The Self-Driven Child Course

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who works with kids was concerned about the escalating levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems in children, teens, and young adults.

 

The level of concern has escalated dramatically in the last two years related to the uncertainties, disruptions, and losses associated with the pandemic.  And for every child or adolescent who is crippled by anxiety or underperforming because of stress, there is another failing to thrive for lack of true intrinsic motivation.

 

In this course, join Dr. Stixrud & Ned Johnson as they discuss a crucial link between high stress and low motivation, namely a low sense of control.

USD $54.99

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who works with kids was concerned about the escalating levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems in children, teens, and young adults.   The level of concern has escalated dramatically in the last two years related to the uncertainties, disruptions, and losses associated with the pandemic.  And for every child or adolescent who is crippled by anxiety or underperforming because of stress, there is another failing to thrive for lack of true intrinsic motivation.   In this course, join Dr. Stixrud & Ned Johnson as they discuss a crucial link between high stress and low motivation, namely a low sense of control.

Description

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who works with kids was concerned about the escalating levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems in children, teens, and young adults.

The level of concern has escalated dramatically in the last two years related to the uncertainties, disruptions, and losses associated with the pandemic.  And for every child or adolescent who is crippled by anxiety or underperforming because of stress, there is another failing to thrive for lack of true intrinsic motivation.

In this course, join Dr. Stixrud & Ned Johnson as they discuss a crucial link between high stress and low motivation, namely a low sense of control.  A healthy sense of control is associated with virtually everything we want for kids, including good health, a positive mood, freedom from excessive anxiety, self-motivation, and academic and career success.  Unfortunately, students’ sense of control or autonomy decreases every year they are in school.

Dr. Stixrud & Ned will discuss the neuropsychological underpinnings of a sense of control, and he will present research and clinical experience related to the benefits children and teens experience when adults foster autonomy.  They will also discuss ways in which mental health professionals can support the development of a sense of control or autonomy in their clients.

Many of the approaches to be presented are discussed in the books Dr. Stixrud has written with Ned Johnson, including the national bestseller “The Self-Driven Child” and their new book, “What Do You Say? Talking with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Healthy Home”.  Topics will include fostering a strong sense of control to lower stress and build self-motivation; developing high stress tolerance; empowering kids to make their own decisions; the wisdom of parents being “consultants” to their kids; the benefits kids gain when parents are a non-anxious presence; and strategies for supporting kids who struggle in school without compromising their autonomy.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Explain why a sense of control underlies positive mental health
  2. Describe the four aspects of life that make it stressful
  3. Explain why autonomy is so important for motivation.
  4. Discuss how stress and insufficient sleep undermine a sense of control
  5. Discuss how technology can support or undermine a sense of control

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE: Offered by an an experts in the field of child psychology; one who is a former elementary teacher
  • TOOLBOX: Learn over 25+ strategies to manage behaviour, foster resiliency and emotion regulation
  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION with 4 instructional hours endorsed by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
  • RESOURCES: Access a comprehensive list of mental health and parenting resources
  • HELP ON DEMAND:​ Access to the instructor who teaches each course should any questions arise.
  • RISK FREE 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE if you are not satisfied with your purchase. Completed courses will not be eligible for refunds. (Note: Refunds will not granted in lieu of the purchase of a ICP membership)
  • SELF PACED STUDY: No timeline for completion of the course.
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WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR:
This presentation is appropriate for parents, educators, child care professionals, caregivers, and mental health professionals.

DISCLAIMER:
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Instructor Information

Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of The Stixrud Group, as well as a faculty member at Children’s National Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is also the co-author, with Ned Johnson, of the national best- selling book, The Self-Driven Child, and of their new book, What Do You Say? Talking with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home. Dr. Stixrud’s work has been featured in media outlets such as NPR, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, Scientific American, Business Week, Barron's, and New York Magazine. He is a long-time practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, and he plays in the rock band Close Enough. Ned Johnson is an author, speaker, and founder of PrepMatters, an educational company providing academic tutoring, educational planning, and standardized test preparation. A professional “tutor-geek” since 1993 and battle-tested veteran of test prep, stress regulation and student performance, Ned has spent more than 40,000 one-on-one hours helping students conquer an alphabet of standardized tests, learn to manage their anxiety, and find the motivation to reach their full potential. In 2006, Ned co-authored the book Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Students Overcome the Pressure and Succeed, which tackles the outsized role anxiety plays in standardized testing. With Dr. William Stixrud, Ned co-authored The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, which explores how fostering children’s autonomy can help solve two challenges seemingly endemic to kids today: handling anxiety and developing intrinsic motivation. Ned is the host of the PrepTalks podcast: conversations with parenting and education experts. A sought-after speaker and teen coach on study skills, sleep deprivation, parent-teen dynamics, and test anxiety, and his work is featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, BBC, and many others.