“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, PhD, Man’s Search for Meaning

Presentation for K&L Gates

Helping Children and Families Cope with Change
Presenter: Kristen M. Ohlenforst, PhD
September 24, 2020

This year has been filled with continuous change and unceasing uncertainty – both for children and for adults. For many, such circumstances can generate a myriad of powerful and exhausting emotions. How do we develop emotional and psychological stamina in the face of the unknown, so as to best support our children and families during these unpredictable times? 

Join us for a discussion of strategies for coping with change and managing strong emotions. Dr. Kristen Ohlenforst will share how rising to meet the challenges presented by this pandemic will serve us – and our children — not only in the present, but also in the years to come.

Presentation Outline:

  • Examining the big picture 
  • So what should our goals be?
  • Common responses to prolonged stress
  • Parenting strategies for talking about change and managing big emotions:
    • Label and reflect big emotions
    • Move the body to manage big emotions
    • Focus on facts
    • Craft a mindful narrative
  • Big-picture parenting tips
    • Label and talk about what the goals are
    • Set realistic and manageable goals
    • Give permission to experience joy and pleasure!
    • Prioritize parental self-care
    • Connect with community
  • Conclusion / Q&A
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