Anticipating Anxiety

Proactively Preparing for Student Anxiety
A Seminar for Primary & High School Teachers & Well-Being Committee
Presented by Greg Mitchell

I often refer to my inner critic as Nancy, as in Negative Nancy.
My counsellor asked me how I speak to her
and I said I often tell her to shut up
and we agreed that doesn’t work.
Now when I have the energy I say thank you for your concern Nancy,
but I’ve got this, and you aren’t needed here.
Georgie7, Beyond Blue Forum Topic: Talking to your inner critic, can it be tamed?

Adeptness in teaching students with anxiety disorders has become an essential skill that many teachers lack training in.

Anxiety is a pervasive disorder and effects nearly all aspects of school today.

Anxiety disorders which include social phobias, separation anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder have become more common in classrooms with anxious students displaying poor attendance, poor connectedness and poor engagement.

Children with any anxiety disorders have lower average test scores compared to those who have
no mental disorder, these differences are significant for all years and all domains. By year 3, students with mental disorders were on average 7-11 months behind their peers, by year 9 the achievement gap increased to 1.5-3 years on average.

This leaves schools with a challenge that needs a multi-pronged approach to assist students, support families and empower teachers.

Greg Mitchell works with schools all over Australia to help create school cultures that can deal with stressful issues. He was raised in a family redolent with anxiety and has a mountain of lived experience in dealing with all of the anxieties that teaching can deliver.

Greg has developed a five-part approach that enables schools to

  • Create safe emotional classroom environments
  • Empower resilient relationships and peer support
  • Design better approaches to problem solving and cooperation
  • Teaching and learning that enables positive risk taking
  • Plans which help anxious students design positive responses to daily challenges and better goals for brighter futures.

This workshop abounds with practical strategies, useful insights, humour, compassion and buckets of common-sense including

  • How to counsel students in panic mode
  • How to move students in deep defence lock down
  • How to anticipate problems and teach students to deal with their inner critic
  • How to deal with our own anxieties and provide the template for honest discussions about fear, image and reality

This seminar is for teachers, teacher assistants and administrators in Primary and Secondary schools.

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Completing ‘Anticipating Anxiety’ will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2, 4.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


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Register 5 or more delegates and pay $230.00 per person

Seminar Program
Registration 8.30am – 9.00am Seminar 9.00am – 3.00pm

Group Rate

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5 230.00

Event Properties

Seminar Date Tue 30 June 20
Fee $270.00
Location NSW - Homebush - Waterview Convention Centre
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