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Managing behaviour

Event type: 

Developing empathy with early years children

Developing an ability to tune in to the feelings of others is vital to the process of socialisation in childhood and to the ability to self- regulate behaviour. Failure to develop an empathetic capacity can lead to relational and behavioural difficulties in the primary stage and throughout adolescence.

This course offers a working understanding of what we mean by empathy, how it develops and how we can help children whose capacity for demonstrating empathy has been impaired.

Key learning:

- What do we mean by the term empathy - What is it, what does it do and why is it important?

- The role of empathy in curbing aggressive behaviour

- Theoretical perspectives - what Attachment Theory and Neuroscience tell us about empathy

- What impedes the development of empathy?

- How can we help infants to develop an empathetic capacity - the use of play, mindfulness techniques, visualisation and story-telling.

Who should attend

Teachers, youth workers, nursery staff, social care staff and all others currently working with children.

Facilitator bio

Stan Godek

Stan is a human relations trainer and consultant with over 20 years experience of working directly with emotionally damaged/traumatised young people and their families in a variety of settings. He has managed residential units in Edinburgh and London and has worked in the field of social work, probation and mental health. Originally specialising in working with trauma, the effects of abuse and managing challenging behaviour, he now offers a wide range of training for those working with children, young people and adults in social care, education and health sectors and increasingly works on Attachment Theory and its relationship to Brain Development in infancy.