February1-22024

$699

Young children depend on adults to lend meaning to their everyday experiences. The way we respond to their joys, upsets, challenges and daily interactions lays a blueprint for their beliefs about themselves and their world.

Discover how to bring your best, most conscious self into every interaction in a way that helps young children make meaning of their upset and develop healthy mental models. Join Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Angela Fraley to learn how to help children establish a mindset and skillset that empowers them to cooperate, handle upset, build healthy relationships, problem solve and develop an “I can handle this” attitude.

Please see below for more details on the event. 

$699

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  • Location:
    • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Facilitators:
    • Angela Fraley
    • Kenedria Thurman

More Information About This Event

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    Event Schedule

  • plus minus Location & Hotel Rates

    The Brain Smart Beginnings for Ages 0-5 Workshop will be hosted at:

    Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa
    3050 Bristol St
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 540-7000

    Hotel Rates for Attendees

    Special rate is available until Jan 15, 2024 – limited rooms are available so don’t delay booking!

    Use this link to reserve your room: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/rooms/?ctyhocn=SNACMHH&arrivalDate=2024-01-31&departureDate=2024-02-03&groupCode=936&room1NumAdults=1

     

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    • Individual Registrations: We will send an email with an order confirmation number when you complete your purchase. If you have not received this confirmation email, please contact our Customer Care team.
    • Team Registrations: Once you purchase a team order in our system, you will be responsible for sending the registration link to additional team members to complete their registration. Once they complete this form and register, team members will receive their order confirmation emails. Note: Team members will not be able to enter the event until they complete the online form and receive their confirmation emails.
    • All attendees must present their confirmation order number at onsite registration check-in at the event.

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    Walk-ins are not preferred at our events. We will not allow entry if the event is sold out. If space allows, we will accommodate walk-ins as best we can. Full payment is required prior to entry into the event. The registration fee for walk-ins is the standard event registration cost plus a 20% administration fee.

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    • All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to events.team@consciousdiscipline. A full refund minus $100 processing fee will be available up to 30 days prior to the event. Refunds are not provided 30 days or closer to the event. No shows to our events are not eligible for a refund.
    • Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speakers at any event. In the unlikely event an event is cancelled, registrants will be refunded paid event tuition only. We will not reimburse registrants for flights or any other travel cost. It is the registrant's responsibility to cancel any and all travel reservations made for the event, including hotel reservations.

    All event tickets are non-transferable.

    • Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after attending one of our events. The certificate will include Event Title, Date and Location, Total Contact Hours of Education/Participation, and Course Code. You will receive it by email approximately two weeks after the event concludes. If you have not received your certificate after that timeframe, please contact [email protected] or our Customer Care team.
    • CEU-eligible events are based on the length of training (10 contact/training hours = 1 CEU). 1 CEU costs $99.00 to purchase through Concordia University.

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    • Scholarship covers tuition fees and course materials for the designated workshop. Travel, accommodations, meals and any special discount packages are not covered. If you register for an event and you are selected to receive a scholarship, we will refund your registration fees.
    • Scholarship selections are non-transferable. If you are selected for one of these seats but are unable to attend the event, you must submit another application for a different event.
    • As a helper, your travel will be covered up to $500. You will be provided free registration, lodging and a daily per diem for meals during the days you are in attendance at the event.
    • Helper selections are non-transferable. If you are selected for one of these seats but are unable to attend the event, you must submit another application for a different event. 

    We do not offer any kind of discounts for our registration fees, but you are welcome to apply for a scholarship or helper seat.

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    Event Confirmation

    Seating is limited. Please make sure the contact information you provide when you register is truly the best way for us to reach you prior to the event. If you have not received your confirmation prior to start date, it is your responsibility to contact Conscious Discipline. We recommend that you do not purchase non-refundable airfare until you receive an email confirmation from Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline assumes no responsibility for travel arrangements made prior to written confirmation of your acceptance as an attendee. Have your order number available and ready for onsite registration. You are required to check in and have a name badge to enter the session.  By registering for a Conscious Discipline event, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions detailed below and includes a publicity photo release.

