We are not born with an inherent understanding of how to manage stress. This is something we learn from watching those around us manage their own stress and through this observation, develop our own tendencies. These tendencies are patterned responses to stress and anxiety and are far more changeable than we often realize. Stress management and distress tolerance are challenging for many of us, not just for young people. In this presentation, we will discuss how stress affects our brains and bodies and how to begin speaking more openly about these challenges in a way that will create space for young people to feel safe joining in that conversation. We will also talk about effective strategies to downshift our nervous systems and to manage stress and anxiety through engagement, rather than distraction, as well as the difference between settling down and settling in.
Speaker: Jenny Hecht, LCSW, Karuna Healing
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Yoga Teacher with 20 years of experience working with middle school and high school-aged youth and adults in a variety of settings. My practice is grounded in strengthening the distress tolerance skills of those whom I work with through mindfulness practice and supportive examination of the thought patterns that are limiting each individual’s potential. While I am trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques, my approach is eclectic and client-centered, focusing on the goals of each individual and working with them in partnership as we journey towards that goal. I strongly believe in empowering my clients to discover their own wise mind and to strengthen their connection to that inner voice.
Though I have experience with and a desire to work with anyone who feels they could benefit from this type of support, I also have a passion for supporting the specific social-emotional needs of gifted individuals, particularly the existential dilemma so many face beginning at a very young age.
In addition to my clinical work, I am the regional trainer for Sources of Strength, a comprehensive wellness and resiliency program. Sources of Strength seeks to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. I am also a proud member of the Board of Colie’s Closet, a non-profit peer education organization whose mission is to educate students in Boulder Valley School District about depression and suicide with the goal of decreasing youth suicide.
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