You don’t need a whole new arsenal of tools to support these kids.
You don’t need another multi-year degree to learn tools that make a positive difference in their outcomes.
What do you need?
To be able to see the good in a child that life has dealt a difficult hand to, (whether you know what that hand was, or not) and to know how to respond in ways that truly reach them.
to use connective play, warmth, and laughter in ways that helps children gain new confidence, motivation and resilience.
Patty saw, with her own eyes, children become increasingly more willing to be open, to interact, to become more co-operative as she brought these tools to her classrooms.
At that stage, Patty’s approach was not yet complete. It happened when Patty had her own kids, and was shocked when a kindly acquaintance asked how she was coping, and then listened, whole-heartedly, with warmth, as Patty cried and cried about how hard she found parenting. (So hard, in fact, she despised how harsh she'd become as a mom).
-Beth Ohanneson, MS, MFT
They use the approach to:
If you’re ready to give children support and guidance that mends rifts, boosts connection and fosters resilience, read on or join us now.
“In my practice, I have noted that when I use Hand in Hand Parenting tools Staylistening and Playlistening in the ER, the children recover from their fear and anxiety of painful procedures more quickly."
— Brooke Batchelor, R.N.
Inside this class, you’ll find all you need to begin using the Hand in Hand Parenting approach with families.
You’ll work with a highly qualified, experienced mentor in 8 weekly small-group mentoring calls to deep-dive into five simple, easily explained “Listening Tools.”
These strategies build closer connections, parent-to-child and parent-to-parent, and bring a trauma-lens to your work.
By the end of this class, you’ll be able to confidently validate a parent’s emotional experience, efforts and caring, and bolster their understanding of their child's emotional world.
You’ll also practice one primary listening tool that you can use to create a warm sense of empathy and closeness with parents and kids, and that assists them in releasing stored tension and stress.
During this class, you’ll also:
While it is more common to stifle crying you’ll discover why crying is a chief way to work through hard times.
We’ll show you the ways that you can work with a parent through their natural resistance to crying and upsets, and instead describe the overall purpose of crying and introduce a unique co-regulatory strategy that you, or a parent, can use to respond supportively when a child tantrums or cries.
By week three, you will have adopted two listening tools that help parents and children offload past tensions and begin to recover and find calm. Now, you will enhance these tools with a child-led play tool that increases a child’s regulatory capacity, builds their confidence and strengthens the parent-child bond.
You will see how you can extend this play tool with children in your care to move them supportively through moments of resistance or rigidity, to clear thinking and increased cooperation, and you will show parents, if you work with them, how they too can see the same transformations when they use this powerful bonding tool with their children.
Parents experience renewed energy and hope for their relationships with their kids, when you introduce them to this tool.
In this class, you’ll learn all you need to turn that thinking around, and describe why this way of setting limits sets a child up to succeed over more traditional “control and punish” models. You’ll also demonstrate the three steps needed to make setting limits this way extremely effective.
Play is an under-valued tool, especially in houses where tensions run high. In lesson five, we’ll share how connecting and transforming play can be with children who are struggling. You’ll learn how to re-introduce play to families, even when times are hard, and showcase how play can be fundamental in shifting patterns of ongoing challenging behavior.
Play gives you a powerful tool to use with children to break tension and gain their trust, and is a tool parents can use to foster a warmer, safer environment for children long-term.
In class six, you'll apply tools and strategies into the Hand in Hand Parenting Connection Plan.
You’ll use this framework to address specific behavioral difficulties a child might display in varied settings, and to support a parent working through issues that create disconnection between them and a child.
The Hand in Hand Parenting Connection Plan gives you an action-oriented and measurable step-by-step plan you can use to guide and measure your impact and progress.
Classes 7 and 8 have a didactic backbone, fleshed out by your interests and needs and the interests and needs of your call group.
In our experience, requests for adapting Hand in Hand principles and tools for stressed adolescents, young adults and their parents are common and so this topic is usually the focus in Class 7.
A chief goal in this session is around mentoring parents. Encouraging them to rebuild trust and recognize the opportunities that exist to partner with their growing child and gain mutual respect and warmth.
You will see how it’s possible to adapt the tools to reach older children and young adults and provide their parents with a framework that gives immediate hope for growth with tools that provide support to build strong and healthy, respectful relationships long-term.
You’ll find the content of this class based on specific interests that you and the participants in your group call share, and on your experiences applying Hand in Hand Parenting in your families and work over the past 7 weeks.
Many times, the topic requested for this class is for adapting Hand in Hand Parenting for children and parents struggling after a history of early adversity.
You will help charter the direction for this learning during class 6, and if you choose to focus on this track you’ll immerse yourself in the deeply-rewarding practice of framing your work in this area through a trauma-lens. Expect to see sizeable breakthroughs as shifts in belief, hope, power and connection serve to heal in profound ways.
