Children and teens who have experienced early trauma such as pre-verbal attachment trauma and neglect can struggle against a variety of anxiety manifestations in childhood and adolescence. The softer emotions of worry and fear are often masked by agitation, anger, and rigid behavior.
Family therapy holds that parents are the experts on their children and that relational healing is the most enduring form of change. Therapists are only with children for a short time whereas parents, grandparents, and siblings enjoy a lifelong connection. Therefore the impact of relational interventions are both deep and enduring.
Parents, caregivers, teachers, and even therapists often struggle with negative emotions. Anxiety exhibits in a myriad of challenging and negative ways.
- We will explore how to understand more deeply the various manifestations of anxiety as well as the connection between anxiety and trauma.
- How to connect with children and help them safely navigate negative emotions.
- How to calm: modeling and coaching internal regulation.
Dr. Kate Threlfall will be presenting this topic. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family. Her research interests revolve around early intervention, the transition to parenthood, and father involvement. She enjoys working with family systems and couples experiencing conflict and those healing from trauma. Originally from San Francisco, Dr. Threlfall continues to serve on the board of directors for a leading non-profit pre-school. She is passionate about the intersection of education and psychology. With an extensive background in early childhood education Dr. Threlfall is attuned to the needs of young children and their families. She continues to blend her passion for academia with her clinical work. She teaches Family Systems as an adjunct professor, serves as a clinical supervisor, and sits on dissertation committees for doctoral students here in Hong Kong. Dr. Threlfall attended UC Berkeley for her undergraduate work and the California School of Professional Psychology for her doctorate. She is an active member of AFTA, American Family Therapy Academy.
This event is open to all parents and caregivers, waiting and prospective parents, adult adoptees, professionals and students.
- FREE FOR MEMBERS
- 140HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or click here to join/renew your membership and attend this event for FREE).
- Participants can also choose to obtain a Certificate of Attendance for participation in this event. We hope this certificate may support an adoption application by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to learning about the needs of parenting a child through adoption.
Seating is limited, registration and payment are required in advance.
Please arrive to check-in at 12:20. Meeting is from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.
Participants can also choose to obtain a Certificate of Attendance for participation in this event. We hope this certificate may support an adoption application by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to learning about the needs of parenting a child through adoption.
You are welcome to bring your own lunch and beverage.
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