In this ninety-minute webcast, best-selling author Dr. Tina Payne Bryson (co-author with Dan Siegel of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline) discusses the primary ways she brings the brain into her work with the children, adolescents, and parents who visit her office each week. Focusing on both the latest research and clinical application, Dr. Bryson will explain how she helps her young clients better understand themselves and their own brains, thus helping them overcome anxiety and develop resilience within themselves.
Using stories and case examples, Dr. Bryson explains ten simple, scientifically-grounded strategies that can help psychotherapists better understand the brains of the kids they work with, and communicate that understanding to parents and the children themselves so that kids can feel less anxious and more in control of their bodies and emotions.
Connection between body, brain, and emotions, and what produces feelings of nervousness and fear.
Learn to recognize anxiety and other negative emotions as messages sent by the body and brain.
Use strategies and effective responses that “work for your brain and body.”
Understand neural plasticity and how kids can affect their brains by understanding and responding to their anxiety.
Describe the brain as an association machine, by understanding mental and neural associations, kids can more effectively respond to what they’re feeling.
Help kids understand that the brain’s job is to get a need met, and recognize their anxiety as a signal that the brain needs some sort of shift.
Demonstrate how nervous system arousal works, and how resilience is about remaining in the optimal window for wellbeing and happiness.
Show how discipline and learning are guided by nervous system arousal, and how we determine at what point anxiety impairs this process.
Introduce kids to the role mindfulness plays in addressing fear and anxiety.
Teach tools of the mind and tools of the body, which allow children to overcome anxiety and build skills that help them control their anxious emotions and make good and healthy decisions.
Demonstrate multiple approaches to helping anxious children comprehend fundamental facts about the brain and to understand how their own brains and nervous systems contribute to their overall perspective of their world and themselves.
Describe and demonstrate how adults can use these approaches to teach children to help them take control of their emotions, be happier, feel less nervous, and make better decisions.
Explain the importance of exploring and understanding the neurobiological activation behind difficult emotions and troubling behavior.
Neuroscience as an Approach to Understand Anxiety
Nervous system arousal
Resilience and the optimal window for wellbeing and happiness
The Brain-Body-Emotion Connection
What produces feelings of nervousness and fear
Memory and its role in anxiety
Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Anxiety
Anxiety as a message
Mindfulness and other tools of the mind and body
About the Speaker:
Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. is the co-author with Daniel Siegel M.D. of the best-selling The Whole-Brain Child, which has been translated into seventeen languages. Dr. Bryson is a psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates in Arcadia, California, and also serves as the School Counselor at St. Mark’s School in Altadena, CA. Dr. Bryson sees children and adolescents, and also provides parenting consultations. She is the Director of Parenting Education at the Mindsight Institute and the Child Development Director for Lantern Camps. Dr. Bryson travels internationally, lecturing to educators, mental health professionals, and parents.
Dr. Bryson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology. She has written a series of articles for mom.me, SkillForKids and the PBS Series “This Emotional Life.” She has co-hosted a web-based parenting show and has made media appearances, such as “Good Morning America” and Redbook Magazine. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com , and subscribe to her blog to read her articles about kids and parenting.
Financial: Tina Payne Bryson has an employment relationship with Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates. She is a director with the Mindsight Institute. She is an author for Random House Delacorte publishers and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-Financial: Tina Payne Bryson is the co-host of the online parenting show “The Intentional Parent”. She maintains a blog on kids and parenting (TinaBryson.com).