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Thinking Beyond Just the Stress: Effects of Parental Stress on Children


Parents/caregivers have the greatest influence on their child’s social and emotional development, particularly in early childhood. The greatest predictor of healthy child social-emotional development is the parent’s emotional stability and capacity for calm and supportive presence for their child. In order for parents to be present for their children in this way, they need to be able to identify and manage internal and external stressors that threaten positive holistic wellness. This webinar focuses on aspects of parental stress, as well as strategies and resources to support parents in achieving and maintaining their healthiest selves.

Previously recorded on April 17, 2023

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Jea Theis is a licensed independent mental health counselor and clinical social worker.  Jea has been working in the social services and mental health field for the last two decades, starting out in the area of family violence, as a men's domestic violence counselor and CPS worker.  She has spent many years working children and families impacted by sexual abuse and other trauma, working in private practice for the last seven years. Jea has received specialized training in EMDR, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Teacher-Child Interaction Training (TCIT), Reflective Supervision and Compassion Fatigue.  She is currently completing her certificated in Expressive Arts through Expressive Arts Florida Institute. Jea is a Trainer with IoWa PCIT, co-founder of Omaha Therapy and Arts Collaborative (OTAC), which opened April 2016, and co-founder of Nebraska Expressive Arts Therapy Foundation, a new non-profit organization in Omaha.

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