ETT™ training FOR PARENTS: Hear the needs beneath the words of your children
Our training is tailored to help parents (and parent advocates) better hear the needs of children and adolescents to improve outcomes at home, in schools, or in treatment settings. ETT™ is commonly provided to parent groups in school or medical settings, and translators are available to translate to/from Spanish (Click here for information about ETT™ training for parent advocates, who are parents trained to help other parents in the school and home settings).
Importantly, ETT™ teaches parents how to be present by 'slowing it down,' and through observation and practice, to be able to listen for and hear the needs behind the words of their children (e.g. 'you don't listen' and 'you always criticize'). Then, through modeling and role-plays, ETT™ teaches parents active empathy skills to increase their understanding of, and communication with, their children.
™This program has helped a lot in my relationships with my young kids because I now listen and try to understand their needs, and what they expect from me before I judge them or scream at them. I try to understand and put myself in their shoes to know how they feel to be able to give them advice with love, but without losing their respect. I feel that they are more comfortable now speaking with me because they feel understood. And all this happened thanks to the program." Parent trained in ETT™
Click here to see what other parents are saying about ETT™training, and listen below as one teacher talks about how students are taking these skills home and improving relationships with their families.
Learning through Role-Play
About the Video. The video below shows two parents practicing active empathy while doing a role-play.
In the video: Marjorie Heymann, PhD (before/after), Nerida Roa and Elaine Ramirez (playing the role of the daughter).
summary of skills practiced in video:
Practicing and Observing Active Empathy by
. . . Living in the lives of many different characters
. . . Experiencing their wants/needs
. . . Internalizing the personal facts in each story
. . . Seeing things from the perspective of your character or another participant's character
. . . Learning to avoid stereotyping others based on a behavior or a symptom
Dealing with Conflict
. . . All scripts, scenes, and characters based on conflict
. . . Feeling empowered through practice to handle conflict in your life