Update on CEU meetings for 2021 - The SAART board is diligently keeping a close eye on the recommendations from the medical community as well as government guidance to plan for our CEU trainings in 2021. We will most likely be continuing virtually through the summer, but will make a decision about the location of each meeting on a case by case basis throughout the year in order to follow the most current guidance at the time. Please watch your inbox for information about each particular meeting.
April Topic - Parenting With the Brain in Mind:Teach Parents Empirically Proven Methods to Respond and Support their Children When Struggling with Overwhelming Emotions.
Presenter: Brittani Persha, LCSW-S, RPT-S
The goal of this training is to help mental health care professionals learn how to aid parents in shifting their mindsets from one focused on their child's behavioral problems to one of curiosity about what is happening inside their child’s brain and body. With this shift parents develop a deeper understanding of their child and can begin to identify what triggers these behavioral and emotional responses and learn how to parent from this new perspective.
1. Gain a basic understanding of the connection between the brain, the central nervous system and children’s emotions and behaviors.
2. Learn how to detect what part of the brain a child is functioning from and how to effectively respond based on their current brain state.
3. Identify tools to help facilitate increased attunement/connection in the parent-child relationship.
4. Introduction to understanding children’s symptoms (emotions and behaviors) as dysregulated states of the nervous system.
5. Gain a more comprehensive understanding of emotional regulation and the 2 different states of dysregulation: Hypo-arousal and Hyper-arousal.
6. Learn numerous activities to increase regulation/improve behavior and emotional symptoms when children are in Hypo-arousal state of dysregulation.
7. Learn numerous activities to increase regulation/improve behavior and emotional symptoms when children are in Hyper-arousal state of dysregulation.
About the Presenter:
Brittani L. Persha is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and EMDR-Trained therapist in the Houston area. She is also the group practice owner of Brittani Persha Counseling (BPC) which specializes in child and family therapy services. Brittani has been in private practice for 12 years and founded BPC 4 years ago. Brittani is a strong believer in the power of play therapy and incorporates a variety of play therapy modalities in her work with children and families. Brittani is an attachment-oriented therapist and values incorporating parents in therapy treatment. Her treatment modalities include body-oriented play therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Parent-Child Therapy, Theraplay, EMDR and Integrative Family Therapy and therapy for Neuroatypical children and adults, including Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD and Autism. Through her experiences working with children and families in private practice and her own personal experiences as a parent with a child diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder she has developed an additional niche of supporting children and families with tools to improve emotional and behavioral regulation. Brittani utilizes a brain-based approach in working with clients and is dedicated to educating others about the basic brain regulation and sensory needs.