Learning How Feelings Speak Through The Nervous System, Through Behavior

When: Wednesday, January 12 - 2:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

Children are often dysregulated and require connection to feel safe and grounded.  This dynamic experience occurs in the nervous system, which we can intervene with in a variety of ways.
This training introduces a new approach to solving children’s behavioral challenges, focusing on building a child’s foundation for emotional and behavioral control and moving beyond paradigms that focus on compliance and surface behaviors.  Dr. Delahooke describes behaviors as the tip of the iceberg, important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the overarching context of relational safety. By using the wisdom of the Polyvagal Theory and the Theory of Constructed Emotions,  this training provides childhood providers across disciplines tools and techniques to help reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships. 
Here are our learning objectives for the training:
1. Understand the “Developmental Iceberg” and how it helps us discover how to support each child and family’s individual needs
2. Describe how the neuroception of safety influences human emotional and behavioral presentations 
3. Understand the 4 states of the nervous system that inform us what to do in real time when managing children’s behavioral challenges
4. Describe how caregivers, providers and therapists can use the “therapeutic use of self” when working with vulnerable children, regardless of their diagnosis


About the Presenter:

Mona Delahooke, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience caring for children and their families. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting families of neurodiverse children, adolescents and adults. She is a trainer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Delahooke is a member of the American Psychological Association and holds the highest level of endorsement in the field of infant and toddler mental health in California, as a Reflective Practice Mentor (RPM). She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant to parents, organizations, schools, and public agencies. Dr. Delahooke has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based, neurodevelopmental interventions for children with developmental, behavioral, emotional, and learning differences. She is the author of Beyond Behaviors and the upcoming book, Brain-Body Parenting

Other events in this series:

Wed, Dec 15 2021

Conversations with Dr. Tony: How can we work with children using the Polyvagal Theory?

Location: Zoom


In this “Conversations with Dr. Tony,” we speak with Dr. Mona Delahooke, a psychologist with many years of experience caring for children and their families, about how many of our current approaches are outdated because they were developed well before the “decade of the brain” provided a wealth of knowledge about how humans develop psychological resilience and how to apply this knowledge to behaviorally challenged and neurodivergent children.