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Center for Montessori Advancement

Professional Development for Educators in Delaware and Beyond

Welcome to the Center for Montessori Advancement (CMA) at Wilmington Montessori School. CMA is dedicated to making Montessori more accessible to children, educators and families.

The center offers professional development opportunities for educators throughout the year. While our programs are Montessori-based, they are also appropriate for educators who teach in traditional schools and child-care facilities.

Upcoming Workshops

Polyvagal Theory in the Classroom
March 5, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.
Wilmington Montessori School

As teachers, you are experts in creating safe and calming environments for children with structure, nurturance and fun. Undoubtedly, you can think of a time when a student in your class became dysregulated and you were able to turn things around and see the child happily move on with his or her day.  This workshop is designed to give you a framework for understanding the science behind those interactions. 

Using the lens of Stephen Porges' polyvagal theory, Elizabeth Napolin, LPCMH, will share briefly about the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system and how this applies to emotional stability in the classroom.  Each participant will create and leave with a personalized "map" of his or her own nervous system, based on the work of Deb Dana, author of Polyvagal Theory in Therapy. With this in mind, we will then focus on concrete strategies that can be used in the classroom to identify where your students are in their nervous system and how we can safely guide them back to a regulated state.

About the presenter:

A licensed professional counselor with more than 10 years of experience, Elizabeth Napolin, LPCMHS, is passionate about creating a safe space for people to find peace in managing stress and feel a greater connection to themselves and their loved ones.  In her practice, Liz sees individuals ages 3 and up and has extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, issues related to fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum mood concerns, and trauma in both adults and children. She is guided by an understanding of neurobiology and attachment-focused practices. Liz incorporates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing, and parent-child interaction therapy.

Cost: $15 (free for WMS staff)

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