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Anxious Kids, Anxious Families: Strategies That Work for School & Home

(1/2-, 1- or 2-Day - co-led with Lynn Lyons, MSW)

How do you manage a child who gets stomach aches every school morning, who refuses all after-school activities, or who is trapped in the bathroom with compulsive washing? All these children put a palpable strain on frustrated, helpless parents and teachers. And there is no escaping the problem: one in every five kids suffers from a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

Parents quickly find themselves full of desire to help, but empty of effective options. The research is clear: when parents operate without proper guidance, they unintentionally reinforce children's worry and avoidance. With a room full of students, teachers have little time and zero training to handle the disruptive, anxious child or the withdrawn, worried child. Counselors want to empower children to act autonomously and courageously in the face of fear, but sometimes lack the specialized skills.

Talk is cheap. Action is where change takes place. In this skill-based workshop, two experts join together to offer counselors, teachers and parents proven strategies that help children push through anxiety, worry, fears and phobias so that they can move forward, learn, and enjoy life.

“Lynn and Reid’s entertaining workshop on the challenges of anxiety provided parents, teachers and clinicians alike with a road map from fear to confidence. Implementation of strategies was immediate. As a professional learning opportunity, this workshop was a 5 on a 4 point scale.”

Karin Mertins, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.
Brant School Support Centre
Grand Erie, Ontario, Canada
(519) 754-1606 ext 287219
karin.mertins@granderie.ca

 

For further information, contact:
Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
421 Bennett Orchard Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-942-0700
rrw@med.unc.edu