Today’s children have to deal with an increasing amount of stress. The increasing study load, digital devices, environmental pollution, school violence, uncertainty about the future, and worries in the family and society are just some of the things that put children’s brains under increased tension.
This course is designed to provide practical skills that will help you enable your child to cope with this stress, prevent its risks, and maintain strong psycho-emotional health, motivation, and joy.
Self-regulation skills to overcome difficulties
How can you help your child overcome everyday stress and avoid serious difficulties? The most effective way, used by psychologists and psychotherapists in their work, is to teach the child self-regulation skills.
Self-regulation refers to the child’s ability to cope with daily challenges by using various techniques to calm themselves, reduce tension, and allow the brain to function optimally. Children who can self-regulate are less likely to experience anxiety or depression, find it easier to learn, and motivate themselves for extracurricular activities. Self-regulation skills also help teenagers to navigate the risky period of adolescence more easily and safely.
What will this course teach?
This course provides practical techniques for parents to teach their children crucial self-regulation skills. These skills can help children calm down during moments of heightened tension. By taking this course, you will learn how to:
- Reduce tension and stress-related problems;
- Calm down and fall asleep more easily;
- Deal with anxiety and panic attacks;
- Resolve conflict situations and disputes;
- Reduce aggression;
- Prevent risky behaviors such as substance abuse in teenagers
This course includes:
Audience: parents and educators, everyone with daily contact with children and teenagers. No prior knowledge is required to take the course.
“The course material is highly practical and straightforward. I strongly recommend that parents and teachers acquaint themselves with it and implement its teachings. It could be an excellent addition to the array of parenting techniques, particularly those related to disciplining children.”
“I appreciate the practical examples provided on how to implement the techniques. They are presented in a clear and understandable way, making them easy to grasp. From my perspective, all parents should avail themselves of these resources as they play a crucial role in supporting their children.”
“These simple techniques are very comforting to the adult themselves because they create a certain sense of competence in anxious situations.”
“These lectures helped me feel less tense and anxious about my teenager.”
About the instructor
Nils Konstantinovs is probably the best known psychotherapist in Latvia, a child and adolescent psychotherapy specialist and the head of the Adolescent and Youth Psychotherapy Center in Riga. He earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Manchester, and he is currently a doctoral student in psychopathology and medical psychology at the 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Prague. He has studied therapy at the Oxford Center for Cognitive Therapy and the Institute of Transference-based Psychotherapy, and he is a graduate of the 1st residency of the European Union of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP). He is currently continuing his studies in child psychoanalysis.
The instructot is a member of the British Psychological Union (BPS), the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), the Association of Personality Diagnostics (SPA), and a member of the board of the Latvian Society of Psychotherapists. He is the author of numerous publications and several prose books.
Primary School Age (6-11 years old)
- “Blow the Balloon” and “Breathing Hand” – child-friendly mindfulness techniques that can help reduce anxiety and stress.
- “Gorilla Fight” – a technique that can help control aggressive behavior and promote healthy expression of strong emotions.
- “Say 1-2-3” – a method to teach children how to manage conflicts and arguments.
- “Heavy Blanket” and “Posture of Peace” – body techniques that can quickly calm and relax your child.
- “Sleepy Fingers” – a calming hypnotherapy technique that can be used at bedtime.
- “Two Options” – a method to reduce tantrums and problematic behaviors.
Middle School Age (12-15 years old)
- “Conscious Breath” – a mindfulness technique suitable for younger teens.
- “Swinging” – a method for reducing anxiety and distress through body postures.
- “Space of Power” – a hypnotherapy technique that can increase self-esteem.
- ‘First Mental Health Aid” – a guide to supporting your teen in dealing with anxiety or panic attacks.
High School Age (16-19 years old)
- “Muscle Relaxation” – a mindfulness technique suitable for older teens.
- “Motivational Conversation” – a method for talking to your teen about substance use in a safe and helpful way.
- “Rapid Relax” and “Heavy Palm” – hypnotherapy techniques that can help your teen relax and decrease anxiety levels.
- “Smart Mind” – a guide to help your teen make the right decisions in difficult situations.
- “Safe Discharge” – a guide on how to react when behavior becomes aggressive.