Child psychologist and Director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota
Clinical psychologist and Executive Director, Family Service Center of Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook and Kenilworth
When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids
In a complicated world, big issues make both parents and children anxious—from disturbingly routine active shooter drills at school, to distressing news about climate change, COVID-19, social justice issues, and violence. It’s all too easy for parents to feel at a loss for how to equip their child to deal with it all in a healthy way. In When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents & Worried Kids, Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., an award-winning child psychologist and leading expert on families under stress, offers parents a clear and practical guide to discussing these sensitive topics in a calm, reassuring, and productive way that will help kids comprehend and process the world around them.
Dr. Gewirtz sets the stage by giving parents tools to understand their own feelings before turning to their children’s. Here she explains how world events can affect parenting, why a parent’s background and personal experience affect their responses to stress, and how a parent’s anxiety transmits to their children. This is followed by a series of real-world essential conversations, actual dialogue scripts, talking points, prompts, and insightful asides. Each is tailored for different ages from three to eighteen, and guides parents towards a constructive conversation without sparking anxiety in their children.
Dr. Gewirtz is the director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. Her career has been devoted to developing and testing award-winning, skills-based parenting programs to promote children’s resilience. Dr. Gewirtz has consulted for and presented to national and international organizations, including the U.S. Congress and UNICEF.
Dr. Gewirtz will be interviewed by clinical psychologist Renee Dominguez, Ph.D., executive director of Family Service Center, a local not-for-profit community mental health agency that provides counseling, crisis response, outreach, and education to the Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook and Kenilworth communities. She previously served as the clinical director of the Chicago Child Trauma Center at La Rabida Children’s Hospital where she spent over a decade working with traumatized children and their families on the South Side of Chicago.
This event suitable for youth 12+
REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all FAN webinar events. This event will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.
BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Dr. Gewirtz’s book When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Gewirtz and Dr. Dominguez that will start immediately after the webinar.
NOTE: The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS will appear in red font at the top of your email receipt from The Book Stall. Please look for it!
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