T&L 2900: The Nurtured Heart Approach 6-Week Course
The Nurtured Heart Approach is a 6-week, 9-hour class for parents, teachers, counselors, social workers and caregivers of children of all ages. Class time is spent viewing slides and videos on the methods of the Approach, discussing these methods in large and small groups, and discussing the required reading from the book Transforming the Intense Child Workbook.
The Nurtured Heart Approach is being successfully implemented through families, classrooms, foster care, health care professionals, social workers and criminal justice organizations that are seeking successful, early intervention techniques. The Approach consists of a set of strategies that assists children in further developing their self-regulation and has been found effective with children of all ages. It focuses on transforming the way children perceive themselves, their caregivers and the world around them.
Through the Nurtured Heart Approach, children learn to understand that they will receive endless amounts of praise, energy, recognition and reward through the positive behavior they display and this supports children to build a positive portfolio of themselves, which we call "Inner Wealth" Intensity is key to Nurtured Heart Approach thinking. Unfortunately the word intensity has negative associations in our society and teachers, parents and childcare workers can view it as the enemy. In Nurtured Heart Approach thinking we believe intensity is a powerful quality that, if developed correctly, can propel children onto amazing achievements. When a child learns to feel great about their intensity, the incidents of challenging behavior are greatly reduced.
The Nurtured Heart Approach embraces The 3 Stands, that when committed to, become a powerful means of transforming children:
- Stand 1: ABSOLUTELY NO! I refuse to give my time, energy and relationship to negative behavior. I will not accidentally foster failure nor will I reward problems by responding to them in animated ways. I will save my time and energy for searching for success.
- Stand 2: ABSOLUTELY YES! I will relentlessly and strategically pull the child into new patterns of success. I will constantly recognize the success and achievement that children are displaying no matter how small and present them with clear undeniable evidence of their value and how great they are.
- Stand 3: ABSOLUTELY CLEAR! I will have clear and consistent consequences for children when a rule has been broken. "Here are the rules, and here's what happens when you break a rule."