Inner Coaching offers seminars and workshops relating to stress in children, as well as a variety of other topics. These workshops are ideal for professional educators, counselors, parents and their children. Click on a workshop topic below to read a description. To view a web cast by Roger Klein click on the following link: "Identifying Mental Health Issues in the Classroom" Roger Klein, 2008, 80 minutes.

 
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Ready…Set…R.E.L.A.X.
Using Relaxation, Images and Music to Help Children Manage Stress

Presented by Dr. Roger Klein
Intended Audience: Teachers, administrators, pupil personnel professionals
Length – 90 minutes to 6 hours

     This workshop examines the physiological and psychological effects of stress on children, and details a program proven to reduce anxiety, improve self-concept and raise achievement scores. The program includes self-guided stories, discussion questions and activities, and emphasizes imagery and relaxation. Workshop participants learn specific interventions to use with individual children or groups of children in schools, health care facilities, clinical settings and the home. Lecture, demonstrations (live and video), discussions and time for practicing the techniques are all included in the day’s activities. Stress affects children, as well as adults. Increased pressure from the emphasis on testing in school, conflicts at home, and media emphasis on violence and terrorism has caused a dramatic surge in children’s report of anxiety. Come and learn how to intervene using proven, inexpensive and easily administered techniques.

Workshop Goals:

  • Sources of stress and its impact on children
  • Teaching children relaxation and cognitive coping  strategies
  • Using  music to access the relaxation response
  • How to use relaxation and imagery to improve achievement scores in school
  • Implement a preventative model in your work setting

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Teaching Children & Teens Cognitive Behavioral Strategies to Treat & Manage Anxiety Disorders

Presented by Dr. Roger Klein
Intended Audience: Mental Health Professionals, Educators, and Administrators
Length – 90 minutes to 6 hours

     This workshop is designed for educators, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of the diagnosis and interventions for Anxiety Disorders in children and teens. Dr. Klein’s presentation examines the physiological and psychological effects of stress in relationship to anxiety, and details a researched based program that reduces anxiety and depression, improves school performance and enhances self-concept in children.
     Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in America affecting as many as one in ten youth. These disorders range from simple adjustment disorder to more difficult and debilitating disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Workshop participants will learn specific interventions to use with individual children or groups of children in schools, health care facilities, clinical settings and the home. Lecture, demonstrations (live and video), discussions, and time for practicing the techniques are all included in the day’s activities. The techniques outlined in this workshop include progressive muscle relaxation and self-hypnosis, use of calming music, and extensive use of guided imagery.

Workshop Topics:

  • Identify the negative impact of stress on children and teens
  • Identify the most common anxiety disorders
  • Teaching relaxation and imagery to children and teens
  • Using drawing as an intervention
  • Implementing a treatment model in your work setting
  • Interventions with teens using Benson’s Developmental Asset Model

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Wellness For Educators

Presented by Dr. Roger Klein
Intended Audience: Educators, Administrators, PPS Staff, School Nursing
Length – 90 minutes to 6 hours

     Educators around the country are reporting an increase in the amount of stress they face on a daily basis. Increased pressure from the “No Child Left Behind” legislation, increasingly diverse and challenged learners, classroom management, paperwork, societies expectations, etc. have contributed to 50% of teachers nationwide leaving the profession within the first seven years. Without proper self-care this trend will continue. Research will be presented on the importance of using humor, relaxation, self-hypnosis and positive self-talk to help cope with stress.
      Recommendations for life-style changes will be suggested and audience discussion encouraged. The workshop includes specific techniques that are easily learned and applied in any work setting. Participants will be given a chance to practice techniques and share humorous stories. Come and spend some time relaxing and developing a personal plan for overcoming the negative effects of stress.

Workshop Topics:

  • Identify the negative impact of stress
  • Develop an ability to use relaxation, self-hypnosis and imagery to conquer stress
  • Understand the role of music in reducing stress
  • Learn the warning signs of burnout
  • Review research on using humor as a healing activity

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Helping the Helper: Building Resiliency when Working with Traumatized Clients

Presented by Dr. Roger Klein
Intended Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and other Mental Health Professionals
Length: 2 – 6 hours

     In this workshop participants receive guidance for developing resiliency to meet the demands of working with traumatized clients, whether children or adults. Avoiding compassion fatigue and modeling self-care for the clients with whom you work are important aspects of both your own and their healing. Participants learn to take care of themselves using relaxation, music, self-hypnosis, positive self-talk, and humor. These techniques are demonstrated and practiced. 

