Workshop #1 ‘Worries, Fears and Anxiety in children,  Family well-being and How Parents Can Help’

We all experience worries and fears at some point or another in our lives as so do children. However when our fears and worries become so intense, negative and intrusive that hijack our thinking processes most part of our waking hours setting us in a constant state of worry, fear and nervousness, then it is time to take action and tackle the cycle of anxiety that is limiting our lives.

When it comes to children’s worries and fears, we need to be able to hold space for them while supporting them and guiding them through more positive thinking processes.

In my anxiety workshops, I teach parents/caregivers basic Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Neuro-linguistic Programming techniques so that they can assist their children in times of need. I also provide them with information on anxiety symptoms to look out for and how it can physically manifest in children.

Suitability: This workshop is primarily addressed to parents or caregivers of children aged 2-16 years of age

Workshop #2 ‘ Understanding Children’s Behaviours’  

Most behavioural problems are rooted in instinct and emotion. Children may lack the skills to communicate effectively their emotions and feelings and that lack of skills leads to communicating through behaviour. Hence, behaviour is just the tip of the iceberg, it is a cue that there is a deeper issue that we need to deal with in order to help our child manage their behaviour. If we look at the behaviour ONLY, we will look into making the child comply with our request by means of either rewarding or punishing behaviour and we might never find out what provoked such behaviour. Further more, we will never practice problem solving and we will never teach our children life skills such as collaboration, listening to others, valuing others’ opinion and having a voice, expressing an opinion and being listened to.

Once kids are stuck in a particular pattern of disruptive behaviour that serves them a purpose, the usual ways of dealing with it – including sanctions, consequences, and time-outs – actually make things worse.

This workshop provides parent with information on the foundations the attachment theory as postulated by renowned child developmental psychologist so that they can view their children’s behaviour as developmental challenge and not as a manipulative, boundary testing behaviour and address it from a collaborative problem solving- approach.

Suitability: This workshop is primarily addressed to parents/care givers/teachers of children aged 2-14 years of age.

Workshop #3 ‘Building Up Confidence in Children’

Building confidence at an early stage is crucial for children as this will directly affect how they face difficult situations and problems in their future lives.

As parents we worry about our children’s self esteem and confidence and pain us to see that at times our children might not put themselves forward for a task that we know they can do or be as successful as we want them to be.

Understanding how human beings develop a sense self worth and a healthy sense of self is at the core of this workshop.

The content takes parents on a journey through the different stages of psychosocial development and provides them with approaches that enhance and support their children’s sense of identity and self worth.

Suitability: This workshop is suitable for all whether you are a parent, a teacher or a nursery nurse and have or are working with children ages 2-16.

Workshop #4 ‘Sibling Rivalry’

Sibling rivalry can be stressful for the entire family. It is a concern for almost all parents. The competition between siblings for parental love can be exhausting and frustrating and can leave one feeling deflated and wondering where we have gone wrong. It takes enormous work by the parents to make sure things are fair, not the same but ‘fair’, and it seems that when you feel that you have everything worked out in a ‘fair’ way, someone else raises a little hand to let you know that he doesn’t find it fair and we start making adjustments all over again.

This workshops helps parents understand why rivalry occurs and empowers them with the knowledge of how to deal with certain situations that can get out of hands.

Suitability: This workshop is primarily addressed to parents of children aged 2+ years of age.

Workshop #5 ‘Taming Bed Time Monsters, NLP for Parents’

Most of us know that bedtime can be one of the most difficult tasks of the day in the life of a parent. We have all experienced our child not wanting to go to bed by shouting “ I am not tired” or the need for a “drink of water” once they are in bed, or “a need the toilet”, ”I am scared”, “I cant sleep …”

Connecting with your children at bedtime is the key to having a peaceful, calm and relax bedtime routine. Knowing how to connect with our children in their preferred ‘language’ is the key for keeping our minds in the ‘green’ zone and not loose our patience or feel manipulated.

Your child’s ‘attachment brain’ and his needs for security will trigger his fight or flight response system causing him to resist going to be as ways of surviving in the world. Bedtime is one of the most scary times for children as they feel detached from their parents in a way that they can’t control.

Suitability: This workshop is primarily addressed to parents of children aged 2-14 years of age.

Workshop #6 ‘Be at your Best when your Child is at his Worst’

The key to being at your best as a parent when your child is at his worst is to be able to remain in the ‘green’ zone while your child is in the ‘red’ zone by detaching from the child’s behaviour and seeing it from the perspective of compassion and the opportunity to connect and coach your child through difficult big emotions.

Self-regulation can be hard at times when our patience is low, we are tired, overworked or worried about a particular matter. In those moments is when we feel that our buttons are pushed to hard and to frequently for us to keep it together. Knowing yourself and identifying what can triggers your emotions to go sky high are the key to self regulation.

Suitability: Parents, Social workers, teachers and care givers will benefit from the content of this workshop.

Workshop #7 ‘ Understanding Aggression in Children’

Aggression is one of the most challenging behaviours that we encounter as parents. Aggression can come in the form of physical aggression, abusive language, rude gestures, hostility, bullying among other forms. The key to understanding aggression in children is to get past the violating behaviour and go deep into seeing the world through the child’s eyes. Once we get to understand that aggression is a form of communicating frustration and lack of skills, we can start looking into what skills the child is missing and how we can meet the child’s needs in terms of connection and attachment. Addressing the roots of the problem and building up on problem solving, adaptability, flexibility and tolerance skills is key to moving the child into a position of vulnerability where change can take place.

Suitability: Anyone that deals or works with children will benefit from this workshop.

Workshop #8 ‘Mindfulness for kids’

Mindfulness is based on meditation practices that bring our conscious awareness to the present moment in a non-judgmental, accepting way. Having an attitude of openness towards present experiences strengthens the mind and allows it to see our thoughts as passing mental events that we are able to respond to with greater accuracy rather than react to them.

The benefits of mindfulness practice are countless from stress reduction, emotional regulation, train to focus ourselves more efficiently on the matter at hand.

In this course attendees will learn easy to use techniques that children can practice in any situation when their minds are spiraling down out of control.

Suitability: This workshop is addressed to parents, caregivers, school teachers, foster parents of children aged 6+14 years of age although is not exclusive.

Workshop #9 ‘Raising Children in the Technology Era’

Since 1993, the Center for the Digital Future has been tracking the global evolution of digital technology and platforms, studying their impact on users and non-users.

The Center’s digital experts, researchers, and strategists have assembled—and continue to build—the definitive body of data and insights on the changing role of online technology and media in our lives.

During the past 5 years the number of preadolescents and adolescents using social media has increased. Around of 22% of teenagers log onto their favourite social media site more than 10 times a day according to the journal of Paediatrics. Seventy five per cent of adolescents own a mobile phone and life their lives in the ‘cyberspace’ by means of texting, Facebook chats, Instagram.

Dr. Sherry Turkle writes about how computers are not tools anymore as much as they are a part of our social and psychological lives affecting the way we think, see ourselves, interact with other human beings and communicate ourselves.

Suitability: Anyone that deals or works with children will benefit from this workshop.

For fees and availability on the above workshops

Please contact me olgaztherapy@gmail.com