Working With Children With Anxiety
2022 Summer Course

Understand how Anxiety presents itself, the impact on the whole child & strategies that be implemented in the classroom

Welcome to Working With Children With Anxiety. We are delighted that this course has been approved by the Department of Education and Skills for your EPV days.

This course includes:

10 hours on-demand video material and 10 hours offline learning
Online tutor moderation
Downloadable articles and resources
Access on mobile and computer
Department of Education and Skills-Accredited Summer Course Certificate 2021
Full access to course

After taking this course you will:

Understand the key psychological components of anxiety                                                               
Be aware of the symptoms of anxiety in a typical child                                                                     
Appreciate the immediate & long-term effects of anxiety on a child                                               
Understand the importance of appropriate therapy for the anxious child                                     
Be introduced to effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented                         

This course come highly recommended as a Summer Course for teachers. Here is what the 2020 Summer Course Inspector said:

This is a course of substance and there is substantial substance in it. It was engaging, evidence-based & jam-packed full of strategies.

DES Inspector, 2020

Here is what our past students have had to say:

I am not just saying this but I am loving your course. I go to bed thinking about it and the second I get up I think I will do another bit now to find out more. I really love it. Thanks for putting together such an interesting course!

Nadine, Primary School Teacher

I have enjoyed this course every minute of this course. To be honest, the layout and your teaching style makes this the Netflix of all summer courses – I just don’t want to turn it off.

Aoife, Primary School Teacher

Lorraine, this course has changed my life! I was able to relate to the content on so many levels – as a person, as a teacher, as a principal, as a parent and as someone who loves children. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Deirdre, Primary School Principal
“I never thought about anxiety like this before. You are creating a movement.
Deirdre, Primary School Teacher

According to Mental Health Ireland (2019), 1 in 10 children in Ireland suffers from mental health difficulties, particularly anxiety and depression. Suicide and self-harm rates are among the highest in Europe and the numbers are increasing year on year. At the same time, we have longer waiting times for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services so many children and their families have to manage their issues without appropriate intervention. This often leads to mayhem within classrooms where children act out their emotions and interfere with the learning of others, leaving teachers feeling ill-equipped to manage the situation.

Working with children from the perspective of understanding their experience, no matter where their anxiety stems from, means that teachers can provide a quality of teaching that is unparalleled in terms of contributing to a long-lasting impact. Tailoring lesson plans to be more empathetic and responsive to the needs of the child means that they will be more engaged and therefore want to learn more.

This is an intrinsically valuable tool because research shows how education and knowledge can be a buffer for anxiety in children and is likely to lead to better outcomes, despite their background. The leadership within schools must incorporate an empathetic perspective and this has to begin somewhere. After participants engage in this course, they will be equipped with the knowledge of how to work with and appreciate the complexities of childrewith anxiety, and they can then share this knowledge. This means that their school can implement this innovative ethos with all staff, thus improving the lives of so many more students. As such, teachers engagement in this course will directly improve their practice in relation to teaching, learning and assessment in working with children with anxiety.

This course is ten hours of audio content, visual content and assessment in total, and there are ten hours of recommended reading and resources for you to further develop your own learning.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Course Aims

  • Understand the key psychological components of trauma
  • Be able to identify the different types of trauma
  • Be aware of the symptoms of trauma in a typical child
  • Know the neurobiology of trauma
  • Have a good understanding of how the brain responds to trauma
  • Have an awareness of how the body responds to trauma
  • Appreciate the immediate & long-term effects of PTSD on a child
  • Understand the importance of appropriate therapy for the traumatised child
  • Know how to support children who have experienced trauma
  • Be introduced to effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented

Your Instructor

Lorraine Lynch

Lorraine Lynch the CEO and Founder of the Child Psychology Institute. With a background in health psychology and social innovation, her passion is empowering parents and those working with children through education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies and English, a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Health Psychology. Lorraine is also the author of two books, developed to promote children’s wellness – #100happydays4kids and Closing Saor’s Day.

“It is essential that children meet adults who are responsive and understand how a child’s mind works so that they can truly blossom into happy successful adults.”