See Everything That's Included for Yourself
When you join Hand in Hand Parenting Professionals Intensive today, you’ll gain access to your dedicated learning dashboard.
Take your time to go through the booklets, articles, recordings, and videos included in the intensive, and if you have questions, reach out.
We’re confident that the Professionals Intensive has every component you need to bring a proven, trauma-focused lens to your work, but if after reviewing the program, you do not feel this approach or these tools will add a measurable, trauma-focused framework to your work, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
We know it’s sounds too good to be true. After all, as research around trauma has morphed we’ve seen first hand how far and deep the issue really is.
And we’ve seen few programs step up to offer real, workable solutions for professionals in the field like you who handle child anxiety, bullying, withdrawal, and baffling behavior that requires solutions.
Hand in Hand has been working in this area since long before the science caught up. For more than 30 years professionals have been bringing these tools into foster homes and adoptive families, NICUs, and underserved communities. We’ve worked with moms in jail, teen moms, immigrant parents, and entire schools who have struggled to serve their student populations.
Long before there were best practices established for trauma-sensitive caregiving, we saw these tools work to bond families.
The understanding you show parents, ripples through them to their children, giving families worn down by fighting and fear and misunderstanding the space and support they need to heal and recover.
This, you see, is trauma-informed response in practice.
Now, we do have the science to support the approach
The ARC Framework and the Hand in Hand Program meet the core components of trauma-informed caregiving as identified by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, allowing you to boldly bring a trauma-lens to your work. Several of our methods are also endorsed by the World Health Organisation for good parental care.
And why so fast? Because each of the five Listening Tools in the framework works independently and in tandem you can begin using them right away and you will see results almost as soon as you begin to use them, in whatever situation you bring them to.
Hearing you loud and clear. We know that you are a giver, and it gets easy to say yes to everything, plus we're aware that right now, where the world feels extra uncertain, home and work schedules are prone to collide.
Expect to spend between 4-6 hours per week working through the materials, including your mentoring group calls. It does pay to keep on top of the week’s modules because you will use your group sessions to really explore the focus topics.
That said, you can begin using what you learn from day one, (as in, the minute you log into your online learning space). Feel free to go ahead and read through the modules, videos, and audios ahead of schedule if that helps you better manage your time.
Even better, many participants say they readily look forward to connecting with peers in weekly call-groups and receiving support and understanding.
This time actually allows you to offload your struggles, whether that’s related to your time-stretched schedule or other things that keep you up at night.
You emerge calmer, and more energized, and knowing you have a supportive, wise community caring for you. In fact, many past call groups keep their weekly calls going long after their intensive.
It’s definitely the program’s secret sauce, and one that keeps on giving. Like you.
In just eight weeks, you’ll have built a wonderful supportive space for you when times get hard, and you’ll have a whole new and workable system to bring to your work.
And you'll be using them to bring powerful change year after year.
You have a great foundation, since the Hand in Hand philosophy is very much aligned with leading trauma-evidence training.
Where it differs is the very powerful lens it shines on children’s emotional functioning and behavior.
Both concrete and profound, the Hand in Hand Parenting Listening Tools can provide immediate support and relief to an overwhelmed parent, and offer the possibility of long-term transformation.
And you can implement these tools alongside other approaches you may use to work with adult and child clients, trauma-evidenced or otherwise, as a rich addition to your skills and knowledge.
You’ve already done an incredible amount to further your knowledge and bring expertise to your work.
While we're 99.8% sure that you won’t have come across Hand in Hand’s exact five-tool framework elsewhere, we do see that these tools give you a fantastic way to put lots of what you've learned theoretically into action with the close, personalised attention of an experienced professional to work with weekly.
The specific, immersive learning fast-tracks your progress so that you’ll be confident in applying the tools from day one.
We’re so excited to have you here.
Participants on the Intensive come from a wide range of disciplines and experiences.
Some come from a clinical background, others are social workers, play workers, doctors, nurses or medical staff, teachers, learning specialists, classroom assistants, child minders and care staff.
Past participants have studied neuroscience, resilience programming, child-centred approaches, positive discipline, attachment, trust-based interventions, play therapy, The Feldenkrais Method, Somatic Experiencing, Adler, Dan Siegel, Montessori, RIE, and Psychodynamic theory.
But really there is one requisite.
Your love of working with children and families and your desire to understand what drives their behaviors and guide them towards good, fulfilling lives.
These tools are completely flexible, easy to learn, and useful in a wide variety of situations, which is why we say just about anyone can grasp them and use them, anywhere that calls for them.
All instruction is given without clinical jargon, and all of our materials have been created to feel accessible and connecting.
If you have a passion to connect better with children you work with, and are keen to help parents to connect on a greater emotional level with their children, you’ll find all you need here with us in the Intensive.
