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Understanding and treating anxiety in children and teens

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to help anxious children and adolescents become calmer and more confident – with family therapist and best-selling author Miriam Chachamu

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Understanding and treating anxiety in children and teens (Live Online Workshop)

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  • Date: Tues 4th October 2022

  • Length 1 day (9.15am - 4.00pm BST)

  • Tutor: Miriam Chachamu

  • CPD Certificate 6 hours

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  • Price: £145 £116 per person

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An excellent day - with practical tips that were immediately applicable

Karen Irwin, GP

Tutor: Miriam ChachamuLive Online – Join Miriam Chachamu on Tuesday 4th October 2022 for this live online workshop via Zoom. The information and skills you will learn are needed now more than ever and you will have plenty of time to ask questions.  Once you have booked your place, we will email you a receipt and send you the Zoom link the day before the event.
EXTRA BONUS – the training is recorded, in case anyone experiences technical difficulties on the day, so you will also get a recording for a limited time afterwards to maximise your learning.

Why take this course

This 1-day online workshop with Miriam Chachamu looks into the root causes of anxiety in children and adolescents, as well as the role families and schools can unwittingly play in exacerbating anxiety and fear, and practical steps we can take to help prevent it. You will leave with a richer understanding of what triggers anxiety in children and teens, why anxiety levels are rising, as well as a range of useful tips and tools to take away – this practical day includes demonstrations and practice sessions of tools for parents and professionals. (What you will learn)

More and more young people are finding life stressful and sometimes scary, and we, their therapists, teachers and parents, are not always sure how best to help them. Most anxious young people don’t believe us when we reassure them that everything will be fine. This can make us feel helpless too, unsure of what else we can do. Now with the coronavirus pandemic, treating anxiety in children and adolescents effectively has become even more urgent and relevant. How do we help the next generation become more resilient, less worried and more able to deal with life’s challenges?

Like all of us, children have emotional needs that have to be met well in order for them to thrive. They are also in the process of developing their resources to meet these needs, a crucial step for their current and future mental health. Bringing up the next generation is not easy – the world around us is becoming more complex, children do not always find their place in it and we are not always sure how to help. As unchecked anxiety can lead to more serious mental health problems, it’s key to help young people as early as possible.

Miriam was very inspiring – I loved her relaxed and informal approach in delivering a well researched, informative and indepth course

Christine Walker, Learning Support Assistant/Counsellor

What will you learn

  • Why some young people are more anxious than others
  • The differences between general anxiety and specific phobias
  • The hidden messages we might be giving young people that may be counter-productive
  • The role of media and social media
  • Practical relaxation skills for young people
  • Life-style contributors to increased anxiety
  • Adverse childhood events and their relationships with anxiety or phobias
  • How anxiety effects family relationships and what to do about it
  • How to deal with a child who has specific phobias
  • How to work collaboratively with young people to give them hope and foster resilience
  • The link between anxiety and learning difficulties, including for those on the autistic spectrum (ASD)
  • Keeping a good balance between empathy and boundaries
  • Helping with revision and exam stress
  • Specific communication skills to increase understanding and cooperation so that children and teenagers would want to engage with us
  • Easy and effective relaxation exercises for young people and how to teach them
  • What therapists need to know about structuring good interventions and about structuring each session
  • How to support parents so that they can support their children in creating positive changes
  • (also see programme)

Course Programme

The ‘Understanding and treating anxiety in children and teens’ live online course starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm. (BST).

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Teachers, social workers, therapists, and anyone else working with children and teenagers who would like to gain a better understanding of anxiety, stress and phobias
  • Parents and extended family members who have anxious children in their lives and would like to help them become calmer and more confident
  • Therapists who are interested in empowering parents to help their children overcome anxieties

Register your interest – next date

If you can’t make this course, please complete the form below and we’ll email you when another date becomes available.

Reviews for this course

4.4/5 (45 Reviews)
  1. Jude Harford, Paediatric Nurse

    Miriam is a wonderful presenter with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and it was a pleasure to listen to her impart her wonderful words of wisdom. I will definitely use some of the techniques discussed in my work with children. Thank you for a very insightful and practical study day.

  2. Lynne Tan, Coach/Mentor

    A brilliant course. Miriam brought her great wisdom and experience to unpack treating anxiety in children and teens.

  3. Pauline Ronan, Teacher

    This was highly informative from a very experienced and passionate practitioner. Miriam was incredibly natural and her stories and examples helped me further.

