Workshops focus on ways to reduce anxiety

A U.S. psychotherapist will be giving a workshop to parents, and one to teachers and health care professionals

Side view of a worried student trying to do a difficult exam in a classroom

A pair of workshops being held at Concordia University will focus on anxiety and how to help kids manage their persistent negative feelings.

AMCAL Family Services has organized two sessions on May 23 at the Oscar Peterson Hall, Concordia University’s Loyola Campus. One is geared for parents and the other for health care professionals. Speaker Lynn Lyons (pictured right), a clinical social worker and psychotherapist from New Hampshire, will be the speaker at both sessions.

The workshop for parents, Interrupting the Patterns of Anxiety: Skills We Can (And Should!) Teach Our Children, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $30 per person or $50 per couple. The workshop will focus on reducing anxiety- and depression-enhancing patterns of thinking and behaving. Parents are encouraged to bring children over the age of 13.

The professional conference, titled Advanced Strategies for Managing Anxious Families, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $150 per person, which includes lunch. Lyons will summarize the robust research linking parents’ worry and anxiety to the development of anxiety in children, and describe a detailed approach for family-focused care that will give teachers, mental health professionals, and health care providers the tools to help families cope.

Lyons has been in private practice for 28 years and specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children, and is in demand around the world as a speaker and trainer on this topic.  She is the co-author of two books on anxiety: Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.

For more information, visit amcal.ca/events/conference-on-anxiety.