• I am very grateful for the insight and practical ideas. The human brain fascinates me so I appreciated making links between neuroscience, attachment, and trauma-informed practice, I found the ‘What does this mean in practice’ parts very helpful, translating knowledge into practical application.

    – New Zealand

  • In my 30+ years of attending PD workshops I’ve only ever been to 2 that were better. One was a 2 day workshop with Professor Bruce Perry. The other was Bessel Van der Kolk. Added to that, a home grown Aussie accent and humour and Karen’s ability to link theory to creative, practical ideas for practice made it (Neurodevelopment) an exceptional workshop – very worth the hours of travelling to get there.

    Counsellor – Australia

  • Great seminar. Really useful as a teacher to cover parent/ teacher/ student responses and prompt questions. Really helpful to hear explicit strategies to assist in the classroom and hear real examples and how to apply them.

    Teacher
    – Australia

  • Great seminar! Karen hits the nail on the head on anxiety in all areas – young people, but also myself and understanding it and how I can deal with it personally, as a CEC at high school, and as a parent.

    CEC (High School), Parent
    – Cairns

  • Karen is an effortless and passionate presenter – a world of knowledge on this topic. Felt this [Anxiety in the Classroom] was a great add on to previously attended workshop ‘Hey Warrior!’

    Psychologist
    – Townsville

  • I found her amazing. I found it relatable and accessible. There were lots of good practical strategies and I acquired a much deeper understanding. It gave me tools, tips and hope.

    Teacher/Counsellor
    -Perth, Australia

  • Great session! So much information and knowledge. I could listen to Karen all day.

    Counsellor
    – Perth, Australia

  • I can’t put into words how helpful this seminar has been for me, personally as well as professionally.

    Counsellor
    – Central Coast, Australia

  • Great! I love the deep and wise understanding of what can be an elusive concept, and then Karen’s ability to make that understanding ‘come alive’ with her storytelling. I appreciate the tangible sense of deep understanding and care for children with practical, loving help – also extended to their parents. Warm, authentic, wise, and practical.

    Guidance Officer
    Brisbane, Australia

  • One of the best trainings I have attended. Nice to have a seminar whose facilitator is real, down-to-earth, and doesn’t use a lot of jargon. Fabulous to have had Karen as a presenter, lots of knowledge and brilliant to listen to! Thoroughly useful training to continue using with families. Lots of tools and ideas.

    Social Worker
    – New Zealand

  • The seminar was one of the best I have attended. Karen presents in an easy to understand and engaging manner. Her use of anecdotes made the day interesting and practical. She is one of the best presenters I have had the privilege of listening to.

    Art Therapist
    – Brisbane, Australia

  • Awesome presentation! Great break down of anxiety. I liked how there were lots of practical ideas and separation between working with parents and children. I feel much more equipped to work with children and families with anxiety.

    Occupational Therapist
    – Melbourne, Australia


Upcoming Events

Neurodevelopmental Theory to Practice (Australia)

Recent developments in neuroscience have expanded our capacity to be more effective in all areas of practice in child development. We now have remarkable insight into what the growing brain needs to thrive from infancy through adolescence and beyond. Drawing on neuroscientific insights, we can ‘neuro-nurture’ the developing child and dramatically influence the growth and development of the young brain to provide the foundations for a happy, successful life. As the need for neuroscientific knowledge amongst practitioners increases, its convergence with key approaches to attachment, trauma, and learning have seen watershed changes in how we understand and support optimal development, behaviour and social-emotional wellbeing. This opens the way for us to take a more compassionate, targeted and effective response when working with children and adolescents in any capacity. This dynamic workshop will translate neuroscience into powerful insights and practical strategies to support the holistic development of children and adolescents. 

Monday 20 February 2023, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Best Western Plus, North Lakes, Qld, Aus
LIMITED SEATS Register Now
Wednesday 22 February 2023, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
ANZAC House, Perth, WA, Aus
Monday 27 February 2023, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
Friday 03 March 2023, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Geelong, Geelong, Vic, Aus
Friday 17 March 2023, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Novotel, Cairns, Qld, Aus

A Developing Brain

Designed specifically for early childhood settings, this workshop explores the recent developments in neuroscience that have given us remarkable insight into the conditions and experiences that can dramatically influence the growth and development of all young children in positive and enduring ways. Early childhood is a particularly critical time for the developing brain, and the early childhood environment is rich with the necessary experiences and relationships to support children in their development, behaviour, learning, and social and emotional well-being. The relationships and experiences children are exposed to in their earliest years, will influence the neural foundations upon which their growth and development is built. This dynamic workshop will explore these conditions, and ways early childhood professionals can translate this knowledge into practice to nurture the holistic development of all children. 

