ANXIETY TRAINING FOR SCHOOLS

Coach Anxious Children & Teens
Into Empowered, Confident Students

A Complete Anxiety Training Bundle for Your Entire School Community.

Discover Anxiety Training that will  teach your staff how to coach your students through worry and fear and help them thrive socially and academically.

Anxiety Training for Schools helps school communities alleviate the fear and worry that face their students.

THE RISE OF ANXIETY IN CHILDREN IS A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS FACING 1 IN 3 YOUTH--NATIONALLY. NEARLY 80% OF THESE KIDS AND TEENS SUFFER WITHOUT HELP.

As a teacher, administrator, or guidance counselor, you know the struggles of children with anxiety. They often have academic and social challenges, making it hard for them to stay on track with learning goals, in addition to being at risk for low self-esteem and substance abuse. And, while you know the risk factors, you likely also struggle to meet the needs of students with anxiety.

You are not alone.

For over 10 years, we have delivered live, in-person trainings to school communities and have listened to others just like you. We’ve heard your need for effective tools to coach students into living well with anxiety.

What is the Anxiety Training for Schools Program?

The Anxiety Training for Schools Program is an on-demand training series for school communities (teachers, staff, students, and parents) to help students take back their lives from anxiety, to face their fears, and live a life they value. It provides an actionable, evidence-based approach for parents, teachers, and staff to coach students.

The Anxiety Training for Schools Program is created for all schools, including elementary, middle and high Schools. We also have bulk pricing for multiple schools in a district and education service agencies.

In this program, your school community will learn:

What happens in our brain to set off the anxiety response.

How to retrain the brain to handle uncertainty, change, and distress.

What Makes Anxiety Training for Schools Successful in Helping Children with Anxiety?

Anxiety Training for Schools uses a unique, three-tiered system that trains teachers and staff, parents, and students in the same techniques, using the same language to coach children with anxiety. This unified approach empowers your school community to embrace the anxiety paradox: walking towards fear, talking back to worry, and sitting in discomfort are the keys to changing our relationship with fear.

By supporting your students who have anxiety, they will be more effective learners.

Develop Language

Teachers and staff will develop language and action steps that help students become more resilient

Role of anxiety

Parents will understand the role of anxiety in families and how to partner with schools to help their children live well with anxiety.

Why feel anxious

Students will learn why they feel anxious and specific steps to feel better.

Learn Skills

Everyone will learn skills to shift out of avoidance and accommodations and into doing what they value even when they feel anxious.

Empower Your School Community Today

One comprehensive program with four effective trainings to meet each person's need.

PREVIEW EACH ON-DEMAND TRAINING

What's Inside Anxiety Training For Schools

The Teacher & Staff Training

Our training teaches your staff to coach students through worry and fear, helping them thrive socially and academically. The program leads to increased student attendance, improved classroom participation, and clearer communication between teachers and parents.


Upon completing the Anxiety Training for Schools, teachers and staff will be able to identify anxiety symptoms and triggers and develop strategies to help students increase their tolerance of uncertainty and distress.

The Parent Training

Our Parent Training equips parents with effective strategies to tackle anxiety at home. It covers reducing conflict and tears about school and friend circles, developing a resilient family, learning healthy ways to confront worry, and mastering 10 coaching strategies to help children face their fears and tolerate discomfort.


Parents will learn to identify anxiety symptoms and their effects both at home and school, and team with teachers to quickly and effectively manage their child's anxiety.

The Student Training

Our Student Training equips students to conquer fear, anxiety, and worry, enabling them to tackle challenging tasks. This results in improved test scores and overall academic performance, greater enjoyment in learning and attending school, and increased comfort and confidence in delivering speeches and presentations.


Students will also find it easier to participate in social activities with friends, learn specific skills to face their fears, recognize when to challenge harmful anxiety, and identify how anxiety tricks them into avoiding important activities.

what's included in the anxiety training for schools program

In the Anxiety Training for Schools Program, every member of a student's support system—from home to school—receives comprehensive training to best support children dealing with anxiety. This includes teachers, staff, parents, and school counselors, all learning the same evidence-based techniques and language to ensure a unified approach.

The school counselor training

Our tailored training supports the unique role of school counselors in fostering a supportive environment for students dealing with anxiety.

 

By partnering with parents and teachers, counselors can significantly impact students' well-being and academic success.

the teacher & staff training

Our training teaches your staff how to coach your students through worry and fear, allowing them to effectively help them thrive socially and academically.

