavior-based meetings on children into ones that are anti-biased, trauma-sensitive, and neurodevelopmental. If you’re someone who consults on children/youth, bring one in mind to this practical workshop. Learn how to
Recognize and tactfully respond to bias in the meeting room using reflective practice as your tool.
Create a new kind of needs assessment that replaces child/youth “weaknesses” with vulnerabilities.
Replace Whac-a-mole and dead-end behavior systems by repairing lower brain networks (like sensory) to stabilize higher brain networks (like executive function).
Transform behavior intervention plans by replacing consequences and rewards with neurodevelopmental strategies in ways that promote safety and social-emotional growth.
Staying Connected in Conflict: How Healing Happens Through Relationships
3 - 12 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.
A 3 to 8-hour training on understanding the causes of the cradle to prison pipeline, and how to change the trajectory of baby and toddler lives using the NeuroRelational Framework.
1 - 2 - Hour Workshop on learning about your particular nervous system's stress-resilience profile.
Self-care is best achieved from the accumulated little things. Learn what those little things are for your particular nervous system by finding out what triggers and soothes it at each of four brain-network levels. In addition to helping you provide yourself with targeted self-care, this session will help you gain self-compassion, and give you a tool for taking care of your more challenging emotions. and how best to increase its calm and resilience in a stressful job.
3 - 4 Hour Workshop in 3 Parts: Envisioning Radical Self Care, The Science of Self Care, and Making Self Care a Reality.
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.
Three Steps to Resilience: The NeuroRelational Framework for Educators and Other Nonclinical Providers
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 Reflective Thinking
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.
Minimum of 10 monthly 2-hour Community of Practice sessions.
"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