    Onsite Ticket Purchasing and Walk-Ins

    Walk-ins and onsite ticket purchasing is discouraged at our events.  We will not allow entry to any event that is sold out or has a wait list.  Payment in full is required prior to entry to the event.  The registration fee for walk-ins is the event registration price PLUS a 20% administration fee.

    Cancellations

    All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to [email protected].com.  A full refund minus $100 processing fee will be available up to 30 days prior to the event.  Refunds are not provided 30 days or closer to the event. No shows to our events are not eligible for a refund.  Please reach out to [email protected].com for more information. In the unlikely event that one of our events is cancelled, registrants will be refunded paid event tuition only.  We will not reimburse registrants for flights or any other travel cost.  It is the registrants responsibility to cancel any and all travel reservations made for the event, including hotel reservations.  Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speakers at any event.

    Workshop Substitutions

    Attendees of Conscious Discipline events may substitute another person for their seat at no extra charge up to 30 days prior to the start of the event. Substitutions made after that time are subject to a $25 processing fee. For individual registrations, you will contact our Customer Care team to change the name on your ticket For team registrations, log into your account to access the team created for the event under My Account. Once there you can remove/cancel members and add new members. Substitutions must me made and confirmed prior to onsite arrival. PLEASE NOTE: Within 30 days of the event, a $25.00 administration fee will be incurred and invoiced after the event per substitution and you will need to call or email us to be able to substitute someone.

    Liability / Media Release

    I agree that no filming, video or live capture of any kind is allowed at this event. I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless Conscious Discipline, its employees, independent contractors, administrators, agents, assignees and anyone who it may be claimed liable from injury or damage. This is a binding and voluntary release for all injury, accident or death for both person and property. I assume all risk for travel, attendance, and participation in the event. By registering and attending any Conscious Discipline event, I AGREE and indicate that I understand the terms and conditions stated here. I give permission for myself to be videotaped, audiotaped and photographed. I understand that Conscious Discipline (DBA of Loving Guidance, Inc.) of Oviedo, Florida will own the video / audiotapes or photographs (the "media") and any works which may utilize the media, including the irrevocable right to edit, broadcast, print reproduce the works and to offer the works for sale to the public. This also includes the right to copyright and the right to license others to use the Media in connection with the works. I agree that the Content may be combined with other images, text, graphics, film, audio, audiovisual works; and may be cropped, altered or modified. I agree that I have no rights to the Content, and all rights to the Content belong to the Conscious Discipline and Assigns assigned by Conscious Discipline. I acknowledge and agree that I have no further right to additional consideration or accounting, and that I will make no further claim for any reason to Conscious Discipline and Assigns. I acknowledge and agree that this release is binding upon my heirs and assigns. I agree that this release is irrevocable, worldwide and perpetual, and will be governed by the laws (excluding the law of conflicts) of the state of Florida. Because Conscious Discipline is sensitive to the privacy of those appearing in the Media, there will be no credits given to myself in the Media or the works or derivative works utilizing the media in whole or in part. I also agree that I will not receive any payment for appearing in the Media, or the works or derivative works using the Media. I waive, on my own behalf, any rights or interest in and to the Media and any works utilizing the Media, and will have no claim of any kind against Conscious Discipline, it's executors, licensees, successors or assignees based on the exercise of any rights granted here under or for the use of the Media, or works containing it. I further waive, on behalf of myself, the right to inspect and/or approve the products of Conscious Discipline that utilize the Media, including any works and written copy that may be created in connection therewith. I hereby warrant I am of full legal age, have full legal authority and am otherwise competent to sign this Release, and by registering and attending, I further warrant that I have read and understand all of these terms. Conscious Discipline also reserves the right to substitute speaker(s) at any event.

