Reducing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Children’s Toxic Stress through Developing Strong, Nurturing Relationships.
Join Dr. Jean Clinton, renowned clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University for this one-day institute exploring strategies for supporting children’s mental health through developing strong, nurturing relationships with children.
Positive relationships can help children manage their emotions during times of stress and supports them in developing appropriate coping and resiliency skills. Stress can negatively impact children’s well-being, especially that of toxic stress. Toxic stress refers to chronic, excessive stress that exceeds a child’s ability to cope, especially in the absence of supportive caregiving from adults. Over time, toxic stress will increase children’s risk of developmental delays, learning disabilities, and childhood behaviour problems, as well as a host of health problems as adults. Children can experience toxic stress when they are over-burdened with too many stressors they are unable overcome.
Children may also be affected by any stress their educator and caregiver is experiencing. Educators in the early years are able to support children in dealing with toxic stress by building relationships based upon mutual respect and trust. Dr Clinton explains that “the relationships children have with early years educators is pivotal if we think of children’s positive mental health as developing the capacity to building relationships with their peers and adults in order to express, manage and experience their options.” Dr. Jean Clinton will share research outlining how the quality of the relationships we build with children is critical in helping to set the stage for positive mental health. Discussions will take place around strategies for supporting children’s well-being in the early years and how educators may help set the stage for joyful learning environments where children feel nurtured and supported.
Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch
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