(This program has been approved by the Department of Education and Training Victoria for the School Readiness Funding Menu)

Wednesday 15 February 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Launceston Conference Centre, Launceston, Tas, Aus
Tuesday 28 February 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Vic, Aus
Wednesday 01 March 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Atura Hotel Dandenong, Doveton, Vic, Aus
Thursday 02 March 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Leopold Library, Leopold, Vic, Aus
Monday 05 June 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Commercial Club, Albury, NSW, Aus
Tuesday 06 June 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
The Carrington, Shepparton, Vic, Aus
Thursday 08 June 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Lakeside Hotel, Bendigo, Vic, Aus
Monday 31 July 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Mantra Traralgon, Traralgon, Vic
Tuesday 01 August 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Frankston RSL, Frankston
Wednesday 02 August 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
The Vibe Hotel, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
Thursday 03 August 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Ballarat Golf Club, Ballarat, Vic, Aus
Thursday 24 August 2023, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
The Vibe Hotel, Melbourne, Vic, Aus

Hey Little Warrior – An Evening Seminar for Early Childhood Professionals (New Zealand)

Designed specifically for early childhood settings, this workshop is based on ‘Hey Warrior’ and Hey ‘Awesome’, the best-selling, highly-acclaimed children’s books which turn anxiety into an ally, and explore and explain anxiety through a neuroscientific, child-friendly lens. The workshop will provide early childhood educators with the practical strategies and information to support a class-based approach towards strengthening all children against anxiety, expanding their capacity for brave behaviour, and understanding more about the brain. Upon completion of the workshop, early childhood educators will have the information and practical tools to work with children on a group or individual level to strengthen them against anxiety, build their capacity to calm big feelings (including anxiety and anger) and move towards brave behaviour.

Wednesday 30 August 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington, NZ

Overcoming Anxiety – Helping Children & Adolescents Find Their Brave (New Zealand)

Anxiety is the most common child and adolescent mental health concern. Anxiety is a very normal human response, but for as many as 1 in 5 young people in New Zealand the symptoms become so intrusive so as to interfere with day to day living. The effects can ripple from children, to their families, to the classroom, and into friendships. Anxiety can potentially undermine the way children see themselves, the world and their important place in it – but it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right support, children can be empowered with the skills and knowledge to manage anxiety and move forward with courage and resilience. 
This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise and respond to anxiety in children and adolescents. It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from, why they exist and offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context. It will also explore how to work with parents and carers in ways that strip shame and guilt, and unlock their capacity to move their children through anxiety and towards brave behaviour.

Tuesday 21 March 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Rydges Latimer, Christchurch
Thursday 23 March 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Dunedin Centre, Dunedin, NZ
Monday 21 August 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Waipuna Hotel, Auckland, NZ
Tuesday 22 August 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Distinction Hotel, Rotorua, NZ
Thursday 24 August 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Napier Conference Centre, Napier, NZ
Friday 25 August 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North
Monday 28 August 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Plymouth International, New Plymouth, NZ
Wednesday 30 August 2023, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington, NZ

Hey Warrior (Australia)

For as many as one in five young lives, anxiety is an intrusive part of everyday life, with the effects often stealing into families, classrooms and friendships. Anxiety can potentially undermine the way children see themselves, the world and their important place in it – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Anxiety is very manageable when it is recognised and responded to. This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise anxiety in children and adolescents (5 – 18yrs). It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from and why they exist, and offer a range of practical, powerful, research-driven interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context.

Thursday 23 February 2023, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
ANZAC House, Perth, WA, Australia
Monday 13 March 2023, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Oaks Toowoomba Hotel, Toowoomba, Qld
Monday 23 October 2023, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Hey Little Warrior

Designed specifically for early childhood settings, this workshop is based on ‘Hey Warrior’ and Hey ‘Awesome’, the best-selling, highly-acclaimed children’s books which turn anxiety into an ally, and explore and explain anxiety through a neuroscientific, child-friendly lens. The workshop will provide early childhood educators with the practical strategies and information to support a class-based approach towards strengthening all children against anxiety, expanding their capacity for brave behaviour, and understanding more about the brain. Upon completion of the workshop, early childhood educators will have the information and practical tools to work with children on a group or individual level to strengthen them against anxiety, build their capacity to calm big feelings (including anxiety and anger) and move towards brave behaviour.

(This program has been approved by the Department of Education and Training Victoria for the School Readiness Funding Menu)

Wednesday 15 February 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Launceston Conference Centre, Launceston, Tas, Aus
Tuesday 28 February 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Vibe Hotel, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
SOLD OUT Register Now
Wednesday 01 March 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Atura Hotel Dandenong, Doveton, Vic, Aus
Thursday 02 March 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Leopold Library, Leopold, Vic, Aus
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Monday 05 June 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Commercial Club, Albury, NSW, Aus
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Tuesday 06 June 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
The Carrington, Shepparton, Vic, Aus
LIMITED SEATS Register Now
Thursday 08 June 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Lakeside Hotel, Bendigo, Vic, Aus
Monday 31 July 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Mantra, Traralgon, Vic, Aus
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Tuesday 01 August 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Frankston RSL, Frankston, Vic, Aus
Wednesday 02 August 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Vibe Hotel, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
Thursday 03 August 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Ballarat Golf Club, Ballarat, Vic, Aus
Tuesday 24 October 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Vibe Hotel, Melbourne, Vic, Aus

