Talking with Children about Difficult Issues

November 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Autumn Strausbaugh

Open and honest conversations help build strong, trusting partnerships among children, families, and providers. Sometimes, however, we encounter difficult or uncomfortable topics in conversations in our work. A child may start a conversation about something that has happened at home that takes you by surprise. Or, you may see and hear children exploring a sensitive topic in their play, such as family conflict or grief. While it is natural to experience a range of emotions when difficult topics come up, strategies exist that can help us feel more skilled in our response. This workshop gives early childhood professionals an opportunity to share their challenges when discussing sensitive issues, explore strategies for supporting children and families from different backgrounds, and look at ways to take care of themselves during these conversations.

This workshop is a part of the Promoting Mental Health and Family Well-Being in Today’s World Series. In this series, you will learn knowledge and skills to strengthen relationships with adults and children and promote family well-being. You will explore the Family Connections Workshop Series, which provides scaffolding to support mental health among staff and families. The series is adapted from the original training materials for Family Connections, an evidence-based, system-wide model for mental health consultation and professional development. You will explore how each workshop’s learning activities are carried out with staff and consider adaptations for delivery to parents.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn concrete strategies for more effective communication with children
  • Explore the potential impacts of conversations about difficult issues on the emotional and mental health of children, families, and professionals
  • Deepen their understanding of the importance of professional self-care

Event Format:
Live interactive workshop with live Spanish translation!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Professionals who work with families of young children, including early care educators, family child care providers, mental health consultants, home visitors, early interventionists, and more.

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price: $35/workshop or $90 for all 3 workshops

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/workshop or $85 for all 3
(Click here for information on joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Can’t attend the live session? Register to access the recording! All registrants will have access to the recording for 30 days.

Want to purchase a group of seats for your staff or grantees? Contact us!

Would you like to bring this workshop or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community?
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