Virtual – Fear-Less Triple P
March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
THIS IS AN ONLINE CLASS
This series is appropriate for parents and caregivers of children ages 6-18
The Fear-Less series consists of 5 weekly sessions. Each session builds on the one prior so it is important that you consider that before registering. Once you register for the 1st session then you will get a workbook in the mail prior to the start. Session dates are February 21st, February 28th, March 6th, March 12th and March 19th. The first (3) sessions are held on Wednesday and the last two are held on Tuesday. Sessions are from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Read a full introduction to this series here….
View Fear-Less Triple P brochure here…
Session 1: Anxiety – what is it and how does it develop?
In this session, you will learn about anxiety and how it works. You will also have a chance to think about the ways in which anxiety is impacting your family. By the end of Session 1, you should be able to:
- Describe anxiety and how it works.
- Identify the three systems involved in anxiety.
- Understand how anxiety develops and continues.
- Set goals for change in your child’s and your own behavior.
- Start keeping track of your child’s anxious behaviors.
Session 2: Promoting emotional resilience in children
In this session, the focus in on recognizing, understanding and accepting feelings, and expressing them appropriately (e.g. in a non-hurtful way). Additionally, some strategies are discussed that can help children cope with uncomfortable feelings and stressful events. By the end of Session 2, you should be able to:
- Identify the building blocks for emotional resilience.
- Use specific strategies to encourage children to express, tolerate and manage upsetting or uncomfortable emotions more effectively.
Session 3: Modeling and the way children think
In this session, you will learn about anxiety-management strategies you can start using to se a good example for your children. You will also learn more about the important connection between thoughts and feelings. By the end of Session 3, you should be able to:
- Understand how parents model behaviors and ways of thinking to their children and recognize the importance of setting a good example.
- Describe how parents can, without meaning to, communicate a sense of anxiety.
- Recognize the role of thoughts in the developmental and continuation of anxiety.
- Describe common thinking traps and how to get out of them.
- Practice flexible and realistic thinking with your children.
Session 4: The way you behave – avoidance and exposure
In this session, you will learn more about avoidance, which is one of the most common behavioral responses to anxiety. You will also learn about a principle called ‘exposure’, and how to use it to help your child to face up to their fears in a gradual way. By the end of Session 4, you should be able to:
- Describe the role of avoidance in protecting and strengthening anxiety.
- Understand why parents often allow their children to avoid anxiety-provoking situations.
- Describe the principle of exposure and develop a ‘fear ladder’.
- Set up a reward system with your child.
- Model brave, non-avoidant behaviors to your children.
Session 5: Parental strategies for responding to children’s anxiety and constructive problem solving (this session is combined with the program session #6)
In this session there will be a discussion about common ways that parents respond to children’s anxiety. You will have an opportunity to reflect on which responses are relevant to you and what you might want to look at possibly changing. You will be able to develop a parenting plan to encourage your child(ren) to confront and overcome their fears using the Fear Ladder and to start using it with your child(ren) at home.
You will get to develop a constructive step-by-step coping plan and offer some guidelines on maintaining changes over time.