FREE WEBINAR | Join this webinar and gain the tools to help kids with their 'extraordinary feelings'

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Sometimes as carers, parents, therapists or teachers we feel at a loss as to how to help contain some of the complex emotions our children feel in response to traumatic events.
Sometimes as carers, parents, therapists or teachers we feel at a loss as to how to help contain some of the complex emotions our children feel in response to traumatic events.
  • Story Café is hosting a webinar aimed at teaching adults how to help children with their extraordinarily big feelings
  • The webinar will take place on 15 February from 19:00 to 20:00
  • The webinar will cover tools, skills and coping mechanisms to help children with their response to traumatic events, including the emotional stresses brought on by Covid-19 and the national lockdown


The bespoke children's bookstore and arts-based workshop space, Story Café, is offering an opportunity for parents, families, teachers, caregivers and mental health workers to learn new helpful techniques and skills.

On Tuesday, 15 February 2022 from 19:00 to 20:00, The Story Café Webinar will be aiming to address the important role adults can play in helping young children to contain their extraordinary feelings.

This free webinar is designed to empower young people and their families who are going through the repercussions of traumatic life events. 

This free and valuable webinar will be brought to you by U matter, a project of Smile Foundation in collaboration with Avela Foundation, and will be hosted by Tamara Gordon-Roberts, a registered drama therapist, facilitator and educator with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

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'This is not new, this is about remembering how to do it!'

"Sometimes as carers, parents, therapists or teachers we feel at a loss as to how to help contain some of the complex emotions our children feel in response to traumatic events. The Story Café Webinar provides tools to support a process of holding for these children and ourselves. Using story to do this is as old as time itself, this is not new, this is about remembering how to do it!" says Gordon-Roberts. 

Using gentle and open dialogue, the webinar will show participants how to manage difficult emotions around such hardships by offering tools to deal better with the emotional stresses of Covid-19, isolation, depression, anxiety, death, loss, loneliness, unemployment, bullying, rejection, sibling rivalry, substance abuse, trauma, financial difficulties, divorce, domestic abuse, crime and the development of screen abuse syndromes.

The webinar will address a multiplicity of themes. Some of these themes include: 

  • The range of human emotions and tangible examples of these
  • The crucial role of the parent/caregiver in building healthy and honest narratives
  • The exploration of storying as a process of making, creating and sharing a story.

To book your place at The Story Café Webinar, register online at www.umatter.org.za.

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