  • Increased Student Attendance
  • Improved Classroom Participation
  • Clearer Communication for Teachers & Parents

After completing Anxiety Training for Schools, your teachers and staff will be able to identify anxiety symptoms and triggers and develop strategies to help the student increase their tolerance of uncertainty and distress.

the parent training

Our training provides parents with the tools to tackle anxiety in their homes. Parent strategies cover how to:

  • Reduce conflict and tears about school and friend circles.
  • Develop a resilient family and learn healthy ways to confront worry.
  • Learn 10 coaching strategies to help their child face their fears and tolerate discomfort.
  • Identify symptoms of anxiety and how it may affect their child at home and school.
  • Team with teachers to quickly and effectively turn around anxiety.
the student training

Our training equips students with the ability to conquer fear, anxiety, and worry, to do what's hard or seem impossible which results in:

  • Improved test scores and overall academic performance.
  • Enjoyment in learning and going to school.
  • Comfort and confidence to deliver speeches and presentations.
  • Participation with ease in social activities with their friends.
  • Learning specific skills to ignore anxiety and face their fears.
  • Knowing when to talk back to anxiety when it’s hurting, not helping them.
  • Identifying ways that anxiety tricks them into avoiding important things in their lives.

Supporting Students Throughout the School Year

Within the student section, the Anxiety Training program consists of two primary parts:

01 Foundational Training

A 45-minute to 1-hour session that lays the groundwork for understanding and managing anxiety.

02 Monthly Skills Training

Nine videos, each ranging from 5-15 minutes, that teach specific anxiety management skills that can be reviewed each month.

By being on the same page of understanding, this cohesive support network fosters a consistent, nurturing environment where students feel safe and empowered, significantly enhancing their ability to manage anxiety and thrive academically and socially.

Together, we can make a lasting impact on our students' well-being and success.

What People Say About Anxiety Training


Rosa L. D'Abate, PhD

Coordinator of Student Services Williamsville Central School District

Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, have provided our mental health staff with tangible and practical information and guidance in our work with students experiencing Anxiety and the associated behavioral issues. Their ability to consult on K-12 cases and provide direction has allowed our staff and students to move forward toward positive outcomes. There is universal agreement that spending an hour or two in consultation with Kimberly or Elizabeth is well worth the time and effort. We look forward to a sustained and continual relationship with AnxietyTraining.

Sue Daley, M.A.

Penn State Behrend

When I received Kimberly Morrow's flyer in the mail offering a one-day workshop ‘Face It & Feel It,’ I was skeptical that so much material on the treatment of anxiety could be presented in such a short amount of time. I was not disappointed. In fact, it has been a while since I attended a workshop that offered so many treatment strategies in such a succinct, down-to-earth, client-friendly, and efficient manner. Kimberly has a special gift of delivery of the material that she has so obviously mastered in her practice over the years. I have been sharing the workshop ‘gems’ with my colleagues and we look forward to incorporating them into our therapy sessions. She has brought new life to our work!

Kelly Celony

Williamsville Central School District

Your workshops have really inspired me and re-energized me around feeling like I can really help those with anxiety (we are just seeing SO much of it in our building alone)! I tell everyone I can that they absolutely HAVE to go to one of your workshops if they get the chance! Thanks again!

How It Works

01  

Upon purchasing the annual membership for your school, you will receive an access code. This access code can be distributed by the designated point person at your school to all relevant staff members (e.g. school counselors, social workers, and teachers).

02  

The staff members, including school counselors, social workers, and teachers, use this code to grant parents and students access to the anxiety training program. They ensure that everyone has the accessibility to the training program.

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As the year progresses, staff members and parents actively support students as they work through the monthly training resources, fostering a collaborative environment for ongoing learning and growth.

When Will We See Results?

Immediately. And we mean it.

Once students understand their brain and how to change it, they can implement these skills quickly. This is especially true when they have the combined support of their teachers, staff and parents.

And, once educators can identify anxiety in students, they can immediately implement language that is helpful.

Your entire school community will start to see results as soon as they apply the strategies and language.

Ready to empower your school community?

ANXIETY TRAINING COFOUNDERS

OVER 50 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE

We are therapists turned trainers with a passion for helping children and teens live well with anxiety. We are nationally respected speakers and authors on anxiety and OCD treatment.

We have been training school communities in evidence-based anxiety treatment for over 10 years.

Cofounders and anxiety experts Kimberly Morrow, LCSW, and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C bring over 50 years of experience and leadership in anxiety and OCD treatment to Anxiety Training.

Kimberly Morrow, LCSW

Kimberly Morrow, LCSW helps people live well with anxiety using compassionate, evidenced-based treatment. She has been in private practice in Erie, PA for almost 30 years. Kimberly earned the Clinician Outreach Award and the Member of Distinction Award from Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA). She is a graduate of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Institute. She has served on the board for OCD Pennsylvania. She authored Face It and Feel It: 10 Simple (But Not Easy) Ways to Live Well with Anxiety and co-authored CBT for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step Training Manual for the Treatment of Fear, Panic, Worry and OCD.

