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This day will provide a rare opportunity for all those who care for and educate children, youth and families in Mission, BC, to come together and learn how to support young people with anxiety. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Kirsten Buhr, will provide an understanding of where anxiety comes from and how to address it, with particular focus on the school setting. Our endnote performance by Dallas Yellowfly of 3 Crows Productions will touch our hearts as well as our minds as we gain understanding about the impact of residential schools and intergenterational trauma. Our morning and afternoon of workshop choices will give participants the chance to explore specific topics pertinent to supporting children and youth with anxiety in more depth.
Participants choose 1 of the a possible 3 workshops in the morning, and in the afternoon, upon registering. The day's schedule is as follows:
8:30-9:00 Registration and settling in
9:00-9:15 Opening and Acknowledgement of traditional territory
9:15-10:45 Dr. Kirstin Burh: Anxiety in Children and Youth
11:00-11:45 Choice of:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Yanez Koenig: A discussion on self-harm and the reasons behind it, and an overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques, including Mindfulness.
- Anxiety and the Brain: Dan Thiessen: This workshop will focus on the connection between stress, worry and anxiety and how to create a calm friendly space for children and youth to face their fears rather than avoid them.
- Creating a Sense of Safety for Aboriginal Students: Susan O’Soup/Judy Cathers: This workshop looks at anxiety and developing self-regulation for students in the classroom, with a focus on Aboriginal Ways of Knowing that address stress and anxiety, and practical suggestions for educators.
11:45-12:45 Lunch Break (lunch is provided).
Various community organizations and resources will have tables set up in the cafeteria so that participants can learn about programs and services offered in Mission, and connect with the people that host them.
12:45-1:30 Choice of:
- David Burns techniques: Lea Francis/Cyndi McLaughlin: Participants will learn practical and effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help young people with anxiety.
- Social Media and Anxiety: Kelly Lawler: Particpants will learn how social media contributes to anxiety for children and youth, and what they can do to help.
- Expressive therapies: Maple Crozier: This workshop suggests ways that various expressive therapy techniques can help reduce anxiety in children’s lives. Therapies such as art, music, horticulture, adventure, and play will be discussed. Some hands-on, interactive techniques will be shared.
- The Benefits of Exercise for Anxiety: Pacific Sport. Participants will learn how exercise can benefit anxious children and youth and ways to use exercise to calm anxiety.
1:45-2:30 Dallas Yellowfly: The Legacy of Residential Schools