Promoting Social-Emotional Resilience: Mariposa’s Approach to Helping Children Reach Their Full Potential

A course for educators

*16 COK credit hours; or 1 CPD credit



In this course, participants are taught Mariposa’s social-emotional learning method for reducing stress and building resilience. 

Module 1: Provides an explanation of power struggles or tension in relationships with children, the role of stress on the brain and learning, limitations of standard approaches to discipline, and how emotional resilience develops. 

Modules 2-7: Teaches Mariposa’s method for helping adults build emotional resilience in their children, reduce their own stress and reduce challenging behaviors.  Specifically, participants learn how to:

  • Understand and communicate the child’s perspective in order to create a stronger connection, mitigate the impact of stress, and build self awareness.
  • Communicate authentically their own feelings and needs in a way that is more likely to be heard, strengthen connection and reduce their own stress.
  • Work together to address problems and work collaboratively to meet their needs and the needs of children.
  • Reinforce positive behaviors in such a way as to increase the likelihood that children develop self-motivation and promote engagement in a culturally diverse community.
  • Establish order and control in a manner that actually leads to increased self control and mitigates bias.  

The final module provides an opportunity to put the skills together and find ways to sustain and continue learning.

What's Included:

Each of the 8 modules include self-paced components (to learn the skill/concept) and 1-hour live sessions (in-person or online) to practice and receive feedback.

  Self-paced components include: 

  • 24 short digestible mini lessons 
  • 5 Interactive skills practice exercises 
  • 5 tip sheets corresponding to each skill
  • Resources for teachers including videos, articles 
  • Reflections and feedback


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Your Instructors

Anne Townsend, Ph.D.

Dr. Anne Townsend, is a thought leader and has years of research and experience in social emotional learning – what gets in the way and how to create change. She is able to assess and apply her research and experience to unique challenges with an understanding of the ecosystem around a child and the science behind social emotional learning, stress and the brain.

Jenny Barrett, M.Ed.

Jenny Barrett, M.Ed. has been working with Mariposa for 14 years supporting teachers, parents and children as they manage crisis and shift the patterns that are not working. With her degree and background in Special Ed., years as an early childhood administrator, and experience in schools and homes throughout the region, she is able to step in, collaborate and mentor to help teachers and parents. 


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