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Managing Anxiety at Home and at School

Presented by Lynn Lyons, MSW, RSW

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – Wednesday, October 31, 2018  |  Calgary, ab

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird deadline has now been extended to 26/10/2018

Date & Location

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – Wednesday, October 31, 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Anxiety is a persistent master. When it moves in, it takes over daily routines, learning, recreation, and social connection. To make matters worse, the things adults (including many therapists and school systems) do to help anxious children can actually make the anxiety stronger. All these children put a palpable strain on frustrated, helpless parents and teachers.  And there is no escaping the problem:  one in every five kids suffer from a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

What we teach children about risk, danger, uncertainty, and problem-solving makes a huge difference in whether they go on to become anxious or depressed teens and adults. In this workshop, you will explore concrete and often counter-intuitive strategies that educate children and adults about anxiety and provide an “umbrella approach” that is applicable to all the anxiety disorders and OCD. This workshop will demonstrate HOW to interrupt anxiety’s cognitive patterns with simple, process-based strategies that offer an alternative to techniques that inadvertently support avoidance of anxious symptoms. Lynn will offer counsellors,teachers and parents proven strategies that help children push through anxiety, worry, fears and phobias so that they can move forward, learn and reach their full potential.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Workshop Agenda Day One 

9:00 am – 10:30 am – A Process-Based Approach to Anxiety

  • Three Critical Concepts
  • Patterns of Worried Families
  • Don’t Do the Disorder


10:45 am – 12:00 pm – How to Intervene: Using the Puzzle Pieces

  • Getting Out of the Anxiety Cult
  • The Importance of Frontloading
  • Cognitive Patterns: The GCP’s
  • Anxiety and Depression: Prevention and Connection

12:00 -1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 pm – How to Intervene: Using the Puzzle Pieces (Continued)

  • Experiential Learning and Homework


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Schools, Accommodations, and Parents

  • Creating Effective Behavioral Plans
  • Case Studies and Common Issues


Workshop Agenda Day Two

9:00 am – 10:30am – The Three Frames for Treatment and Prevention

  • Experience is Variable
  • The Value of Parts
  • Action Counts


10:45 am – 12:00 pm – The Challenge of Somatic Symptoms

12:00-1:15 – Lunch 

1:15 – 2:30 pm – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The Importance of Process

  • Myths and Current Research
  • Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis
  • Creating a Family Plan


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm – OCD (Continued)

  • Anxiety, ASD, OCD: A Tangled Web
  • More Ideas and Interventions: Ways to Teach the Skills
  • Current research on medications
  • Final Questions

Learning Objectives

  • Create three interventions for anxious children that increase the amount of time spent in the classroom
  • Illustrate the benefits of a process-based intervention versus a content-based intervention
  • List three common mistakes made by school staff, parents and outside providers that strengthen anxiety
  • Explain the pros and cons of relaxation and breathing skills when intervening with an anxious child
  • Explain the potential limits of focusing on symptom elimination when working with anxious & depressed children

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Lynn Lyons, MSW, RSW

Lynn Lyons, MSW, RSW, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about HOW anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. Lynn’s approach uses humor, playful connection, and a constant focus on DOING, an umbrella strategy she has taught to thousands of professionals and families.

Lynn is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions and has two DVD programs for parents and children.

 She maintains a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching. 



“As a mental health therapist and social worker, Lynn Lyons is the reason I attended. She was incredible. Beyond being a captivating presenter, I left with practical and tangible tools to integrate into my practice. More importantly, she changed my approach.”
– Lisa Greig | Saskatoon, SK | May 11, 2017


“Lynn is an excellent speaker and did a wonderful job of clarifying anxiety and worry. The way she personifies anxiety and worry makes so much sense, and I’m hopeful I can use this new lens in my classes and life.”
– Kerry Aiken | Saskatoon, SK | May 11, 2017


“Lynn Lyons is by far the best speaker I’ve ever seen/head on any topic related to mental health ever! Her info/materials are practical and useable immediately. Her research is exceptional, accurate + current. Her views + logic make complete sense for me both as an educator and a parent. She made me realized that I was doing everything wrong when dealing with students + my children with anxiety and it felt great. I feel prepared, happy + confident to help anxious students feel better about themselves, school and life.”
– Cary Gillman | Ontario, ON | May 4, 2017


“Lynn Lyons was amazing! She was very inspirational and funny! Very knowledgeable and millions of strategies/ideas to try.”
– Ontario, ON | May 4, 2017


“Lynn Lyons was an engaging and informative speaker – I loved listening to her speak! She made me really think about how I deal with my own anxiety and the anxiety in my students. She gave me new strategies to bring back to my classroom.”
– Alethea Doucet | Ontario, ON | May 4, 2017


Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.


Recommended Accommodation

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

October, 2018
November, 2018

Mondays to Thursdays for 1 or 2 Queen Beds: $124.00 + tax
Friday to Sunday for 1 or 2 Queen Beds: $99.00 + tax

Mondays to Thursdays for a Standard King Room: $134.00 + tax
Friday to Sunday for a Standard King Room: $109.00 + tax

To make a reservation, please call 1.877.769.2562 and refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate. Alternatively, please refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate code: ROYAL-JACK

*Please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $409 $429
Group 3-7 $389 $409
Group 8-14 $369 $389
Group 15+ $349 $369
Full-Time Student $349 $369

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Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: October 26, 2018
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Friday, October 26, 2018.

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