Sensory and Somatic Strategies for Regulation

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 | 9 a.m.-Noon ET

$70 | 3 CEUs and/or 3 Act 48 Credits

Delivery: Synchronous Virtual Classroom via Zoom

For some children, the urge to touch everything in sight, move incessantly, cover their ears when life gets noisy or meltdown when the environment is overstimulating creates chaos in the therapy room and the community. This often seems like nothing more than poor behavior, but could something else be going on with these sensitive children?  In this workshop, we will to explore the basics of sensory integration,  the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the arousal system, discuss the body's various sensory realms and explore a variety of strategies for assisting children who struggle with self-regulation and sensory-related behavioral issues. 

After completion of this workshop participants will be able to 1) recognize the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the arousal system; 2) identify three common behavioral manifestations of sensory dysregulation; and 3) choose from a variety of somatic and sensory techniques to enhance client regulation.

This program is appropriate for all levels of social work and teaching professionals who work with children and adolescents. 

Presenter: Allison Cooke Douglas, M.S., is the Resource Center Program Manager at Harmony Family in Knoxville, Tenn.  She has been a teacher and trainer for over a decade; starting her career as a Montessori trained early childhood educator.  After becoming a foster parent and seeing the need for trainers with lived experience,  Allison became the lead training specialist in Knox County, TN facilitating Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) classes for prospective foster parents. She has been president of the Knox County Foster Care Association, regional representative to the Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association, team member on a Breakthrough Series Collaborative project focusing on trauma assessment and treatment for children under 4 and is a trainer for Tennessee’s Building Strong Brains: ACEs Initiative.  Allison is certified in The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Phases I and II, as well as in the Neurosequential Model in Education.  She loves presenting at conferences and workshops and supporting children and families healing from trauma.