The escalating level of anxiety in our children begs for an explanation as well as a solution. Dr. Neufeld sheds light on this age-old problem, paving the way for natural ways of responding that can actually get to the root causes as opposed to just managing symptoms. This course brings a fresh and promising perspective to one of our most troubling and perplexing human problems. Although the focus is on children, this enlightening material will benefit anyone suffering from anxiety.
The time has finally come to be able to answer the problem of anxiety. What makes it possible now is that we currently have enough pieces of the puzzle to create a coherent picture: a mastery of attachment theory, an understanding of human vulnerability, a working knowledge of attention, and the discoveries of neuroscience. Possessing the pieces are not enough however. It takes a theorist’s mind to put the pieces together and a seasoned therapist’s wisdom to test this model against human experience.
Neufeld has been uniquely positioned, not only to answer this question but also to understand the implications for our children. The picture that emerges from his integrative synthesis resonates with current research as well as natural intuition. The resulting solutions are surprising, not in that they are counter intuitive but rather that they run counter to the prevailing practice.
The focus of this course is the anxiety of our children and what we can do about this, both as a society and as the adults responsible for them. The dynamics and insights however apply to all ages.
The instructional video serves as the ‘textbook’ for the course and is shown as part of the workshop but this is only the part of the learning adventure. The course is delivered as an interactive workshop in a group setting over 4 weeks in 2 hour sessions.
Location and Dates: Tuesdays May 14, 28, June 4 & 11 (no class May 21) from 6-8pm in the Library of Argyll Centre School
Cost: $80 per person. To register send an email and payment by email transfer or paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is designed for all those involved with children and youth: parents, teachers, helping professionals. Although the focus is children, the dynamics and insights apply to individuals of any age. In fact, although most participants come for their children, they end up with significant insights about their own anxiety and how to best deal with it. Helping professionals will learn how to treat the anxiety of children effectively and without depending upon medication. Helping professionals also learn how to work through the parents in addressing the anxiety of their children. Teachers will gain insights about their own role in the anxiety problem and what they can do to reduce the anxiety of their students. Parents will learn how to address the roots of the issue and so reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
Topics addressed include:
the anatomy and working model of the human alarm system
how to recognize anxiety in all its various manifestations
an updated and insight-based working definition of anxiety
how anxiety-based problems are related to agitation-based and attention problems and adrenalin-seeking behaviour
appropriate and inappropriate ways we alarm our children
the role of the prefrontal cortex in anxiety
the role of attachment in anxiety
why some children cannot see their dragons and treasures simultaneously
the three natural outcomes of alarm and how to foster them
seven common themes in our obsessions and compulsions
why we tend to feel anxious instead of alarmed
why what alarms us can also blind us to the source of alarm
the role of the brain’s limbic system in anxiety
how emotional and perceptual defenses lead to alarm-system dysfunction
how the alarm system is meant to work
why anxiety is increasing in our children
why alpha children tend to be much more anxious
why current discipline methods are alarming our children
why some children are conscientious, careful and concerned and others are reckless, careless and without fear
the relationship of courage and anxiety
effective ways of addressing the roots of anxiety without relying on medication
what parents can do to help their anxious children
what teachers can do to help their anxious students