Is your child highly sensitive? An observer who asks deep questions? Easily overstimulated? Or often distressed by the injustice or suffering of others? Over 20 percent of children have this trait often overlooked by “one-size-fits-all” parenting advice. Do you find the usual approaches just aren’t working with your highly sensitive child?
Taught by Alane Freund, MS, MA, LMFT, and Candy Crawford, MSW, LCSW—experts on family therapy, parenting, and high sensitivity—this weekend will empower and educate parents and professionals to recognize, honor, and navigate the unique challenges and gifts highly sensitive children present. Through a balance of learning, support, discussion, small group work, and rejuvenating self-care, you will learn:
- How to recognize the unique temperaments and traits associated with high sensitivity and identify the differences between these and common childhood diagnoses
- Why temperament matters in parenting and how to safely and effectively provide highly sensitive children and teens with what they need most
- How parents, teachers, and professionals can best equip themselves to handle the unique bonds and challenges of being in close relationship with highly sensitive kids
- The gifts highly sensitive children bring to the world and how to help these gifts thrive in a predominately “nonsensitive” culture.
Based on the book The Highly Sensitive Child by keynote speaker Elaine N. Aron, PhD, psychologist and pioneer in the study of this trait, this is the first course ever to focus on caring for and raising highly sensitive children and teens. Leave with a deeper appreciation for them, tools to enhance your influence and role in their lives, and a community of support in caring for them.
Elaine N. Aron, PhD
Pioneer in the field of high sensitivity
Elaine N. Aron is a clinical and research psychologist, author, and pioneer in the field of high sensitivity.
She has published five books, including The Highly Sensitive Person, which has been translated into more than 17 languages, and The Highly Sensitive Parent, as well as numerous scientific articles in leading journals. She also created The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook and shares extensive resources on her website to help people identify the HSP trait in themselves and nurture the new, positive self-image they deserve for a fuller, richer life.
Elaine leads workshops for professionals and the public, practices psychotherapy in Marin County, California, and collaborates with her husband Arthur Aron in studies on the psychology of love and close relationships. Her degrees are from University of California Berkeley, York University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute.
A documentary, Sensitive, the Untold Story, featuring Elaine and her work was released in 2015.View Bio PageCandy Crawford, MSW, LCSW
Therapist, advocate for highly sensitive people, family rights
Candy Crawford is a therapist, educator, and advocate for highly sensitive individuals. She maintains a private practice in the Chicago area, where she specializes in Sensory Processing Sensitivity, and facilitates workshops and retreats in collaboration with Dr. Elaine N. Aron, research psychologist, educator, and pioneer in the field of high sensitivity.
Prior to her clinical practice, Candy spent over a decade championing the rights of diverse children and families as a public school social worker. This tenure, as well as the life-changing experience of mothering her two highly sensitive daughters, now young women, cemented Candy’s commitment and devotion to the long-neglected needs of the highly sensitive population.
Candy finds delight and meaning in her deep engagement with nature and animals, particularly her dog, Maya; in her ever-increasing library of books; and in the sanctuary of good conversation. With her whole heart, Candy believes the world will be a significantly better place when the gifts, perspectives, and identities of highly sensitive individuals are embraced.View Bio PageAlane Freund, MS, MA, LMFT
Psychotherapist, horse whisperer, advocate for the highly sensitive
Alane Freund has been a therapist for over two and a half decades, working with families and youth to find solutions to their relational, social, and behavioral challenges. For 14 years she has been studying equine-assisted growth and learning. Her California therapy and team-building practice, Heart and Mind Equine, combines her passion for horses with her love of psychotherapy. Located in a sunny clearing in the forests of bucolic Woodacre, California, Alane describes Heart and Mind Equine as a place “where all ideas are welcome and no answers are wrong.”