  4. Teacher

    This was an excellent course. Along with valuable information, the day was packed with practical suggestions, which can be put into practice quickly and easily. The course content was supported by excellent course notes, which will be very useful for review.

  5. Carolyn Irving, Assistant Headteacher

    I have only recently come across Human Givens approach and looked on your website for online courses. I’m so impressed with the courses you offer and for making them more accessible by offering online.
    I have never been on a course as inspirational as today’s by Miriam. I feel I have learnt so much, not just on a professional level but on a personal one too. I have a long existing phobia, that I have had since childhood and I have now gained a much better understanding of how it developed and why I still have it and how to treat it so thank you so much. Miriam is so knowledgeable and passionate about this subject and she kept my interest all day. A great number of courses give you the theoretical knowledge but not the practical application and this gave both. I feel I can take my new found knowledge into the classroom and within my own family and I feel confident to utilise the strategies I learnt today. I will be looking for more courses that Miriam delivers. Thank you so much for a wonderful course, everything makes sense now.

  6. Rich Emerson, Therapist

    Has already become very useful.

  7. Clinical Hypnotherapist

    Really informative and some great practical tips which I can start implementing in my practise straight away. Thank you.

  8. Magdalena Halapacz, Sports psychologist

    The workshop was very useful for me. It helped me to understand children’s anxieties within Human Givens context. The course notes will help me to review important points.

  9. Jane Gillett, Counsellor

    I found this course really informative and throughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to attending more HG courses in the future

  10. Tess Cooper, Clinical Hypnotherapist

    A well presented course with solid content and practical information which will inform my future practice. Course notes are useful and well written. Co-attendees were well qualified and interesting.

  11. Margaret Gibson, Counsellor

    Excellent course. Focus was mainly on younger children, would have liked more information relating to teenage children. Particularly dealing with ASD, eating disorders and depression in teenagers.

  12. Rhonda, Counsellor

    Really well structured and delivered.

  13. Emma Sheppard-Baker, Educational Psychologist

    This was informative and a helpful mix of input and discussion in small groups.

  14. Counsellor/End of Life Doula

    Very useful information and tools for working with anxiety in CYPs. Great for refreshing what I already knew and also learning new things. – Thank you.

  15. Alix Royer, HG therapist, coach, counselor

    As good as an online course can be! Miriam is so knowledgeable, AND just a very good teacher, striking an effective balance in involving the audience and moving on with the content.
    Great coverage of the topic, although the specific HG part is relatively small. Nice to watch a few clips from other sources that complement ‘our’ approach.
    Great handout. Very well supported by Arlene!

  16. Mental Health Support Worker

    This was an excellent course. The online delivery was excellent.

  17. Grahame Brown, Medical

    Another well presented workshop by the HG College expertly assisted by Arlene. Miriam was an excellent tutor for the day. I learnt much.

  18. Michelle Hague, Clinical and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist

    An excellent day spent learning, refreshing and exploring the challenges of working with children and teens with anxiety.

  19. Joanne Glover, Person Centred Counsellor

    I found the day really informative and gained some new knowledge and skills. Miriam’s delivery was great and the participation of others within the groups was also very helpful.

  20. Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

    This was helpful in reminding me of working with anxiety. I did not feel I learnt anything new.

  21. Anne Williams, Hypnotherapist

    It was helpful to go through familiar concepts – HG, APET, RIGAAR – as applied to working with children and teens. The course included a lot of practical approaches and techniques to use in therapy and signposting to other resources, which will be invaluable. It was useful to consider how to involve parents in the therapeutic process.

  22. Music teacher & coach

    This was really informative with lots of information that I can apply to my work. Many thanks.

  23. Teacher

    I would highly recommend this course. All the information was useful and insightful. Practical questions and answers. I appreciated than we were invited to work in groups but by choice.

  24. Anna Fletcher, Early years teacher

    I found Miriam to be a very warm and knowledgeable lead for the day. The information was very practical and easy to follow. The structure of the day worked – it was good to have a couple of break out sessions to personalise communication a little. Many thanks all!

  25. Hypnotherapist

    Very good breadth of knowledge without getting bogged down, and some lovely new tools to add to my toolkit.

  26. Jason Davenhill, Performance coach and flying instructor

    Miriam has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with children and her caring approach shines through.

  27. Health Visitor

    Fantastic course! Miriam was engaging and highly knowledgeable. It really opened my eyes to the importance of early intervention.

