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Mona M. Delahooke, Ph.D.

Safety is Treatment: The Importance of Co-Regulation Across Passive and Active Pathway Interventions

    Mona M. Delahooke, Ph.D. is a clinical and consulting psychologist specializing in supporting children and families. She has worked widely with multidisciplinary teams in the area of developmental, behavioral, learning, and emotional differences for 30 years. Her books, Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention: A Skills Guide for Working with Children describes a neurodevelopmental approach useful across childhood disciplines. Her latest book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges, applies the Polyvagal theory and concept of neuroception to treatment and support for behaviorally challenged and neurodiverse populations.

    SSP Gathering talk: “Safety is Treatment: The Importance of Co-Regulation Across Passive and Active Pathway Interventions”

    In the talk Mona will demonstrate how physiological co-regulation sets the foundation for all work with children. When we set a solid foundation of “body-up” interventions (passive pathway interventions), we can layer in our “top-down” approaches over the solid base of the neuroception of safety. Relationships of engagement and safety set the stage for treatment across pediatric disciplines. The presentation will illustrate these concepts with a case presentation.

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