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Compass Seminar on Childhood Anxiety

Wednesday, August 16, 2017   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: children, seminar, mental wellbeing, young people, anxiety

Compass Seminars NZ.Come along to this seminar with Dr Allison Waters and Dr Trisha Groth. Allison and Trisha created the highly effective 'Take Action' children's anxiety programme - based on their combined research and clinical experience.

This workshop integrates their combined research and practice knowledge and the content contained in the programme to offer participants a suite of practical ideas for effectively intervening with children experiencing anxiety.

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017
Time: 9am to 3pm. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided.
Location: Commodore Hotel (449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch)
Cost: $245 per person including GST.

Find out more about this User-Friendly Interventions for Helping Anxious Children workshop, including how to register. You can also contact the Compass Seminars team (06 759 1647 or office[at]

Childhood anxiety is often overlooked or misinterpreted as being a behavioural or developmental problem. Some anxiety is a normal part of childhood, but around 12 percent of children develop a diagnosable disorder - experiencing fear, nervousness, and shyness, and avoiding places and activities.

Without intervention these children are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and experience physical complaints such as sleeplessness, diarrhoea, stomach aches and headaches. Fortunately anxiety disorders are very treatable when properly recognised and managed. Years of psychological research has shown that short cognitive behavioural interventions will help anxious children cope better both socially and scholastically as well as avoid a possible lifetime of debilitating emotional distress.

The key themes of this workshop will include

  • Recognising behaviours suggestive of anxiety disorders, and differentiating anxiety from other problems with similar symptoms.
  • An overview of the most common anxiety disorders in childhood and early adolescence and the common factors that contribute to their development
  • The impact of anxiety on learning and development, peer relationships and family life
  • Tools to assist in assessment of childhood anxiety problems
  • Effective strategies for working with anxious children which have applicability across a range of professional contexts.  Particular attention will be paid to strategies for enhancing interventions based on the latest research on cognitive and exposure-based strategies.

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