School counsellors know well that anxiety is the most prevalent mental health concern in schools, and that students who have experienced trauma due to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at a higher risk for developing anxiety-related problems. Anxiety can present as defiance, aggression, disruptive or controlling behaviours, or as a lack of focus and attention. A trauma-sensitive environment buffered by attuned, caring adults is critical for these students to feel safe, regulated, and ready to learn. In addition, learning effective strategies for recognizing and coping with strong emotions empowers students to manage their everyday feelings of anxiety. EASE was developed for just this purpose.
EASE is a brand-new collection of evidence-informed, anxiety management and resilience-building lessons for use with students in grades K-7. Created for use by classroom teachers, EASE strategies can easily be adapted for school counsellors to use with individual students who may need extra support.
In this full-day workshop participants will:
The Ministry of Children and Family Development developed EASE through a collaboration with Anxiety Canada and feedback from educators. EASE aligns with the B.C. Government’s cross-ministry commitment to support evidence-informed prevention and early intervention school mental health practices.
Kate Evans is a school mental health consultant and trainer for the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Child and Youth Mental Health Policy Branch. Her background is in Special Education and prior to moving to MCFD five years ago, she spent more than 25 years working in schools, hospitals, and community programs as a teacher, educational assistant, and early childhood educator. As the mother of two young adults, she brings the voice of a parent with first-hand experience of the impact anxiety can have on social and emotional well-being, school performance, and relationships. Kate is passionate about helping teachers recognize the capacity they have to promote the social, emotional, and academic success of all students in their classrooms.