Zones Groups empower self-regulation and empathy to local Clubs!

Zones Groups empower self-regulation and empathy to local Clubs!

Zones Groups empower self-regulation and empathy to local Clubs!

Boys & Girls Clubs of  Elkhart County are thrilled to announce the launch of the Zones Groups at Clubs! This innovative approach combines the highly effective Zones of Regulation Curriculum with Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) strategies to help kids learn self-regulation, empathy, connection, and other valuable social and emotional skills.

Led by Natasha Lantz, Director of Mental Health Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County and supported by staff including Karen Guerrero, an AmeriCorps Member and Goshen College Social Work Intern, the Zones Groups aim to create a safe and nurturing environment where Club members can explore and understand their emotions and feelings. By utilizing band-aids as a tangible tool, Karen helps the children process their internal and external hurts. This practice of giving and receiving nurturing care not only teaches empathy but also encourages open and honest discussions about their emotions.

The Power of Self-Regulation
Self-regulation is a vital skill that empowers children to manage their emotions and behaviors effectively. The Zones of Regulation Curriculum provides a framework to help kids identify and understand their feelings and provides strategies to help regulate these emotions. By utilizing this curriculum in the Zones Groups, we aim to equip Club members with the tools they need to navigate and express their emotions in a healthy way.

Cultivating Empathy and Connection
Empathy is a crucial social and emotional skill, as it allows individuals to understand and share the feelings of others. Through the use of band-aids as a metaphorical symbol for healing and nurturing, Karen helps the children practice empathy by taking care of each other’s inside and outside hurts. This simple yet powerful activity creates a sense of connection among the Club members and fosters a supportive and empathetic community.

Building Relationships through Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is an evidence-based approach that focuses on building and maintaining strong relationships with children. By incorporating TBRI strategies in the Zones Groups, we aim to create a nurturing and secure environment where Club members feel safe to open up and express their emotions. This approach promotes healthy attachment, trust, and resilience among the children.

Excitement for the Journey Ahead
We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to build relationships with our Club members while teaching them essential social and emotional skills. The Zones Groups offer a transformative experience, where children can not only learn to self-regulate but also develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others. We believe that by fostering empathy, connection, and self-regulation, we are equipping our Club members with the tools they need to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

At Clubs, we are committed to the holistic development of our Club members. Along with academic support, we understand the importance of nurturing emotional intelligence and social skills. The Zones Groups represent our dedication to creating a safe and supportive space where children can flourish and grow into confident and empathetic individuals.

Join us on this exciting journey as we continue to build relationships and empower our Club members through the Zones Groups, combining the power of self-regulation, empathy, and connection. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these incredible children.

Additional Resources:
To learn more about the Zones of Regulation Curriculum:
To explore Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) strategies: