10. Helping Children Understand Anxiety And Promoting Positive Behaviour | 2022

Help children understand what anxiety is, how to manage it and how to promote positive behaviour

Anxiety is reaching epidemic proportions in children, and an increasing amount of time for Teachers is being spent dealing with it, and trying to helping children to navigate an increasingly complex world.

In this EPV course we discuss the neuroscience and psychology of anxiety. Alongside that, the course focuses on practical strategies that you can use with students at school. You will also be able to aplly these techniques in all aspects of your life.

Topics covered include the brain bases of anxiety, how controlling your physiology helps with anxiety, what healthy emotional regulation looks like, and how School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support can foster an environment that helps with anxiety.

Our comprehensive lesson plans and resources provide you and your learners with the skills to overcome challenges and thrive both at home and in school. The aim of this course is to use the Actualise Academy Model of Neuroscience, Clinical/Emotional Psychology and Behavioural Science to introduce Teachers to the various mechanisms and actions that can help you apply the theory in practice.


Here is a list of the modules in this course, with the learning outcomes of each. We also build in School Self Evaluation into all courses, making the SSE Process as smooth as possible:

Module 1: The Neuroscience of Anxiety. Participants will learn:

  • Why anxiety exists and how it is maintained
  • What strategies we can use to help deal more effectively with anxiety

Module 2: Controlling Physiology to Help With Anxiety. Participants will:

  • Learn how breathing techniques can help with anxiety
  • How mindful approaches help with anxiety

Module 3: Healthy Emotional Regulation. Participants will learn:

  • The basic aspects of healthy emotional regulation
  • How to foster healthy regulation of emotions in the classroom and outside it
  • How to foster resilience

Module 4: Positive Behaviour Support. Participants learn:

  • How a school-wide positive behaviour support strategy can help create a safe, positive school environment

Module 5: Practical Functional Behavioural Assessments. Participants learn

  • Methodologies to help understand the messages behind student behaviour
  • Where applicable, relate these to potential anxiety provoking factors.
  • To use the SSE framework to make judgements regarding the school’s current strengths and areas for development regarding SWPBS.

Additional Resources Available With This Course:

Additions resources include lesson plans, interviews with clinical staff, useful, relatable articles resources to use in the classroom and much more.

" A very informative course, with very practical ideas that can be used in the classroom. I will go back to school with a few more motivating ideas having completed your course!"

- Mr. Daniel Maloney

Your Instructor

Rosemary Keane PhD  DPscyh Sc (Clin Psych)
Rosemary Keane PhD DPscyh Sc (Clin Psych)

Dr. Rosemary Keane is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Beuamont Hospital. Rose has a number of years of experience working with a broad range of different clinical groups across the lifespan.

She completed clinical training (Doctorate in Psychological Science) at University College Dublin (UCD). As part of this her doctoral thesis focused on emotional over- and under-control in adults with psychiatric difficulties and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)/Radically Open DBT informed group interventions. Rose also has a PhD in Psychology (National University of Ireland, Galway) focusing on acceptance in chronic pain from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework.

Rose is passionate about working together with individuals and families to understand the biopsychosocial factors affecting behaviour and functioning and compassionately applying evidence based and personalised interventions. She has a special interest in applications of functional QEEG assessment and neurofeedback training. Rose is also a member of Mental Health Advisory Board of the charity A Lust For Life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Actualise Academy Courses approved by the DES for EPV days?
Yes, all 10 courses are approved for EPV days. The courses (20 hours) carry the entitlement of 3 EPV days for Primary Teachers.
Is there a limit to how many courses can I do for EPV days?
Yes, the DES has imposed a limit of 5 EPV days in any one year. This 5 day entitlement can be reached by doing any 3 of our courses: 1 ONLINE COURSE entitles you to claim 3 EPV DAYS 2 ONLINE COURSES entitles you to claim 4 EPV DAYS 3 ONLINE COURSES entitles you to claim 5 EPV DAYS
How much do the courses cost?
Courses cost €75 for one, €100 for two and €120 for three.
What are the course completion requirements? How much work is involved?
Courses are run online. Courses consist of a total of 20 hours each, with 20 hours of optional material and resources for you. There will be lots of complementary material for you online too. The course is divided into 5 modules x 4 hours each. Each module module breaks down into some hours of online work (lectures, MCQs) and some offline for self-directed learning (e.g. recommended videos, reading, etc.). You can do the course entirely at your own pace, and can even do it on mobile if you are on the move! Assessment of the course is as follows: 1. Multiple choice questions and short answer questions are interspersed through the 5 modules on each course, and are based on the content you will have just seen; 2. Each module requires a short reflective piece, asking you to think through how you will apply the material you have just learned to your own learning environment; 3. You must engage with the online forums for each course. Please note: You must must complete assignments for each module before moving to the next module.
When can I access my course?
All courses will be accessible from 1st July to 21st August 2020 as per Department of Education guidelines.
How do I access my course?
You can access your course via www.actualiseacademy.com or via the Teachable app.
How do I deal with passwords/logins? I’m not very tech-savvy!
Our new platform is really simple to use, and the whole course runs automatically. It will pick up where you left off before, and it is really intuitive to use.
How much time is required of me?
All EPV courses must be scheduled for 20 hours. In our courses, only some of that time is online, and some is done in your own time offline. with optional work offline, We have also made sure there are lots of practical, complimentary resources available for you.
How will I get my certificate of completion?
Once you successfully complete the course, a certificate will be generated for you within a short time.

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