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Wed, May 19


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The Brain Science of Children's Emotions (Transforming Tears and Tantrums using Hand in Hand Parenting)

Karen Wolfe, LMFT

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The Brain Science of Children's Emotions (Transforming Tears and Tantrums using Hand in Hand Parenting)
The Brain Science of Children's Emotions (Transforming Tears and Tantrums using Hand in Hand Parenting)

Time & Location

May 19, 2021, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Karen Wolfe, LMFT

Training Description

This training will teach clinicians a framework to understand the neurobiological basis for difficult behavior in system involved youth and 3 specific strategies to use with their child clients which can be taught to these clients’ caregivers in order to support the psychological and emotional wellbeing of system involved youth who have a history of trauma and attachment injuries.

Learning Objective

  • Participants will learn the neurobiology of big emotions in children and a framework to understand how difficult behavior in children is driven by the brain’s limbic system, and why this is particularly relevant to system involved youth in out of home care.
  • Participants will learn 3 specific strategies to use to provide attachment-based and trauma informed treatments with system involved youth.
  • Participants will be able to explain the ways the emotional brain works and how that impacts a child’s behavior and identify at least one game caregivers can play to help children heal


10:30am-10:40am: Welcome and Attendance

10:40am-10:45am: Introduction to the Hand in Hand Parenting 5 tools, and the 3 we will focus on today

10:45am-11:00am: The Neuroscience of the Tantrum and Recovery Process

11:00am-11:10am: How Loving Limits help the Process

11:10am-11:30am: Parenting Styles Discussion and Outcomes

11:30am-11:35am: Parenting by Connection and Limbic Release as Authoritative Parenting

11:35am-12:00pm: The Hand in Hand Parenting Tool Staylistening (can take bio break during video)

12:00pm-12:20pm: The Hand in Hand Parenting Tool Listening Partnerships

12:20pm-12:50pm : The Hand in Hand Parenting Tool Playlistening

12:50pm-1:00pm: Q&A and Evaluations

Meet Our Trainer

Karen Wolfe, MA is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor, and the founder of SF Bay Play Therapy Family Counseling Center serving families in San Francisco, Oakland, and through telehealth throughout California. She has been supporting children and families since 2002 and her specialty is working with families of children with sensory, social, or learning differences as well as an emerging passion for working with LGBTQ+ youth. She is passionate about empowering children to feel whole and heard in this world made for adults, and helping parents find their authentic voice as a parent in a way that heals their own wounds from childhood and adds more laughter and ease into family life. She has served as the president of the San Francisco chapter of the Association for Play Therapy and leads trainings and workshops for parents, schools, counselors, and couples. She and the other clinicians at SF Bay Play Therapy offer child and family play therapy, parent coaching, social skills groups, and emotionally focused couples therapy. They have been on the forefront of creating trainings for the new method of tele play therapy. You can find more information and past trainings at

This course meets the qualifications for (2.5) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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