Emotion-Focused School Support: Supporting a Return to Learning
CE credit hours
April 11, 2024 • 4pm - 7:15pm MT
When a student’s brain is activated by emotion, regardless of the reason, they experience diminished cognitive flexibility and capacities for learning. They are also more prone to dysregulation in the classroom and/or other emotionally charged situations. School staff dealing with these situations report (understandably) higher levels of stress and burnout.
Informed by emotion and learning theory, EFSS was developed based on this feedback from educators and school support staff. It is a simple and efficient model for increasing the capacity of school staff to effectively respond to the emotion of students (and their parents) in order to facilitate a “return to learning”.
EFSS can be applied to all students from kindergarten through to grade 12, with adjustments made to implementation according to developmental age. It is designed to support students while still respecting the primary mandates of teachers, aides, school counsellors and support staff - and without adding to the already high demands of the school day.
Given that a regulated physiology is critical for learning, the goals of EFSS include:
- Regulating emotion in the classroom to facilitate learning
- Preventing emotional escalations
- De-escalating emotionally charged situations and/or outbursts in progress
- Applying these techniques to challenging interactions with parents/caregivers
Finally, EFSS involves opportunities for school staff to identify their strengths and challenges when faced with stressful situations with students, their caregivers and even with colleagues.
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental principles and techniques of EFSS along with discussions, case examples, demonstrations, and a group exercise.
(discount rate available for those with financial insecurity using code: DISCOUNT10 or DISCOUNT15; discounts also available for groups of 5 or more)
The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love. Mother Teresa of Calcutta