Workshops for Parents

How to Support your Child when Anxiety Takes Over: A Workshop for Parents of Primary School-aged Children

This is a unique opportunity to attend the first day-long workshop facilitated by two Clinical Psychologists, Dr Julie Meehan & Dr Jane McEvoy who have over 35 combined years experience working in the area of clinical psychology with children and young people. In 2011 Julie and Jane developed a 6 week programme for parents of children who are anxious in the HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service where they both worked. Following from their direct experiences, observations and parental feedback from these programmes, they have taken the most effective strategies and approaches and developed a day-long offering so that parents can have the opportunity to engage in its benefits over the course of one day.

This workshop offers parents a mix of practical and mindful ways to explore how they can best support their children when anxiety takes over and begins to act as the driver of most of their experiences.  We will explore evidence-based approaches that have been shown to be effective in empowering parents to better understand anxiety in children and how best to support and be present with their children when they are experiencing anxiety and its associated difficulties. We will weave a mindfulness approach into each theme we explore.

Themes and evidence-based approaches we will explore will include:

  • A framework for how we can better understand anxiety and how it shows up in children

  • How knowing more about the dance between anxious feelings, thoughts and behaviours can help us to support our children

  • How best to work with Avoidance when it shows up for our children

  • Self-esteem and how best we can nourish this in our children

  • How we can support our children to approach common difficulties from a fresh, empowered place

  • Navigating big over-whelming emotions

  • Highly-Sensitive Children and Anxiety

  • Enlarging our ‘toolbox’ of strategies to best support our children and ourselves when anxiety takes over

Who is it for?

This group is for parents of primary school-aged children (4 to 13 years)*

Research shows that one of the most effective ways of alleviating the experience of anxiety in children is to support parents' empowerment in how they approach their children's experience of anxiety. 

It is for parents who are seeking a fresh and effective way to tap into their wisdom about how to support their children with this common and pervasive difficulty. 

*The content of the group is designed for parents of children who are considered to be ‘typically developing’. If your child has a diagnosis of an intellectual disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorder please note that while much of the content may be applicable to you and your child’s situation, there may be aspects to what we explore that may need to be adapted to best suit you and your child’s way of being.

Where: The Psychological Society of Ireland, Grantham House, Grantham St ( just off Camden St), Dublin 8, D08 W8HD

When: Sunday November 11th 2018, 10 am to 5 pm


******** Special Introductory Offer: First Day-Long Workshop with Dr Julie Meehan and Jane McEvoy, Clinical Psychologists********

100 euro ( plus booking fee)

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