Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C
About the instructor
Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C are both in private practice. Kimberly is in Erie, PA and Elizabeth is in North Bethesda, MD. Each has 25 years of experience using cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure and response prevention to treat anxiety and OCD. They provide online and in person training to therapists across the country.
The rate of anxiety in children is a mental health crisis with 1 in 3 children suffering from an anxiety disorder. And, nearly 80% of these children and teens suffer without help.
As a teacher, administrator, or guidance counselor, you know the struggles of children with anxiety. They often have academic and social challenges, in addition to being at risk for low self-esteem and substance abuse. And, while you know the risk factors, you likely struggle to meet the needs of students with anxiety.
You are not alone.
For years, we have delivered live, in-person trainings to school communities and have listened to others just like you. We’ve heard your need for effective tools to coach students into living well with anxiety.
Once you purchase this class, you can download it so that you can share it with your school in the format and timeframe that works for you.
What’s AnxietyTraining.com for Schools?
Our program, AnxietyTraining.com for Schools, is a virtual training series for school communities (teachers, staff, students, and parents) to help students to take back their lives from anxiety, to face their fears, and live a life they value. It provides an actionable, evidence-based approach for parents, teachers, and staff to coach students.
In this program, your school community will learn
- what happens in our brain to set off the anxiety response and
- how to retrain the brain to handle uncertainty, change, and distress
What Makes this Program Successful in Helping Children with Anxiety?
AnxietyTraining.com for Schools uses a unique, three-tiered system that trains teachers and staff, parents, and students in the same techniques, using the same language to coach children with anxiety. This unified approach empowers your school community to embrace the anxiety paradox: walking towards fear, talking back to worry, and sitting in discomfort are the keys to changing our relationship with fear.
Your school community will learn how to support the anxious student in these ways.
- Teachers and staff will develop language and actions steps that help students become more resilient.
- Parents will understand the role of anxiety in families and how to partner with schools to help their children live well with anxiety.
- Students will learn why they feel anxious and specific steps to feel better.
- Everyone will learn skills to shift out of avoidance and accommodations and into doing what they value even when they feel anxious.
Why Trust AnxietyTraining.com?
At Anxietytraining.com, we (co-founders Kimberly and Elizabeth) are anxiety treatment specialists with over 50 years of combined experience. We are therapists turned trainers with a passion for helping people live well with anxiety. We are nationally respected speakers and authors.
We have been training school systems in evidence-based anxiety treatment for over 10 years.
What are Schools Saying about AnxietyTraining.com for Schools?
“Kimberly Morrow, LCSM and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, have provided our mental health staff with tangible and practical information and guidance in our work with students experiencing Anxiety and the associated behavior issues. Their ability to consult on K-12 cases and provide direction has allowed our staff and students to move forward toward positive outcomes. There is universal agreement that spending an hour or two in consultation with Kimberly or Elizabeth is well worth the time and effort. We look forward to a sustained and continual relationship with AnxietyTraining.com.”
Rosa L. D'Abate, PhD
Coordinator of Student Services
Williamsville Central School District
“When I received Kimberly Morrow's flyer in the mail offering a one-day workshop ‘Face It & Feel It,’ I was skeptical that so much material on the treatment of anxiety could be presented in such a short amount of time. I was not disappointed. In fact, it has been a while since I attended a workshop that offered so many treatment strategies in such a succinct, down-to-earth, client-friendly, and efficient manner. Kimberly has a special gift of delivery of the material that she has so obviously mastered in her practice over the years. I have been sharing the workshop ‘gems’ with my colleagues and we look forward to incorporating them into our therapy sessions. She has brought new life to our work!
Sue Daley, M.A.
Penn State Behrend
“I just wanted to follow-up with you to let you know that Kimberly Morrow delivered a fantastic training. We were very happy with the presentation. It met our needs and Ms. Morrow was really a fantastic partner in this endeavor.”
New York City Public Schools
“Your workshops have really inspired me and re-energized me around feeling like I can really help those with anxiety (we are just seeing SO much of it in our building alone)! I tell everyone I can that they absolutely HAVE to go to one of your workshops if they get the chance! Thanks again!”
Williamsville Central School District
When Will We See Results?
Immediately. And we mean it.
Once children understand their brain and how to change it, they can implement these skills quickly. This is especially true when they have the combined support of their teachers, staff, and parents.
And, once educators can identify anxiety in students, they can immediately implement language that is helpful.
Your entire school community will start to see results as soon as they apply the strategies and language.
What’s Different About This Program?
AnxietyTraining.com for Schools shifts away from the old paradigm of accommodating the anxious thoughts and behavior of students. And, it leans into the evidence-based practice of increased tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort to manage anxiety.
This training includes engaging real-life stories from students and parents.
- Listen to a student share his experience with anxiety and how he got better.
- Listen to the powerful story of a family and learn how accommodating their daughter’s anxiety was the opposite of what was helpful. Witness how appropriately handling anxiety freed their family.
We’ve included downloadable resources, including a special handout with specific tips on coaching a child through anxiety.
Does this Program Address the Pandemic?
Yes. Each class for parents, staff and students includes information about how to cope with the anxiety of the special situation of the pandemic.
Act Now & Break the Cycle of Student Anxiety
Without a unified, evidence-based approach, the number of anxious students in your school will continue to rise. Your teachers will continue to write accommodations for students who can’t handle their symptoms. And, tensions will continue to rise in your school community as you battle out which approach works best.
Maybe you know this cycle of implementing strategies that only serve to strengthen the hold of anxiety on your students?
The good news is that AnxietyTraining.com for Schools will help you break that cycle.
After this training, school communities will work as a team to
- identify anxiety symptoms and triggers and
- develop strategies to help the student increase their tolerance of uncertainty and distress.
Your teachers can get back to doing what they do best--teaching. And, your students can get back to learning.
Can You Guarantee It Works?
By implementing the paradoxical strategies of this program, we guarantee that you will have everything your school community needs to turn anxiety around and help your anxious students thrive!
This class does not include continuing education credits.
- Pandemic Parenting -- Tips to Reduces Stress and Anxiety
- Tip 1: Recognize the role of anxiety
- Tip 2: Accept that the future is uncertain
- Tip 3: Practice Mindfulness -- Adam Miller, LCSW Erie PA
- Tip 4: Focus on the things you value in your life
- Tip 5: Exercise most days
- Tip 6: Attend to the positives in your life
- Tip 7: Get enough but not too much sleep
- Tip 8: Limit social media and compulsive information checking
- Tip 9: Embrace imperfection
- Tip 10: Model being brave and tolerating disappointment