November 13, 2020 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Practitioners have long understood the critical role that strong attachment plays in the development of lifelong, positive, mental health. The games caregivers play with infants set the stage for healthy development based upon a balance between four essential qualities in the parent child relationship: structure, engagement, nurture and challenge. Utilizing play activities that focus on these qualities creates an active, emotional connection between the child and the caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable, and of relationships as positive and rewarding.
As children grow and develop, achieving milestones, their needs remain the same, while the ways in which caregivers adapt to meet these needs can be challenging. This workshop will explore the neuroscience behind attachment and brain development at varying stages of development and demonstrate simple games that support and enhance the development of the critical bond between child and caregiver through adolescence. The use of video case examples and experiential activities will be incorporated.