Building on the Growing in Strengths & Leadership session, we will explore how strengths find expression in the classroom and faculty lounge. There is special emphasis on creating high-impact teams.
Using Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0, this session allows participants to explore their talents and gifts with an eye for enhancing education. *Participants need to purchase a book and take an online assessment prior to this session.
High self-esteem is more predictive of a child’s happiness in life than education, IQ or economic privilege. Building self-esteem involves an entire constellation of parent’s behaviors and attitudes. Learn effective and child affirming praise techniques, as well as practical tips on setting consequences, accepting children’s feelings while keeping them accountable, and a healthy non- shaming communication style that you can confidently use to build trust with your foster child. Outstanding video illustration of skills, and a simulation of what it feels like to receive a steady diet of negative/positive messages, contribute to this program’s consistent high evaluations.
Anyone raising a family feels the increased stresses of raising kids in troubled times. The times demand that parents have increased facility in three key areas: problem solving, negotiation and non-violent communication. Techniques for building these skills in couple, parent-child and sibling interactions will be presented and practiced. Many excellent resources both print and audio-visual will be shared to enhance your learning even beyond this seminar. Attention will be given to teaching the skills not only to adults, but also to resources and methods which foster parents will find can work with preschoolers, school aged and adolescent children.
This workshop gets high marks from foster parents because it makes reviewing skills essential family life skills fun! Through the use of a card game that practices non-verbal (sometimes hilarious) communication, and the solving of a “murder” which illustrates just how hard it is to really listen and understand, the basic research on components of communication are reviewed in a uniquely engaging manner. Parents find that the communication knowledge we possess and rely on may be common sense, but it’s not always common practice!!
Based on the best-selling book by Faber and Mazlish, this popular presentation emphasizes skill building and uses humor, common sense and fresh insights to help parents encourage siblings to live together more peacefully. Including frequent practice and discussion, it is illustrated throughout with visuals of the main ideas in cartoon form.
Skills to be mastered include:
- Helping siblings with hostile feelings
- Alternatives to comparisons and competition
- Freeing siblings trapped in roles (he’s the brains, the bully, the baby or she’s the beauty, the social one, the tomboy)
- Strategies for when kids fight
- Ten steps for kids to solve their own problems
- Antidotes to "It’s mine!," "She touched me!" and "You love him more!"
Based on the best-selling book by Faber and Mazlish, participants will be introduced to proven skills benefiting anyone who works with children or youth. Participants are cast in the role of parent/caregiver and can strengthen their ability to help children/youth deal with their feelings, engage cooperation, and encourage autonomy.
Learn effective praise techniques, effective alternatives to threats, warnings, nagging and lectures, and how to help children to step out of negative roles. Each new skill is illustrated with cartoons to increase retention. There will be opportunities to practice new skills, stimulate problem solving around “stubborn” behavior management problems, and to adopt a communication building style that invites trust. The group will practice on typical behaviors of children from two through teen.
Striking simulations of a child’s own experiences allow parents to feel for the first time the same frustrations, anxieties and tensions that kids with learning differences (disabilities) face everyday. This really fresh perspective for parents introduces them to interventions for LD kids. It also provides a layman’s simple, engaging review of the fascinating new discoveries in brain research that allow parents to understand and help these kids. Learning specialists like Mel Levine have come to believe that every mind works differently, and parents will view a video tracking five kids with LD and the unique solutions specialists use to help each one. Includes a video on the world through the eyes of kids of kids with Asperger’s Syndrome (high functioning autism) and how they learn.
Attaching a name to a disorder is just the beginning. Home and school success often depends on the skill of parents who know how to meet their child’s special needs. Foster parents will enjoy new ideas for how to end the homework hassle, advocate successfully for the child at school, deal with the frustration of siblings, improve social skills and preserve the self-esteem of the child who struggles with ADHD. The unique gifts of these children will also be considered.
Many proven techniques offered for school success will also benefit parents of children with learning disabilities. Over 30 practical tips for how to help these children get organized, complete tasks and keep friends.
Kim’s ADHD Program was recently chosen by the Institute for Human Services in Columbus to be the curriculum used for training of thousands of foster and adoptive parents throughout Ohio.
Customizable to emphasize relationships with internal or external customers or both, participants will walk away from this highly rated seminar knowing at least 4 things that research on customer service reveals about what our customers and clients want. Tips will be offered on how to get an A on your client’s “service report card” by offering not just core service but The Royal Treatment.
Participants will learn the importance of the “moments of truth” in which this single encounter defines our whole organization in the client’s mind. We’ll practice how to use the human business model for increased customer satisfaction and how to end the interaction with a Positive Close.
We’ll rehearse defusing skills that will help participants to lead the difficult person off a “rant” and on to business. These defusing skills help associates to deal with their own emotions and stay “unhooked” by the customer’s toxic energy, while assisting the upset client. Skills learned will include Reflective Listening, Empathy (I Felt/I Feel), Reframing, Service Recovery in handling mistakes, making an effective Apology, Escalated Concern, and Selective Agreement.
Video segments on the power of complaints (if time permits, usually in the 6 hour program) with brainstorming to improve an organization and its services can be facilitated. In all programs, including the shorter than 6 hour version, a step by step method for offering customers the “royal treatment” will generate discussion and model professional skills.