Pre Conference Workshop Thursday, February 6 | 9a-4p

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S
Founder of Nurture House, Author & Speaker

$35 ($60 for professionals needing CEU)
Includes boxed lunch, materials and certificate of completion

Caring For the Wild Child: From Regulation to Reason
You know the wild child: the child who can’t sit still, who becomes aggressive with peers, who exhibits defiance, or who come from a hard place. While many caregivers have had exposure to behavior management methods, these tend to have limited effectiveness with children who lose their self-control easily. We will look at the neurophysiology of these children and talk about ways to co-regulate them more effectively. The primary premise of the workshop is that children’s thinking brains cannot be accessed for learning until they are regulated. Empowering, connecting and correcting strategies will be shared as well as how we provide a combination of high structure and high nurture while creating connections and a culture of kindness in our environments.


After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. List six core strategies (the SOOTHE strategies) that help caregivers co-regulate their children more effectively.

  2. Describe two dyadic play therapy games that help children to wait on the giving and receiving of clear cues in communication.

  3. Explain two play therapy games that give children experiences of receiving nurture from their parents.

  4. Describe five play therapy skills that parents can use to help them better attune to their children in play.