The Resilient Brain: Helping Adults and Kids Learn to Manage Life's Storms

  • Friday, January 15, 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Live Event via Zoom


Program Information:

Title: “The Resilient Brain: Helping Adults and Kids Learn to      Manage Life's Storms” 

Presenters: Dora Henderson, M.A. LMHC-QS, RPT-S, CCTP, CST and  Wendy Mosholder-Hart, LMHC-QS

Date:  January 15, 2021

Live Event: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (New Year's introductions & award recipient announcements at 9 a.m. ; Presentation starts at 9:30 a.m.)

*Your Zoom link will be sent out at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.*

Presentation Summary:

During this training participants will learn how to teach brain function in a fun and functional manner to adults and kids alike.  Many people have no idea how their brain functions, much less how those functions are displayed through their emotional responses.  In addition, knowledge and awareness of the states of arousal can aid clients in development of more effective and appropriate responses to life's challenges.  In this session, participants will acquire a novel allegory to describe the brain function as well as useful intervention techniques to support emotional regulation. *Please have art materials and poster paper handy.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn to identify 3 major part of the brain and their role in emotional expression.

  • Participants will learn how to teach clients about basic brain structures and their function in a playful, non-scientific format.

  • Participants will learn the benefits of awareness of the states of arousal, hyper arousal, optimal arousal, and hypo arousal.

  • Participants will learn several interventions to use with clients that will aid in maintaining optimal arousal.

Speaker Bios:

Dora Henderson, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, as well as Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor. She is Certified in Sand Tray Therapy, Trauma Play therapy, Mapping All Possibilities (MAP - Mindfulness techniques), as well as a Youth Mental

Health First Aid Trainer. She also specializes in utilizing EMDR with play therapy techniques. Dora is the owner of a private practice called A Safe Place Counseling, LLC in Longwood, FL. 

Dora’s passion is working with children, teens and adults who have trauma, encouragingly, standing by the side of her clients as they make their way through their healing journey, one step at a time. She has a passion for ASD/Auditory Processing disorders, ADHD, Sensory disorder children, as she has personally walked this journey with her own daughter. Having raised children with Mental Health issues, she has a passion to help the parents on this journey. Dora has been a District Mental Health Counselor for OCPS and supported over 21 schools in the east, as well as 7 schools in the North. She has also worked with nonprofit agencies in the past, at Seminole Behavioral Healthcare and Aspire. Prior to her years as a counselor, she was a pre-school teacher, and ran a home day care business. 

Dora is the author/creator of a book, coloring book/workbook and puppets based on the story, The Adventures of Sandi and Clammy.

Dora is a consultant and trainer. She spoke at the UCF Literacy Symposium just recently in 2020, teaching on the brain and helping children become resilient. Dora also loves teaching local businesses that hire her to train employees to be more aware of their self-care. 

Wendy Mosholder-Hart, graduated from the Rollins College Counseling Program in 2000.  Since that time, she has worked with a variety of populations in various settings including Juvenile Justice, Secondary Education, Public Education and Non-Profit Community Health. Through her career, she has provided direct service and worked in administrative roles developing and implementing programming for mental health services.  As a clinical supervisor, Wendy enjoys working with new counselors in developing their skills to provide quality services in the community.  Wendy views herself as an advocate for mental health awareness and education for individuals at all ages.  She believes knowledge is empowering and allows the individual to understand their thoughts and behaviors and advocate for their needs appropriately.

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