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Regulation Strategies for Heightened Anxiety in School Environments is a Course

Regulation Strategies for Heightened Anxiety in School Environments

Nov 5 - Nov 20, 2020

$225 Enroll

Full course description

Offering Information

Dates: Thursdays, November 5th, 12th, and 19th

Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm EST

Format: Online via Zoom

Who should enroll?
The online course has been designed as a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators.

Course Description:

Whether you are working with individual students or entire classrooms, working remotely or in-person, you and your team are most likely faced with student anxiety and the need for regulation strategies in your practice.  During this three-session workshop, drawing on participants’ experiences, we will apply a set of research-based principles toward understanding and responding to challenging behavior in the classroom, managing student and educator reactivity, and supporting educator well-being.  Come away with practical tools for meeting the exceedingly challenging stressors of this time. 

Course Objectives: 

1. Understand how self-regulation (cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical) develops and why some

children have trouble regulating.

2. Apply the Polyvagal theory and neuroscientific research to support regulation and build resilience.

3. Learn why rewards and punishment are often ineffective toward enhancing learning or influencing behavior in children.

4. Build the capacity to read and respond to the mental states (emotion, intention, and needs) of others.

5. Respond effectively to heightened anxiety due to the pandemic, racial injustice, natural disasters, and

economic and political instability.

6. Learn strategies to de-escalate difficult situations and restore regulation.

7. Provide cues of safety to co-regulate students in the classroom and through distance learning.

Certification of completion

The Lynch School is a state-approved provider of Professional Development Points.  10 PDPs will be provided upon completing the workshop sessions. 

Please note that all participants from outside Boston College will not receive academic credit nor a transcript documenting their participation in this course. However, all participants will be awarded a certificate of completion, and Professional Development points to apply to their professional development plans. 

Fees & Policies
Tuition includes all instructional materials. Participants receive a certificate of participation and professional development points. Participants must attend all sessions and complete all assignments to receive the 10 PDPs. 

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes on November 4th. 


Course Instructor

Dr. Susan Averna

Trained in developmental, educational, and counseling psychology, Dr. Averna has worked as a school mental health consultant, college professor, school counselor, and athletic coach.  She provides consultation and training to parents, educators, and coaches. With expertise in attachment, trauma, and development, she provides educators with tools to better serve the most vulnerable children while supporting those doing this important work.