Interrupting Anxiety’s Cognitive Patterns in Schools

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dexter Southfield School, Brookline, MA
8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Presented and Facilitated by Lynn Lyons


  • Registration, Networking and Breakfast: 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Welcome: Becky Biggs, AISNE: 9:00 a.m.
  • Morning Program: 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Networking Lunch: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon Program: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Reflections and Farewell: 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Register Here

Morning Program

When it comes to dealing with anxiety and its pal depression, programs are introduced, professional development offered and plans are written. But what’s working and what isn’t? How much may we expect of counselors, psychologists, teachers and administrators? How is the collaboration and communication between parents, schools and outside mental health and medical providers going? What are students actually learning in school about their mental health?

This training will focus on HOW to interrupt anxiety’s cognitive patterns in schools with simple, process-based strategies. We’ll discuss how to create behavioral plans that help, as well as how to address those that inadvertently “do the disorder” by supporting avoidance and isolation.

Learn how anxiety’s quest for certainty and comfort impacts an anxious student’s functioning and attendance, the common problems with plans and goals for anxious students, and practice creating plans for anxious students that are skill-based instead of avoidance-based.

Afternoon Program

Talk and collaborate with peers about specific scenarios you're experiencing in your school.

About Our Speaker

Lynn Lyons is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Concord, New Hampshire. Lynn has been in private practice for 28 years, specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. She travels internationally as a speaker and trainer on the subject of anxiety, its role in families and the need for a preventative approach at home and in schools. Lynn is a sought after expert, appearing in the New York Times, Time, NPR, Psychology Today, and other media outlets. With a special interest in breaking the generational cycle of worry in families, Lynn is coauthor of two books on anxiety: Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.