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Conscious Discipline: Five Steps that Foster Self-Regulation Skills in All Children

by Jill Molli
October 28, 2014
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thelma Keller Convention Center at the Holiday Inn
1202 North Keller Drive (Interstate 70 & 57 Exit 160), Effingham, Illinois

Description: Self-regulation is the ability to manage our thoughts, feelings and actions in service of a goal. It is also about effectively using emotions as signals that alert us to the actions needed to sustain a relationship. We are social beings with social brains. Our relationships with others are what sustains us or destroys us. Aggression, tantrums and defiance are psychological signals that direct us to change our behavior, much like physiological signals of thirst, hunger and tiredness direct us to drink, eat and sleep. Ignoring children's internal states (a common practice) risks malnourishing their social-emotional development, much like ignoring hunger risks malnourishing their physical growth. Discipline is not something you do to children. It is something you develop within them. Our internal guidance system consists of our emotions and feelings. Most adults struggle to access this basic system and, as a consequence, find it difficult to help children learn to listen to theirs. The adult often overlays the child's existing internal guidance with a secondary system that seeks approval or attempts to control others, rather than depending on the innate wisdom of internally motivated self-regulation. This workshop seeks to help adults unravel and discover their own self-regulation issues. It then provides concrete skills and lessons for adults to help children develop theirs. Our relationship with our emotions shapes our brains, perceptions, potential for success and the health of all our relationships. In this session, you will learn the five steps to self regulation in order to transform upset into life skills.

Presenter Bios: Jill Molli has the uncanny ability to help people laugh and learn at the same time. Her past position in a Title I elementary school offered her opportunities to apply Dr. Bailey's Conscious Discipline® in a school setting and her family offers her constant real-life experiences to share with her audiences. Jill was selected as a Loving Guidance Associate because of her no-nonsense ability to get to the heart of a situation and her commitment to living Loving Guidance principles at school and at home. She is an entertaining, motivating, and heart-felt presenter. Jill is a "connector" for family needs. She began her teaching career in a behavior disabilities classroom, moved into a regular third grade classroom, and then completed her requirements as a guidance counselor. As the guidance counselor, Jill helped implement Conscious Discipline® school wide using the three-year implementation plan. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and 15 years of working with children with behavior problems. Since 2003, she has been the owner and operator of Connecting with Kids, a business whose mission is to build connections in families and classrooms. In an effort to stay current and up to date with recent issues in the classroom, Jill volunteers weekly in preschool and elementary settings and quarterly in an alternative high school. Jill also teaches a six-week evening class to help parents build a connected family through Loving Guidance. She has taught hundreds of Conscious Discipline® parenting classes ranging in attendance from mothers in the Missouri Department of Corrections Facility to "Soccer Dads." At her many programs, Jill proves herself a contagious source of enthusiasm and energy. It is with a heart full of joy that Jill shares the experiences, knowledge, and guidance that Dr. Bailey's techniques have afforded her in all areas of her life.

Continuing Education - This training will provide 6 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) E
Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

ERBA Head Start
Starnet Region IV
Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood
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