of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Topic: Wisdom Path ParentingPresenter: Kate Messina, PhD, LCSWDate: Friday, October 28, 2016Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PMLocation: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)
Networking starts at 9:30 AM
This program will benefit MFT and LCSW licensees and pre licensees. Includes: Breakfast and meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapist CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 CE Credit will be awarded on site and to participants at completion of the course. No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded.
The WisdomPath Way Reparative Parenting Approach integrates neurodevelopmental wisdom with a contemporary perspective of child development that moves beyond conventional parenting techniques and behavior management practices that often fail to produce positive change for children who have experienced early adverse experiences. This introduction to the WisdomPath Way Approach teaches professionals the core foundational principles of the WisdomPath Way Approach that enable them to help parents and children alike to redefine the family context as the essential, relational LifeSpace in which healing from early childhood trauma must happen. By establishing the family context as the arena for parent–child coaching, the child’s recovery and maturation is then understood as each child’s LifeRight to re-learn the answers to three questions each brain is designed to ask: “What do we do? How do we do it? Why do we do it?”
This workshop will provide an introductory overview of the 4 foundational cornerstones of the WisdomPath Way Reparative Parenting Approach; the LifeSpace, Brain-Based Wisdom, Developmental Stages, and Wisdom-Based Strategies. This introduction to the WisdomPath Way Approach teaches professionals how to assist parents to move away from misunderstanding the intentions of children’s behaviors; appreciating that many behaviors perceived as mis-behavior, serve very specific brain-based learning that yields mastery and discovery, first of the body, then the emotions, then the world of objects, and ultimately the world of relationships.
* Demonstrate beginning knowledge of critical neurodevelopmental stages of development and function and be able to teach them to parents and children.* Identify the role of the parent in the LifeSpace, and how parents play a critical role in their children’s development via co-construction and co-regulation.* Demonstrate beginning knowledge of temperament, protest styles, and the energy of the “will.”* Demonstrate beginning knowledge of how helping parents to establish effective rules, limits, and boundaries are key ingredients to assisting children to internalize the skills of self-regulation and attachment to the larger human family.
* Demonstrate beginning knowledge of critical neurodevelopmental stages of development and function and be able to teach them to parents and children.
* Identify the role of the parent in the LifeSpace, and how parents play a critical role in their children’s development via co-construction and co-regulation.
* Demonstrate beginning knowledge of temperament, protest styles, and the energy of the “will.”* Demonstrate beginning knowledge of how helping parents to establish effective rules, limits, and boundaries are key ingredients to assisting children to internalize the skills of self-regulation and attachment to the larger human family.
Dr. Kate Messina is the owner of the WisdomPath Way Institute in Sacramento, California, and has over 30 years of experience working with high-conflict foster/adoptive families. Dr. Messina developed the WisdomPath Way Reparative Parenting Approach as an alternative to conventional parenting models and child-focused individual psychotherapy to respond to the overwhelming need expressed by parents for effective interventions. Dr. Messina believes that reparative experiences regarding emotion regulation, self-soothing, self-control, and self-discipline must be coached within the LifeSpace of parent-child interactions and that in order to be effective, parents need to understand their role in co-construction and co-regulation of Inside and Outside skills, the structure and function of the three-story brain, the impact of trauma on top-down control, and strategies and techniques of restorative repair.
Dr. Messina has been the Keynote Speaker on neurodevelopmental trauma for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (CEDV) Conferences (2014 and 2015) hosted by Sacramento County Child Protective Services, A Community for Peace, and Citrus Heights Police Department and has been the invited lecturer at several other professional conferences in Northern California regarding the impact of trauma on the developing brains of children exposed to relational violence. Dr. Messina teaches the WPW Reparative Approach to foster agencies and Foster Care Kinship Education (FKCE) groups throughout California and has also taught the WPW Approach to California court-appointed advocates (CASA). She most recently taught CASA youth directly about the impact of adverse childhood experiences on their developing brains. A training video on the Reparative Parenting Approach is also available through Just In Time, Quality Parenting Initiative. Dr. Messina has been an adjunct professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Social Work department since 2012. She is currently working toward publication of the WisdomPath Way Reparative Parenting Approach for parents and professionals.
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