Superhero or Super Difficult? Changing Narratives With Highly Sensitive People

Mar 30, 2019 10:30am ‐ Mar 30, 2019 12:00pm

Description

Approximately 20% of the population is born with a temperamental characteristic: heightened sensory processing sensitivity (i.e., highly sensitive people). Children develop a narrative regarding their sensitivity; it is seen either as a gift or as a problem. This narrative later influences their self-esteem, anxiety, and depression symptoms. This workshop will provide an exploration of childhood influences, assessment strategies, and changing their narrative through strength-based intervention approaches.

  • Participants will be able to define the characteristic of sensitivity, as well as to identify signs in a client that they may be a Highly Sensitive Person.
  • Participants will be able to describe how the narrative the child hears in their early childhood impacts their understanding of their sensitive trait, as well as their experience of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
  • Participants will be able to outline developmentally-appropriate, strength-based counseling techniques for working with clients who are HSPs, effectively changing their narrative regarding their sensitive trait.

Speaker(s):

  • Misty M. Ginicola, PhD, Professor/ Counselor, Southern CT State University/ Self-Employed
  • Taylor Carson, MS, Graduate Student Intern, Southern Connecticut State University¬†

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