Jeffrey Goelitz is currently an education curriculum developer, senior trainer and education specialist with the nonprofit Institute of HeartMath. He regularly consults with education professionals, mental health specialists and parents around the U.S., Mexico and Canada to help improve the well-being of youth, parent-child communication and classroom climate and performance.
In the last fifteen years, he has created and contributed to numerous educational curricula and programs designed to improve social and emotional learning, including the just released Smart Brain Wise Heart e-learning program. Goelitz is the co-author of Using emWaveTechnology For Children With ADHD, The College De-Stress Handbook, and the newly released book, Transforming Stress for Teens.
As a new stress solutions expert on HowtoLearn.com, he will contribute ongoing articles and webinars on a variety of topics related to youth. Jeff Goelitz works with the HeartMath Institute in Santa Cruz, California. For more information about Jeff, click here.
Interview 1: Strategies for Childhood Resilience
Self-regulation is the ability to control and direct one’s own feelings, thoughts, and actions. Self-regulation underlies our daily decisions and long-term behavioral tendencies.
Increasingly, many children, adolescents, and young adults have difficulty with self-regulation. Their stress-response systems are poorly organized and hyper-reactive. Children with poor self-regulation can routinely disrupt a home environment or an entire classroom. Read Sulik (MD) suggests a contributing factor is over-arousal among today’s youth from divorce, declines in community support, economic uncertainty, poor diet, over access to media, and chaotic home environments. While the ability to self-regulate has long been considered an essential part of a child’s healthy emotional development, self-regulation is increasingly being seen as a good predictor of a child’s academic success. This discussion will feature a number of practical self-regulation techniques that utilize breathing and positive-emotion focusing skills along with applications and case studies.
Interview 2: Care Versus Overcare
Most parents deeply care about their children. We dedicate our lives to ensuring that our children live healthy, happy lives. But inevitably, children suffer through disappointments, frustrations, rejections, overwhelm and withdrawl. It goes with the territory. But as a parent, we become consumed by worry. Our care fades into overcare. And then our care becomes diffused. Instead of love and support, our children can experience our worry or concern. How can we lessen our overcare and strengthen our care? While there is no magic formula, there are some helpful strategies and skills to reinforce our core care and love without bleeding away our energy in response to our child's suffering. Angst can be greatly reduced.
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