Anxiety and Worry courses: How to empower children.

‘The GoZen! anxiety relief programme’ teaches your child how to understand and control their worry. And because stress, pressure and challenges are part of everyday life, these are skills your child will use forever.

Sadly I’m meeting more and more children who are really struggling with anxiety and worry and it’s often tough for them to engage in an interactive class (such as Relax Kids) so I wanted to find something a little different. Don’t get me wrong, Relax Kids is an awesome class for children to learn tools and techniques to deal with lots of different situations so I’m still very much focusing on this, but I wanted to find something else to support children who are finding it hard to access Relax Kids courses.

For a while now I’ve been wanting to do more to empower children who are finding things tough and I feel that I’ve found something that children will love and understand. As with other courses/programmes, there is always going to be a caveat that it’s not going to be for all children and perhaps it won’t work for all children. The course is all about empowering children. I feel that there is something that we can all learn from the course.

Your child will learn research-based methods to manage worry including:

  • What happens when you worry, why some types of worry are actually good and how to use the good type of worry
  • How worry affects the body, and what to do about it
  • How worry affects thinking, creates repetitive, exaggerated thoughts, and what to do about it.

The GoZen! creators suggest the course is for ages 3-25! One point to make clear though is that it’s the same course regardless of age. I personally think it’s probably more for children in Years 2-6 but I’m more than happy to work with older children (I feel younger children will struggle with parts of the course).

The course is a little different in that it’s focused on animation; which children love and really resonate with. My role will be to facilitate the course; to provide the video links, the paperwork, the space for children and their parent/carer to engage, learn and practice the techniques. It’s an American programme so there will be some words/phrases that children may not understand but that doesn’t take away from the value of the course.

The course will be run on a 1-2-1/family basis in the comfort of your own home.  The course will cover 6 modules in 3 weeks, which may feel quite a lot but parents will be in the session with their child and therefore supporting them through the course and thereafter.

Children can participate as much or as little as they wish. I will ask questions and if your child/ren they want to contribute that’s great; if they don’t then that’s equally great as I’ll have the answers!

The cost for the 3 week course will be £135 and it will take place in your home.

For further information on any of these sessions, please click the contents tab on the menu at the top or contact me, Kath Routledge on 07989 476533, rkbasingstoke@yahoo.co.uk