Managing Elementary School Avoidance and Other Anxiety Challenges: Plans for Helping Younger Students (and Their Parents)

Schools continue to struggle with high rates of anxiety and in particular school avoidance, which has increased since the pandemic. This training will provide concrete strategies to use in and out of the elementary school classroom. (MS/HS program coming soon!) How do we create effective plans that don't "do the disorder"? Is possible to work better with parents? Can we develop an "umbrella approach" to handling anxiety and worry in classrooms and schools? If you are a clinician, how can you work with schools and parents to foster consistency and skill-building?
You'll learn:
• The four big
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• Why many plans for school avoiders aren't actually plans to address the anxiey
• How to address the physical symptoms that keep kids out of the classroom
• How to teach the attitudinal shift that guides every step toward better attendance
• How to create your own resources to communicate with parents and teach prevention

Whether you've been to trainings with Lynn before or are new to her approach, this program will ADD skills that both address existing anxiety patterns and prevent them from taking hold. (Attendance numbers will be limited to allow for optimal learning.) Less...

Learning Objectives

  • Describe four traps that increase the likelihood of school avoidance.
  • Explain to students and families how avoidance creates anxiety.
  • Use front loading with students and parents as a key part of the school attendance plan.
  • Communicate effectively with outside providers and parents about the plan for increased attendance.
  • Create resources for the classroom that promote a process based approach to anxiety.
  • Create lessons that promote emotional management skills to elementary students.

Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for school and behavioral health personnel, including educators, counselors, school nurses, administrators, OTs, and mental health professionals in clinical practice, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and MFT's.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Saint Anselm College, Melucci Theater, Roger & Francine Jean Student Center
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH, 03102

08:15 AM EDT - 02:30 PM EDT

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Agenda

Agenda

8:15 to 9:30: School Refusal and Anxiety: what's happening and where do we go wrong?

    The Four Traps

        • The "this is different trap" (content)

        • The "this is an emergency trap" (overreacting while under-informed)

        • The "triggers and elimination trap" 

        • The "communication with parents" trap


9:30 to 10:15: The Key Components to a Plan

    Addressing physical symptoms: do's and don'ts and getting concrete with skills

    Changing the relationship to worry: the attitudinal shift most people miss

    Frontloading FIRST

   

10:15 to 10:30 BREAK


10:30 to 12:00: The Key Components to a Plan (cont) 

    Behavioral Activation: doing versus avoiding

    Accommodations? Sometimes...and let's call them something else!

    Working with Parents: a team approach and how it falls apart

    Examples and Practice


12:00 to 1:00 LUNCH on your own


1:00 to 2:30 Creating Your Resources, Delivering the Message

    Spread the umbrella message: what's your approach/philosophy?

    Communication with outside providers/parents/schools: letters, videos, handouts, podcasts

    Lessons to teach in the classroom

    How to share this info: you are in the prevention business




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