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The Resiliency Center: A Healing Arts Collaborative in Ambler, PA
A Few Simple but Effective Communication Techniques for Parents
By Kathleen Krol

Simple communication skills can be lost along the way with already busy schedules and the day in and out of following the same routine. Sometimes just changing the words you use or how you say them can make a small but significant change in your interaction with your children.  Praise and positive reinforcement for what your child is doing well is usually more effective than emphasizing what your child is doing wrong. Try to avoid negatively phrased words such as “CAN’T” (ie. “You can’t do that!”).   The child hears the negative “can’t” and may respond defensively by acting out. Instead, give choices and alternatives when directing your child to stop certain behaviors: “Your ball is for playing with outside.” “What do you want to play with instead, your trucks or your dollhouse?”

Children often have problems with their sense of time and need for immediate gratification. You can help them by giving them a timeframe when they can have what it is that they are asking for. “Right now, I need to cook dinner. After we eat, then I can play that game with you.”

Finally give your children your full attention and eye contact when they’re upset. Children often act out because they don’t feel right inside and don’t know how to put their feelings into words.  You can acknowledge your child’s feelings without accepting the behavior. Acknowledging that you hear their feelings can sometimes calm and quiet a child who is upset more than yelling, ignoring or punishing the crying behaviors.  You can say things like “You really wanted to go outside to play.  You’re feeling mad that you can’t go outside. I see how upset that makes you.” If the behavior continues, limits or time-out may be needed but taking these other steps first may reduce the intensity of the tantrum before going further. 

Kathleen Krol, one of the practitioners at the Resiliency Center, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist who works with children, young adolescents and families.  Kathleen uses FAMILY THERAPY with the parent and child to discuss and problem-solve issues, PLAY THERAPY AND SANDTRAY with the child to help them work through difficult feelings, gain self-mastery and confidence and heal from loss and trauma and PARENT EDUCATION/FEEDBACK to provide parenting techniques, coaching and support with parents. If you are interested in learning more about family and play therapy, please contat Kathleen at 215-289-3101 or kasiakrol17@verizon.net, or learn more about her on our website.

FEATURED PROGRAMS

A Mind, Body, Spirit Approach to Health and Healing
Sunday, 3/21, 2 – 4 pm

Join Georgia Tetlow, MD, for this informative talk on Integrative Medicine. Integrative medicine is a rapidly growing and highly credible field that seeks to integrate the best of Western scientific medicine with a broader understanding of the nature of illness, healing and wellness. To return the soul to medicine, integrative medicine is grounded in the healing relationship—working together, practitioners and patients seek ways to achieve optimal health.  Learn more about this approach to care which focuses on healing the whole person and attends to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the person in the context of their community. Dr. Tetlow specializes in integrative medicine for wellness and a broad range of health concerns. Please call (888) 702-7974 or email info@beingmybestself.com to let us know you're coming! The talk is free and will be followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Tetlow.

Integrative Strategies to Promote Practitioner Wellness & Prevent Burnout
Friday, 3/26, 9 am – 4 pm

For our 1st program in the Professional Development Training Series, practitioners are invited to spend time focusing on themselves and their own well-being. The program is approved for 6 CEUs. For more information or to register, see our website or call Resiliency Center Director Elizabeth Venart at 215-542-5004.
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS
> Learn more about these programs and more on The Resiliency Center's events page and online calendar.

Family & Community Rhythm & Drumming Workshop
Saturday 3/27, 10 am – 11:30 am (monthly)

Yoga for Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma
Tuesdays 7 pm – 8:30 pm (through 3/16)

RoadMap to a GREAT Career
Tuesday 3/16, 10 am – 11:30 am 

The Embodied Healer
Tuesdays 10:30 am – 12 pm

The Body Speaks Its Mind
Saturday 3/13, 10 am – 11 am (monthly)

Wellness Energy Tools Meetup
Saturday 3/6, 9:30 a.m.
Learn and practice cutting-edge energy medicine tools for wellness and optimal performance.
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Highly Sensitive Persons Meetup
Saturday 3/6, 11 a.m.
Meet others who are highly sensitive by temperament and learn about the gifts and challenges this trait brings. 
This month's topic:  HSPs and Assertiveness and Negotiation.
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MANTALK – Regular guys talking about their lives
Wednesday 3/24, 7:30 – 9 pm

Monthly Drumming Circle
Friday 3/26, 7:30 pm – 9 pm (monthly)

Qi Gong Classes
Thursdays at 2 pm & Fridays at 12 pm (2nd & 4th) 

Morning Meditation
Free on Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Evening Meditation
Free on Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Boost your Confidence with Aromatherapy
Tuesday 4/27, 7 - 8 pm

Aromatherapy Support for Creative Flow
Saturday 4/24, 1 - 4 pm

Aromatherapy Support for Trauma Survivors
Saturday 5/15, 9 am - 12 pm

> Learn more about these programs and more on The Resiliency Center's events page and online calendar.

ANNOUNCEMENT
Seeking presenters for our Fall 2010 Professional Development Series! Submit proposals with title, description, and learning objectives to Elizabeth Venart by email or call 215-542-5004 for more information.
Our mailing address is: 602 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA • 215-542-5004 • elizabeth@theresiliencycenter.com
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