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Continuing Education

Healing Stories: Supporting Little Children During Big Changes

Date: 5:00pm PDT October 8, 2014 Location: South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

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    Chelsea Harper, M.A., BC-DMT, NCC, RYT

South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

Learn to create a tool for parents and caregivers of young children to help explain big changes in the family. Following a model for a personalized story book for young children ages 0-6, we will integrate educational and counseling theories of early childhood development with information on trauma and resilience.

This model can also be adapted for older children, and is appropriate for children experiencing family changes including divorce, death, illness, new sibling, moving, and more.

Participants will practice creating a simple book that counselors and educators can use immediately to address developmental questions such as: Who will take care of me? Is this my fault? What will these changes look like in my life? In order to create an appropriate individualized story, we will also consider issues of social justice and cultural context for the child and family.

This tool supports children’s social/emotional well-being so they are not left to puzzle out big changes on their own (often drawing inaccurate conclusions), and further supports parents/caregivers who may not know how to talk about adult concepts with young children.

Who should attend?

Therapists, school counselors, educators, early childhood professionals, parents and other family members will come away with new ideas for behavioral support, classroom management, and addressing children’s individual needs during big life changes.

This workshop is part of our Workshop Series.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Instructor: Chelsea Harper, M.A., BC-DMT, NCC, RYT

Cost: $30, includes CEUs/PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Chelsea Harper, M.A., BC-DMT, NCC, RYT has worked professionally with children, teens, adults, and families in therapeutic and educational settings since 1997 and has provided local, national, and international presentations and trainings on a variety of subjects.

She has developed dance/movement therapy and other creative arts programs in various community settings, from domestic violence shelters to preschools to an adolescent eating disorder clinic.

Her work has included additional training and experience in parent/child attachment, effects of prenatal drug/alcohol exposure, community-based consultation with families and schools, brain development, alcohol/drug abuse, eating disorders, social justice in mental health, and working with cancer survivors. Learn more about Chelsea’s work at

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