Executive functions include the mental processes which help manage people’s abilities to make decisions, stay organized, multitask, regulate self-control, establish and stick to routines, and fulfill many other daily life requirements. While executive functioning skills are typically developed in childhood, and are critical for learning and development, children with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – including those who experience trauma, who are abused or neglected, or who grow up in poverty – often have undeveloped or underdeveloped functioning skills. These issues persist into adulthood, complicating a person’s ability to establish routines, forge supportive relationships, manage crises, and handle decision-making and problem-solving. Thus, a person’s level of executive functioning directly impacts their ability to be self-sufficient.
This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of executive functioning, what diminished executive functioning may look like in OCAT clients, and how executive functioning skills impact clients’ ability to make decisions and manage stress in their lives. Speakers will also explain the importance of coaching when working with clients to strengthen executive functioning skills, and will share insights from a county who trained their staff on executive function skills through the lens of coaching.