This workshop is designed for psychologists, educators, artists, health professionals, arts professionals, and social entrepreneurs who want to work with somatic practices for children and their caretakers. It is for people who:
– Believe they can make a difference in the life of children, adding new tools to their own talents and professional background;
– Believe group work with collaborative spirit can generate positive and comprehensive impacts on “new children”;
– Want to incorporate the secrets of corporal and somatic experiences into their own techniques and expertise;
– Are interested and willing to innovate and develop projects for children, parents and related professionals;
– Love personal development and want to explore the unusual.
Tune in to Children works on the premise that children are able to naturally self-regulate and also able to develop healthy relationships throughout their growth process.
But what might prevent them to feel and act creatively and responsive with the world around them? In short, the underlying cause is the feeling of being overwhelmed.
We live in an extremely fast-moving world, where complexity increases on a daily basis by information, temptations, and demands. A world of choice often leaves us confused as to the best way forward.
As adults, we have developed skills to help us to navigate this busy world, just. But, for children living in this ever-changing environment, sometimes the constant stimulation, or pressure to improve can overwhelm. Couple this with a traumatic life event, which can range from a simple fall, to a parent’s illness, to a loss, and children behavior can be impacted.
Helping them to develop the awareness of their own emotions and experiences, this overwhelming feeling can be better contained. With that in place, children will feel empowered to have healthy relationships, to learn and be able to follow their inner voice and creative self.
The aim of Tune in to Children is to help professionals support children reorganize and rebalance the autonomic nervous system at the biological/survival level after being overwhelmed following a stressful or traumatic event through the use of play and joyful movement, awareness of the self and others.
These hands-on, interactive workshops provide original insights and effective strategies for working with individuals and groups to promote healing and well-being.
Tune in to Children is a method that restores self-regulation as well as a sense of aliveness in the child, promoting relaxation and wholeness.
> Introduction (1-day training) – The Five Phases of Self-regulation Cycle – Somatic Practices with Children – verbal and nonverbal communication
– Learn how you can use Five Phases of Self-regulation framework to activate empowerment and self-confidence in children
– Understand the concept of multiple levels of self-regulation and its implication on child’s daily activities
-Understand the somatic arousal and the energetic unbalanced polarity – Hyperactivity and apathetic behaviors.
-Access a meaningful map of Five Phases of Self-regulation that will help you to see the underlying causes and sources of a child’s dysfunctional behavior.
– The relevance of the system of fight, flight and freeze to deal with child trauma.
– Introduction of a natural and non-medicated approach to somatic self-regulation and balance of children
– Practices, showcase and application of the Five Phases of SR Model
➢ Module 1 – 3-day training: Tune in to Children- Somatic Practices for Child’s Self-regulation
– Understand and develop an effective verbal and non-verbal communication with introspective child
– Helping extroverted and high-energy children to connect with their sensations and emotions.
– Somatic tracking through the Five Stages of Self-regulation Model: settling, readiness, action, interaction and integration
– Levels of listening and empathic presence: creating bonds through perspective taking and seeking
– The body in search of integration: trauma as open and closed loops
– The use of stories’ book and their relation with the autonomic nervous system
– Facilitating self-regulation through symbolic and ludic games
➢ Module 2 – Four-day training: Inner and outer world – facilitating a child’s energy flow
Mastering Self-regulation for Children Part II — The Inner and Outer World
In this second part of Tune in to Children, we will deepen our attention to a more sophisticated energetic layer, the Felt-sense. We will develop an eye and hand to read and access the energetic flux when children experience fear, body pain, confusion, insecurity, anxiety, etc. We will learn proprioceptive exercises, how to work with integrative touch and increase child’s natural capacity to self-regulate and reestablish the healthy flow and comfort.
Also in this workshop we will further explore the Five Phases of Self-regulation Cycle map and work with different types of readiness, action, and interaction and bring it to a more sophisticated quality of integration, using the Somatic Self-regulatory Touch for children. Different than adults, Somatic Self-regulatory Touch for children, require different timing, language and specific approach to be effective. We will practice how, when and why to use Somatic Self-regulatory Touch to restore the natural flow of energy in the child’s system.
– Somatic Self-regulatory Touch – Developing a deep listening of energy levels of the autonomic nervous system
– Understanding the concept of Tides and Flow in the energetic body as a new framework to work with trauma symptoms.
– How the energetic tides and flux express into behavior – Inner World & Outer World.
– Coordinating words, self-regulatory touch, movements, games with natural energy flow of the body
– Finding the right timing in the somatic tracking by understanding child’s transitions between the inner and outer world
– Application and practice using the 5 phases in the cycle of self-regulation matrix
➢ Module 3 – Four-day training: Systemic Tracking – Embodiment of the Meaning and Self-regulation
Mastering Self-regulation for Children Part III – Systemic Tracking – The Embodiment of the Meaning for Deeper Self-regulation and Integration
In this module we will introduce another intuitive framework to help professionals to attune with the child’s internal experiences, Systemic Tracking. We will deepen into the children non-verbal communication and facilitate the Autonomic Nervous System to integrate while expressing through informal conversation with you and when sharing stories. This module will make the connection between the body experiences and the symbolic realm.
-How to use Systemic Tracking framework – Attunement and communication through verbal and non-verbal communication
– Developing a one-on-one somatic tracking with children. Working with timing for successful sessions.
– The embodiment of the meaning and decoding symbolic information into felt-experience
– Understanding the importance of body-schemas and its relevance for construction of the stories
– Using the story-cubes to unlock resilience and promote flow into the child’s system
– Working with traumatic experiences through an indirect and non invasive approach
➢ Module 4 – Four-day training: The Children’s Society – Group Work (levels of the self-regulation model)
In this forth part we will focus on strategies to work with children in group settings. Most children, when left to their own devices, find ways of restoring their self-regulation organically through the interactions with other children. To support that, safety is the foundation of self-regulation and homeostasis. In somatic work, reconnecting with the experience of safety is essential for the stabilization of autonomic nervous system processes. Thus, when it comes to engaging groups, facilitators may be tempted to try and establish a semblance of order, by requesting that the group assemble in a particular manner, settle down, be physically uniform, etc. However, this does little to influence the felt-sense of safety within the group and may in fact mask levels of internal dysregulation, containing them only superficially. In this workshop we will show strategies and tools to identify the underlying needs express by the child revealed in their interactions with his playmates, gestures and behaviors during the activities.
In this workshop
– How to harmonize the energy level within groups of children
– Making use of play to leverage group self-regulation
– How to identify roles within groups of children to guide your interventions and approaches.
– Social resilience – interaction and social engagement
– Managing chaos – new strategies for leadership in high-energy groups
– Dysfunctional interactions – How to deal with isolation and aggressiveness
– Create and develop activities based on the principles of the Five Phases of Self-regulation Model.