Understanding and treating anxiety in children and teens

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Gain the knowledge and skills you need to help anxious children and adolescents become calmer and more confident.

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Gain the knowledge and skills you need to help anxious children and adolescents become calmer and more confident – with family therapist and best-selling author Miriam Chachamu > view the course

Why take this course

More and more young people are finding life stressful and sometimes scary, and we, their therapists, teachers and parents, are not always sure how best to help them. Most anxious young people don’t believe us when we reassure them that everything will be fine. This can make us feel helpless too, unsure of what else we can do. Now with the coronavirus pandemic, treating anxiety in children and adolescents effectively has become even more urgent and relevant. How do we help the next generation become more resilient, less worried and more able to deal with life’s challenges?

Like all of us, children have emotional needs that have to be met well in order for them to thrive. They are also in the process of developing their resources to meet these needs, a crucial step for their current and future mental health. Bringing up the next generation is not easy – the world around us is becoming more complex, children do not always find their place in it and we are not always sure how to help. As unchecked anxiety can lead to more serious mental health problems, it’s key to help young people as early as possible.

This 1-day online workshop with Miriam Chachamu looks into the root causes of anxiety in children and adolescents, as well as the role families and schools can unwittingly play in exacerbating anxiety and fear, and practical steps they can take to help prevent it. You will leave with a richer understanding of what triggers anxiety in children and teens, why anxiety levels are rising, as well as a range of tips and tools to take away – this practical day includes demonstrations and practice sessions of tools for parents and professionals.

What will you learn

  • Why some young people are more anxious than others
  • The differences between general anxiety and specific phobias
  • The hidden messages we might be giving young people that may be counter-productive
  • The role of media and social media
  • Practical relaxation skills for young people
  • Life-style contributors to increased anxiety
  • Adverse childhood events and their relationships with anxiety or phobias
  • How anxiety effects family relationships and what to do about it
  • How to deal with a child who has specific phobias
  • How to work collaboratively with young people to give them hope and foster resilience
  • The link between anxiety and learning difficulties, including for those on the autistic spectrum (ASD)
  • Keeping a good balance between empathy and boundaries
  • Helping with revision and exam stress
  • Specific communication skills to increase understanding and cooperation so that children and teenagers would want to engage with us
  • Easy and effective relaxation exercises for young people and how to teach them
  • What therapists need to know about structuring good interventions and about structuring each session
  • How to support parents so that they can support their children in creating positive changes

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