Learning Sessions: Monday, June 27
Social and Emotional Learning intensive workshops by developmental stages (concurrent sessions)
Early Childhood (Ages Birth – 5)
A Compassionate, Resilient Society: A Deeper Look Into Ages Birth-5 and What We Can Do – Shauna Tominey, Associate Research Scientist, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence [Connecticut]
This session will focus on looking deeply into the birth – 5 age group. Shauna will explain the characteristics of this age group, address how the social and emotional skills can be effectively identified and nurtured and provide strategies, tools, and resources that the participants can utilize in their work with this age group.
Middle Childhood (Ages 6-10)
It is Not to Late! Social and Emotional Skills Can be Taught at Any Age – Julie Dellamattera, Associate Professor, University of Maine [Maine]
Julie will work with participants in this 3-hour session focusing on how social and emotional learning can be enhanced at the middle childhood ages based on the characteristics of this developmental stage. She will expand upon the keynote introduction and theories by addressing how identify and strengthen social and emotional skills in this age cohort. Participants will leave with practical strategies and tools and an understanding of how to apply SEL concepts across a continuum of sub-populations (e.g. trauma-impacted, special populations).
Early Adolescence (Ages 11-14)
Building Social and Emotional Skills for Our Early Adolescents – Ben Strick, Psychologist, Spurwink Services [Maine]
We know social and emotional skills are important for our youth to have in their lives as they navigate the rocky road of adolescence. Far too many young people have not had enough exposure to positive
ways of dealing with issues they encounter. During this session, Ben will explain the unique characteristics of this age group. He will take the social and emotional information from the keynote address and explain how this information can be applied to the early adolescent. Resources, strategies, and tools will be provided for immediate use.
Middle Adolescence (Ages 15-18)
When Anger Can Equal Caring: Going Beyond Emotional Expression to Emotional Intent – Sid Mitchell, Associate Professor, University of Maine [Maine]
This workshop will begin by addressing the meaning underlying various emotions and their motivations, and how professionals can use this information to assist with the development of CASEL’s interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies. Trauma informed care will be the main theoretical and practical approach used in working with adolescents who are struggling with “fitting in” within their social-cultural world. Activities will include: self-evaluation, role-play, and discussion.
As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify the underlying message contained within emotional expressions.
- Describe how to use this information to move from reacting to the behavioral expression of the emotion to using the underlying message of the emotion to build positive skills.
- Explain how trauma informed care is the main lens through which social and emotional learning core competencies can be addressed.