Workshop Topics:

  • Understanding the role of empathy as it pertains to compassion fatigue
  • Identify the negative impact of stress
  • Understanding the role of relaxation, imagery and music in reducing stress
  • The warning signs of burnout
  • Using self-hypnosis to counteract stress
  • Using humor as a healing activity

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Identification and Intervention with Children In Crisis

Presented by Dr. Roger Klein
Intended Audience:  Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Parents
Length – 90 minutes to 12 hours

     Therapists and teachers around the country are reporting an ever-increasing number of children with multiple blocks to learning. One of the primary blocks is a missed or damaged emotional developmental stage. The path to healthy emotional development for children is strewn with obstacles. The mass media targets youth in attempts to get them to buy more, parents are burdened with work and communicate less, children are “plugged in” instead of playing, and schools are faced with more emphasis on test results.
      Dr. Klein provides a review of normal developmental tasks and ways to support healthy emotional development. Explanation of the wounding process and how it interferes with healthy development will help professionals understand what is happening to many of our most difficult children and how to effectively intervene. The developmental consequences of early substance abuse are outlined along with techniques for identifying abuse, depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD and learning disorders. This is a “hands-on” learning experience that uses case examples through video, role-play through family sculptures, and discussion.

Workshop Topics:

  • Theories of development
  • Understanding role development
  • Understanding the wounding process
  • The consequences of substance abuse on emotional development
  • Strategies to reclaim children at risk

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Attention Deficit Disorder: The Clinic’s & School’s Role in Good Diagnosis & Successful Intervention

Presented by Dr. Roger Klein  
Intended Audience:  Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals
Length – 90 minutes to 6 hours

     This workshop is designed to help participants expand their knowledge of the diagnosis and intervention of Attention Deficit Disorder. Roger Klein has experience working in both the public schools and in private practice. This unique blend has allowed him to see both sides of the issue of accurate diagnosis and intervention for students with ADHD. Dr. Klein will discuss the use of relaxation training and imagery as well as neuro-biofeedback as alternatives or adjuncts to medication. A model for a parent education program will be outlined and suggestions for classroom management discussed.

Workshop Topics:

  • The developmental neurobiology (brain development) link to ADHD
  • Research results on imaging studies, cognitive approaches and EEG Bio-feedback
  • How to obtain a good diagnosis of ADHD
  • Effective collaboration between schools, physicians and outside agencies
  • The comparison of EEG Biofeedback and Psycho-stimulants in treatment
  • The efficacy of EEG biofeedback, relaxation and imagery as treatment modalities

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Understanding Teen Depression & Suicide: Intervention Strategies and Prevention

Presented by Dr. Roger Klein
Intended Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and other Mental Health Professionals
Length – 90 minutes to 6 hours

           
     Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among our youth. According to numerous studies 24% of high school aged youth seriously considers suicide as an option and 8% make an attempt. It is a must for all school personnel to become familiar with the warning signs and understand the importance of planned response in case of a suicide in their district. Roger Klein brings his years of school-based and private practice experience in working with at-risk students both in identification and intervention. His training as a school psychologist, clinical psychologist and trauma and loss specialist gives him a unique perspective and insight into the problems of today’s youth.
     The presentation will identify warning signs and high risk factors leading to suicidal attempts. Characteristics of potentially suicidal child/youth, specific interventions strategies and skills including legal responsibilities, assessment of risk and what is necessary to help prevent contagion following an actual completion. Strategies from the book, Handbook of Intervention Following Suicide or Trauma in Schools published by the National Institute of Trauma & Loss in Children (TLC) will be reviewed. The characteristics of the suicidal youth are explored via videotaped interviews, suicide notes, drawings and research. Didactic presentation provides information and framework related to suicide prevention and intervention. Break out sessions provide participants opportunities to practice strategies presented. The wounding process and a family sculpture depicting compensatory roles teens have developed will be demonstrated.

Workshop Topics:

  • Warning signs and risk factors associated with potentially suicidal individuals
  • Fifteen high risk factors leading to suicidal attempts
  • Professional legal responsibilities when responding to the suicidal individual
  • Primary intervention and prevention skills when working with youth
  • Strategies to use with suicidal youth

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Relax and Imagine: Interventions for Reducing Pain and Anxiety while Increasing Calmness, Courage and Confidence in Pediatric Patients

Presented by Nancy Klein
Length: 60 minutes to 3 hours
Intended Audience: Child Life Specialists, Nurses, Therapists, Health Care Professionals

     Pediatric patients, and their families, may experience increased stress as a component of illness, diagnostic procedures, therapies and hospitalizations. Children can learn to reframe these experiences and develop personal coping strategies that may reduce pain and fears.
      This workshop will describe multi-sensory stress management interventions using relaxation strategies and discuss how they can be used to ease the diverse experiences accompanying hospitalization and illness. Suggestions for incorporating the methods into current pain care standards to be used across departments in hospital and clinic settings will be discussed. Participants will have opportunities to experience and practice the relaxation techniques.

