COVID-19 has been a major life stressor that has had a significant impact on our lives including our mental health. Now more than ever, we need strategies for helping students improve their emotional wellness. This presentation will focus on core cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies and resources for helping children and youth manage stress and anxiety. Learn about effective CBT strategies to help reduce physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, develop healthier self-talk to combat worries, and take active steps to face fears and improve overall emotional wellness. Become familiar with key resources for children and youth including materials available on the Anxiety Canada website; My Anxiety Plan (MAP), an on-line anxiety management course; and the newest version of MindShift CBT, a comprehensive anxiety management app. Participants will have a chance to walk through the features of the MindShift CBT app and learn about the new on-line chat forum feature aimed at providing additional support for user. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to discuss ways to engage children and youth around utilizing coping strategies and help them build resilience.
Dr. Kristin Buhr is a Registered Psychologist and Director at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic (www.nssac.ca). She is a lead consultant for Anxiety Canada (www.anxietycanada.com), where she has developed numerous self-help resources for adults, parents, children and teens coping with anxiety problems, including My Anxiety Plan (MAP), an on-line anxiety management course, and MindShift CBT, a comprehensive anxiety management app. Dr. Buhr specializes in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents and adults, and regularly provides educational workshops on mental health issues. She is also the co-author of The Worry Workbook: CBT Skills to Overcome Worry and Anxiety by Facing the Fear of Uncertainty.