Previous Events

Hey Little Warrior

Designed specifically for early childhood settings, this workshop is based on ‘Hey Warrior’ and Hey ‘Awesome’, the best-selling, highly-acclaimed children’s books which turn anxiety into an ally, and explore and explain anxiety through a neuroscientific, child-friendly lens. The workshop will provide early childhood educators with the practical strategies and information to support a class-based approach towards strengthening all children against anxiety, expanding their capacity for brave behaviour, and understanding more about the brain. Upon completion of the workshop, early childhood educators will have the information and practical tools to work with children on a group or individual level to strengthen them against anxiety, build their capacity to calm big feelings (including anxiety and anger) and move towards brave behaviour.

(This program has been approved by the Department of Education and Training Victoria for the School Readiness Funding Menu)

Tuesday 15 February 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Atura Hotel Dandenong, Doveton, Vic, Aus
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Wednesday 16 February 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
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Thursday 17 February 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Leopold Library, Leopold, Vic, Aus
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Monday 23 May 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Commercial Club, Albury, NSW, Aus
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Tuesday 24 May 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
The Carrington, Shepparton, Vic, Aus
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Wednesday 25 May 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Lakeside Hotel, Bendigo, Vic, Aus
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Monday 08 August 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Leopold Library, Leopold, Vic, Aus
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Tuesday 09 August 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Ballarat Golf Club, Ballarat, Vic, Aus
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Wednesday 10 August 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
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Thursday 11 August 2022, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
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Hey Warrior (Australia)

For as many as one in five young lives, anxiety is an intrusive part of everyday life, with the effects often stealing into families, classrooms and friendships. Anxiety can potentially undermine the way children see themselves, the world and their important place in it – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Anxiety is very manageable when it is recognised and responded to. This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise anxiety in children and adolescents (5 – 18yrs). It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from and why they exist, and offer a range of practical, powerful, research-driven interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context.

Friday 21 August 2020, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
The Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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Thursday 03 September 2020, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Esplanade Resort, Cairns, Qld, Australia
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Monday 14 September 2020, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
The Function, Glenelg, SA, Australia
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Friday 06 November 2020, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Mantra Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia
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Friday 13 November 2020, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Gosford RSL Club, West Gosford, NSW, Australia
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Monday 15 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Liverpool Catholic Club, Prestons, NSW, Australia
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Tuesday 16 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
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Wednesday 17 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Thursday 18 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Best Western Hobart, Hobart, Tas, Australia
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Friday 19 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Launceston Conference Centre, 50 Glen Dhu Street, South Launceston, Tas, Australia
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Tuesday 09 March 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Mantra Parramatta, Cnr Parkes St and Valentine Ave, Parramatta, NSW, Aus
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Thursday 11 March 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
ANZAC HOUSE, Perth, WA, Australia
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Friday 23 April 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Commercial Club, Albury, NSW, Australia
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Monday 03 May 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Monday 13 September 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap and Myers Streets, Geelong, Vic, Aus
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Wednesday 09 February 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Wollongong City Diggers, 82 Church Street, Wollongong, NSW, Aus
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Monday 14 February 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Friday 18 February 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges, Geelong, Vic, Australia
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Wednesday 23 February 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Sydney Central, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
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Monday 28 February 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Esplanade Resort, Cairns, Qld, Australia
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Friday 04 March 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Best Western Plus North Lakes Hotel, North Lakes, Qld, Australia
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Tuesday 15 March 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
ANZAC House, Perth, WA, Australia
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Friday 13 May 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Darwin, Darwin, NT, Aus
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Friday 20 May 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Esplanade Resort, Cairns, Qld, Aus
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Thursday 02 June 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Souths Leagues Club, Mackay, Qld, Australia
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Friday 03 June 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Southbank Townsville, Townsville, Qld, Australia
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Thursday 16 June 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
The Glen Hotel, Brisbane, Qld, Aus
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Overcoming Anxiety – Helping Children & Adolescents Find Their Brave (New Zealand)

Anxiety is the most common child and adolescent mental health concern. Anxiety is a very normal human response, but for as many as 1 in 5 young people in New Zealand the symptoms become so intrusive so as to interfere with day to day living. The effects can ripple from children, to their families, to the classroom, and into friendships. Anxiety can potentially undermine the way children see themselves, the world and their important place in it – but it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right support, children can be empowered with the skills and knowledge to manage anxiety and move forward with courage and resilience. 
This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise and respond to anxiety in children and adolescents. It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from, why they exist and offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context. It will also explore how to work with parents and carers in ways that strip shame and guilt, and unlock their capacity to move their children through anxiety and towards brave behaviour.

