- Learn strategies to help school-age children, tweens & teens, and adults combat loneliness and build a caring community
- Earn a Certificate of Completion and CE credit (for eligible professions)
Combating Loneliness and Misbehavior
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Loneliness is a dangerous national epidemic that has been growing in depth and complexity for many years. Loneliness not only endangers our mental and physical health, but it also can make us less kind and caring toward others, resulting at times in misbehavior at schools and within our communities. We’ll explore a range of research-informed ways we can cultivate meaningful relationships with others to foster our well-being, as well as kindness, empathy, and generosity of spirit toward others. Now more than ever, building social awareness, managing anxiety, and developing social communication strategies to combat this growing crisis of loneliness is critical for school-age children, tweens and teens, and all the way through the adult years.
Brand new course! Replay access through November 30, 2023
Who should attend
Loneliness is a national epidemic that has been evolving in depth and complexity for many years; it was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic but is not caused by it. Since the early 2000s, people are collectively spending more time relating to each other through their electronic devices than in person, however there’s more to this story than digital disconnect. And, the effects of loneliness are far more pervasive and pernicious than people feeling isolated and alone. A study released in 2018 by Cigna, a global insurer and health company, describes loneliness as not only making us sad but making us sick, as well. Our physical health is at stake, in addition to our mental health. Our collective loneliness is also leading to the development of a type of national narcissism. The lonelier we feel, the more disconnected we are from others, the less kind we become. Behavioral and emotional dysregulation, resulting in misbehavior by some individuals, are on the rise not only in our schools but also within our communities.
How can we help?
In this livestream we’ll explore a range of ways we can cultivate meaningful relationships with others to foster our well-being, as well as kindness, empathy, and generosity of spirit toward others. Whether they are momentary, short-term, or long-term, our relationships help weave the fabric of a caring community. Now more than ever, building social awareness and developing social communication strategies to combat this growing crisis of loneliness is critical for school-age children, tweens and teens, and all the way through the adult years.
A healthy society depends on communities that not only look out for their members but also work to ensure the well-being of others. We’ll review recommendations from researchers, most of which point directly toward what we teach through the Social Thinking® Methodology: being present and available to relate to those we know and don’t know, practicing kindness, engaging in social problem solving as needed, developing strategies to manage social anxiety, in addition to enjoying our solitude.
We’ll welcome participants to share in the chat stream what they’re doing to encourage children, teens, and adults to relate face to face across a myriad of contexts.
Who Should Attend
The Social Thinking Methodology is used by a wide variety of professionals, including speech-language pathologists, special and general education teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and school psychologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, and school administrators, to name a few. It’s also used by family members and caregivers across settings.
Learning Objectives and Agenda
Participants will be able to:
- Define the potential negative impacts of loneliness on one’s life.
- Describe what is meant by the term national narcissism and how this leads to the increase of misbehavior in our schools and community.
- Explain at least two strategies to help school-age children, tweens & teens, and adults combat loneliness and build a caring community.
30-minutes Exploring concepts related to loneliness and misbehavior
30-minutes Defining a “caring community.” Defining strategies which assist the development of social competencies for all students
15-minutes Exploring ways to use one’s metacognition to manage social anxiety and reflect upon one’s progress
15-minutes Previously Recorded Q&A with Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke, course moderator
Continuing Education Credit
1.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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