KidThink ConnectCare

Anxiety in Children

This workshop, aimed at caregivers, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of childhood anxiety. The program covers the causes of anxiety and its impact on the brain, as well as practical strategies to manage symptoms in kids. Participants will learn about cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to address anxious thoughts and behaviors, and also explore methods for promoting positive mental health. The workshop is structured into 7 parts, ensuring a thorough and well-rounded education for caregivers.

Completing all 7 parts will grant the participant a certificate of completion. Please note that ConnectCare does not provide continued education credits for mental health professionals.

The Video Content (ConnectCare) is provided solely for educational and informational purposes.

The Video Content is not meant to replace professional mental health services, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional, physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding mental health concerns. Never disregard expert counsel or delay getting professional services because of what you have read, heard, or seen in the Video Content.

Permission to redistribute audio or video recordings and make digital or hard copies of portions of this work for personal or classroom use is not permitted without the express permission of Kidthink Children’s Mental Health Centre Inc.



Part 1 - Understanding the Anxious Brain

Length: 9 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn about anxiety and its connection to the body's response to perceived danger. We will discuss the two distinct pathways to anxiety: the amygdala pathway and the cortex pathway. You will also learn about the history of anxiety and how it applies to children today. Finally, we will discuss the neurophysiology of anxiety.

Part 2 – Anxiety Symptoms & Disorders

Length: 8 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of anxiety symptoms in children. The symptoms are categorized into two buckets: internalizing and externalizing symptoms. You will also learn…

Part 3 – Where Anxiety Comes From

Length: 15 minutes

In this lesson, we will learn about the causes of anxiety in children. We will explore how genetics and environmental factors, including caregiver influence, can contribute to the development of…

Part 4 – Treatment Options for Anxiety

Length: 8 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn about the main treatment options for children diagnosed with anxiety. The focus will be on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which recognizes the connection between…

Part 5 – Strategies to Use at Home

Length: 22 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn about CBT-based strategies to manage anxiety in your child. The strategies consist of three steps: "Calm It", "Name It", and "Think It".

Part 6 – Tips for Implementing Strategies at Home

Length: 13 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn tips for implementing the strategies we've covered up to this point. This lesson highlights the importance of approaching new strategies with patience and practicing…

Part 7 – Maintaining Your Family's Mental Health

Length: 6 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn about the ways to maintain your family's mental health through nutrition, sleep, exercise, relaxation, grounding, mindfulness, and other strategies. Additionally, you will learn about…


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