Helping anxious students: evidence-based strategies to support children and adolescents to thrive
Within every classroom in New Zealand, there is a group of students who have (or will) experience problematic levels of anxiety. Difficulties with managing anxiety or stress is one of the most common reasons children and families require professional mental health support. Anxiety can impact detrimentally on learning, peer relationships, and physical health.
Reassuringly, there are skills and strategies that teachers can develop to build resilience and coping skills in students. Fostering students’ ability to support themselves and others during times of stress is a feature of the New Zealand Curriculum, and enables students to learn and relate to others to the best of their ability.
This lively day is filled with practical strategies and real-world examples and will be of interest to teachers, school guidance counsellors, and professionals working with young people in health, social services, and education.
Dr Melanie Woodfield has been a Clinical Psychologist since 2004, and is based at the Kari Centre, a child and adolescent mental health service in central Auckland, where she is a practice supervisor for psychology. Currently on a Health Research Council sabbatical, Melanie is researching aspects of evidence-based parenting interventions. She lectures regularly at AUT and the University of Auckland, and provides professional supervision to a number of clinicians. She also writes frequently for OH baby! magazine and other publications, and has been actively involved in providing content for high profile youth-oriented websites such as www.thelowdown.co.nz.