Anxious Heads, Trouble Hearts:
Exploring anxiety in self and others
“When several demands are competing for your attention, especially demands that you consider important, it’s easy to feel anxious. Anxiety is just one of the many symptoms of stress.”1
We are living in very interesting times. Our recent history is almost unthinkable – moving from drought, to fires, to floods, to a worldwide pandemic. This disruption is taking its toll on the entire community. As we deal with a viral pandemic, we may well be faced with something much more sinister in the personal realm if left unchecked, whose effects could be more long-term.
Relying on a Christian worldview Valerie Ling will help us to explore the nature of anxiety from a clinical perspective and provide us with timely advice on dealing with anxiety, while taking a long-term look at its effects. She will help us to understand the signs and effects of anxiety, offer practical solutions for dealing with our own anxiety, and help us to consider how to help those we live and work with, those we lead, our students and the wider community.
This seminar will include:
- Understanding the origins, signs and symptoms of anxiety
- The short and long-term effects of COVID-19 (and other crisis situations) on anxiety for young people, adults and the wider community
- Practical strategies for prevention and intervention
- Understanding God and anxiety.
*This event has a special focus on providing tips and strategies for parents, teachers and leaders to build resilience in others and their teams in the aftermath of a major crisis.
1Proeschold-Bell, R. J. & Byassee, J. (2018). Faithful and Fractured (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic). p.27.
Online event via live-stream
Date: 1st June, 2020
Speaker: Valerie Ling
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $20pp for EdComm Member Schools
$20pp for EdComm Individual Members
$40pp for Non-member Schools
Completing Anxious Heads, Troubled Hearts: Exploring anxiety in self and others will contribute 2 hours of NESA accredited PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
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Speaker: Valerie Ling
Valerie Ling is a Clinical Psychologist, Speaker, Published Author and Clinical supervisor working primarily in the pursuit of burnout prevention. Valerie is the Clinical Director and Founder of The Centre For Effective Living, a group Psychology practice dedicated to clinical excellence in mental health. Valerie has worked with agencies to create and implement wellness programmes that target systemic burnout from trainees to professional carers. She is a sought after speaker by health professionals, clergy, cross-cultural workers, chaplaincy and educators to present industry-specific and up to date research and strategies in burnout prevention. In her roles as Founder and Director of The Centre For Effective Living she leads a team of Psychologists in evidence-based treatment of mental health issues. Valerie is a committed Christian. She has worked extensively with the staff and students at Moore Theological College and with clergy through the Centre for Ministry Development seeking to improve mental health and well-being for those in the caring professions. She is married to Josh, who is a Presbyterian Minister.