Tag Archives: Conflict resolution

Katie’s Bookshelf: The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

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The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is a book written for parents or anyone who may be around a child from the age of birth to 12.  Dr. Daniel Siegel is known in the psychology field by his research of the brain; integrating the different parts and using tools to develop it.  He uses a lot of mindfulness techniques.

The book is divided into 5 basic sections of brain education and tools to help your child with development of the various parts.  The 5 sections include; left and right brain, upstairs and downstairs brain, memories, mindsight(looking inward), and empathy and connection.

I found this book to be a quick but informative read.  I love the symbols they use to describe more complex functions of the brain.  For example: “As a result, kids are prone to getting “trapped downstairs,” without the use of their upstairs brain, which results in them flying off the handle, making poor decisions, and showing a general lack of empathy and self-understanding.”  The authors include comics of typical scenarios with responses as well as their suggested responses.  I think the tools in each chapter are valuable for parents.  The end of the book includes each section with how to implement the tools, divided up by age ranges.

Read this book if:

  • You are a parent of a child from 0-12 or work with children in this age range.
  • Want more brain development information.
  • Looking for better ways to communicate with your child.
  • Want more tools as a parent in handling the emotional ups and downs of your child.

Buy it here.

Siegel, D. J., & Bryson, T. P. (2011). The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. New York: Delacorte Press.

Camp Kanata’s Mother-Daughter Weekend 2016

Camp Kanata’s 2016 Mother-Daughter Weekend was a fun-filled weekend in Wake Forest, NC.  Mothers and daughters engaged in all sorts of camp activities as well as an exciting drum circle.  Katie led the mothers and daughters in two yoga classes with some fun partner poses and a living mandala.  The scenery could not be beat as it was overlooking the lake.  Katie also held a Communication Building workshop that focused on tools to use at home to open up the lines of communication, recognizing when to “take a break,” and understanding each other better.  Overall, it was an exciting weekend to be a part of and heart warming to see all of the mothers and daughters enjoying their time together.

 

Confident Girls Summer Camp for Adolescent Girls

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It is so important for young girls to be confident in themselves and develop a healthy body image, especially with the ever-changing societal pressures, social media images, and access to technology.  This “Confident Girls” group for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will assist girls in enhancing their self-esteem and address topics including: expressing feelings, decision-making, conflict resolution (dealing with “mean girls”), body image, friendships, coping strategies, social media, and communication.  Girls at this age tend to struggle more with personal relationships than their male counterparts.  Girls who have high self-esteem feel secure and positive about themselves, confident in their ability to achieve goals, express their feelings, make positive choices, and care about others.  During this weeklong group, girls will learn about, engage in discussions, and practice these skills while interacting with their peers.   A yoga and meditation session will be included one afternoon as well as mindfulness practice. They will also have the opportunity to provide and receive feedback with their peers in a therapeutic setting while earning rewards for prosocial behavior.

Facilitated by Katie Overcash, LCSW and Lynne Beck, LPC who have over 20 combined years experience in the mental health field in various setting such as school, residential, and outpatient.  Both licensed therapists have years experience running these groups/camps and currently own outpatient mental health businesses, Overcash Therapy Services, PLLC and New Journey Counseling respectively.

Participation in the group includes 17.5 hours of direct contact with both licensed therapists and a 30 minute parental consultation at the conclusion of the week with either Katie or Lynne.

Space is limited for more individual attention, so register now!  Cost of the group is $350 with one partial scholarship available.  Contact Katie or Lynne if interested in the partial scholarship.

Confident Girls for Adolescents will be held Monday, July 20th through Friday, July 24th from 1pm to 4:30pm at 1100 South Mint Street, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC  28203.  Click here for Summer Camp Flyer.

Feel free to contact Katie Overcash (katie@katieovercash.com or 704.981.1898) or Lynne Beck (lynne.beck@live.com or 980.395.9310) for more information or questions.