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    Scholarships

    The Conscious Discipline Institute Scholarship covers tuition fees and course materials for one Institute. Travel, accommodations, meals and any special discount packages are not covered. If you have registered for the 2024 Institute and you are selected to receive a scholarship, your registration fees will be refunded. Scholarship recipients may be asked to write a brief article and/or record a video testimony about your experience to be used for informational and promotional purposes. Prior scholarship recipients are not eligible. Scholarships are not transferable.

    Helper Positions

    Helpers are an essential part of our team. They contribute to the success of our workshops by sharing their wonderful gifts. To apply for a helper position, you must be a graduate of the Conscious Discipline Institute. Helpers are typically selected in the following order: Conscious Discipline Certified Instructors, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructors, Advanced Institute Graduates, Institute Graduates. Institutes often sell out before we select our helpers. If you would like to attend the institute at full tuition even if you are not selected as a helper, register separately before helpers are chosen by submitting the standard registration form and payment. If we select you as a helper, we will refund your tuition.
  • plus minus Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Attendees of the Conscious Discipline Institute are approved to earn four (4) CEUs through Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) for full attendance and participation in all aspects of the Institute including small group work and breakout sessions. Attendees who wish to obtain CEUs must apply through CUW at www.cuw.edu/apply. The Institute course code is EDGP 5018.
  • plus minus EMPOWERING EDUCATORS OF STUDENTS 0-5 TO OVERCOME TOUGH CHALLENGES

    Empowering Educators of Students 0-5 to Overcome Tough Challenges

    By Jenny Shannon

    Delivering quality education during a student’s most foundational stages of development can be a daunting task at a time when early childhood educators are faced with tough challenges, including extreme student behavior issues, program funding concerns, workplace turnover and understaffing, lagging parental and/or administrative support, low compensation, lack of respect for the profession, and heightened safety concerns.  

    Every early childhood educator deserves access to the practices essential for their own well-being and success, and the wellness and achievement of the children in their centers. Moving through your day more easily, feeling more fulfilled by your work, connecting more deeply with your students and your community, and leaning into your true power as a “meaning-maker” for young children are goals that are all within your reach. With the powers and skills of Conscious Discipline supporting you in 2024, you can craft a secure foundation for children without sacrificing your own wellness in the classroom.  

     

    Why is Self-Regulation Important for Early Educators? 

    Though somewhat cliche, there is a reason why some return to the, “put your mask on first” metaphor in times of conflict and/or upset. When you are dysregulated, it is simply not possible to navigate difficult situations successfully or help a child regulate an upset inner state. You cannot teach or offer a skill you haven’t internalized, applied, and modeled yourself.  

    Other professions may allow for time and space away to “quiet the noise,” but that’s not the reality of an early childhood classroom. Things happen quickly—There’s red paint all over the carpet! Johnny had an accident! Beth stuck a bead up her nose! He hit me! It’s time for lunch! —And you must be ready to handle it all.   

    Conscious Discipline’s adult-first self-regulation practice, including the Five Steps to Self-Regulation, provides actionable and transformational pathways for restoring regulation to your own brain and body. That kind of self-regulation will help you bring your calm, regulated self into moments of distress and conflict so you can utilize children’s everyday upsets to model self-regulation and teach healthy skills. 

     

    First Thing’s First: Co-Regulation  

    Children lack the meta-cognition to regulate themselves; we must co-regulate and coach them in strategies for self-regulation. We can guess, based on the reported stressors and challenges, that many early childhood educators have been functioning with a moderate to severe level of dysregulation. In centers nationwide, educators echo, “We’re tired, we’re overworked, we’re overwhelmed!” With the adults in the room feeling this way, it makes sense that dysregulated student behavior continues to rise, creating a vicious cycle.    

    Self-regulation and co-regulation have the power to end this cycle. Without the safety of co-regulation with a composed adult, children’s brain development, meaning-making and growth are impaired, and the challenging behaviors that stem from dysregulation continue. The Five Steps for Self-Regulation provide an accessible bridge from stress and upset to the power to identify, welcome, befriend, soothe and manage emotions. Self-regulation is the foundation on which we build the safety, trust and connection that wires young brains for key outcomes like cooperation, attention, impulse control, and learning.  

