Emotional regulation is all about being able to manage feelings so they don’t intrude heavily on relationships or day-to-day life. This might involve being able to resist ‘losing it’ in upsetting or frustrating situations, or having
the skills and techniques to be able to calm down when big emotions start to take over. Most of us unconsciously use a broad range of emotional regulation strategies to cope with difficult situations everyday. Some children and young people however will become
overwhelmed by their feelings and appear unable to selfregulate.This can manifest in different ways depending on the child. For some there is an instantaneous response (outbursts, violence, self abuse), for others the distress can build up with a cumulative
pressure eventually manifesting as more complex problems (substance misuse, depression, eating issues etc).
As helping professionals, educators, and carers we can assist these young people to learn to regulate these strong emotions at the point they first experience them and learn the skills to express and manage emotions in more resilient
and confident ways. This workshop examines the what, why, and how of emotional regulation. It is brain-based, strengths-focused, and full of practical tips and strategies to use when talking and working with children and young people about their emotions.
Participants will explore and practice a rich and wide variety of interventions to help young people (of all ages) tolerate, manage, and shift their affect states so they can reduce their dependency on actions that cause harm.