Working closely with Dr. Elaine N. Aron, pioneer author and researcher in the study of highly sensitive people, Alane has developed and implemented programs for highly sensitive people, children, families, and the clinicians who serve them. A skilled facilitator and therapist and the parent of a highly sensitive teenage son, she teaches workshops, leads groups, and does ongoing work with her herd of equine colleagues—the highly sensitive horses she has rescued, rehabilitated, and, in many instances, gentled from the wild. With a focus on inclusion, Alane welcomes all types of family makeups, sizes, and structures into her practice including the full LGBTQ+ community.View Bio Page
The best gift you can give your child (and yourself) is conscious parenting: see where you can grow and how to practice proper self-care. Your family, your practice, and your self will thank you!
Join in this community of experts and peers and garner outstanding support to carry you forward.
Enjoy a keynote speech from Dr. Elaine N. Aron, author of The Highly Sensitive Child, and study this trait with her direct mentees.
High sensitivity is found in one out of five people. Not an autism spectrum disorder or a mental illness, it is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Enlighten yourself with the wisdom and tools to become a more informed and empowered caregiver.
Things to Know/Schedule
Friday night 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (1.5)
• Explain trait of high sensitivity, otherwise known as sensory processing sensitivity.
• List the four identifying characteristics of children and teens with the trait.
• Identify the needs of parents of highly sensitive children and teens.
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction of Faculty and Overview of Weekend
8:00 pm – 8:20 pm
Understanding the Trait of Sensitivity in Youth and Impact on Families
8:20 pm – 8:45 pm
Small group breakout/brainstorm
8:45 pm – 9:00 pm Summarize the Evening with Reports from Groups. Closing
9:00 am – 12:00 pm (2.75)
• Summarize the research on high sensitivity.
• Provide the evolutionary reason for the persistence of the trait and why it is always found in a minority.
• Understand development of and how to utilize the self-assessment for identifying highly sensitive adults and children.
• Identify various examples of sensitivity in children and teens and assess for dual diagnosis, false positives, or false negatives.
9:00 am – 9:50 am
Session one: Class on High Sensitivity/A Deeper Understanding of the Trait of High Sensitivity Including the Science and Research
9:50 am – 11:00 am
Session two: How HS Children and Teens Thrive + Differential Susceptibility
11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Facilitated Discussion Groups Part I
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
LUNCH and free time
• Understand neurodiversity as it relates to high sensitivity.
• Discuss and answer questions about the trait with clients/patients and professionals unfamiliar with it.
• Understand the presentation of HS children through varied developmental stages of childhood.
• Assess for sensitivity (through meeting and talking with families and professionals who have HS children and teens in their lives), by distinguishing the trait itself, what is common to all HSC/Ts, from other characteristics.
Afternoon 1:30 pm – 4:30
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Keynote address: Elaine Aron, author and researcher: The Highly Sensitive Child, The Highly Sensitive Person, and Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person.
2:20 pm – 3:15 pm
PANEL with Elaine Aron, Candy Crawford and Alane Freund – Open Q & A
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Facilitated Discussion Groups Part II
Free Time and Dinner
Saturday evening 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm (1.75)
Evening program: Sensitive: The Untold Story – film and Q&A
Sunday morning 9:00am – 11:00 am (2.0)
• Understand and teach self-care of parents of HS children and teens.
• Recognize the gifts and assets of the highly sensitive child and teen.
• Train parents/clients to manage themselves and children feeling overstimulated by creating parenting strategies.
• Assist clients with a variety of issues, such as the impact of having a highly sensitive child or teen in the family, including relationships, schedules, outings, parenting, special lifestyle and health needs, dealing effectively with non-HSPs.
Gifts HS Children and Teens Offer the World.
9:30 am – 10:25 am
Creating strategies for families and professionals who live and work with HS children and teens
10:25 am – 11:00 am Validating the HS Trait in Our Youth
11:00 Closing Circle
Please go to this link (http://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-child-test/) to take the parent’s assessment of highly sensitive children.
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