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Brain-Body Therapy for Kids: The Brain-Body Approach

Mona M. Delahooke, PhD
2 Hours
Mar 18, 2023
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When the children you work with don’t show progress despite your best efforts, it’s time for a course correction that considers what our field too often misses: how humans actually regulate their emotions and behaviors. In this session, you’ll learn how to maximize treatment outcomes for children and teens by factoring in a client’s physiological state, or the body’s autonomic platform, in all behavioral expressions and at every developmental stage. You’ll explore:

  • How to measure neuroception and the internal state of a child and parent (without fancy gadgets)
  • How to measure a child’s social and emotional developmental processes to determine the best point of entry and where to focus clinical work
  • Integrating individual differences in parents and children in therapy
  • Why we need to shift away from individual child psychotherapy to dyadic work with caregivers


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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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. Employ the “Developmental Iceberg” and how it helps us discover how to support each child and family’s individual needs.
  2. Differentiate 4 proposed pathways of the nervous system that inform us what to do in real time when managing children’s behavioral challenges.
  3. Argue how an understanding of neuroception and interoception is changing the meaning of clinical practice in the treatment of emotional regulation issues.
  4. Assess co-regulation as a parallel process that impacts the therapist, parent, and client.


  • New clinical concepts that are changing the way we treat emotion regulation issues in children
  • Discovering a new paradigm for targeting behaviors: Categorical vs dimensional clinical thinking
  • The four pathways of the nervous system you can use to determine how to best manage a child’s behavioral challenge
  • The role of Polyvagal Theory in effective treatment of child behavioral issues
  • The subconscious and conscious processes that influence social and emotional development
  • Implement a model for working with anxious children and school refusal
  • Limitations of the model and discuss implications of the research

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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