Therapeutic Tools for Parents and Carers to Support Children & Teenagers with Anxiety

This innovative day will include an ideal mix of theory presentation and experiential activity to enable participants to foster and develop a clear understanding of how and why anxiety occurs, and how best to respond to it. Developmentally appropriate, supportive therapeutic tools will be presented, practiced and explored. The day is designed to equip parents and carers with tools for themselves and the children and teenagers they support and care for. The course is suitable for parents and carers of children of all ages. Throughout the day, we will explore creative ways to support children who struggle with anxiety and signpost when further therapeutic intervention may be necessary.

Topics explored will include:

  • Understanding the difference between anxiety, fear and worry
  • How we view anxiety, why we have anxiety
  • How anxiety grows
  • How to regulate the self and co-regulate another
  • Helping the child communicate their level of distress
  • How to respond to the anxious child or teenager
  • Practical therapeutic techniques to help the anxious child empower themselves to feel in control again, contextualise their anxiety and overcome difficulties

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the brain and anxiety; how they interact and why
  • Learn how to regulate ‘in the moment’
  • Learn practical techniques for all age groups to manage their anxiety


Emer McDonagh

Emer holds an MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and a BA (HONS) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. She has extensive experience working with children who have experienced domestic violence and also with non residential parents and their children, maintaining and promoting quality contact. Emer has been involved in the Daphne III programme Responding to Child Parent Violence action research project, training in Non Violent Resistance and the Break 4 Change programme targeting services to families affected by Child Parent Violence. Emer has also completed Intensive Filial Therapy Training, and mindfulness training. Emer also provides a family support role with families affected by meningitis. She has developed a number of workshops to support adults such as “You, Your Thoughts & Your ACTions”, addressing stress and anxiety, “Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!, parenting children affected by Meningitis”. She has also developed and facilitated workshops to support whole families including “Reconnecting after Meningitis” and the sibling support workshop “Me Too!”. Emer has worked with the Brothers of Charity services and been involved in a number of Humanitarian aid projects in both Ethiopia and Peru. Currently Emer is in private practice at Acorns 2 Oaks Therapy Services and also provides trainings for professionals working with vulnerable children. Emer facilitates our Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Galway and also works as a CTC supervisor.

Cancellations: In the event of any cancellation a booking fee of €50 will be retained. Full fee is non-refundable in the event of cancellations within 2 weeks of the event, You may nominate another eligible person to take your place – simply notify us and provide us with their contact details.

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