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Overcoming Anxiety

Helping Children and Young People Find their Brave

Karen Young


Monday, 24 June 2024


9:00am - 3:00pm


Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

9 Riverside Drive
Riverside, Whangārei 0112


Lunch & Tea Break Catering

Workshop Notes


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Anxiety is the most common child and adolescent mental health concern. For as many as 1 in 5 young people, anxiety interferes with day to day living. The effects can ripple from children, to their families, to the classroom, and into friendships. Anxiety can potentially undermine the way children and teens see themselves, the world and their important place in it – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Anxiety is very manageable and all children can be strengthened against its intrusive effects. This dynamic workshop will explore anxiety and offer a range of practical, powerful interventions to assist participants to respond effectively within their own professional context.

Participants will learn:

  • The neurobiology of anxiety and how to use this as a scaffold for therapeutic change.
  • The different ways anxiety can manifest in children and adolescents, and how to respond.
  • How anxiety can interfere with learning and higher-order function, and how to respond to strengthen learning, behavioural, and relational outcomes.
  • How to nurture high-quality relationships between young people and their important adults, and why this matters.
  • Making sense of separation anxiety and school refusal, and how to respond effectively.
  • The neural foundations of resilience, and the experiences that will nurture this.
  • How to support parents and carers in being change-makers - the practical strategies and transformative insights.
  • The popular behaviour management techniques that can make anxiety worse, and what to do instead.
  • How to respond to anxiety in the moment to make way for brave behaviour.
  • The four key responses to anxiety, and how to use this insight to inform a more effective response.
  • Why old responses to anxiety can be resistant to change, and the simple explanation for young people that can break through this and build resilience and courage.
  • The neuroscience of self-regulation, co-regulation, and the impact on anxiety immediately and in the long-term.
  • Changing the mindset – why the way children think about anxiety matters, and engaging a strength-based model of anxiety to calm anxiety and build resilience.
  • Building their toolbox - the practical strategies for young people to calm anxiety and build brave.

Karen Young has worked as a Psychologist in private practice, and organisational and educational settings. She is now a sought-after speaker, educator and consultant both at home in Australia and internationally. Karen is the founder of ‘Hey Sigmund’, an internationally acclaimed online resource that provides contemporary, research-driven information on Anxiety and the Neurodevelopment of children. She has written three books, including the best-selling ‘Hey Warrior’ and ‘Hey Awesome’. Karen is one of Compass Seminars most acclaimed and requested presenters.

"An amazing seminar. A very relevant topic for our children/Teens. Fantastic strategies and the information given. I feel that I have gained great knowledge so I can help children/families in our programme. Thank you so much, it has been a wonderful day"

Social Worker

"Karen’s knowledge, experiences and delivery were informative and fun. She was approachable and real. The practical strategies were shared in a way which made them exciting and do-able. Great analogies."


"Karen is everything I’d hoped she would be, having read one of her books and utilised her website. She was inspirational, knowledgeable, funny, insightful, empathetic, affirming and acknowledging. She was able to provide stories and case studies from her experiences which gave insightful analogies for the theory and practical strategies she presented and shared. She is animated, detailed and structured in her delivery and able to engage her audience successfully and the whole day was fun, useful and affirming."

RTLB (Resource Teacher of Learning & Behaviour)