Helping Young Children Feel Safe Even When Adults are Frightened
with Emily A. Anderson, MA, LMFT, IMH-E Level III
Thursday, March 30th, 6:00pm
5:30 Pizza Dinner – childcare available
Managing our own fears — connecting with children ages 5 and under
- helping them feel safe, understood
- Addressing their curiosities, fears, and misunderstandings
about threats we perceive and they hear about
We will consider multiple ways to respond to children, both verbal and non-verbal, and also think about and practice mindful self-regulation strategies to help us regulate our anxious arousal, so that we can be fully available in our role as protectors.
Emily, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has worked with infants, very young children, and families in various capacities for over 13 years. While completing her Master’s degree in Psychology, her focus was on early intervention with families considered to be at-risk, including adolescent parents and their babies. She is currently part of a small clinic that treats the emotional, social, and behavioral challenges of early childhood, via play therapy, parent support, and occupational therapy. Prior to this, she worked as a Clinician for the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood School, providing ongoing relationship-based clinical support to children age 0-5 and their families, and implementing professional development for faculty and staff. She is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist (that’s what the other letters behind her name mean!) and has extensive training with young children with pervasive developmental delays such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. She and her family are also members here at Congregation Beth Shalom.
Pizza dinner is free. Please RSVP.