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Managing Anxiety in the Classroom: Cultivating Understanding and Healing
Presented by: Tammy Schamuhn, Tania Johnson
Date(s):
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Central Alberta Regional Consortium 8 Page Avenue, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:

Panic attacks, racing thoughts, headaches and stomach aches, separation anxiety, phobias, obsessions/compulsions, aggression, tantrums, and avoidance. . . anxiety has many faces, and at this workshop educational professionals will learn about the psychological and physiological roots of anxiety, why it is on the rise in our children, and what to do to help children and adolescents better manage it.


Research and theory in the field of mental health, education, and interpersonal neurobiology will be explored and professionals will be given resources and direct tools to help the children and adolescents they work with to overcome this emotional obstacle and foster stronger emotion regulation in their classrooms and schools.


Instructional Objectives:
• Identify neurobiological and physiological mechanisms that underlie anxiety
• Describe ways in which attachment styles can contribute to anxiety in youth
• Recognize environmental and societal factors that contribute towards the increase in anxiety amongst children
• Implement a variety of emotion regulation strategies
• Discuss ways to communicate to parents what is going on for their children
• Identify developmentally appropriate* resources for youth outside the school setting
• Explore naturopathic options to foster physiological and emotion regulation

About the Presenter(s):
Tammy Schamuhn

I am a Registered Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist. In addition to my training as a therapist, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and I worked as an elementary teacher for three local school districts before attending graduate school. Inclusively, I have over 17 years of experience working with children in a professional capacity. I am also the founder and Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres.

I have been working in private practice for the past 7 years in Alberta, primarily with children and their families. I also include animals in my
therapy and have developed a canine assisted and equine assisted therapy programs. 

I approach my clinical and consultative work with parents and professionals with an attachment and neurobiological lens: all of my work is based on the neurology of the brain and how ttachment is integral to adaptive functioning of both children and adults.

I am a passionate, empathetic, and experienced clinician here for my community to help children, teens, and adults heal and grow. I aim to have warm, respectful, and productive relationships with the clients I collaborate with, and I enjoy being part of the positive change that families experience.

Tania Johnson

I am a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist and one of the Co-founders of the Institute of Child Psychology. I grew up in South Africa and have had the opportunity to travel extensively, including living and working in Asia for several years. I have a deep respect for cultural diversity. In 2006-2007, I was the recipient of an International Internship at “Cancer Treatment Centers of America” where I provided ongoing support for individuals diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer. This experience ingrained within me the vital connection between the mind and the body.

In 2012, I received my Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle. During my Master’s degree, I worked both on the front lines and as a counsellor with foster and adoptive families who faced a range of emotional, behavioural and cognitive challenges.

Since completing my degree, I have worked in a private practice setting with children, teens, adults and families. My work with the Institute of Child Psychology has given me the opportunity to present to parents, professionals and caregivers on topics pertaining to children’s mental
health. I currently specialize in working specifically with parenting issues.

I work primarily from an attachment based perspective. This means that I work with clients to explore how early relationships impact how we come to understand our self, other people and the world.

Cancellation Policy:

Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 7 FULL days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide seven FULL days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. CARC also reserves the right to cancel an event within the 7 calendar days due to unforeseen circumstances such as facility closures, terrorist threats, natural disasters or extreme inclement weather (-35 C or colder). Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.

Registration Deadline: November 26, 2019
Cost: $75.00
Focus(es): Mental Wellness
Grade Level(s): K-12
Audience: Teachers