A Relational Approach to Supporting Young Children Who Are Emotionally Vulnerable

CE Hours: 3.0
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Friday, January 31st, 2020, 9:00am-12:00pm, Mercer County Behavioral Health,
Mercer County, PA 

Early childhood experiences shape the architecture of the developing brain and lay the foundations of sound mental health. Disruptions to this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and for relating to others — with lifelong implications.   Too often, however, emotionally vulnerable children are not identified and are misunderstood.  They do not receive the developmentally-informed intervention and support they and their families need.  This workshop identifies what to look for as signs of emotional vulnerability and/or resilience in young children, as well as signs of problems in the parent-child attachment relationship.  Parent-child interactions are identified that support the building of emotional competence and those that can undermine it.  Implications for interventions are provided.

As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe an infant/early childhood mental health perspective for understanding young children’s behavior
  2. Identify signs that a young child is emotionally vulnerable and needs extra support
  3. Describe the role of parent-child attachment in emotional development
  4. Identify fragile parent-child relationships and strategies for strengthening them

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