TEMISKAMING SHORES –
Temiskaming Multiple Births is addressing the growing issue of anxiety by hosting a free workshop Saturday at Temiskaming District Secondary School led by nationally recognized psychologist, Eva de Gosztonyi.
The topic and presenter were chosen after local TMB executive travelled to Montreal to participate in a similar workshop earlier this year.
“Anxiety is a common mental health concern in Temiskaming, yet few resources are available locally to support children and adults who struggle with it,” organizers say.
“The topics covered during the Anxiety- Alarm workshop were so powerful TMB wanted to share it with everyone in Temiskaming. After the Frog’s Breath Foundation agreed to support the initiative, TMB booked the Small Gym at TDSS hoping to fill the venue by making it a free event. The Montreal fee for the full accredited workshop was $295 per participant. To eliminate barriers to attendance,”
TMB is also offering free transportation from Kirkland Lake and Temagami with stops along the route, free day care, and a free lunch making it essential for participants to pre-register.
There are seven main anxiety disorders in children/youth. These include: Social Anxiety Disorder, Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Specific Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Separation Anxiety. The goal of the Anxiety-Alarm workshop is to provide informed strategies on how to manage these challenges. In her presentation, Eva will weave together theory and practice; learning and behaviour, to help parents and those working with children put into practice the Neufeld Institute paradigm so they can most effectively help children and youth become the “best that they can be”.
“Every time we talk to people about anxiety, they nod their head,” said Temiskaming Multiple Births treasurer Gail Moore. “Families are dealing with the challenge in private silos. Many need this workshop but do not realize it is available, and if they do – most cannot afford to go to a major city to attend it elsewhere. We speak as parents who want to help make a difference for all families in Timiskaming, this workshop is well worth attending.”
Details on the workshop and topics are posted online at www.temiskamingmultiplebirths.com.