Teacher/SNA Online Workshop - From Worrier to Warrior

Teacher/SNA Online Workshop - From Worrier to Warrior

Teacher/SNA Online Workshop - From Worrier to Warrior

DATE:      Monday, 15th February 2021
TIME:       5.30pm to 7pm
VENUE:   Zoom Meeting

This Workshop is suitable for both Primary Teachers and SNAs. 

Helping the Anxious Child to find their Inner Warrior within the School Environment. 

While separation anxiety is a normal part of development, it becomes problematic when the symptoms; fear of being alone, fear of abandonment, somatic complaints, and worry about atrocities; hinders the child’s normal day to day living (Eisen & Schaefer; 2005.) In essence the child begins to fear the fear itself.

When a child’s fear causes her nervous system to be preoccupied with remaining safe and avoiding threat, she cannot attend to the here and now. Her survival brain is engaged and access to her learning brain is impeded. Out of fear of the consequences of separation from their attachment figure, children experiencing this may refuse to participate in play activities or even attend school (Choate et al, 2005).

Wipfler and Schore state that when a child feels connected and protected her limbic system can do a very important job; it can coordinate communication between all parts of the brain (2016). The learning brain re-engages. With a response that is rooted in connection within a structured and predictable environment, an anxious child can be supported to find the inner warrior within the worrier.

This workshop will support participants to:

  • Understand anxiety and the impact it has on the way a child operates in the school environment
  • Respond to those anxieties in a child centered, playful way empowering the child to externalise and manage the fear
  • Use classroom management strategies to create an environment and atmosphere that promotes calm
  • Explore how anxiety can lead to school refusal and develop a plan to support the anxious child to remain in school

Facilitator: Aideen Flynn, PG Dip Ed, MA, M-IAPTP
Aideen has worked with children in educational settings for 20 years, specialising in S.E.N. and children with complex needs. She is a child and adolescent psychotherapist working in private practice in The Treasure Within, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Clinic, Quin, Co. Clare. From here she empowers children, their families and teachers to work together to enable the struggling child be the best he or she can be.

Course Properties

Course date 15-02-2021 5:30 pm
End Date 15-02-2021 7:00 pm
Capacity 25
Available place 0
Fee €10.00
Tutor - Speaker Aideen Flynn, PG Dip Ed, MA, M-IAPTP
Select Hours 1.5
Location Online via Zoom
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