Event Details

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) will host a free workshop for childcare providers and teachers called “Self-Care for Early Childhood Professionals” on January 23rd. It will be presented by Susan Averna, PhD.

Self-care is necessary to prevent burnout and to remain in an optimal state of well-being.

The workshop will focus on three aspects of self-care: self-awareness, self-reflection and self-compassion.

Through lecture and experiential exercises, participants will learn tools to maintain a state of regulation and to increase well-being. These body and mind practices aim to support educators in being present and engaged with the children in their care and to better respond to their own needs and those of the children they serve.

Doors open at 6:00 pm -- Presentation from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This will be held in the Community Room on the second floor of the main YMCA building.

Childcare is not being offered for this workshop.

Certificates of attendance will be given to childcare providers.

This workshop is funded by the Main Street Community Foundation's Women and Girls' Fund.

About the Presenter, Susan Averna, PhD

Trained in developmental, educational, and counseling psychology, Dr. Averna has worked as a school mental health consultant, college professor, school counselor and athletic coach. She provides consultation and training to parents, caregivers, and educators. With an expertise in attachment and development, she provides caregivers and educators with tools to better serve the most vulnerable children, while supporting those doing this important work.

Why is Self-Care Important for Childcare Providers?

Childcare providers face the combined pressures of caring for children, dealing with co-workers and parents, and meeting regulatory compliance issues while receiving low wages and minimal employee benefits. Family childcare providers face the additional economic challenge of running a small business with fluctuating income in their own home. Many individuals in the child care field think that their hard work, time, and effort are under-valued in society. As a result, there are high level of stress on childcare staff and frequent turnover in the field.

Improving child care providers’ mental health and reducing their stress levels is important for their well-being and its potential impact on staff turnover and care quality.

  • When: Wed Jan. 23
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Address: 130 North Main Street
    Southington CT,US 06489

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