April 29, 2024 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Aulneau Renewal Centre 228 Hamel Ave

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Co-Creating a Safety State: helping ground children's fight, flight, and freeze responses - Zoom $175
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Facilitator: Julie Walsh, MSW, RSW


More information: Co-Creating a Safety State; helping ground children’s fight, flight, and freeze responses

We all have levels, which Dan Siegel describes as: “The best state of ‘arousal’ or stimulation in which we are able to function and thrive in everyday life”. This optimal state of arousal is the Safety State, one where we can learn effectively, understand and relate well to others and ourselves, experience empathy, connect with others around us, and we are able to think, plan, and reflect on our experiences. Outside of this state, we become overly (hyper-)aroused or under (hypo-) aroused- which may result in excess energy, irritability, low or flat mood, reactivity, anxiety, or difficulty concentrating. Our levels are impacted by things such as our neurobiology, our early or significant childhood experiences, the environment and community in which we grow up, and our own unique coping skills. Caregivers can enhance children’s Windows of Tolerance, helping them to reach their Safety State, and doing so will increase our children’s resilience, emotional development, and our attachment with them.

This workshop aims to:

  • Explain why helping to regulate children and bring them to their windows of tolerance creates a Safety State and why this is important for connecting with children, teaching children, and increasing their emotional development.
  • Describe signs of dysregulation and regulation
  • Understand the flight/flight/freeze/fawn responses
  • Provide strategies to regulate the different states and responses.
  • Describe the bottom-up concept of Regulate, Relate, Reason (RRR)
  • Describe strategies using RRR to ground children’s fight/flight/freeze responses, repair relationships, and increase reasoning and reflective capacity