Anxiety Disorders Course for High School Teachers: Managing Anxiety Disorders at School
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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.
On completion of the course, participants 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 will cover 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.
This course is approved by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) for teacher accreditation.
Completing this course will contribute 3 hours and 15 minutes of QTC Registered PD addressing 4.1.2 & 4.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
The 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
9780994214515 (Kindle e-book)
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
- Small class sizes
- Free, expert advice
- Student materials – yours to keep
- Certificate of completion