Cindy and Cristabelle’s Big Scare: Interactive Guide to Addressing Anxiety [Online Course]

USD $39.99

This course helps to teach children about anxiety, worry, and fear with the help of real animals at Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm! Through a unique approach combined with animal-assisted and play-based techniques, this course provides parents and caregivers with not only a comprehensive understanding of anxiety, but interactive tools and strategies to help children manage the difficulties that can come from this. Children will fall in love with the animals in our story and be able to connect at their level with Cindy and Cristabelle’s experience of worry and fear, and learn fun strategies from Wilbert the Pig.
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Is your child struggling lately with more worries and fears than usual? Are you noticing that their worries are getting in the way of their day-to-day activities or stopping them from being able to do the same things their friends are enjoying? Have you found yourself questioning how to talk about anxiety with your child in a way that they can connect with? Having troubles explaining exactly ‘what is anxiety’ in a way that your child understands? Or do you simply want to start to introduce to your child an understanding of how to manage difficult emotions in an effective way?

This course is an interactive, engaging, and fun way to explain the concepts around childhood anxiety, worry and fear to your child. Based on our children’s storybook, Cindy and Cristabelle’s Big Scare and real animals at Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm; this course will assist you as a caregiver to help your child with the difficulties that can come along with anxiety. The course will provide you with a better understanding of exactly what anxiety is, how anxiety works in the brain and the body, and evidence-based and practical strategies for your child to manage it in a healthier way.

Lucy Sloan, a Registered Counsellor and Animal-Assisted Therapist along with Joanne Lariviere, a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s in Counselling, will guide you along the way as both mothers and professionals in the field. They will provide you with an in-depth look at the tools needed to assist your child in addressing difficult emotions by understanding the concepts of self-regulation, co-regulation, when anxiety becomes a problem, and how to teach this to your child from a strength-based perspective. All this will be done with the help of Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm’s animal co-workers; Cindy and Cristabelle the fainting goats and of course our famous Wilbert the Pig!

In addition to over 3 hours of curriculum, you will also receive the audio read aloud and your very own copy of our story, Cindy and Cristabelle’s Big Scare, for you and your child to enjoy together, a practical parent/caregiver manual, interactive animated lessons for your child to understand the strategies taught in the course, videos guiding you along the way, and much more!


  • Understand the basics to anxiety, worry, and fear and how this impacts your child.
  • Gain a better knowledge of how you as a parent/caregiver influence your child’s emotions and experiences.
  • Provide interactive and fun approaches for your child to understand how they are influenced by anxiety.
  • To develop a toolbox of strategies that you and your child can develop together to address the difficulties that can come along with anxiety.
  • To learn how to teach your child emotional regulation skills with the use of animal-assisted and play-based therapy techniques.


  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION with 3.5 instructional hours.
  • RESOURCESAccess to several mental health and parenting resources
  • SUPPORT:​ Access to the instructors who teach each course should any questions arise.
  • HELP ON DEMAND: Access to the instructor via email at any time.
  • SELF PACED STUDY: No timeline for completion of the course.
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This presentation is appropriate for parents, educators, child care professionals, caregivers, and mental health professionals.

All courses offered by ICP are for individual use only. Using them for corporate/group training, or shared purposes are a violation of copyright law. Furthermore, all products/services provided by the Institute of Child Pyschology, along with all workshop materials, are strictly for educational purposes only and cannot be categorized as psychological or mental health services.

***This workshop is not owned by ICP and therefore may be removed by discretion of the contractor at any time, with 90 day notice.

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CERTIFICATE: Cindy and Cristabelle's Big Scare


3.5 Hours



Age Group

3-12 Years Old

Instructor Information

Lucy Sloan

Lucy Sloan is the owner and founder of Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm in St. Malo, Manitoba. She provides animal-assisted counselling services to children and teens with the help of her many animal co-workers. Lucy is also the proud mother of three children and takes pride in her role as a mother and teacher to them. Lucy has over 20 years of experience and education in mental health and counselling field. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and her Applied Counselling Certification. She went on to compete her Animal-assisted Therapy Professional Certification and is in the process of being certified as an Equine Facilitated Wellness Mental Health Professional with Equine Facilitated Wellness Canada. She is also a Registered Professional Counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counselling Association and a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Lucy is an author to her first children’s story book and has created both a school-based and parent and caregiver program from this story to help build capacity in the adults of children who struggle with mental health difficulties.