Helping Children & Young People Find Their Brave
New date following COVID-19 rescheduling
Anxiety disorders are the most common child and adolescent mental health concern. Anxiety is a very normal human response, but for as many as 1 in 5 young people in New Zealand the symptoms become so intrusive so as to interfere with day to day living. The effects can ripple from children, to their families, to the classroom, and into friendships. Anxiety can potentially undermine the way children see themselves, the world and their important place in it – but it doesn’t have to be this way. When recognised and properly managed, anxiety is very treatable. With the right support children can be empowered with the skills and knowledge to manage anxiety and move forward with courage and resilience.
This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from, why they exist and offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context.
Key content areas Karen will discuss include:
- An overview of the most common anxiety disorders in childhood and adolescence. Recognising behaviours suggestive of anxiety disorders, and differentiating anxiety from other problems with similar symptoms.
- Understanding the impact of anxiety on:
- Building a therapeutic rapport with children with anxiety, including:
- Understanding the ways loving parents might inadvertently feed anxiety and undermine resilience. How to work with this in a therapeutic setting.
Karen began her career as a Psychologist, and has worked extensively with children, teens and families and in educational settings. Based in Brisbane, she is now a sought-after speaker and consultant, working with schools, government bodies, and child and adolescent focused organisations both in Australia and internationally to build resources, implement procedures, and support the professional development of staff. Karen is the founder of ‘Hey Sigmund’, an online resource that attracts millions of readers each year and provides contemporary, research-driven resources to support the mental wellness of children and adolescents. Karen speaks with an ease and clarity on this topic which ensures this is a training opportunity not to be missed for all professionals looking to become effective allies for young people in overcoming anxiety.
In 2017 Karen published ‘Hey Warrior’, a book for kids to help them understand anxiety and find their ‘brave’. All participants attending this seminar will receive a complimentary copy of this book on the day.
Parking for the venue is available at the Sky City Carpark.
The Entrance to this is next door to the Novotel.
There is also the Centre Place Carpark around the corner on Victoria Street.
"WOW! I have been wanting and needing this information for so long! Thank you! This has really helped me with understanding myself and my anxiety, the children in my class and the ones in my SENCO role. I feel all teachers need this knowledge and also people who are identified with anxiety too. I love the tools, so easy and yet powerful for life skills."
Special Education Needs Coordinator
"Karen is a fantastic speaker. She clearly knows her subject matter and gave us so many examples and tools as well as really well detailed explanations of what is happening inside the brain. Thanks for a great day".
"Excellent workshop, very informative. Great learning and takeaway strategies that will enhance my work with kids and parents".
"An excellent day. Thorough, supported with research, practical, accessible approach. So much rich material covered and with a very generous style of presenting".