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker, board approved supervisor, and trainer. She has been in private practice in Rockville, Maryland for almost 30 years. Elizabeth graduated from Columbia University and received her clinical training at the National Institutes of Health. She is a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA) where she also earned the Clinician Outreach Award and the Clinician of Distinction Award. She has co-authored several books, including The Anxiety Cure and The Anxiety Cure for Kids.

Meet Our
Collaborative Partners

we are courageous kids
Brianna Morrow, LSW

Brianna Morrow is a licensed social worker who specializes in working with children diagnosed with OCD and anxiety. She employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and play therapy in her approach. Brianna is also a co-founder of We Are Courageous Kids, an organization dedicated to supporting children through these challenges.

Andy Pitrone, EdD

Andy Pitrone is an experienced elementary teacher with over 20 years of teaching and a personal journey with contamination OCD. Andy integrates ERP techniques to embrace uncertainty and conquer OCD, making him both a trusted classroom teacher and a family advocate. He is a co-founder of We Are Courageous Kids.

Brianna and Andy bring together their therapeutic and educational expertise to create a comprehensive support system for children with OCD and anxiety. The elementary curriculum within the school program empowers elementary students to manage their mental health proactively. Students learn practical skills that enable them to thrive academically and socially, fostering a supportive and resilient school environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do We Offer to School Districts for Coaching Students with Anxiety?

Anxiety Training for Schools is a virtual training series for school communities (teachers, staff, students, and parents) to help children and students take back their lives from anxiety, to face their fears, and live a life they value. It provides an actionable, evidence-based approach for parents, teachers, and staff to coach students.

By supporting your students who have anxiety, they will be more effective learners.

This program teaches your whole school community

  • what happens in the brain to engage the anxiety response and
  • how to retrain the brain to handle uncertainty, change, and distress.

 And it does so through three, engaging trainings:

  • Tools to Help Your Students Live Well with Distress and Uncertainty for Staff
  • Winning the Anxiety Game for Students
  • Helping Your Child be Effective with Anxiety for Parents

What Makes Anxiety Training for Schools a Successful Program?

Anxiety Training for Schools uses a unique, three-tiered system that trains teachers and staff, parents, and students in the same techniques, using the same language to coach students with anxiety. This unified approach empowers your school community to embrace the anxiety paradox: walking towards fear, talking back to worry, and sitting in discomfort are the keys to changing our relationship with fear.

Your school district and parents will learn how to support children and students with anxiety in these ways.

  • Teachers and staff will develop language and action steps that help anxious students become more resilient. 
  • Parents will understand the role of anxiety in families and how to partner with schools to help their children live well with anxiety.
  • Students will learn why they feel anxious and specific steps to feel better.
  • Everyone will learn skills to shift out of avoidance and accommodations and into doing what they value even when they feel anxious.

How do I use Anxiety Training for Schools?

Once you purchase this bundle, you can download each video to share it with your target audience, in the format and timeframe that works for you.

Use it as SEL curriculum or part of speech and language pragmatics. Share it with students in health, English, or math classes. Show it to faculty and staff in meetings. View it with parents at PTA meetings.

In any setting, show the video, create small groups to process, and let the group leader use the handout with questions to aid in processing. Through processing, you create a safe environment for everyone to share their experience with anxiety. And, processing also helps set the conditions for future success at tackling the challenges of anxiety for your whole school community.

Why Trust Anxiety Training?

At Anxiety Training, we (co-founders Kimberly and Elizabeth) are anxiety treatment specialists with over 50 years of combined experience. We are therapists turned trainers with a passion for helping people live well with anxiety disorders. We are nationally respected speakers and author experts.

For 10 years, we have been training school systems in evidence-based anxiety coaching for children and students.

Read more about Anxiety Training and our company founders, Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth Dupond Spencer, LCSW-C.

When Will We See Results in Our Students With Anxiety

Immediately. And we mean it.

Once children understand their brain and how to change it, they can implement these skills quickly so they can get back to learning. This is especially true when they have the combined support of their teachers, staff and parents.

And, once educators can identify anxiety in children and students, they can immediately implement language that is helpful.

Your entire school community will see positive results as soon as they apply the strategies and language.

What's Different About This Program?

AnxietyTraining.com for Schools shifts away from the harmful paradigm of accommodating the anxious thoughts and behavior of students. And, it leans into the evidence-based practice of increased tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort to manage anxiety.

This program includes engaging real-life stories from students and parents.

  • Listen to a student share his experience with anxiety and how he got better. 
  • View to the powerful story of a family and learn how accommodating their daughter’s anxiety was the opposite of what was helpful. Witness how appropriately handling anxiety freed their family.
    We’ve included printable handouts, including a special resource with easy-to-implement strategies for coaching children and students through anxiety.