Making Sense of Anxiety

Making Sense of Anxiety: A 4-Week Course

The escalating level of anxiety in our children begs for an explanation as well as a solution. This class, created by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and taught by Lisa Weiner, sheds light on this age-old problem, paving the way for natural interventions that can actually get to the root causes as opposed to just managing symptoms.

This course brings a fresh and promising perspective to one of our most troubling and perplexing human problems. Although the focus is on children, this enlightening material will benefit anyone suffering from anxiety.

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This class will meet in Lisa’s office in Milwaukie.
Space limited to 8 participants.
Class will meet from 6:30-8:30pm on the following four Mondays: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1 and 10/8.
Course cost: $150

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Who is This Class For?

This course is designed for all those involved with children and youth: parents, teachers, helping professionals. Although the focus is children, the dynamics and insights apply to individuals of any age. In fact, although most participants come for their children, they end up with significant insights about their own anxiety and how to best deal with it.

  • Helping professionals will learn how to treat the anxiety of children effectively and without depending upon medication. Helping professionals also learn how to work through the parents in addressing the anxiety of their children.
  • Teachers will gain insights about their own role in the anxiety problem and what they can do to reduce the anxiety of their students.
  • Parents will learn how to address the roots of the issue and so reduce the symptoms and dysfunction of anxiety.

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In this class, we will address:

  • the anatomy and working model of the human alarm system
  • how to recognize anxiety in all its various manifestations
  • an updated and insight-based working definition of anxiety
  • how anxiety-based problems are related to agitation-based and attention problems and adrenalin-seeking behaviour
  • appropriate and inappropriate ways we alarm our children
  • the role of the prefrontal cortex in anxiety
  • the role of attachment in anxiety
  • why some children cannot see their dragons and treasures simultaneously
  • the three natural outcomes of alarm and how to foster them
  • seven common themes in our obsessions and compulsions
  • why we tend to feel anxious instead of alarmed
  • why what alarms us can also blind us to the source of alarm
  • the role of the brain’s limbic system in anxiety
  • how emotional and perceptual defenses lead to alarm-system dysfunction
  • how the alarm system is meant to work
  • why anxiety is increasing in our children
  • why alpha children tend to be much more anxious
  • why current discipline methods are alarming our children
  • why some children are conscientious, careful and concerned and others are reckless, careless and without fear
  • the relationship of courage and anxiety
  • effective ways of addressing the roots of anxiety without relying on medication
  • what parents can do to help their anxious children
  • what teachers can do to help their anxious students