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SARASOTA – The Florida Center for Early Childhood’s Training Institute is hosting a virtual training called A Wave of Calm in A Sea of Chaos: Helping Children Navigate Life with Mindfulness and Movement on Wednesday, August 25, from 5 – 7 p.m.
The course, which is recommended for parents/caregivers, teachers and early childhood professionals, will demonstrate the importance of the connection between the physical body and the mind and emotions.
“Attendees will learn the importance of normalizing strong emotions for children and helping them regulate those emotions through simple practices like breathing,” said Dr. Johnna Brynn, director of training and professional development. “They will also learn to help children by make relaxation and healthy movement accessible and fun.”
The event presenter, Margaret Ross, is a licensed mental health therapist based at Fruitville Elementary School. Ross is part of the Florida Center’s school-based mental health therapy program, in partnership with the Sarasota School District and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which places therapists at public elementary schools across the county.
In addition to being a mental health counselor, Ross is a certified children’s yoga instructor with experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in different capacities. She was previously a clinical social worker for inpatient and outpatient behavioral health care, spent time volunteering at a preschool, and has worked one-on-one with children on the autism spectrum.
The training is $29.00 and attendees can earn two continued education credits, or CEUs, provided by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.
About the Florida Center for Early Childhood
For more than 40 years, The Florida Center for Early Childhood has been the leading provider of therapeutic services, early education and healthy development for young children in southwest Florida, offering a seamless delivery of services for the whole child and their family. Today, the agency is nationally recognized for its early childhood expertise in a variety of specialties. The Florida Center provides developmental therapies, mental health counseling, Starfish Academy preschool, the Healthy Families home-visiting program, and the state’s only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders clinic. For more information, visit www.thefloridacenter.org or call 941-371-8820.