Growing Children: Helping Parents Understand Their Child's Social and Emotional Development

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Many people working with families encounter children with a range of emotional and social difficulties, and wonder about the best way to understand these children and support their families. This course examines a range of theories about how a child develops increasing emotional competence throughout childhood, including how a child develops a theory of mind. You will develop an understanding of these different theories and how they might be helpful in your clinical and non-clinical work.

Clinical examples will be discussed to illustrate how these ideas relate to children with emotional difficulties, and how to support them and their families. You are invited to bring a summary of a de-identified case where there have been difficulties in emotional or social development to discuss.

This course will help you:

  • Describe main developmental theories and key concepts relating to emotional development
  • Understand normal and abnormal development as it relates to sleep, feeding, play, and social development
  • Apply knowledge about development to your work with families
  • Identify the importance of reflective practice when working with families experiencing difficulties
  • Develop strategies to help parents understand their child’s social and emotional development

Who should attend?

Anyone working with children and families