Here’s a birds-eye view of what’s in store over the 8-week course.
Each weekly session is a mixture of instruction, sharing of personal experience using the Listening Tools, mentoring in the use of the approach, and group listening time that is grounded in our approach. Usually calls last between 50 and 90 minutes each session.
You’ll learn from one another and from your own personal emotional work in the class, giving you direct experience of the tools as you practice them.
Calls are warm, open, and responsive. Many past participants so look forward to the support and connection gained through the calls that they continue them even once the intensive is over. We find them a wonderful way to dial back into the approach, and build support for the strenuous work you do.
When you join today, you get access to your own personal dashboard and the 8 modules that make up the intensive. Take some time getting familiar with this rich collection of resources.
Next, we’ll ask you to indicate your best availability and we’ll place you in a small-group mentoring call and introduce you to the professional leading your section.
You also get access to all the videos and materials from the Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class. This 6-week introductory class on the Hand in Hand tools gives you a foundational knowledge of the Hand in Hand Tools, ahead of the learning that takes place on the Professionals Intensive. Feel free to dive into these classes anytime. You can begin using the tools from Day 1 (and it's good to think where you might like to start, in your own family, or at work.)
You’re just beginning your career working with children or families and want to equip yourself with the latest scientific thinking and effective tools you can see working from day one.
You love your work but after all these years you still don’t feel you are doing everything you can to reach kids who struggle. You’d love an approach that you can weave into your work, that helps you, parents and the children you work with connect, and you can rely on to foster more breakthroughs.
You see how emotionally taxing it is for parents, teachers, and caregivers when a child repeatedly shows up with challenging behaviors. You’re eager for tools you can use to relieve them, to make a real difference in the moment and onwards.
You want to make things easier for the kids you see and feel confident about your methods, so you have no problem investing your time and energy for a few hours every week, as long as you know that every new learning is a meaningful step closer to recovery for them.
You already invest a great amount of time reading up and learning about new research and strategies that you can use to support children or families in your care, but you haven’t quite found a way to apply it all in a way that feels cohesive or consistent.
You sometimes feel that your job is all-consuming, and there are just not enough hours in the day or resources you need to try out everything you want to. Because of this, you feel that you could be missing vital ways to support the children you love and want to see succeed and do well. Not to mention you’d love more time and connection with them so that you might really see greater results.
You’ve felt overburdened and overwhelmed, which is why a class like the Professionals Intensive sounds ideal. It is short, it is proven, it is in-line with current scientific thinking, it is kind and connective, and it is easy to access and to apply right from day one. Plus it offers all you need for a solid foundation in trauma-informed caregiving now and for years to come.
You’re hopeful about that time when you have a reliable, proven approach to use in any situation you need. You’re excited to see the big breakthroughs, where children feel seen and heard, and where they cooperate, connect and thrive. You’re also looking forward to confidently helping parents see the causes of their child’s challenging behaviors, and the simple free tools they can use to turn the relationships they have with their kids around.
You’re excited to experiment with Hand in Hand’s five tools. Even if you’ve been discouraged or disappointed in your work recently, you’re feeling a wave of renewed optimism knowing that by this time tomorrow you can be dipping into a simple yet incredibly effective methodology, trying out the tools, with your own kids, or those you work with, and seeing changes in the way you all respond, connect and grow.
You feel confident knowing that when you hit “apply”, you can take the time before mentoring calls begin to look over your learning dashboard, watch illuminating videos, dip into the suggested reading, familiarize yourself with the approach, and feel excited about adding a profound new philosophy to your current skills. And if you aren’t thrilled about the ways the tools work and how your learning and community can grow with them, all you have to do is to send an email to email@example.com and we’ll hit pause for you on your trauma-informed training, no questions asked.
At this point, about 75% of readers, like you, who work with kids, who lead care teams, who work in clinical practice, or schools and daycare, who run activities, see children as patients, or work with children in other ways will find their fingers hovering over their keyboards...
They’ll close the browser.
They’ll go away and think about it, and spend the next few hours or days asking "Will I, or won’t I?”
Maybe, they’ll open this page again and tease themselves with the idea of joining the Professionals Intensive...
And that's OK.
It’s fair to take time making a decision. It’s just that when the keyboard is closed, life takes over. Emails need answering. School calls. Your child needs feeding.
And, just like that, the moment for enrollment passes.
all they have to this important work, but they also continue to feel like somehow a piece of the puzzle is missing...
They continue to spend long hours scrolling through search forums, reading books, and joining webinars in the hope of finding strategies that work.
go on missing out on supportive responses and strategies that could really turn things around for them. They go on feeling scared and confused. Unseen, unheard.
Join Professionals Intensive now and see the difference these tools make before the weekend.
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