From the School Counsellor

“Be ANXIOUS for nothing but a PERFECT me”

Bethany College Anxiety Management Program

 

 

This year, we have set ourselves a goal to run group programs at Bethany College to improve the well-being of students who are experiencing mental health issues. Everyone has their own battle, some worse than others, and we strongly believe that the support, understanding and strategies through a group forum with a focus on preventative measures, will be beneficial in helping students improve their well-being.

The “Be Anxious for Nothing but a Perfect Me” program was developed by the School Counsellor with the support of the Year Coordinators. The purpose of this program is to support student well-being by providing students who are experiencing anxiety with some knowledge, skills and strategies so that they can live a more content and fulfilled life. The program is aimed at teenage girls who are struggling with perfectionism, academic stress, self-confidence and generalised anxiety.

Students are given a workbook so that they can record their own experiences of their anxiety. Once the program is completed, this workbook will serve as a self-help resource so in the face of difficulty they can read the appropriate section, apply the skill and stay well.

The program is divided into 8 sessions, 6 weekly and 2 follow up, with each session lasting approximately 45 mins. The program is facilitated by the School Counsellor and Year Co-Ordinators. Each session introduces a new skill backed by various activities to allow students to practice the skill. The proposed start date is Tuesday 9 May, 2017.

The program educates students about the following aspects:

  • The nature of anxiety
  • Strategies to manage anxiety
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking patterns that feed into anxiety
  • Behavioural experiments that will challenge students to better manage anxiety in stressful situations

If your daughter is experiencing anxiety and you will feel that this program may be beneficial for her please email me on k.stratilas@syd.catholic.edu.au or call 8566 0711. The number of participants that can partake in the group are limited.

 

Katerina Stratilas

School Counsellor