Centre for Continuing Education

Anxiety Disorders Course for High School Teachers: Managing Anxiety Disorders at School

Psychiatry. Encouraging a healthier community.

Developed and delivered by the Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney, and open to all health professionals for continuing professional development.


This training course on anxiety management is specifically designed for high school teachers and other school staff to improve their skills in identifying problematic anxiety, increase their understanding of the presentation of anxiety disorders at school and to introduce tested strategies used by other teachers to calm anxious children.

Health professionals who are interested in childhood anxiety disorders are also welcome to attend this course as are parents of children who are prone to anxiety.

Anxiety disorders in children

Anxiety at school is expected. However, anxiety disorders affect between 5% to 20% of children and are among the most prevalent psychiatric conditions in children today. Schools are uniquely placed to address common anxiety problems and to discuss referral to a health professional for anxiety symptoms with parents.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss the prevalence and burden of anxiety disorders in children
  • describe the symptoms of anxiety disorders in children
  • identify problematic childhood anxiety by using questions, behavioural observation and discussion with parents
  • develop behavioural and cognitive strategies that can be implemented by teachers in the classroom and playground
  • list resources in the community and online that can assist in the management of anxiety disorders.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Scope of the problem
  • Identifying anxiety disorders
  • Anxiety disorders presentation at school
  • Management of anxiety at school
  • Psychological treatment strategies
  • Referral plan

CPD Accreditation

The University of Sydney – Sydney School of Education and Social Work is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teacher.

Completing the Anxiety at School workshop, for either Primary or Secondary school teachers, will contribute 3 hours and 15 minutes of NESA registered PD addressing 4.1.2 & 4.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Recommended reading

The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety DisordersThe Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to the Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Anxiety Disorders
Editors: Philip Boyce, Anthony Harris, Juliette Drobny, Lisa Lampe, Vladan Starcevic, Richard Bryant
Publisher: The University of Sydney
Publication Date: 30 March 2015
9780994214508 (paperback)
9780994214515 (Kindle e-book)

Delivery style

During this 3.5-hour training, a wide range of teaching methods will be used, including didactic presentations, case vignettes, group discussions, and worksheets. Through hands-on learning activities, you will learn what signs indicate that anxiety has become disordered, a systematic way of thinking about a child’s anxiety symptoms, how to explore children’s anxious feelings, thinking and behaviour with them, and how to introduce simple social strategies that foster a sense of calm in students and teachers.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

What others say.

  • The information was good at the start and the second session was even better with more hands-on strategies.