     

    What You Do Matters: Your Power as a Meaning Maker 

    There is a common misconception that early education exists primarily to instill the basic skills and academic readiness needed for later schooling. Early education goes so much deeper than that. Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Angela Fraley refers to early childhood educators as, “birth to five advocates” and “foundation builders.” There is ample evidence to support those titles.  

    Research shows that the first five years of life are instrumental for brain development and the creation of mental models. A mental model is like a blueprint for the way we perceive our external world. Mental models are our inherent beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. Early childhood educators have the power to shape children’s creation of these mental models in ways that will impact them for the rest of their lives. Examples of some common mental models include:  

    • An obedient child is a sign of a good parent/teacher.  
    • The struggle proves it’s worthwhile.  
    • If you want something done, do it yourself.
    • Emotion is a sign of weakness. 
    • I’m better than those who look or behave differently than me.  
    • Good things come to those who wait.  
    • I should be ashamed of myself. 

     

    A focus on safety and connection helps in the creation of healthy mental models surrounding self-concept, worthiness, security, agency, trust, and more. As an educator working with children 0-5 in particular, this effort is essential to healthy development. Utilization of the Feeling Buddies, the Kindness Tree and the Safe Place, routines like the Brain Smart Start, and rituals like I Love you Rituals, Greeting Rituals, and Wish Wells are powerful positive shapers of young minds. According to Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Kenedria Thurman, “Making meaning is a powerful way to start lifelong connections of learning and development.” Reframing the narrative of harmful and/or limiting mental models that children may hold is one of the most critical components of being a meaning-maker.  

    If you are ready to feel less stressed and better able to handle the day’s challenges, and to be a co-regulator and meaning-maker for the children in your care, Conscious Discipline’s February event in Costa Mesa, CA is a great place to start. Early childhood experts Angela Fraley and Kenedria Thurman will enlighten and inspire you at Brain Smart Beginnings, on February 1-2. Join us to restore your well-being and help the young minds in your care thrive.  

     

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Here's What You'll Learn:

Big Idea

The early years set patterns, beliefs and skills that last a lifetime. Give children the best possible start with evidence-based practices for healthy co-regulation, connection and teaching social skills.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, behavioral specialists and administrators working with children ages 0-5.

Your Facilitator

Certified Instructor Angela Fraley will equip you with practices to co-regulate, connect and model healthy skillsets.

Workshop Materials

All attendees will receive access to training materials to print in advance of the event or download digitally to follow along on a tablet or e-reader.

Help children create healthy blueprints for self-concept, relationships, handling upset and more.

The early years are critical for brain development and the creation of mental models. Learn evidence-based strategies for co-regulating, connecting and teaching social skills that create a secure foundation for children to build successful lives upon. Register for Brain Smart Beginnings today and experience:

  • The power of “meaning-making”: Discover how the brain makes sense of events, relationships and the self– and how adults play a crucial role in this process for children.
  • Educators as meaning-makers: Learn how to become a healthy, positive meaning-maker for young children’s experiences.
  • Co-regulation as the missing element: A foundation of safety and trust wires young brains for cooperation, attention, impulse control and learning. Without the safety of co-regulation, healthy meaning-making, brain development and growth are impaired.
  • Meeting children where they are: How to recognize and build early skillsets, including in 4 and 5-year-olds with missing or impaired skills from the early years of the pandemic.
  • The importance of connection: Optimize your time together with healthy connections that allow both you and the children to feel less stressed, more present and better able to handle the day’s challenges.
  • Teaching in the moment: Learn how to bring your calm, regulated self into moments of distress and conflict so you can utilize children’s everyday upsets to model self-regulation and teach healthy skills.
  • Learning in community: Enjoy activities that help you internalize strategies and practices from the event so you can create lasting change once you return to your school or center.
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