Anxious Heads, Troubled Hearts
Exploring anxiety in self and others
Course code: PL2020
Purpose of this course:
The course has been designed to give access to some of the current thinking on dealing with anxiety. The world in which we and our students live is stressful and anxiety disorders are on the increase in the general population and in the classroom. Research on the effects of health disasters suggests that anxiety and depression rates rise significantly in the wake of any disaster. The current COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lock down and job losses are having a widespread impact in our society and anxiety disorders are increasing as a direct result of this situation. The course aims to build the resilience and the personal skill set of teachers to enable them to better care for themselves and their students in the pandemic environment. This course is specifically designed for teachers professing a faith, as the research incorporates the concept of a Biblical understanding of life and how to deal with its uncertainties. The course is based on the Agora presented by Valerie Ling and references the current psychological research.
Anxious Heads, Troubled Hearts is a five-hour, online course and incorporates the learning from the 2020 EdComm Agora of the same name. It gives five hours of NESA-accredited learning at the Proficient level.
Completing Anxious Heads, Troubled Hearts will contribute 5 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.
Click below to see a short segment of Valerie Ling's address at an EdComm Agora event
For teachers and leaders who have an interest in understanding anxiety and how COVID-19 is increasing anxiety for both teachers and students.
- To develop a critical understanding of the nature of anxiety affecting our teachers and students.
- To grow an awareness of the links between anxiety and the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To understand ways of dealing with anxiety and when to refer forward to a medical practitioner.
- The participant can express an understanding of what anxiety is and how it is experienced.
- The participant engages with the discussion and raises concerns about dealing with anxiety in their own life and in the school setting.
- The participant shows evidence of engaging with other participants in dialogue about anxiety and its link to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The participant reflects on their own practice and proactive measures to build resilience in the current situation.
This module explores what anxiety is, its causes and symptoms, and the relationship between thoughts and anxiety. It also looks at how the Fight or Flight response is activated by stress and its contribution to an anxiety state.
- Learning Task 1.1 – Check your Understanding
- Learning Task 1.2 – Understanding the Fight or Flight mechanism
- Learning Task 1.3 – Recognising physiological symptoms of anxiety
- Learning Task 1.4 – Stimulus-based scenario analysis exploring the relationship between thoughts and anxiety
- Learning Task 1.5 – A personal reflection and application
Module Two explores how anxiety affects children, with reference to younger as well as teenage children.
- Learning Task 2.1 – Recognising anxiety in children
In this module you will explore the impact of COVID-19 on teachers and children.
- Learning Task 3.1 – The Impact of COVID on teachers
- Learning Task 3.2 – Leading in COVID times
- Learning Task 3.3 – Adaptive Coping strategies
- Learning Task 3.4 – Dealing with children affected by anxiety
This module looks more closely at how to deal with anxiety, how to support those who are suffering from anxiety and the importance of faith in dealing with anxiety.
- Learning Task 4.1 – Dealing with anxiety
- Learning Task 4.2 – Activities to de-stress
- Learning Task 4.3 – Anchoring in Christ
Presents the questions and answers from the Agora evening.
- Learning Task 5.1 – Interacting with the questions, forming my own questions and responding to the questions posed by others
In this module you will be asked to reflect on your learning and to assess your own learning and the course.
- Learning Task 6.1 – A reflection on my learning
- Learning Task 6.2 – Self-evaluation of my learning and course evaluation
October 19 to November 2 2020
$100pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools
$100pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members
$200pp for Non-member Schools/General Admission