FOCUSING for PARENTS and CARERS of SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
Social, Emotional, Health, Special age
Focusing can add an extra dimension to the training of parents and carers of children, and especially of children needing extra care and attention.
By learning to Focus on the reality of our lives, acknowledging the truth of our existence; allowing ourselves to feel what we feel; express what we feel, and in a safe way own our vulnerability, we can ease and soften the stresses and strains of parenthood, and caring for our children with special needs.
HOW CAN WE DO THIS
By learning and practising the Focusing Process.
First of all by 'checking in' with ourselves and noticing how we carry 'all of this' in our bodies. We are then able to listen to the messages our bodies tell us, and acknowledge the emotions and fears that arise as having very good reasons for being there; validating them.
We can welcome these sometimes very uncomfortable feelings that want our attention and acceptance, and let them know that we hear how hard it is; so that a stronger observer part of ourselves can offer some understanding and caring. In this way we are able to become our own listener, companion and guide.
It can be quite hard to stay with uncomfortableness within ourselves giving ourselves this inner attention. We become distracted by thoughts and things needing to be done. So we learn how to be present, and hold the space for another parent/carer in the group, to accompany their own inner process. In this way we have an on-going opportunity to support ourselves and others through the shared difficulties of bringing up children needing this extra care.
SUGGESTED COURSE CONTENT
To learn the skills to communicate and relate to ourselves and our children, and to do this focused caring for ourselves, and others; the course will offer :
|NEEDS & WANTS
|THE ICING ON THE CAKE
|SUGGESTED COURSE PROCEDURE