Survival & Growth During Change - RonaldMah

Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,
Consultant/Trainer/Author
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"Survival & Growth During Change for Children & Families"  
With Seven Steps to Fostering Healthy Transitions

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FORMAT:
Lecture and Discussion- Participants are encouraged to make the workshop more relevant to their concerns by asking questions.

DESCRIPTION:
While change is a constant aspect of life and growth, children (and adults) often find it very uncomfortable.  Since change occurs with or without children's enthusiasm, helping them take on the stress of transitions becomes a key aspect of parenting and teaching.  Self-esteem, developmental challenges, temperament, and systemic issues (family, school, etc.) are examined as to how they influence the change experience for children and their process managing it.

INTRODUCTION- Change as Necessary - Change as Stressful

SMOOTH, ROUGH BUT SUCCESSFUL, & TERRIBLE TRANSITIONS (Responses to Change)

CHANGE ISSUES: ATTACHMENT, ANXIETY/STRESS (Victims), SHYNESS

SELF-ESTEEM & TRANSITION:
ACCEPTANCE, POWER & CONTROL, MORAL VIRTUE, & COMPETENCE

PROBLEMS, CHARACTERISTICS, CAUSES of VICTIMS vs. SURVIVORS
Pervasively Nonassertiveness,  Anxious Vulnerability
Over-protectiveness, & Verbal Fluency

STRESS/ANXIETY/FEAR
Definition of Stress: Positive and Negatives
Physiological Factors of Stress

Developmental Change & Stress and Anxiety in a Child's World
Piagetian Cognitive Development
Erickson's Ages of Man
Ainsworth's Patterns of Attachment Theory

TEMPERAMENTAL TRAITS affecting Easy vs. Difficult Transitions
Distractibility; Intensity; Regularity; Persistence; Sensory Threshold,
Approach/Withdrawal; Adaptability; Mood

SYSTEMIC ISSUES: Family, School, Societal/Cultural

PRINCIPLES OF STRESS BUILDERS (What not to do!) & OF STRESS RELEASE

SEVEN STEPS TO HEALTHY TRANSITIONS FOR CHILDREN
1) Acknowledge Stress
2) Acknowledge Anxiety (& Deal with It!)
3) Identify & Accept Development
4) Identify & Accept Temperament
5) Plan
6) Inform
7) Support

TRAITS OF RESILIENT CHILDREN

MODELING HEALTHY CHANGE & STRESS

ADDRESS:
433 Estudillo Ave., #305
San Leandro, CA 94577-4915
Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT32136
CONTACT INFORMATION:
phone: (510) 614-5641
fax: (510) 889-6553
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