Workshop Goals:

  • Describe benefits of using research-based non-pharmacologic coping therapies
  • Demonstrate progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, calm breathing and positive statements as coping strategies for children
  • Discuss application of consistent, comprehensive use of relaxation strategies in pediatric hospital/clinic settings

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Comforting Your Child During Medical Care: Keys to Calmness and Comfort

Presented by Nancy Klein
Length: 60 minutes to 3 hours
Intended Audience: Parents, Caregivers, Professional Health Care Providers

     When a child feels stress during a medical experience it is possible for those negative feelings to generalize to other aspects of his or her medical care. Children may exhibit anticipatory anxiety that spills from one appointment or treatment to the next. When a child receives intervention for the management of distress, the child is better able to cope with similar future experiences.
      This workshop is designed to help parents and caregivers help children during medical care. The program is based on research in the field of mind-body medicine. Discussion will include research-based techniques that help children develop coping strategies to reduce the pain and anxiety of medical procedures and treatments. Encouragement and support is included for the parent facing the emotional challenges of childhood illness. Discussion topics include suggestions for meeting hospital team members, easing hospital/office visits, coping with painful sensations, taking medicine, building fun and friendship into times of recuperation.

Workshop Goals:

  • Discuss research-based techniques that help children develop coping strategies to reduce the pain and anxiety of medical procedures and treatments 
  • Offer step-by-step suggestions for the use of techniques that enhance the healing process including muscle relaxation, calm breathing, active imagination and positive self-talk.
  • Encourage and support the parent/caregiver facing the emotional challenges of childhood illness     

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The 3 R’s for a School-Age Child Facing Illness: Relax, Renew, Return  

Presented by Nancy Klein
Intended Audience: School Nurses, counselors, psychologists, teachers, pupil services professionals
Length: 60 minutes to 90 minutes  

                                               
     Serious childhood illnesses do not pre-register – they don’t knock on the door before they enter school. The diagnosis of a childhood illness often gives little time for families and school staff to prepare and allows little time for preplanning meetings. School nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists and other pupil services professionals will be called upon to help the child and family at these difficult times. Educators need resources to turn to when a child is diagnosed with a serious illness. 
     Relaxation strategies can be used with school-age children. They are life-long skills that require no technology. Based on the research in the field of mind-body medicine, techniques that are appropriate for home, hospital and school include progressive muscle relaxation, calm breathing, and active imagination. 

Workshop Goals:

  • Address issues for preparing to help a child during medical care

 

 

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Children of Trauma  

Presented by Roger Klein
Intended Audience: School and Agency counselors, psychologists, social workers, and other Mental Health Care professionals.
Length: Full day  

                                               
This is one of the core courses in The National Institute for Trauma and Loss's (TLC's) program. Learn the differences between grief and trauma and come to know trauma as an experience rather than a diagnostic category. Learn how to become a “witness” to a child’s traumatic experience to best appreciate the intensity of the experience and the needs of the child; to see what he now sees as he looks at himself and the world around him. Video-taped interviews will demonstrate how TLC’s evidence-based, structured sensory intervention process brings children relief from the terror of their traumatic experiences. This structured process is used in schools and agencies across the country and has been proven, via research, to reduce trauma-specific reactions across all three major sub-categories. When participating in the TLC Certification Program each participant will receive the TLC video, Children of Trauma. Upon completion a certificate will be handed out. This course is worth 6 contact hours for continuing education.

Workshop Goals:

  • To provide participants with a working foundation of the differences between grief and trauma, the way trauma exposes
    itself in children and the use of structured sensory school/agency based trauma intervention programs.

 

 

 

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Structured Sensory Interventions  

Presented by Roger Klein
Intended Audience: School and Agency counselors, psychologists, social workers, and other Mental Health Care professionals.
Length: Full day  

                                               
This is one of the core courses in The National Institute for Trauma and Loss's (TLC's) program. Learn trauma-specific intervention tasks and techniques as well as see them demonstrated. This is a practice day. The presenter engages attendees in an encapsulated demonstration of the major sensory structured processes. Attendees will also participate in additional activities and, by days end, will feel comfortable using any of the TLC intervention programs. A brief presentation of the TLC evidence-based research and outcome will support the value of TLC’s structured sensory programs in schools and agencies. The complete intervention programs are available to conference attendees at a reduced price. The Trauma Intervention Program is a comprehensive individual program for children 6-12 years old and adolescents 13-18 years old. I Feel Better Now! Intervention Program is a group program for 6-12 years olds. What Color is Your Hurt? is an individual program for preschoolers 3-6 years old. When participating in the TLC Certification Program each participant will receive the TLC book, Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents.

Workshop Goals:

  • To demonstrate and then allow participants the opportunity to experience and practice a structured trauma intervention
    designed to help them help ameliorate survivor reactions, posttraumatic stress and grief reactions in children/adoles-
    cents exposed to violent or non-violent yet trauma inducing incidents.

 

 

 

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