This 5-day professional development course will be based on the relational developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld and the relational expressive arts approach developed by Hannah Beach which is used as the foundation for the programs at Dandelion Dance™.
Each Morning - Neufeld Approach
There will be a specific topical session on 'Making Sense of Anxiety' through the relational developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld.
Participants will watch informative Neufeld material through video, followed by instruction and teaching related to the topic by facilitator, Hannah Beach.
Each Afternoon - Dandelion Dance™ Approach
There will be the opportunity for educators and helping professionals to explore a play-based, multi-arts relational approach for learning how to support children and youth in bringing anxiety to rest and developing resilience. This play-based, multi-arts approach has been developed for children ages 5 - 18.
These afternoon workshops will support participants in learning how to facilitate specific arts-based experiences (i.e. storytelling, exercises with movement, masks, drama, visual art and collective creation) that can serve as a tool for addressing common challenges with anxiety.
Workshop participants will gain insights about the underlying causes of anxiety and the various ways to facilitate activity-based solutions to specifically address the three kinds of alarm problems: anxiety-based, agitation-based and adrenalin-based.
Course Suitability and Applicability
This course is designed for:
teachers, helping professionals, and child and youth workers.
Although the focus is on children, the dynamics and insights apply to individuals of any age.
Helping professionals will learn how to treat the anxiety of children effectively and without depending upon medication.
They will also learn how to work alongside parents to support them in addressing the anxiety of their children.
Teachers will gain insights about their own role in the anxiety problem and what they can do to reduce the anxiety of their students.
All attending participants will receive two certificates:
Making Sense of Anxiety - from the Neufeld Institute and
Bringing Anxiety to Rest: Insights and Applications through Expressive Arts - from Dandelion Dance™
Hannah Beach is an award winning educator and the author of seven books on movement, drama and expression. Her books (winner of the 2017 International Moonbeam Award - Gold) are used in school boards across Canada as a way for children to explore and express their feelings and the world around them through play and movement.
For over 24 years, Hannah has been working with families and children as a parent consultant, family resource leader and the Founder and Co-Executive Director of Dandelion Dance™. Hannah facilitates with the Neufeld Institute and is on the leadership committee for the Play Project within the Institute.
She will be co-facilitating ‘Playful Therapy’ at the annual Neufeld conference in Vancouver this April. She is passionate about the ways that play and expressive arts provide the needed landscapes for emotion to be moved and released. Hannah facilitates professional development workshops and offers talks and keynotes across the country at conferences and school boards.
"Hannah, I want to thank you for your heartfelt keynote address. As I looked around the room everyone had the same look on their faces - one of shear awe and respect for what you do with students who may never have had a voice. Well, their voices were heard and touched us all.
Their stories challenge us to reflect on our teaching, to make a positive difference in the lives of the children and young adults that we interact with everyday. You are truly a wonderful educator, a compelling speaker and a very special person. You are a huge inspiration and there wasn't a dry eye in the house during your presentation."
Beverly Bonk (Co-Conference Chair - CODE Conference, Blue Mountain, Ontario)
Making Sense of Anxiety is Foundational to Its Cure
We cannot treat something that we do not understand. The morning course is based on the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. We begin by learning how he has put the pieces of the anxiety puzzle together to reveal roots deep in separation alarm.
Dr. Neufeld’s comprehensive model of attachment provides new meaning to the construct of separation and lays the foundation for effective treatment and cure. In mapping out the separation complex, Dr. Neufeld also reveals the relationship of anxiety to other common childhood issues including dominance, aggression and attention problems. Dr. Neufeld brings a fresh and promising perspective to one of our most troubling and perplexing human problems.
Neufeld’s Attachment-Based Developmental Approach
Dr. Neufeld’s legacy is the theory of development he has constructed from joining the dots until a consistent picture emerged. His comprehensive model has evolved from years of synthesis and distillation.
The result is an integrated developmental approach rooted in depth psychology, grounded in the developmental paradigm, saturated in attachment theory, congruent with current neurological research and honed by forty years of professional practice, parenting and personal reflection.