Tuesday 26 November 2019, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Invercargill
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Wednesday 27 November 2019, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Dunedin
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Thursday 28 November 2019, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Christchurch
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Friday 29 November 2019, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Nelson
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Wednesday 02 June 2021, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington NZ
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A Developing Brain

Designed specifically for early childhood settings, this workshop explores the recent developments in neuroscience that have given us remarkable insight into the conditions and experiences that can dramatically influence the growth and development of all young children in positive and enduring ways. Early childhood is a particularly critical time for the developing brain, and the early childhood environment is rich with the necessary experiences and relationships to support children in their development, behaviour, learning, and social and emotional well-being. The relationships and experiences children are exposed to in their earliest years, will influence the neural foundations upon which their growth and development is built. This dynamic workshop will explore these conditions, and ways early childhood professionals can translate this knowledge into practice to nurture the holistic development of all children. 

(This program has been approved by the Department of Education and Training Victoria for the School Readiness Funding Menu)

Tuesday 15 February 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
tura Hotel Dandenong, Doveton, Vic, Aus
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Wednesday 16 February 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
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Thursday 17 February 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Leopold Library, Leopold, Vic, Aus
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Monday 23 May 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
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Tuesday 24 May 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
The Carrington, Shepparton, Vic, Aus
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Wednesday 25 May 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Lakeside Hotel, Bendigo, VIC,
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Monday 08 August 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Leopold Library, Leopold, Vic, Aus
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Tuesday 09 August 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Ballarat Golf Club, Ballarat, VIC,
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Wednesday 10 August 2022, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
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Thursday 11 August 2022, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
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Neurodevelopmental Theory to Practice (Australia)

Recent developments in neuroscience have expanded our capacity to be more effective in all areas of practice in child development. We now have remarkable insight into what the growing brain needs to thrive from infancy through adolescence and beyond. Drawing on neuroscientific insights, we can ‘neuro-nurture’ the developing child and dramatically influence the growth and development of the young brain to provide the foundations for a happy, successful life. As the need for neuroscientific knowledge amongst practitioners increases, its convergence with key approaches to attachment, trauma, and learning have seen watershed changes in how we understand and support optimal development, behaviour and social-emotional wellbeing. This opens the way for us to take a more compassionate, targeted and effective response when working with children and adolescents in any capacity. This dynamic workshop will translate neuroscience into powerful insights and practical strategies to support the holistic development of children and adolescents. 

Monday 22 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Esplanade Resort, Cairns, Qld, Australia
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Tuesday 23 February 2021, 12:00 am-4:00 pm
Mecure Townsville, Townsville, Qld, Australia
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Wednesday 24 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Souths Leagues Club, Mackay, Qld, Australia
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Thursday 25 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rockhampton Leagues Club, Qld, Australia
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Friday 26 February 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Northlakes Hotel, Northlakes, Qld, Australia
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Wednesday 17 March 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
City Golf Club, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia
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Friday 19 March 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
The Glen Hotel, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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Monday 19 April 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Kingscliff, NSW, Aus
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Monday 07 June 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
The Function, Glenelg, SA, Australia
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Tuesday 31 August 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
ANZAC House, Perth, WA, Aus
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Wednesday 15 September 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Hobart, Hobart, Tas, Aus
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Thursday 16 September 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Launceston Conference Centre, Launceston, Tas, Aus
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Tuesday 26 October 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Tuesday 16 November 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Skye Suites Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Wednesday 17 November 2021, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills, NSW, Aus
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Thursday 10 February 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Skye Suites Parramatta, Parramatta, NSW, Aus
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Friday 11 February 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Rydges Sydney Central, Surry Hills, NSW, Aus
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Tuesday 22 February 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Fort Scratchley Function Centre, Newcastle East, NSW, Australia
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Wednesday 16 March 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
ANZAC House, Perth, WA, Aus
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Monday 21 March 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Thursday 07 April 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Vibe Hotel, Hobart, Tas, Aus
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Friday 08 April 2022, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Launceston Conference Centre, Launceston, Tas, Aus
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Neuro-Nurture (New Zealand)

Recent developments in neuroscience have expanded our capacity to be more effective in all areas of practice in child development. We now have remarkable insight into what the growing brain needs to thrive from infancy through adolescence and beyond. Drawing on neuroscientific insights, we can ‘neuro-nurture’ the developing child and dramatically influence the growth and development of the young brain to provide the foundations for a happy, successful life. As the need for neuroscientific knowledge amongst practitioners increases, its convergence with key approaches to attachment, trauma, and learning have seen watershed changes in how we understand and support optimal development, behaviour and social-emotional wellbeing. This opens the way for us to take a more compassionate, targeted and effective response when working with children and adolescents in any capacity. This dynamic workshop will translate neuroscience into powerful insights and practical strategies to support the holistic development of children and adolescents. 

