A One-Day Workshop for caregivers whose children and/or young people (ages 6-14) experience moderate to high levels of anxiety.
Supporting a child or young person who experiences significant anxiety can be challenging. This small group workshop (max 6) will allow you to dig a little deeper into understanding anxiety and equip you with the skills and confidence to respond in helpful ways to anxious feelings and behaviours. This workshop is available to the public and we cover:
- Psychoeducation about anxiety and how it works.
- Promoting emotional resilience in children. We will explore strategies to help children and young people to express, tolerate and manage their upsetting emotions more effectively.
- Modelling and the way children think. We will explore the importance of parental modelling and flexible thinking and show you how to encourage this skill in your children and young people.
- Avoidance and exposure. Avoidance is the most common response to anxiety, and we explore the value of exposure as an approach to gradually confronting anxiety.
- Common responses. We discuss the common ways that caregivers respond to children’s anxiety, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. Caregivers are encouraged to reflect on which responses are relevant to them and what they might want to think about changing.
- Promoting constructive problem solving and maintaining gains.