Beth Proudfoot, LMFT
Beth Proudfoot, MFT
I’ve done these workshops both as one-hour breakouts at conferences and as day-long in-service trainings at schools. The trainings, of course, go into much more depth and include discussion and practice of the concepts learned. As with all of my topics, I’m more than open to customizing my presentation based on the unique needs of the school.   --  Beth

The “Difficult” Child

Most children respond easily to classroom discipline. About 20% of them, however, don’t. These kids have two characteristics in common: they have somewhat prickly temperaments, and they simply don’t respond to attempts to change their behavior in the same way as their “easier” classmates. In this workshop, we’ll review the research on temperament as it applies to young children and talk about concrete solutions to diagnosing and referring out more serious problems, classroom behavior management, and communication with parents. “Difficult” children are often unique in interesting, creative and surprising ways. Our purpose is not to “squash” them, but to teach them how to survive and even flourish in the classrooms they’ll encounter for the rest of their lives.

Caring for the Caregiver

Working with young children is a difficult job with unfortunately high levels of burnout and stress-related illness. In this workshop, teachers and day care providers will learn:

  • Five techniques for reducing the toxic effects of stress
  • How to effectively handle frustration at home, in the car, in the classroom, and in the faculty lounge
  • How to help children deal with their strong emotions

Conflict Resolution in the Classroom

There is a window for rapid social and emotional learning and development which closes at about age six. We can still learn these skills after age 6, but it’s much harder. Therefore it’s vitally important for teachers of young children to actively work on nurturing the appropriate expression of emotions and resolution of interpersonal conflicts from infancy through kindergarten. In this workshop, ECE teachers will learn and practice the 5-Step P.E.A.C.E. Conflict Resolution model, which they can immediately apply in their classrooms. This model teaches children an invaluable skill which they will use throughout their lives…and also makes preschool a much safer and more fun place to be for everyone.

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