Brain Power: How our understanding of brain states can support social and emotional development

The Brain Power program focuses on positive, strength-based approaches to support children’s social and emotional wellbeing and uses play-based approaches.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers
  • Delivery mode: Group training, coaching
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 – Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Emotional maturity hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour
    • Social competence responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Variable

Program description

The Brain Power program supports children, educators, and families by providing presentations and collaboration, mentoring and coaching opportunities with qualified therapeutic specialists who are guided by the understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and the nervous system.

This program focusses on positive, strength-based approaches to support children’s social and emotional wellbeing and uses play-based approaches. The presentations draw on the frameworks and approaches used within clinical practice but have been adapted to suit educators and families.

The program is offered in 3 levels:

  • Level 1: Two 2-hour presentations for educators on social skills, brain development and emotional wellbeing with a focus on understanding the brain states
  • Level 2: Level 1 support and one 2-hour presentation for parents and caregivers on similar topics, adapted for parents
  • Level 3: Level 2 support and five 2-hour service visits from a therapeutic specialist for mentoring and observation of staff. to observe educators and teachers, provide modelling of techniques and reflective skills.

Detailed cost

  • Level 1 (two 2-hour presentations for educators): $1,890 (excluding GST)
  • Level 2 (Level 1 and one 2-hour presentation for parents and caregivers): $2,832 (excluding GST)
  • Level 3 (Level 2 and five 2-hour service visits from therapeutic specialist): $7,552 (excluding GST)

Includes groups of up to 20 educators and 30 parents or carers for the presentations. Singles classes only for classroom visits (Level 3) with educators and teachers needing to be in attendance as per usual staff/children ratios.

Travel and/or accommodation details: 72c/km (excluding GST) for distances greater than a 35km radius from one of the clinics in Greater Melbourne, Frankston and Geelong. For distances greater than 100km, accommodation (approximately $230/night, including GST) may apply. Please contact the provider directly for an accurate quote.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators, parents/carers.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: presentations for educators and parents/carers can be offered in- person or live online. There is also a pre-recorded option for educator presentations for staff who may not be able to all meet at one time.
  • Program adaptability: support is offered in 3 levels to increase accessibility and flexibility of the program. Additional training hours can be added to each level as required.
  • Tools and systems: access to a laptop or mobile device with internet connection required for virtual presentations.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Partnerships with families
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.