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Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Presents

Supporting Social Emotional Wellbeing in Young Children:
What Parents, Caregivers and Educators Need to Know

  • Virtual Event
  • Now - Sunday, March 14th
    Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm
    Wednesday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm
    Sunday, March 14th at 1:00 pm
  • Ashley Schnaar - (248) 205-2537

February 23 @ 7:00 PM March 14 @ 2:00 PM

All workshops will take place on Zoom

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, in partnership with The Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, JFamily and Opening the Doors of the JCC of Metro Detroit, the Metropolitan Detroit Board of Jewish Early Childhood Directors, and Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit are thrilled to welcome Dr. Erika London Bocknek, PhD, LMFT, to the screen as our featured presenter for this three-part workshop series. All three virtual workshops are intended for Metro Detroit Jewish families, educators and caregivers and will focus on the social emotional wellbeing of young children — from birth through the elementary years. Register for one, two or all three workshops. There is no cost to attend these programs thanks to Dr. Bocknek’s gracious donation of her time and expertise.
About Dr. Bocknek
Dr. Bocknek is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Wayne State University and the Principal Investigator of the Family Resilience Lab. Her clinical and research interests focus on early childhood mental health and parenting in contexts of stress and trauma exposure. She is also the Associate Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Dr. Bocknek is a mom of three children ages 9, 5, and 3.
Workshop #1: Building Blocks of Good Social Emotional Wellbeing
Tuesday, February 23 | 7 – 8 PM
What do we mean when we say “social emotional wellbeing” and “mental health?” How does mental health develop from infancy through adolescence and beyond? In this workshop, we will focus on the core developmental competencies that develop over time and underlie good mental health. Dr. Bocknek will also walk us through social emotional “red flags” and steps to take if you notice them in your children or students. 
Workshop # 2: The Heart of Parenting
Wednesday, March 3 | 7 – 8 PM
Beyond caring for their basic needs, what are some of the most important roles parents play in their children’s lives? In this workshop, we will discuss what it means to impact, support and scaffold your children’s mental health as a parent. Parents will walk away from this workshop with a clearer idea of what it means to support their young children’s social emotional wellbeing as well as their own “parenting mission statement” and strategies to redistribute energy into the right places.
Workshop 3: Stop Meditating and Start Celebrating!
Sunday, March 14 | 1:00-2:00pm
As a society, we overemphasize suppression of negative emotions and underemphasized upregulation of joy. Yet research shows us that joy, ritual and relationships are the best prevention and the best cure for stress in people of all ages. In this workshop, we will discuss how families can teach children to manage stress starting in the earliest years and develop intentional (and fun) strategies that will grow with your families.
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