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Skills & Ideas that Move Anxious Students from Avoidance to Action
Lynn Lyons

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Palomar
505 N. State Street
Chicago, IL

* Location Update *

Due to the high demand for this workshop, ISACS has relocated this workshop to the Hotel Palomar, 505 N. State Street, Chicago, IL.

* Registration Update as of 11/29/18 *

There are only 2 spots remaining for this workshop. We anticipate this workshop will reach capacity in the next few days.

Once the workshop reaches capacity, we will start a wait list. For the remaining spots, if you are planning to register more than 2 people at one time, please register 2 people to secure their spots. Any additional registrants over 2, please complete a separate registration for them and they will be put on a wait list. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

With educators dealing with increasing rates of student (and parent) anxiety and worry, the struggle to balance academic success (and expectations) with anxiety’s demands for certainty and comfort feels untenable. And it is! Learning requires a degree of uncertainty and flexibility, the ability to step into new territory as kids learn and grow. Worry demands the opposite. With all the best intentions, this struggle often results in accommodations that support avoidance and rigidity, rather than teaching the skills needed to both prevent and manage anxiety over time. 

In this workshop, we’ll dig deep into the difference between accommodations that support anxiety and those that build skills. The goal is to equip schools with overarching strategies and concrete plans that serve to both help anxious students thrive and prevent worry from intruding on the learning process.

Participants will leave with:

  • specifics for creating effective behavioral plans
  • concrete ideas for lunch/social groups at all levels that tackle worry’s process
  • the keys to a paradigm-shifting anxiety protocol in schools that includes parents, students, and outside providers

This workshop is appropriate for primary and secondary school educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists, special education staff, and clinicians who work in a variety of settings with anxious children and teens.

Lynn Lyons is a psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. She is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions, which describes treatment approaches for children with anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and medical issues. Lyons has a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire and has been in practice for 27 years. For more information, visit

The workshop will take place at the Hotel Palomar, 505 N. State Street, Chicago, IL on the 6th floor, ballroom.

Directions, Parking and Public Transportation
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation. Click here for directions, parking, and public transportation information. 

Daily event parking at the Hotel Palomar is $20/day.

Overnight parking at the Hotel Palomar is $62/night and will charged to your hotel room bill.

Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the Hotel Palomar. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the Hotel Palomar in less than an hour.  

​Ground Transportation from O'Hare and Midway Airports
Taxis from O'Hare and Midway airports cost approximately $40-50 to downtown. Uber/Lyft options are offered at both airports and will be less expensive.

ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express (shared van shuttle service) for ISACS members – 15% off the standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate.  The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not eligible for the discounted rate. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations 
With the relocation of the workshop to the Hotel Palomar, ISACS has secured a discounted room rate of $109/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) at the Hotel Palomar for the night of Tuesday, December 4. To make a reservation call 1-800-546-7866 and use Group Code: "ISACS Workshop" to receive the discounted rates The discounted rate is available until Wednesday, November 28. To make your hotel reservations online, click here for an online link: ISACS Workshop with Lynn Lyons.

Located in the River North area of Chicago, the Hotel Palomar is located near the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Palomar include: a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Guests must join the IHG program (which is free of charge) to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas. For more details on the Hotel Palomar, visit If you are having any issues making a hotel reservation at the Palomar, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190.

In addition, ISACS has secured discounted room rate of $109/night plus tax at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago: a luxury boutique hotel for the night of Tuesday, December 4. To make a reservation, please contact The Godfrey Hotel Chicago at (312) 649-2000 and identify yourself as a member with the Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) and provide the Group Code: ISACS Workshop with Lynn Lyons. Discounted rooms are available until November 20. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations. If you would prefer to book online please click here to make your reservation. For directions to The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, which also includes walking directions to the ISACS classroom, click here

Registration Fee

  • $225 member fee
  • $300 non-member fee
  • There is no group discount for this workshop
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, buffet lunch, and coffee/tea.
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for workshops held at the ISACS classroom must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a refund. ISACS will determine the refund amount, if any, on a per workshop basis and may be unable to determine the refund amount until the workshop’s conclusion. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. If a workshop has a waitlist and ISACS can identify a replacement, a full refund will be provided. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Contacting the ISACS office
If you have any questions related to any aspect of your attendance or travel, please contact the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190 or email

Member Cost: $225     Non-member Cost: $300


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