Anxiety in Schools: What Works and What Doesn’t for Educators, Students, and Parents
This workshop is for educators, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, school nurses, school administrators and other specialty staff (OT, Speech, PT). The impact of anxiety on learning, school attendance and the subsequent development of depression and substance use is well-documented. Following the pandemic, educators are being asked to do more and more to support the emotional well-being and mental health needs of their students while feeling more ill-equipped to do so.
When it comes to dealing with anxiety and its pal depression, plans are written and accommodations are put i...Read moren place. But are they working—or making the problem worse? This intensive training will focus on HOW to interrupt anxiety’s cognitive patterns and offer concrete, process-based strategies that challenge anxiety’s quest for certainty and comfort. It’s time to examine the common approaches that inadvertently support the avoidance of anxious and depressive symptoms, those that “do the disorder.” We will also discuss how to offer accurate, preventative and research-based information to students and adults. Less...
- Collaborate in the writing of effective behavioral plans and IEP goals for anxious students in a school setting.
- Identify the difference between avoidant and skill-based goals for students, particularly as it pertains to school avoidance.
- Create steps for increased collaboration and communication between school staff, parents, and outside providers.
- Design activities for social and emotional curriculum that address prevention of anxiety and depression.
- Describe the four critical concepts for creating skill-based interventions for anxious students.
- Incorporate the six cognitive patterns that support mental wellness into classroom and social interactions.
Thursday, April 06, 2023
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH, 03102
08:30 AM EDT - 04:00 PM EDTRegister for this event
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About the speaker
Lynn Lyons, LICSW
Lynn is the author of several books and articles, including The Anxiety Audit, Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids (with co-author Reid Wilson), Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions. She is the co-host of the popular podcast Flusterclux.
She maintains a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching.
8:30-10:30 A process-based approach: the basics of anxiety
- How anxiety and worry seek certainty and comfort
- The role of content: staying out of the content trap
- The lure of elimination strategies
10:45-12:00 Six patterns educators (and kids!) should know
- Skills that bolster learning and connection
- The value of HOW
- How to identify and teach missing skills
- Positive Childhood Experiences Score
1:00-2:30 Creating skill-building plans (504’s and IEPs)
- The accommodation model and how it backfires
- Questions to ask (see Creating Active Plans for Anxious Students)
- Collaboration, support, and consistency
2:45-4:00 Special considerations and tough topics
- OCD is often missed
- When parents (or teachers) are anxious
- Students, mental health, and misinformation
- Questions and discussion
CE Information - Earn 6 CE Credit Hours
American Psychological Association
New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology
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