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Workshop Objectives

  1. Provide educators tools to read the emotional body language of students.
  2. Provide strategies for regulation of behavior from the prefrontal cortex.
  3. Identify key issues in the brain development of adolescents.
  4. Understand the hippocampus and its creation of stories that guide behavior and identity.
  5. Learn strategies to reduce adult stress and compassion fatigue.
  6. Use a brain-based approach to the emotional realities of parents and parenting.

Emotional Poverty 2 adds to the discussion by looking at:

  • How the limbic system “tells” emotions and stressors.
  • The development of adolescent brains.
  • How to develop the prefrontal cortex and build emotional muscle (resilience) in students.
  • Tools for adults who are stressed and have compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress.
  • How to work with angry, emotional parents and adults.

This workshop is for practitioners—not for psychologists. It is for individuals who work with children and adolescents and need a vocabulary and strategies for addressing emotional issues. Practitioners, unless they work in psychology or counseling, rarely get this information. My workshops on emotional poverty translate clinical research into understandings that can be used by practitioners. It is my hope that these trainings will give educators and other care providers the basic language for naming the emotional issues and provide strategies to address the behaviors.

“Reading Emotional Poverty has been a game-changer for my staff. Ruby offers practical strategies that can be easily implemented. Emotional Poverty Volume 2 offers a deeper look into the science of why students act the way they do and how staff can support them.”

–Hilary Sloat, Principal, Hilliard Horizon Elementary School, Hilliard, Ohio

Training prerequisite: Emotional Poverty workshop

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