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Social emotional learning opportunities were the focus of the CASE for Kids Winter Symposium hosted by the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids, or CASE for Kids, on Feb. 2. The symposium focused on demonstrating how caring adults influence the social and emotional well-being and skill-building of children and youth.
The symposium at Harris County Department of Education was offered to out-of-school time staff, including child care providers.
Workshops included topics ranging from communication, reframing conflict, and trauma and mindfulness for out-of-school time professionals.
One of the workshops examined how Hurricane Harvey continues to impact the mental health of Houstonians, including students and educators.
“Those effects will be felt for a long time to come,” said Caruthers. “So we are equipping educators with the tools to identify the signs and deal with the effects of the trauma.”
SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
For more upcoming trainings offered by CASE for Kids, go to www.afterschoolzone.org.