As a registered BACP child and adolescent counsellor and HCPC dramatherapist, I have been working clinically with children and young people in schools and mental health settings for over twenty five years. Offering workshops and talks on the two subjects of "Child and Teenage Anxiety" and "Body image in young people" has become an important professional development for me. This came about as I have been so struck in recent years by the need to address these subjects with ALL who are affected by them, ie: not only the children and young people themselves, but also their families, carers and teachers.

Workshops for pupils (normally in year groups).

Duration: 1 hour

These workshops are fun and participatory. They vary in content particularly with use of drama and art, depending on the age group. They involve a combination of psycho-education on the neuroscience of anxiety (eg age-appropriate info on fight/flight/freeze response; the limbic brain; what exactly is anxiety? Panic attacks; etc) and lots of practical exercises to manage it. We will discuss why we all experience anxiety from time to time and how this can be, potentially, a good thing, what happens in our bodies and minds when we are anxious, how it can become a problem and, importantly, what can be done about it when it has.

 

Workshops, talks and seminars for teachers

Duration: tailored depending on specific needs/demands.

These workshops for teachers are often bespoke depending on the needs depending on your staff needs and concerns. I offer teaching on the neuroscience of anxiety (including hand-outs) and much reflection on the many different ways in which an anxious child or young person may present in the classroom and what can be done to support him/her. Again, the sessions can be as dynamic and participatory as teachers want. Furthermore, staff may want to bring specific concerns they have about a certain child, in which we case we can reflect together as a group on these concerns whilst, of course, maintaining confidentiality.

 

Pastoral talks to parents in schools

Duration 1 hr 15 minutes

These pastoral talks are more formal in nature and are packed with lots of information. The first half of the talk involves teachings around the neuroscience of anxiety in young people, the importance of “setting” the nervous system in early years, he relevance of the limbic brain and the amygdala when reflecting on anxiety, the re-modelling phase of adolescence (particularly for secondary school parents) and more details on what actually happens in the body, mind and thoughts of a young person when they are experiencing anxiety and worrying regularly.

The second half of the talk involves teaching and reflection on what can be done to ease and reduce anxiety levels in young people. We will look at techniques to help a child when they are in crisis and experiencing chronic anxiety in all its manifestations.  It is, also, important to look at more preventative, long-term considerations.

There will then be time for questions.

Workshops for students (in year groups, Year 4 upwards)

Duration 1 hr

 

These workshops are fun and participatory and are modified according to the age group. Discussion, art, drama and film clips are all incorporated into the sessions to help provide a stimulating forum in which children and young people can express their thoughts and feelings around the pressures to conform to a certain body ideal. We also spend time looking at what can be done to counteract these pressures, so that young people can invest less in the appearance of their bodies whilst also evaluating the way they look in a more positive and neutral way.

 

Pastoral talks to parents in schools

Duration 1 hr 15 mins

These days, children and young people face many pressures to conform to a certain body stereotype.  This talk will look at some of those pressures and address the different ways in which parents can help alleviate them.  In this way, children can grow, reducing the amount of time they invest to achieve an unrealistic “Body ideal” and learn to evaluate their bodies in a much more positive and neutral light.

If you consider that any of the above may be of interest to your school, please do contact me using the contact page on the site. 

I would be delighted to chat to you and answer any questions you may have.  Also, please do have a look at the testimonials from these talks by clicking here.