Tuesday 21 September 2021, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Alexandra Park, Auckland, NZ (Interactive Livestream)
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Thursday 23 September 2021, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Plymouth International, New Plymouth, NZ (Interactive Livestream)
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Monday 29 November 2021, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
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Wednesday 01 December 2021, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Riccarton Park Function Centre, Christchurch
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Friday 03 December 2021, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Dunedin Centre, Dunedin
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Thursday 18 August 2022, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Prefab Hall, Wellington
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Friday 19 August 2022, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North
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Monday 22 August 2022, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton
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Wednesday 24 August 2022, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
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Friday 26 August 2022, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands
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Building Courage and Resilience in Children

Courage and resilience are vital qualities that help children adapt in the face of adversity and challenge, with their hearts, minds, and spirits intact. Both courage and resilience are qualities that can be cultivated in any child, and parents are in the perfect position to do this. This transformational session will explore how you can help build courage and resilience in your child.

Monday 18 October 2021, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Bond University (Building 6, Level 3, Theatre 2), Gold Coast, Qld, Australia
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Thriving in a Stressful World: Practical Ways to Help Ourselves and Our Children Feel Secure and Calm

As we emerge from the pandemic, stressors are heightened, and anxiety is an ever more common experience. We know from research that stress is “contagious” between adults and kids; therefore addressing the impacts of stress on ourselves is intertwined with our capacity to support the young people in our care. How can we help ourselves and our children to develop a foundation of security and calmness to prevail through the effects of this storm? 

I’ll be joining with Dr Marc Brackett and Dr Farah Shroff, as we explore the role of emotion regulation and the function of anxiety in our lives. Participants will learn ways to help express and regulate their own, and their children’s, emotions, even when our world may feel a little scary and stressful. Panelists will also share practical and holistic strategies that can be most effective in fostering well-being for both ourselves and children. 

In this webinar which will be hosted by The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, you will have the opportunity to glean creative, evidence-informed takeaways to help you and the children in your care build resilience and foster a sense of security and calmness. Join us for this 1 ½ hour session, including a dynamic Q&A period.

Thursday 14 October 2021, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Online (Dates and times are PST times)
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Building Relationships That Protect and Heal

The SCCR Online Conference 2021 is a wonderful initiative which will be exploring ’The Power of Reconnection’. More than ever, relationships matter. They heal, provide a buffer against stress, and make the world feel a little softer and safer for our young people. Building meaningful connections can take time, and even the strongest relationships can feel the effects of disconnection from time to time. As part of this free webinar, we will explore the power of attachment relationships, and ways to build relationships the the children and teens in your life that protect, strengthen, and heal. 

The conference will be at:

AEST time: 11 October, 7pm-8pm

Scotland time: 11 October, 10am-11am

Monday 11 October 2021, 7:00 pm-11:00 am
Online (Dates and times are AEST)
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Anxious to Brave: An online, interactive program for parents of children and teens with anxiety.

Parents don’t cause anxiety, but they can make the most profound difference in moving children from anxious to brave. The move through anxiety isn’t an easy one, for children or the adults who love them, but it is certainly possible. Like so many good things, sometimes the way through is clearer and easier with a little help – enter ‘Anxious to Brave‘, a series of eight weekly live online 60-90 workshops for parents of kids and teens with anxiety. Throughout the course of the program, I’ll be guiding parents through research-backed information and strategies to help strengthen children and teens against anxiety and move them towards brave behaviour. If you can’t make it to every session, not to worry – the workshops will be recorded and available to registered participants for a short while after the event. Groups will be kept small, to keep interaction big.

Thursday 22 July 2021, 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
Online. Every Thurs for 8 weeks from 22 Jul-9 Sep. (Time is AEST Brisbane)
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Wednesday 21 July 2021, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Online. First 7 sessions - every Wed from 21 July + 8th session on Tue 14 Sep.
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When They Push the Boundaries – A Webinar

In this webinar, I’ll be teaming up with Michelle Mitchell to equip parents, carers and professionals with strategies to help stay connected to tweens and teens, and build positive influence during the most challenging of moments. We’ll explore why all tweens and teens will push the boundaries at some point, why they might make risky decisions or break the rules, and how to respond in ways that strengthen them and preserve your connection. With some very specific strategies and solid information, those tricky teen years can be much easier. If you can’t make the date, not to worry – the webinar will be recorded and made available for you to watch any time.

Thursday 08 July 2021, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Online (Time is AEST, Brisbane)
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(Not this one – go to page 2) Overcoming Anxiety – Helping Children and Adolescents Find Their Brave (New Zealand)

Anxiety is the most common child and adolescent mental health concern. Anxiety is a very normal human response, but for as many as 1 in 5 young people in New Zealand the symptoms become so intrusive so as to interfere with day to day living. The effects can ripple from children, to their families, to the classroom, and into friendships. Anxiety can potentially undermine the way children see themselves, the world and their important place in it – but it doesn’t have to be this way. When recognised and properly managed, anxiety is very treatable. With the right support, children can be empowered with the skills and knowledge to manage anxiety and move forward with courage and resilience. 
This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise and respond to anxiety in children and adolescents. It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from, why they exist and offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context.