  28. Lynne Burke, Charity leader and HG psychotherapist

    For any therapist wanting to work effectively with children and any parent who wants to help their own child I would recommend this course. It is packed full with practical suggestions and Miriam is happy to take and answer questions along the way. It really is an excellent training session, I left feeling confident and inspired.

  29. Art Psychotherapist & Human Givens Practitioner

    The content was good, and I appreciated that it was mirrored in the course notes; some HG courses don’t do this – I need the notes to cover everything for revision later on! I like that the material was separated into sections and sub-headers, making it easier to find in the notes later on. Miriam is a warm presenter and clearly has extensive experience in what she teaches.

  30. Tom Lawrence, Psychotherapist

    The depth and breadth of Miriam’s experience. Impressive. I would recommend this course.

  31. Angela Brown, Hypnotherapist

    Very informative helping younger children. Some great analogies which could immediately be put to use in my practice. Miriam is a great presenter – I was sorry I couldn’t be on the online session to ask some questions pertinent to my clients (older teens) but was unable to do so as taking daughter to university. Thank you

  32. Counsellor/HG therapist

    Comprehensive and relevant content, very well delivered and by the end of the day I’d picked up some really helpful tips and good advice. I feel very much more confident about working with children and young people.

  33. Dolina Munro

    Miriam hosted a nicely timed and varied CPD session which offered a good balance of discussion, ideas and personal experience. I now have a few more ideas to add to my therapy tool box and a better understanding of how to work therapeutically with children and teens.

  34. Evelyne L. Thomas, Human Givens Practitioner

    A very interesting course which is open to parents and therapists alike. The Human Givens approach can be adapted to working with children and teenagers and I feel more confident to accept working with them and help them with anxiety.

  35. Christine Walker, Learning Support Assistant/Counsellor

    I found Miriam very inspiring and I loved her relaxed and informal approach in delivering a well researched, informative and in depth course on understanding and treating anxiety in children and teens. It has enhanced my skills and knowledge and I am looking forward to implementing what I have learnt in my work with young people.

  36. Karen Irwin, GP

    Excellent day discussing the management of anxiety in children with practical tips that were immediately applicable in practice.

  37. Teaching Assistant

    An inspiring course with creative ideas to help reduce anxiety in young children. I highly recommend this course to anyone working with children. It was enjoyable and useful. I will definitely be using the techniques in a primary school.

  38. Jacqueline Seymour, Early Years Childhood Professional

    This was the first online workshop I have attended with Human Givens on my Diploma Route. I only signed up the day before as finances are tight at present and the discounted price encouraged me to try it. I enjoyed the course – the course content and extra video clips, and extra discussions etc was really helpful. Miriam was extremely professional, courteous and knowledgeable in the course presentation and I would be keen to book another of her courses.

  39. Simone McConnel, Counsellor

    I would highly recommend this course to family and professionals. I felt for families it gave a clear non jargon understanding of anxiety in children and teens. As a professional it opened my awareness to a health and structural alternative way to practice.
    Miriam often invites participants to ask questions and her answers are clear, this supports clarity of course contents. Miriam was also encouraging to participants to share personal and professional experiences, I found this felt safe.
    Comfort breaks and lunch were scheduled well and I particularly liked the option for relaxed chat during this time.
    Miriam and Arlene worked well together to deliver a good online course. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for a very good day.

  40. Office administrative

    I really enjoyed the course, found it more geared up for practitioners as it was more to help children that were seeking/willing for help.

  41. HG practitioner and mindfulness teacher

    Miriam’s knowledge and experience of working with children shines through on this useful course.

  42. Retired Community Paediatrician & registered Member of HGI

    Miriam’s course covered all aspects of Anxiety in children and for me was a good revision course. I learnt some new aspects and was reminded how to approach working with the children and their parents. The information was clear and went well with the slides. Overall an informative and enjoyable course.

  43. Counsellor

    An excellent course for anyone who works with children and teenagers who are experiencing anxiety in their lives. Useful practical strategies to aid working with this age group.

  44. Company Director

    Both theory and practical help covered in this course in working with children and young people suffering anxiety. Notes and resources from the course very thorough.

  45. Anna Ritchie, Hypnotherapist

    The course was very well constructed and organised as I have found with all the HG courses I have attended. Miriam was very clear and concise and I have started trying out some of the techniques on my son who suffers from anxiety. Thanks for a great day.

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