Brain-Focused Strategies for Developing Social Emotional Health

Presented by: Heather Bryant, M.Ed. and Michelle Kinder, M.Ed., LPC from the Momentous Institute

Webinar Description:
Success in the 21st century is defined by the strength of our social emotional health. Skills and characteristics like self-regulation, optimism, empathy, gratitude, perseverance and compassion make all the difference. Social emotional health is predicative of long term success and a key factor in hireability and long-term life satisfaction. Teachers, counselors, parents and program directors are seeking concrete strategies grounded in neuroscience that are designed to help children build and repair social emotional health. This introductory session will look at developing social emotional health with a trauma-informed perspective and will provide participants with a variety of activities and resources. It is no longer realistic to prepare the path for children; this workshop is about preparing children for the path.

Presenter Bios:

Michelle Kinder is the Executive Director of Momentous Institute in Dallas, TX. She has worked in the field of children's mental health for 20 years. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and the University of Texas with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Momentous Institute, owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, is a large Dallas nonprofit with a 96 year history of building and repairing social emotional health with children and their families so they can achieve their full potential.

Michelle is a nationally recognized speaker on topics such as: the importance of social emotional health, what children need to succeed, toxic stress, mindful parenting, effective parent engagement, connecting with teens, the effect of trauma and violence on children, and the intersection of mental health and education. She has written articles which were published by Dallas Morning News and TIME and was named the 2015 Non-Profit CEO of the Year by CNM Connect.  

Heather Bryant has worked in the education field for 29 years. She graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and from The University of North Texas with a master’s degree in early childhood education. Heather has been with Momentous Institute for 20 years and is currently the Director of Innovation and Impact where she oversees their training programs Heather speaks nationally on the topics such as the importance of social emotional heath, what children need to succeed, the impact of trauma and toxic stress on children and the intersection of mental health and education. She is particularly passionate about all young children having access to high-quality early childhood education opportunities. 

Momentous Institute, owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, is a large Dallas nonprofit with a 96-year history of building and repairing social emotional health with children and their families so they can achieve their full potential.

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