Monday 23 November 2020, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Trinity Wharf, Tauranga, New Zealand
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Tuesday 24 November 2020, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Novotel Tainui, Hamilton, New Zealand
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Friday 27 November 2020, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Napier Conference Centre, Napier, New Zealand
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Friday 28 May 2021, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Rydges Latimer Christchurch, Christchurch, NZ
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Wednesday 02 June 2021, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
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Strengthening Children and Teens Against Anxiety at School and Beyond (NZ)

As much as school can nurture, nourish and build children and adolescents, the very nature of school means that it can also be abundant with anxiety triggers that can significantly compromise their growth and development. Anxiety can be fuelled by anything unfamiliar or any situation that comes with the potential for embarrassment, failure, humiliation, shame, or separation – and school is ripe with all of them. School presents many children with some of the greatest challenges to their mental health, but it also presents some of the greatest opportunities to strengthen against anxiety. 

This workshop is for any professional who works with or within the education system, or with children or adolescents struggling with anxiety at school. Participants will learn practical strategies to effectively respond to children and teens with anxiety, as well as ways to capture the powerful buffering role school can play in strengthening all young people against anxiety at school and beyond. 

(At this stage, this event will be live-streamed to the event because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.)

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Auckland, New Zealand
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Friday 23 October 2020, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Strengthening the Relationship With Your Teen (Scotland, online)

Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution International Online Conference.

Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution are holding an all-digital festival of events in place of their annual conference. This exciting programme includes several internationally-renowned special guests. SCCR have made this available for free, and you are welcome to sign up to as many as you wish. I will be speaking on 15 October from 10:00-10:30am (Brisbane time) about ways parents and other important adults can strengthen the relationship, connection, and influence with their tweens and teens. The 30 minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Thursday 22 October 2020, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution, Online (Time is Brisbane, Aus AEST)
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Superpowered! – Transforming Anxiety into Courage and Resilience, with Renee Jain & Dr Shefali Tsabary

Join me for this Facebook Live event where I’ll be speaking with Renee Jain and Dr Shefali Tsabary about anxiety, courage and resilience.

Tuesday 22 September 2020, 10:00 am-11:00 am
Facebook Live (Time is Brisbane, Aust - AEST)
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Strengthening Children and Teens Against Anxiety at School and Beyond (Aus)

As much as school can nurture, nourish and build children and adolescents, the very nature of school means that it can also be abundant with anxiety triggers that can significantly compromise their growth and development. Anxiety can be fuelled by anything unfamiliar or any situation that comes with the potential for failure, shame, embarrassment, humiliation, or separation from a loved one – and school is ripe with all of them. School presents many children with some of the greatest challenges to their mental health, but it also presents some of the greatest opportunities to strengthen against anxiety. This workshop is for any professional who works with or within the education system, or with children or adolescents struggling with anxiety at school. Participants will learn practical strategies to effectively respond to children and teens with anxiety, as well as ways to capture the powerful buffering role school can play in strengthening all young people against anxiety at school and beyond.

Friday 04 September 2020, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Mercure Townsville Resort, Townsville, Qld, Australia
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Supporting Children in Post-COVID Era (India, online)

Experts from the fields of education, psychology, paediatrics, philosophy and Montessori education will be joining together in a live Q & A to discuss how best to support children in a post-COVID era.
Wednesday 02 September 2020, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Vidyanjali Academy, Bangalore - Webinar
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Nurturing Self-Control

Self-control – what every parent/carer needs to know about this essential skill, including why it matters, how it impacts a child’s behaviour and how we can best support our children now and into their future.

Friday 05 June 2020, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Mother Duck Childcare & Preschool, Lawnton, Qld, Australia

Building Brave – For anyone who lives with or works with kids or teens.

What could our children do if they truly believed they were brave? In this transformational, heartfelt event, Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell come together to equip parents, carers and professionals with powerful strategies to help children and teens build resilience, thrive through anxiety and reach their potential. We will explore:

  • the powerful role that caring adults play in building brave;
  • a new way of understanding the role of anxiety and resilience in your child’s life;
  • the often unrecognised and different ways anxiety can manifest in children;
  • the impact of anxiety on friendships and school work;
  • proven, practical ways to respond to anxiety and make way for calm and courage;
  • how to build social resilience and equip them for the challenges of life;
  • how to strengthen your connection and influence.

    You know your child is capable of greatness. With some very specific strategies and solid information, we can make sure they know it too.

    If you would like BUILDING BRAVE to come to your school or community, please let us know. We will be touring nationally with this new project.

