Is your family struggling to manage anxious/high-stress responses of one or more children within your home? Reactions that are disproportionate to the situation and feel overwhelming to parent?
Does the anxiety show up in ways that impact your whole family? Things like difficulty going to school, separating from caregivers, and restricting the family from going to social events or outings...
Has your family been seeking support? Waiting on program wait lists, or struggling to know where to go or who to see that will help? Are you using every spare moment reading books and researching to find solutions?
Join experienced child and family therapist, and mom-in-the-trenches, Karen Peters in this 9-part course. Designed for families struggling with one or more children between 5 and 12 years of age showing signs of anxiety. This course invites families to gather, learn and grow together. Enjoy a family-friendly presentation style that is engaging and will equip your family with the tools to reduce anxiety, manage stress and strengthen connections.
Grounded in current research and evidence-based best practices, learn the top tools to reduce anxiety for kids and as a family. Practical and applicable.
Tired of the fight? Learn the skills to navigate the tough stuff. Develop common skills and language to manage conflict while maintaining connection.
Dig into specific ways of creating intentional connection and meeting one another's connection needs in consistent and meaningful ways.
A highly researched model for change, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy promotes the idea of thoughts, feelings and behaviours being intrinsically interconnected - each impacting the next - and suggests specific strategic ways of initiating and sustaining change.
CBT is strongly evidence-based and has been shown to be an effective approach to managing anxious responses. It is practical and applicable for all ages.
"The online personal interaction with Karen was very helpful for us, and despite the distance we were very encouraged by her personable manner and positive attitude. Our sessions with her helped us as parents to put into practice what we had learned and discussed in the course. And all of this led to a very real change for the better in the lives of our children."
Learn about how the course is structured, and what you can expect. We want every family to be set up for success.
To be viewed by parents, and used as a jumping off point. The videos are packed with valuable information to shape how you think about your child(ren) and their struggles. They will also equip you with tools to support them more effectively, and better understand your own needs.
It's super important to understand the feelings you have, why you're having them, and have language to express them. That's our starting point. We'll explore emotional literacy for all ages, learn to better understand the feelings you tend to have in reaction to situations, and why those happen for you. This will be foundational to building a common platform for communicating in your family about feelings and experiences.
We often say we are feeling things like "sick, unsteady, hot, hungry, etc", but actually, those are sensations in the body - which is distinct from emotional feelings. Teasing these apart can help you tune into your own body and clarify your physical cues and what emotions they might be pointing to. Each of us have some common and some unique physical sensations associated with emotions, and once you decode that in yourself and in your kids, you can better understand what's at play and what to do about it. They serve as clues or warning signals, which can put you ahead of the overwhelming feelings that might be creeping up on you.
We have green, red and yellow thoughts, pretty much about everything. They help us know if it's safe to go, stop or pause and assess the situation. Most of us glide from thought to thought without realizing what color they are, which can lead us down unintentional paths toward reacting to circumstances. If we learn to notice what color our thoughts are, we can choose to continue down that path or shift our thoughts toward a better outcome - one we feel more in control of. We'll also explore the connection between how we think and how we feel.
Awareness is key to choosing a new direction. It also allows us to honor and value what our bodies and minds are trying to tell us. If we practice attuning to our sensations, feelings and thoughts, we have a more thorough and accurate picture of what's going on and what we want to do about it. Calming our nervous system regularly adds a critical tool to our coping tool kits.
Learn how the way we think and feel, leads us to act or behave a certain way. When we learn to be aware of our emotions and learn to shift how we perceive or think of our circumstances, we respond differently. If how we feel and think about a situation tells us we need to defend or protect ourselves, we act in a way that shields, avoids or attacks. The way we behave has consequences for how we live out our day to day lives; our capacity to try new things; and to make healthy relationships.
We're going to create a plan to cope with anxiety-provoking situations - a way to break down the problem you're facing into manageable steps, being aware that if we pause, examine our feelings and shift our thoughts, we can move forward to responding instead of reacting. The steps we take to break the stressful situation down, can be applied to other stressful situations. We're going to test out your planning skills and see what happens differently for you.
It doesn't work just to make a plan and stick it on paper. We need to put it into action. Consider it a test experiment. You make a plan that you think has the best chance of working, and then you put it to the test. Tweaking or redesigning your plan is part of the process of learning to adapt and not throw in the towel. It builds resilience when you realize that if you don't nail it the first time, you are very capable of trying something different and having success.
While it's great to feel the success of reaching an end point, the focus of our celebration is on the effort put in. It's not easy to push your boundaries and get out of your comfort zone, especially if you've relied on that comfort zone as your retreat centre when you're anxious. The energy and courage you pour into braving a new approach is very worth celebrating. When you own your attempts and your progress, it helps you acknowledge the gains rather than solely focus on what you couldn't do. And celebrating with others, is even more powerful.
We will review the skills learned so far, and then talk about where to go from here. Additional resources will be recommended for you to explore based on where you find yourself at the end of this course.
You will also receive a family workbook, designed to offer parents the tools to engage kids and enhance learning for the whole family. Take what you've learned from the videos and apply it right away. As we continue to grow this program, and receive feedback, all new learning tools will be made available for life.
Need help connecting the dots or support in applying the tools to your family dynamic? At registration check-out, select option to add on one 50-minute consultation session with course creator, Karen Peters, to be used anytime within one year of course purchase.
In an effort to make these resources as widely-available and accessible to kids and families as possible, we have created a version of CBT For The Family: Tools for Life designed for use by teachers in classroom settings; as well as access for schools to purchase discounted bulk packages of this course to distribute directly to families in need.
We understand that managing a classroom is hard, especially when a class includes kids struggling to manage their anxiety. So we created a version of the course for classroom settings.
Educators can purchase the full course curriculum, including permission to print personal activity workbooks for each child in the class, as well as receiving a specially designed teacher's handbook to guide use of the course in a classroom setting. This version of the course is designed to support common language and enhance coping and wellness in the classroom. Students are encouraged to take the workbook home and bridge their learning into their family environments.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and to register for this option.
Schools have the power to be a game-changer for families struggling with anxious kids. As observers of children's behaviours and challenges, educators are often in a key position to spot anxious reactions and to offer early intervention resources to families. We want to support schools in supporting the families you work so hard to serve.
We have created an option for schools to purchase bulk access to the CBT For The Family: Tools For Life course, at a discounted rate, to provide direct access to families in your school body who have a child/children identified as struggling with anxiety or high stress.
Please contact us at email@example.com for pricing and to register for this option.
Karen and her husband are parents of two kids, 9 and 12 years old, who have very different personalities from one another making parenting an interesting challenge at times. Sibling dynamics, negotiating how needs can be met, navigating their unique stages of development, and balancing family needs with work demands have helped Karen to understand things from the inside of the story.
She has also worked with children and parents for 30+ years; in recreational and educational summer programming, in daycare settings, teaching music and mental health group programming for kids in elementary and middle schools, as a therapist and provincial quality analyst with B.C.'s Child & Youth Mental Health program, and in private practice.
She's been passionate about education, prevention and early intervention with kids her whole career. In addition to completing her Master's degree in Counselling Psychology with a focus on child development and family dynamics, she has engaged in ongoing training for the last 20 years, adding current and relevant tools to her helping toolkit.
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