Upcoming Events

 

Beginning THIS THURSDAY:
Wellness Recovery Action Plan – a self-management program to help you get support, tips and advice for working toward emotional well-being. 
Thursdays Jan 18 – Mar 8
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Barre
Contact us for registration info!

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The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can
(and Should!) Be Teaching Our Children 
Thursday, Feb 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fayston School
Free

When children and teens are in the grips of worry and anxiety, adults often feel stuck as well. Parents, educators, and many therapists feel overwhelmed by the frequency and intensity of anxiety in the children they care about. They don’t know what to do and things that feel most loving and intuitive often make the problems worse. Untreated anxiety in children is one of the top predictors of depression in adolescence and young adulthood but research proves that teaching children cognitive and social skills can make a difference in preventing the development of these struggles.

Presentation by Lynn Lyons, licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist from Concord, NH, who has been in private practice for 28 years specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. 

Lyons will address strategies that work and ones that don’t, offering her perspective on managing and preventing anxiety from taking over children and their families. Such as:

  • What adults can do to both prevent anxiety from becoming so powerful and help children manage it when it does show up? 
  • What is the connection between anxiety and depression?
  • Why are breathing, relaxation, and distraction strategies sometimes ineffective?
  • What do we do when an anxious child is falling apart?
  • How can parents, schools, and outside providers work together more effectively? 

Parents, educators and all those who care about the growing number of children and teens dealing with anxiety are welcome to this free event sponsored by the Fayston PTO and Early Ed. Group, Spring Hill School, Waitsfield Children’s Center and Hannah’s House.  For more information call the Fayston School at 496-3636 or email Barbara@hannahshousevt.org