The theme of July’s semester was about emotion management. Among the children of the CPE programme, the limbic system – i.e. all the structures involved in the formation of emotions and memory – is injured by the trauma. The child must learn or relearn to control intense emotional discharges: he or she will learn to recognise emotions, to feel them, to understand them and to control them. The regulation of emotions is essential and allows the child to live in harmony with himself and with others. There are various techniques to avoid being overwhelmed and to manage emotions.
Therefore, different activities have been organised to help children identify and understand their feelings and to encourage them to express themselves about them. These activities are in line with the programme’s ultimate goal of helping the child to integrate his traumatic history and build a positive life project.