The Institute of Positive Education's Insight Series brings some of the leading thinkers in the field of Positive Psychology & Positive Education to Geelong and Melbourne, for guest lectures that are designed to inform and inspire. Over the coming months, we will be continuing these events in an online format, via Zoom Webinar.

Strengthening Children Against Anxiety with Karen Young 

7.30-9.30pm, Thursday 29 April 2021 (AEST)

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What could our children do if they knew in their hearts they were brave enough? All children are capable of their very own versions of greatness. For too many though, anxiety will shut down their capacity to discover their potential - but it doesn't have to be this way.

In our first Insight Series Online event for 2021, the Institute of Positive Education is pleased to welcome Karen Young for a transformational session providing the essential information and strategies for parents and educators to help children build courage and resilience, uncover their strengths, and take anxiety back to small enough. Karen will discuss ways to nurture the skills and qualities that will strengthen all children for life.

Participants will learn:

  • a new, empowering way for children and adults to think about anxiety, and how to use this to manage anxiety;
  • taking the 'anxiety out of anxiety';
  • how to build courage, resilience, and confidence in children with anxiety;
  • proven, practical ways to calm and strengthen an anxious brain;
  • the power of parents to move children towards brave, and how to do this when anxiety is in the way;
  • how to respond to anxiety in the moment to make way for calm and courage;
  • how children can switch on the relaxation response;
  • the different ways anxiety can manifest, and what to do;
  • how to build the mindset that will strengthen against anxiety and make way for brave behaviour;
  • how to build the solid neural foundations of resilience in all children;
  • why new behaviours take time, why old responses can feel tough to change, and the simple explanation for children that can build resilience and grit.

About Karen Young

Karen Young has worked as a psychologist in private practice, and organisational and educational settings. She is now a sought-after speaker, educator, and consultant, both at home in Australia and overseas. Karen is the founder of ‘Hey Sigmund’, an internationally popular online resource that provides contemporary, research-driven information on anxiety and the neurodevelopment of children. She has written three books, including the bestselling Hey Warrior and Hey Awesome, which creatively assist children to understand and manage anxiety.

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Previous guest lecturers have included:

Martin Seligman, Alfie Kohn, Helen Street, Russell Harris, Michelle McQuaid, Maureen Gaffney, Matthew Johnstone, Cris Popp,Tim Cope, Dianne Vella-Broderick, Maria Sirios, Toni Powell, Tony Fernando, Karen Bluth, Tom Brunzell, Michael Steger, Shannon Suldo and Maggie Dent.

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