In a world of fragmented knowledge and strategies divorced from their philosophical moorings, and a smorgasbord approach to treatment, Dr. Neufeld’s approach is a breath of fresh air.
His insight model provides a refreshing alternative to the current cognitive behavioural fare, as well as to the medical ‘disorder’ approach. Dr. Neufeld’s approach has clear and practical implications for practice and treatment, regardless of one’s arena of involvement – child, adolescent, adult, marital or family.
Dandelion Dance™ Relational Expressive Arts Approach
Dandelion Dance™ is on the cutting edge of socially innovative child and youth programming. Much more than a dance program, the Dandelion Dance™ Approach is rooted in the fundamentals of childhood development and attachment theory: the idea that the best learning and deepest creative risk-taking occurs when students are in a trusting, safe environment in which they are attached to their teachers.
The Dandelion Dance™ Approach was developed by Dandelion’s founder, Hannah Beach, who is an award-winning educator and author. Hannah combined her professional dance background with training in education and developmental psychology.
Dandelion Dance™ facilitators create the conditions that are needed for children and youth (including vulnerable and at risk youth) to be able to express themselves, connect with others, bring anxiety to rest and discover their best selves.
The work created by the youth in Dandelion Dance™ has been shared twice in the Senate for National Child’s Day, at multiple universities, national and international conferences and was recently a part of the 2017 Canadian Human Rights Conference.
Morning Sessions - Understanding the Roots of Anxiety
SESSION 1 - Neuroscience of Anxiety
The focus of session one is the neuroscience of anxiety. The key discovery here is of a complex and comprehensive human alarm system. The anatomy of the alarm system is described along with how the alarm system is meant to work.
SESSION 2 - Anxiety, Attachment and Vulnerability
To discover what alarms us, we need to go to the science of attachment and redefine our understanding of human threat - that of facing separation in all its various forms.
SESSION 3 - Working Model of Anxiety
In this session, the insights are combined to create a working model of anxiety. The severity of defendedness gives rise to three kinds of alarm problems: anxiety-based, agitation-based, and adrenalin-based, with a whole spectrum of manifestations. The primary focus of this session, however, is understanding where obsessions and compulsions come from and outlining seven classical themes in our anxieties. SESSION 4 - Addressing Anxiety
In this final anxiety session, six surprising solutions are described for reducing the anxiety in our children. These solutions are not surprising once anxiety is understood, but they are surprising in that they run counter to most prevailing ways of dealing with anxiety.
SESSION 5 - Questions/Discussion
This session will be a morning for participants to bring in any unanswered questions and for there to be an open discussion time, related to the explored topics and applications in experiential learning.
Afternoon Sessions - Applications Using The Dandelion Dance™ Approach
Each weekday afternoon, educators and helping professionals will have the opportunity to explore a play-based, multi-arts relational approach for learning how to support children and youth in bringing anxiety to rest and developing resilience.
This play-based multi-arts approach has been developed for children ages 5 – 18. These afternoon workshops will support participants in learning how to facilitate specific arts-based experiences that can serve as a tool for addressing common challenges with anxiety.
Each afternoon's exercises and experiential learning will be directly related to the theme of the morning topic. Let us know if you have any further questions about the course.
"Hannah is rated as one of the conference “superstar” speakers. Her reputation as a speaker and workshop facilitator is built on her genuineness, warmth and passion when sharing the experiences she has had using movement and the arts as a tool to support children and youth in discovery and expressing themselves.
She has an amazing ability to concisely demonstrate the transformational impact the arts can have within individual children and classes.
Audiences leave moved and confident that they have the necessary tools to begin working with this expressive medium.
What is exciting is that even teachers who arrive ‘nervous’ and hold no previous interest in the arts leave inspired and empowered to know that they can use the arts in their work with children!"
Audience Member Comment, Reading for the Love of It! (Canada’s largest education conference, Toronto, ON)