Understanding and Helping the Anxious Child

Holistic HealthGuidance and Student Support Services
Full Day Workshop
9:00 AM, Thursday 13 Feb 2020 (6 hours 15 minutes)
Early Childhood Education - Pre K-KindergardenDivision 1 - Grades 1-3Division 2 - Grades 4-6Division 3 - Grades 7-9Division 4 - Grades 10-12
Location : St. Mary's High School - S105

In Canada, 1 in 8 children suffers from anxiety, and only 20% of these children will get the help that they need.

Anxiety manifests in many ways:

panic attacks, separation anxiety, stomach aches, headaches, tantrums, obsessions/compulsions, avoidance of activities, racing thoughts, troubles with sleep, rigid behaviors, aggression etc.

In this workshop, professionals will learn about the psychological and physiological roots of anxiety, why it is on the rise in our children, and what to do to help children better manage it. Research and theory in the field of mental health and interpersonal neurobiology will be explored and attendees will be given over 25 concrete, direct tools to help their students regulate their anxiety in the classroom that also foster resiliency.

This course has a holistic* and strength-based approach that focusses on what we as caretakers and educators can do verses stigmatizing children who are struggling.


• Identify neurobiological and physiological mechanisms that underlie anxiety

• Recognize environmental and societal factors that contribute towards the increase in anxiety amongst children

• Understand the attachment system and how it can perpetuate but also heal anxiety

• Implement a variety of emotion regulation strategies in the classroom for a variety of presenting issues

• Understand how to affectively communication developmentally appropriate treatment options to parents and


Institute of Child Psychology
Psychologist/Registered Play Therapist

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