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Community Lecture

The Windward Institute presents two free educational lectures open to the public in the spring and fall of each year: the Fall Community Lecture and Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lecture in the spring. While the lectures are open to the public, registration is required.

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The Windward School and The Windward Institute present

Parenting and Educating Kids in the Time of Anxiety—Balancing Precaution and Bravery 

by Rachel Busman, PsyD, ABPP

to be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health disorders in the United States; 31.9% of adolescents meet criteria for at least one. Additionally, anxiety disorders are on the rise: high school students today have more anxiety symptoms than did teens in the 1980s, and 80% of youth with an anxiety disorder are not receiving treatment. Without effective intervention, anxiety in childhood tends to persist and can lead to additional mental health problems. As students spend approximately 1,000 hours each year in school, school-based professionals play a crucial role in identifying students who are struggling with anxiety and helping students receive appropriate interventions. Social support is key when considering resilience in the time of stress. It is crucial for parents and educators to support children in a variety of ways that promote resilience and bravery.  

This talk will address the following topics: 

  • What is the fear response and why is it important and adaptive?  
  • What is anxiety and what are the different types of anxiety disorders?  
  • How to parent and educate as the landscape changes  
  • How to keep children informed in developmentally appropriate ways without inadvertently increasing anxiety  
  • Ways to encourage bravery in the face of anxiety (e.g. taking tests, trying new things) 

Past Fall Community Lectures