Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signalling to us the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress. Childhood and adolescence are core developmental stages for emotional and psychological development. It is typically during these stages that anxiety patterns begin that can persist into adulthood in the form of persistent mild anxiety tendencies to full-blown disorders. Having caregivers who are equipped to support and teach youth skills for managing and interrupting their anxiety patterns provides the needed early intervention.  This workshop will provide a structure for understanding how anxiety works in the nervous system and a diverse range of skills that can be taught and practiced with children and youth. These skills are designed to replace increasing anxiety with expanded capacity for managing emotions and anxious thought patterns.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Anxiety and Its Natural Purpose
  • Stress, Fear and Anxiety
  • The Link to Caregiver Response
  • Connections to Patterns of Anxiety
  • What Builds Anxiety
  • The Stress Response System
  • Prevalence and Trends
  • Overview of Working with Anxiety
  • Focus on the Body
  • Focus on the Mind-Body Connection
  • Focus on the Thinking Mind
  • Expanding Social Skills
  • Building New Patterns
  • Reflections for Caregivers and Helpers


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Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for teachers, child care providers, social workers, parents, social service and health care professionals, youth corrections officers, support workers and anyone working in a helping role with youth struggling with mental illness.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion.