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Beyond Behaviors: Moving Toward Brain-Body Integration with Kids

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Mona M. Delahooke, PhD
2 Hours 01 Minutes
Mar 11, 2022
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Anyone who’s worked with kids can attest that top-down cognitive and behavioural interventions are commonly used to address anxiety, noncompliance, and many DSM diagnoses. But recent neuroscientific discoveries show us that emotional and behavioural control is more embodied, developmental, and relational than we’d once thought. Instead of placing undue pressure on neuro-normative and neuro-diverse kids to comply with behavioural expectations before they’re developmentally ready, we now have a chance to use bottom-up, body-based approaches that can help them learn effective and lifelong skills of self-regulation and building resilience. In this paradigm-shifting session, you’ll discover:

  • How to distinguish between top-down and body-up or bottom-up behaviours in children
  • Practical strategies to build resilience and self-regulation in both parent and child
  • How behaviour management techniques can harm children’s sense of relational safety
  • How to translate Polyvagal Theory into your clinical work with kids and parents
  • Why dyadic work with parent and child is the most impactful modality for solving childhood emotional challenges



This online program is worth 2.25 hours CPD.



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Mona M. Delahooke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who’s worked with multi-disciplinary teams for over 30 years. A senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, she’s the author of the national bestseller Brain-Body Parenting, How to Stop Managing Behaviors and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids, and the award-winning Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Mona Delahooke maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, the Profectum Foundation, and Villa Esperanza Services. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Delahooke receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Mona Delahooke is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Zero to Three Foundation, the Infant Development Association of California, and the Partnership for Awareness.


  1. Differentiate between viewing and manipulating surface behaviors and addressing the upstream causes of behaviors across diagnostic categories of the DSM.
  2. Analyze the theory of constructed emotions (Feldman Barrett) and how it informs psychotherapists on how to support emotional self-regulation in children and parents.
  3. Theorize that regulation in the body’s autonomic nervous system is the transformative new concept that guides child and family therapy.
  4. Appraise behavioral change through the lens of the Polyvagal theory in appreciating the adaptive nature of behaviors in children.
  5. Inspect through case studies how the processes of neuroception and interoception underlie brain-body treatment techniques.


  • A paradigm shift in mental health from a focus on behaviors to what underlies behavioral challenges
  • Looking at nervous system regulation as a core feature of behavioral growth and change
  • Approaching behavior changes through the lens of polyvagal theory
  • How emotions are made and the theory of constructed emotions (Feldman Barrett)
  • Two key factors in creating emotional regulation in children
  • Neural exercises for child psychotherapy

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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