    Wednesday 11 September 2019, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Wellington Point, Brisbane
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    Thursday 12 September 2019, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Bray Park, Brisbane
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    Tuesday 22 October 2019, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Rochedale, Brisbane
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    Wednesday 23 October 2019, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    Toowong, Brisbane
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    Raising Brave Kids

    With anxiety in children (and parents) on the rise, it’s more important than ever to learn what we can do as parents to help children thrive in this chaotic world. Join us for this 4 hour parenting event, with Maggie Dent, Karen Young, and Warren Cann.

    Sunday 13 October 2019, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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    Strengthening Kids and Teens Against Anxiety

    This transformational session will provide parents and carers with the essential information and strategies to support their children and teens to build courage and resilience, uncovering their strengths, and take anxiety back to small enough.

    Thursday 11 April 2019, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Whitby School, Greenwich, CT, United States

    The Adolescent Brain

    During adolescence, the brain goes through a massive ‘renovation’. This talk is for anyone who lives or works with adolescents, and will explores changes that happen in the adolescent brain and how these influence relationships, friendships, and behaviour. 

    Tuesday 09 April 2019, 8:15 am-10:15 am
    Whitby School, Greenwich, CT, United States
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    The temptation to fix their big feelings can be seismic. Often this is connected to needing to ease our own discomfort at their discomfort, which is so very normal.

Big feelings in them are meant to raise (sometimes big) feelings in us. This is all a healthy part of the attachment system. It happens to mobilise us to respond to their distress, or to protect them if their distress is in response to danger.

Emotion is energy in motion. We don’t want to bury it, stop it, smother it, and we don’t need to fix it. What we need to do is make a safe passage for it to move through them. 

Think of emotion like a river. Our job is to hold the ground strong and steady at the banks so the river can move safely, without bursting the banks.

However hard that river is racing, they need to know we can be with the river (the emotion), be with them, and handle it. This might feel or look like you aren’t doing anything, but actually it’s everything.

The safety that comes from you being the strong, steady presence that can lovingly contain their big feelings will let the emotional energy move through them and bring the brain back to calm.

Eventually, when they have lots of experience of us doing this with them, they will learn to do it for themselves, but that will take time and experience. The experience happens every time you hold them steady through their feelings. 

This doesn’t mean ignoring big behaviour. For them, this can feel too much like bursting through the banks, which won’t feel safe. Sometimes you might need to recall the boundary and let them know where the edges are, while at the same time letting them see that you can handle the big of the feeling. Its about loving and leading all at once. ‘It’s okay to be angry. It’s not okay to use those words at me.’

Ultimately, big feelings are a call for support. Sometimes support looks like breathing and being with. Sometimes it looks like showing them you can hold the boundary, even when they feel like they’re about to burst through it. And if they’re using spicy words to get us to back off, it might look like respecting their need for space but staying in reaching distance, ‘Ok, I’m right here whenever you need.’♥️
    We all need certain things to feel safe enough to put ourselves into the world. Kids with anxiety have magic in them, every one of them, but until they have a felt sense of safety, it will often stay hidden.

‘Safety’ isn’t about what is actually safe or not, but about what they feel. At school, they might have the safest, most loving teacher in the safest, most loving school. This doesn’t mean they will feel enough relational safety straight away that will make it easier for them to do hard things. They can still do those hard things, but those things are going to feel bigger for a while. This is where they’ll need us and their other anchor adult to be patient, gentle, and persistent.

Children aren’t meant to feel safe with and take the lead from every adult. It’s not the adult’s role that makes the difference, but their relationship with the child.

Children are no different to us. Just because an adult tells them they’ll be okay, it doesn’t mean they’ll feel it or believe it. What they need is to be given time to actually experience the person as being safe, supportive and ready to catch them.

Relationship is key. The need for safety through relationship isn’t an ‘anxiety thing’. It’s a ‘human thing’. When we feel closer to the people around us, we can rise above the mountains in our way. When we feel someone really caring about us, we’re more likely to open up to their influence
and learn from them.

But we have to be patient. Even for teachers with big hearts and who undertand the importance of attachment relationships, it can take time.

Any adult at school can play an important part in helping a child feel safe – as long as that adult is loving, warm, and willing to do the work to connect with that child. It might be the librarian, the counsellor, the office person, a teacher aide. It doesn’t matter who, as long as it is someone who can be available for that child at dropoff or when feelings get big during the day and do little check-ins along the way.

A teacher, or any important adult can make a lasting difference by asking, ‘How do I build my relationship with this child so s/he trusts me when I say, ‘I’ve got you, and I know you can do this.’♥️
    There is a beautiful ‘everythingness’ in all of us. The key to living well is being able to live flexibly and more deliberately between our edges.

So often though, the ‘shoulds’ and ‘should nots’ we inhale in childhood and as we grow, lead us to abandon some of those precious, needed parts of us. ‘Don’t be angry/ selfish/ shy/ rude. She’s not a maths person.’ ‘Don’t argue.’ Ugh.

