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:
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.
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 in 2014, 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 educators recognize the capacity they have to promote the social, emotional, and academic success of all students in their classrooms.