Saturday, May 14, 2011

Parenting Seminar: Emotional Intelligence, Compassion And Resiliency

The Skirball Center - home to the amazing
Noah's Ark exhibit, fun family entertainment
and great lecture series.
Last year I attended a lecture at the Skirball Cultural Center here in Los Angeles on Attachment Parenting. While this isn't a parenting philosophy I adhere to, or at the time knew a lot about, the lectures given by Sir Richard Bowlby and Mary Hartzell, plus an additional workshop by Betsy Brown Braun on the special type of attachment twins develop both with each other and their primary caregiver, were fascinating and I learned a lot (you can read my summary here).

Next month there is a new lecture at The Skirball entitled Using Emotional Intelligence To Raise Compassionate And Resilient Children. Now that is totally up my alley and I'm excited to be attending. For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I thought you might be interested as well. Here are some of the details:

"In this seminar, participants learn to help their children become emotionally intelligent and find ways to express their feelings authentically and appropriately.
Dr. Daniel Siegel is the creator of Mindsight, a powerful and creative way to train the mind to see itself. In doing so, practitioners develop a transformative level of self-awareness, understand their inner lives with more clarity, and re-wire the brain to create more compassion and understanding in their relationships.
Through a keynote presentation and multiple workshops, participants will learn how to use Mindsight with their children to help them discover their feelings as a source of strength. Techniques for cultivating resilience and well-being will be explored. The seminar will also enable parents and caregivers to strengthen bonds with children, leading to stronger families and communities.
Designed for parents, expectant parents, mental health care practitioners, and teachers, the program includes the keynote lecture and two ninety-minute workshops."
Understanding yourself and your
own childhood can help you be
a better parent.
Dr. Dan Siegel, for those of you not familiar with him, wrote (along with Mary Hartzell) an amazing book called "Parenting From The Inside Out" and also founded the Mindsight Institute which is an educational center with "a scientific emphasis on the mind and well-being, [which focuses] on the growth of healthy people who can nurture a more compassionate society".

In addition to Dr. Siegel as the keynote speaker, there are also a dozen amazing workshops offered out of which you get to pick two to attend! Among the topics being offered are:
  • Sibling Rivalry: Teaching Children Empathy For Their Brothers And Sisters (taught by the terrific Dr. Pamela Varady)
  • Raising Emotionally Healthy Twins (taught by the great Dr. Joan Friedman)
  • The Father's Unique Role In Family Life
  • Learning To Set Limits And Create Healthy Boundaries For Life
  • The Healing Power Of Imagination: How To Transform Stress And Anxiety Into Joy And Success
All this for $50 ($40 for Skirball members)! For details on all of the workshops and how to register, please click here. I've already registered, I hope if any of you plan to attend you'll let me know!

Thanks for reading!
The Twin Coach

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Varda said...

Wow do I now wish I lived in LA. Those sound like amazing workshops. But I'm here on the other coast. (and your Skirball center is cooler than ours too). As I really no longer have the time and energy to read books, seminars would be right up my alley. Oh, well.

The Twin Coach said...

Varda, I wish you were here in LA - it would be great to meet in person. :) Well, never fear, I will be blogging about it great detail (at least that's my plan)!

cam said...

i really need to pay more attention to the Skirball. Sounds like I'm missing out on some interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing. I'll try to check it out.

The Twin Coach said...

Let me know if you decide to go, Cam! I'd love to know what people think about the workshops.

Stella And David said...

Oh no! It’s the same day as the consignment sale! But it looks amazing

chirp96 said...

Hi Gina. I think I met you today at the Skirball in Joan Friedman's session on Emotionally Healthy Twins. (I was the Asian American mom with 16-month-olds who are fighting each other like cats and dogs.) Am I right? If so, I wanted to say thank you for informing me of this event, and so many other resources and ideas, through your blog. I really appreciate all the effort and thoughtfulness that you put into it. And today's seminars were so wonderful. So glad I went! All the best!

The Twin Coach said...

Yes! That was me. I am SO glad you enjoyed the seminars and very honored that you find my blog helpful. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am working on a blog post about the head is still spinning! :)

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