Anxiety in Young People
Karen has worked as a psychologist in private practice and in educational and organisational settings. She has lectured and has extensive experience in the facilitation of personal growth groups. Her Honours degree in Psychology and Masters in Gestalt Therapy have come in handy at times.
Karen founded the popular website, Hey Sigmund, after realising the power of solid information. The website attracts millions of readers each year worldwide. Her articles have been translated into a number of languages and her work has been published on various international sites including The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Yahoo Health.
Karen is a regular contributor to Parenting Magazine in New Zealand. She can often be heard on Australian radio, and is a sought-after speaker. She has presented keynotes and workshops in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Recently, she published ‘Hey Warrior’, a book for kids to help them understand anxiety and find their ‘brave’. The book has now been translated into a number of languages.
Karen has two children and two stepchildren and lives in Australia. Experience has taught her that people can do amazing things with the right information, psychology has something for everyone, jargon doesn’t, everyone has a story to tell, short bios are the longest to write, nobody has it all figured out and the best people to be around are the ones who already know this.
Engaging and charismatic, Karen's ability to bring out the brave in all of us makes her a popular choice for keynotes and conference workshops for all ages!
Anxiety explained. Kids empowered!
Anxiety is a very normal human response but for as many as 1 in 5 young people, the symptoms become so intrusive, they significantly interfere with day to day living. The effects can steal into families, classrooms and friendships. They can undermine the way children see themselves and shrink their world – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Anxiety is very manageable when it is recognised and properly managed. With the right support children can be empowered with the skills and knowledge to manage anxiety and move forward with courage and resilience.
This dynamic workshop will help participants to recognise anxiety disorders in children and adolescents (5 - 18yr olds). It will delve into the obvious and not so obvious signs of anxiety, discuss where they come from and why they exist, and offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context.
Key content areas Karen will discuss include:
- An overview of the most common anxiety disorders in childhood and adolescence.
- Recognising symptoms which suggest anxiety, and differentiating anxiety from other problems with similar symptoms.
- Understanding the impact of anxiety on:
- Peer and family relationships.
- School performance, functioning and attendance.
- The potency of co-existing concerns such as depression and self-harm.
- Working with anxiety in a therapeutic setting including:
- Building a therapeutic rapport with children and teens with anxiety.
- What all children and teens need to know about anxiety, and how to support them in using this information to manage anxiety and build strength, courage and resilience.
- Why anxiety can happen without an identifiable trigger.
- Therapeutic interventions to help young people manage intrusive symptoms and difficult behaviours when anxiety is the fuel.
- Practical, proven strategies to strengthen children and teens against anxiety in the short and long term. Pushing back against the negative, building self-confidence, resilience and self-concept with young people with anxiety.
- Understanding the ways loving parents might inadvertently feed anxiety and undermine resilience, and how to work with this in a therapeutic setting.
In her work as a psychologist, Karen Young has worked extensively with children, teens and families. More recently, Karen founded ‘Hey Sigmund’, an online resource that attracts millions of readers each year and provides accessible, contemporary, research-driven information on anxiety, children and adolescents. Grounded in neuroscience and drawing on gestalt, mindfulness, ACT, CBT to inform a roadmap to therapy. Karen has published two books for children to help them understand and manage anxiety – ‘Hey Warrior’ and ‘Hey Awesome’, and is an engaging and sought after speaker both at home in Australia and internationally, ensuring this will be a valuable training experience for all professionals looking to become effective allies for young people (5 - 18yrs old) in overcoming anxiety.
This topic can be presented as a keynote, half day or full day workshop to professionals, parents and young people too!