The Neuroscience of Engagement and Emotional Wellness in Child and Family Systems of Care

Leadership and practice in child and family serving systems of care is becoming increasingly complex. This requires skills for navigating rapidly changing environments and the deeply social nature of the human services workplace. Unfortunately, due to the way the human nervous system is wired, change is often met with a great deal of unease. When this is combined with the deleterious effects of trauma, engagement levels, health, wellness, human performance and outcomes can be profoundly impacted. Fortunately, research from modern neuroscience helps deepen our understanding of what it means to be human, uncovering there is a science to engagement that reveals insights important for improving critical thinking, creative problem solving and the collaborative teamwork critical for facilitating positive change.

This interactive brain-based learning and development workshop draws on breakthroughs in modern neuroscience, psychophysiology of stress resilience, trauma and human performance, providing fresh insights into the biology of engagement and the facilitation of change, particularly in the context of trauma and loss. There will be a focus on helping leaders and practitioners use a biologically respectful approach to engagement and emotional wellness based on what neuroscience tells us drives human behavior. Participants learn a neuroscience-based framework for creating a climate of trust and collaboration, along with science-based strategies for self-care and well-being.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what drives human behavior based on discoveries in contemporary neuroscience
  • Define the impacts of trauma on performance and outcomes
  • Apply a brain-based framework for increasing engagement and motivation at the individual, team, and organizational levels
  • Utilize self-regulation tools for self-care and well-being

Brain-Based Leadership Coaching and Strategy Session:

In a world dominated by ongoing flux and constant distractions, creating time for human service leaders to think about what really matters is more important than ever. Following the Neuroscience of Engagement and Emotional Wellness in Child and Family Serving Systems of Care session, there will be a leadership coaching and strategy session, which will consist of an expansion on the content provided earlier in the day and group coaching designed to empower creative solutions to leadership challenges. Not only will this be a space for deeper self-awareness, reflection, and the realization of important visions and goals, it will be an opportunity to apply insights learned from the workshop into real world contexts. There will be additional neuroscience insights shared, activities, thought-provoking questions to reflect on and a discussion on the link between self-care and leadership performance, along with strategies for breaking down the barriers to change from a neurophysiological perspective.

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