EASE - Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators

 

School counsellors know that anxiety is the most prevalent mental health concern in schools.  Anxiety can present as defiance, aggression, disruptive or controlling behaviours, or as a lack of focus and attention.  But students can learn effective strategies for recognizing and managing strong emotions like anxiety, especially when attuned, caring adults help them feel safe, regulated, and ready to learn.  EASE was developed for just this purpose.

 

 EASE is a collection of evidence-informed, anxiety management and resilience-building lessons for use with students in grades K-7.  EASE uses cognitive behavioural strategies to bring awareness to the thoughts, physical feelings, emotions, and behaviours we experience when we feel anxious. Created for use by classroom teachers, EASE lessons can easily be adapted for school counsellors to use with individual students who may need extra support.  

 

 In this 3-hour workshop participants will:

 

  • Review the topic of anxiety and how it impacts children in the classroom
  • Discover ways to integrate anxiety prevention tools as part of regular classroom routines, or in your role one-on-one with students
  • Discuss the important role school counsellors play in building the capacity of classroom teachers to create supportive climates and integrate coping strategies into daily routines. 
  • Get hands-on strategies to help students:
    • Use relaxation to dial down strong emotions and build resilience
    • Recognize helpful and unhelpful thinking
    • Take brave steps to face a challenge
  • Receive classroom resources for grades K-3 and 4-7

 

 The Ministry of Children and Family Development developed EASE in 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.

 

Target Audience

Elementary

Sessions

A5 Friday 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Presenter

  • Ministry of Children and Family Development
    Natashia Bacchus

    For the last 10 years, Natashia has been a district and provincial trainer for the Province of British Columbia and has provided training to teachers around the province in the EASE (previously FRIENDS) program. As well, Natashia is a Behaviour Specialist/Mental Health Consultant with the Vernon School District and has been working with School Districts, in this role, for the last 13 years.  Prior to that, Natashia was a Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician and Early Intervention Specialist with the Ministry of Children and Families.  
     
    Natashia has a Ph.D. in Psychology and studied program implementation of SEL programs in schools. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC and is in private practice. Natashia also works with City University on a part-time basis as a professor in the Masters of School Counselling Program.