Let’s make sure our children don’t cancel parts of themselves. They are everything, but not always all at once. They can be anxious and brave. Strong and soft. Angry and calm. Big and small. Generous and self-ish. Some things they will find hard, and they can do hard things. None of these are wrong ways to be. What trips us up is rigidity, and only ever responding from one side of who we can be.

We all have extremes or parts we favour. This is what makes up the beautiful, complex, individuality of us. We don’t need to change this, but the more we can open our children to the possibility in them, the more options they will have in responding to challenges, the everyday, people, and the world. 

We can do this by validating their ‘is’ without needing them to be different for a while in the moment, and also speaking to the other parts of them when we can. 

‘Yes maths is hard, and I know you can do hard things. How can I help?’

‘I can see how anxious you feel. That’s so okay. I also know you have brave in you.’

‘I love your ‘big’ and the way you make us laugh. You light up the room.’ And then at other times: ‘It can be hard being in a room with new people can’t it. It’s okay to be quiet. I could see you taking it all in.’

‘It’s okay to want space from people. Sometimes you just want your things and yourself for yourself, hey. I feel like that sometimes too. I love the way you know when you need this.’ And then at other times, ‘You looked like you loved being with your friends today. I loved watching you share.’

The are everything, but not all at once. Our job is to help them live flexibly and more deliberately between the full range of who they are and who they can be: anxious/brave; kind/self-ish; focussed inward/outward; angry/calm. This will take time, and there is no hurry.♥️
    For our kids and teens, the new year will bring new adults into their orbit. With this, comes new opportunities to be brave and grow their courage - but it will also bring anxiety. For some kiddos, this anxiety will feel so big, but we can help them feel bigger.

The antidote to a felt sense of threat is a felt sense of safety. As long as they are actually safe, we can facilitate this by nurturing their relationship with the important adults who will be caring for them, whether that’s a co-parent, a stepparent, a teacher, a coach. 

There are a number of ways we can facilitate this:

- Use the name of their other adult (such as a teacher) regularly, and let it sound loving and playful on your voice.
- Let them see that you have an open, willing heart in relation to the other adult.
- Show them you trust the other adult to care for them (‘I know Mrs Smith is going to take such good care of you.’)
- Facilitate familiarity. As much as you can, hand your child to the same person when you drop them off.

It’s about helping expand their village of loving adults. The wider this village, the bigger their world in which they can feel brave enough. 

For centuries before us, it was the village that raised children. Parenting was never meant to be done by one or two adults on their own, yet our modern world means that this is how it is for so many of us. 

We can bring the village back though - and we must - by helping our kiddos feel safe, known, and held by the adults around them. We need this for each other too.

The need for safety through relationship isn’t an ‘anxiety thing’. It’s a ‘human thing’. When we feel closer to the people around us, we can rise above the mountains that block our way.♥️

That power of felt safety matters for all relationships - parent and child; other adult and child; parent and other adult. It all matters. 

A teacher, or any important adult in the life of a child, can make a lasting difference by asking, ‘How do I build my relationship with this child (and their parent) so s/he trusts me when I say, ‘I’ve got you, I care about you, and I know you can do this.’♥️
    Approval, independence, autonomy, are valid needs for all of us. When a need is hungry enough we will be driven to meet it however we can. For our children, this might look like turning away from us and towards others who might be more ready to meet the need, or just taking.

If they don’t feel they can rest in our love, leadership, approval, they will seek this more from peers. There is no problem with this, but we don’t want them solely reliant on peers for these. It can make them vulnerable to making bad decisions, so as not to lose the approval or ‘everythingness’ of those peers.

If we don’t give enough freedom, they might take that freedom through defiance, secrecy, the forbidden. If we control them, they might seek more to control others, or to let others make the decisions that should be theirs.

All kids will mess up, take risks, keep secrets, and do things that baffle us sometimes. What’s important is, ‘Do they turn to us when they need to, enough?’ The ‘turning to’ starts with trusting that we are interested in supporting all their needs, not just the ones that suit us. Of course this doesn’t mean we will meet every need. It means we’ve shown them that their needs are important to us too, even though sometimes ours will be bigger (such as our need to keep them safe).

They will learn safe and healthy ways to meet their needs, by first having them met by us. This doesn’t mean granting full independence, full freedom, and full approval. What it means is holding them safely while also letting them feel enough of our approval, our willingness to support their independence, freedom, autonomy, and be heard on things that matter to them.

There’s no clear line with this. Some days they’ll want independence. Some days they won’t. Some days they’ll seek our approval. Some days they won’t care for it at all, especially if it means compromising the approval of peers. The challenge for us is knowing when to hold them closer and when to give space, when to hold the boundary and when to release it a little, when to collide and when to step out of the way. If we watch and listen, they will show us. And just like them, we won’t need to get it right all the time.♥️

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