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AMCAL hosts a conference on anxiety

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AMCAL Family Services, in collaboration with Concordia University, hopes you will join them for their two-part conference on anxiety on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at Oscar Peterson Hall, Concordia University. Speaking at this conference is Lynn Lyons, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Concord, New Hampshire who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health challenges among children. Anxiety in children is all too common and sadly, when left untreated, is one of the strongest predictors of anxiety and depression later in life. Both AMCAL Family Services and Lynn Lyons believe in approaching anxiety as a family issue and believe treatment should actively involve parents and children together.

Lynn Lyons

The professional conference Advanced Strategies for Managing Anxious Families will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (lunch included) at a cost of $150 for professionals or $75 for students. With research that connects worried, anxious parents to the development of anxiety in children is robust, and the effectiveness of a family- based approach is also well-documented. Schools, mental health professionals, and healthcare providers should offer family-focused care to their anxious clients. This workshop describes in detail an approach that does just that.

The parents’ workshop Interrupting the Patterns of Anxiety: Skills We Can (And Should!) Teach Our Children will be held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at a cost of $30 per person or $50 for 2 people. We strongly encourage parents to bring their teens and young adults aged 13 and up with them to this workshop. In this presentation, Lyons focuses on how to interrupt the most common anxiety and depression enhancing patterns – including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and three cognitive habits – and adopt instead a process- based ‘’umbrella approach’’ that changes both the child and adults’ engrained patterns of thinking and behaving.

Registration: www.amcal.ca/events/conference-on-anxiety

About Lynn Lyons – Lynn has travelled globally as a speaker and trainer on the subject of anxiety, its role in families, and the need for a preventative approach at home and in schools. She is the coauthor of two books on anxiety: Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.

About AMCAL Family Services – AMCAL Family Services is a non-profit community organization committed to promoting and preserving healthy family relationships. For more than 40 years, AMCAL has served the community and supported children and families in crisis. Through our various programs, we strive to strengthen the community by anticipating, advocating and advancing the role of families.

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