Helping Kids Connect with Their Emotional Resiliency

Date: October 8, 2013
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: webinar
Contact: Janet Olsen: or 517-432-7630 Karen Pace: or 517-432-7628

Date: October 8, 2013

Time: 3:30-5 p.m. EST

Webinar link: Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar prior to the event.

Cost: $10.00 (There is an additional $5.00 cost for those wishing to receive 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education Hours.) (approval by the Michigan Social Work Collaborative is pending)

Registration deadline: October 1, 2013

Webinar description: Emotional resiliency is the inborn human capacity to operate from a relaxed, open state of mind which allows a person to bounce back in the face of difficult situations and adversity—such as bullying and other patterns of relationship abuse. Teaching young people how to connect with their emotional health helps them become more resilient to shaming messages from others, improves their personal emotional regulation skills, and increases confidence and effectiveness in responding to others with wisdom, strength and clarity. This webinar will explore myths, perceptions and cultural messages that limit our ability to connect with our emotional resilience. Through the use of personal stories, metaphors and humor, emotional wellness consultant Lisa Laughman, LMSW, will introduce theories that will enhance your work with young people by deepening your personal understanding of what gets in the way of optimal emotional health. Lisa will explore ways to recognize these patterns in one’s own experiences, as well as strategies for helping young people strengthen their own emotional resilience.

Webinar participants will also learn how these strategies can be used in conjunction with the Michigan State University Extension Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments curriculum, which is designed to help young people aged 11 to 14 and adults work in partnership to create environments that are physically and emotionally safe. While the primary audiences for Be SAFE are young people and adults involved in out-of-school time settings (such as after-school programs, 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, Y’s, sports programs and faith-based programs), it also applies to middle school settings. Be SAFE focuses on education and prevention of bullying, bias, harassment and other hurtful behaviors – as well as provides suggestions for intervening when young people are affected by these issues.

Webinar resource people:

Lisa Laughman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 1988 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University in 1991. Lisa has worked in the areas of foster care, substance abuse treatment, employee assistance counseling, corporate wellness, stress reduction, and emotional health promotion. She has extensive experience as a grief counselor and a strong interest in helping people recognize emotional/verbal abuse in all kinds of relationships. In 1995 Lisa was introduced to some basic principles of healthy human psychological functioning. This understanding allowed her to break free of her shame based patterns and altered the course of her personal life and her social work practice. Lisa has dedicated her professional life to sharing these principles with both practitioners and clients. More recently, Lisa has included in her clinical approach the powerful theoretical perspectives of Acceptance Commitment Theory (ACT) and Shame Resilience Theory (SRT). Lisa also strives to operate her personal and professional life from a social justice perspective and seeks to have a critical consciousness as to how policies/practices disadvantage persons in target groups related to race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation, and other non-dominate groups.

Janet Olsen, MA, and Karen Pace, MA, are program leaders in the area of social and emotional health with Michigan State University Extension health and nutrition programs. They are the co-authors of Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Enviornments.

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