Location: Hartford Public Library, Rm 026, – Use Arch St Entrance
Young people today are required to deal with a fast-paced, ever changing society filled with uncertainty. In school and at home, through the media, social media, or in their real lives, these youths are offered options and exposed to situations in unprecedented ways. Violence is penetrating the schools and neighborhoods, divorce is still on the rise, and demands are placed on young people to grow up very rapidly. The result is an overload in responsibility, stress, anxiety and emotions.
However, children and teens can be readily taught techniques for managing the stressors in their lives more effectively. Once empowered with new reactions, they can have a greater impact on their environment and experience themselves as more competent. Many techniques proven useful with adults can be adapted to children and teens while others are uniquely beneficial to younger clients. These then become lifelong tools for reducing anxiety and improving mental health.
This seminar will enable you to:
- identify sources of stress and recognize the symptoms of stress and anxiety in both children and teens which can include hyperactivity, depression and suicide
- identify characteristics of youths who seem to manage stress best and understand what they need
- establish goals for helping young people manage stress
- learn techniques and interventions to help youths reduce or manage their stress and anxiety