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Effectively Supporting Children and Their Big Feelings: It Begins with Us

May 14, 2024

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Effectively Supporting Children and Their Big Feelings: It Begins with Us

August 2, 2024
12:00-1:00pm CST
1.0 CE for LCSW/LSW and LCPC/LPC
$15 for CEs, $10 for no CEs

Let’s face it: managing strong feelings can be challenging at any age, but it can be particularly challenging for children. Supporting children (of any age) and their big emotions starts with the adults.

This workshop explores several strategies used in the nationally recognized social-emotional curriculum, Conscious Discipline®. Developed by Dr. Becky Bailey, Conscious Discipline is an adult-first approach that addresses adult self-regulation and skill sets first to empower adults to model, teach, and live the skills and ideals they want children and youth to acquire. It is meant to demonstrate healthy ways for children/youth to manage their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to deal with conflict and difficult situations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the nature of regulation, including co-regulation, and how an adult’s state helps or hinders a child’s/youth’s ability to emotionally regulate.
  2. Identify the skills adults need to support children/youth to expand their capacity to self-regulate.
  3. Learn strategies that promote healthy relationships to naturally encourage cooperation (decrease challenging behaviors) versus forcing or expecting compliance.

Registration Options:

If you do NOT need CEUs for LCSW/LSW or LCPC/LPC, register via the link below:


If you DO need CEUs for LCSW/LSW or LCPC/LPC, register via the link below:


Workshop Presenter

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Tanya is a longstanding member of ILAIMH’s Central Chapter. She has worked with young children in Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms and provided home visiting services through a local agency. Tanya works hard to incorporate a strong diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in her work to support direct service providers in developing the necessary capacity to see through the eyes of their participants.

Tanya formerly provided therapy through a private practice for children ages three and up through the lifespan, with her primary focus on attachment, trauma, and healing.  To support the social and emotional health of young children and their caregivers, she became level-one trained in Theraplay and has worked alongside child welfare as an Integrated Assessor at Northern Illinois University.  Upon returning to the field of home visiting in 2016, Tanya has provided I/ECMH (Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to a variety of home visitation programs, including ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education), MIECHV (Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting, DHS (Department of Human Services, and SUPR (Substance Use Prevention & Recovery) funded programs.

Most recently, Tanya joined the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health as a board member and participates in the Conference/Education committee.

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