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Anxiety in Elementary School: How to Weave Prevention into the Classroom
Lynn Lyons

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
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.

With current estimates that over 30% of children struggle with anxiety, it’s virtually impossible to be in education and not have anxious children and stressed-out parents a significant part of the classroom. Those who work in schools are being asked to do more and more to support the emotional well-being and mental health needs of their students, and it can be overwhelming. 

The good news? Opportunities for prevention and intervention abound, particularly at the elementary level.
This workshop will focus on how to understand and interrupt anxiety’s cognitive patterns in elementary-age students. Then we’ll get specific, detailing the steps that build anxiety-preventing skills, as well as the common practices that inadvertently “do the disorder” and set up longer-term patterns of avoidance and isolation. 
Using play, creativity, and energy, this workshop will offer ideas that increase flexibility, support the tolerance of uncertainty, normalize the process of mistakes and experimentation, and emotionally equip children as they grow and mature. 

This workshop is appropriate for those working in with younger children, from pre-school through the elementary grades, including: social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, teachers, school counselors/psychologists, resource teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals including special education and classroom assistants.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about how anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort.  Lyons 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 and has multiple online programs for parents and children. She maintains a private practice in Concord, NH where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching. 

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 Hotel Palomar 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 $24/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 ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express 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
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Palomar at the rate of $114/night plus tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation via phone, call 1-800-546-7866 and use group code: C3L. To make your reservations online, click on the following link: ISACS December Room Block. The discounted rate is available until 5:00 pm CST on November 25, 2019. 

If you need any assistance making your hotel reservations, please call the ISACS office at (312) 750-1190

Hotel Palomar is located in the River North area of Chicago 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 from 5:00–6:00 pm. ISACS overnight guests will receive complimentary Wi-Fi in your guest room. To become a member of the IHG Rewards Club, click here. For more details on the Hotel Palomar, visit

ISACS has also negotiated low seasonal rates at other downtown Chicago hotels within walking distance to the ISACS classroom. These rates are available to ISACS members all year long for professional and personal travel. Click here for additional details and select the option that best meets your travel needs. 

Registration Fee

  • $250 member fee
  • $325 non-member fee
  • Workshop includes light breakfast, lunch, and daily refreshments
  • 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 workshop details.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with workshop details.

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 incorrect 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. 


Member Cost: $250     Non-member Cost: $325


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