Kurn Hattin hosts fall conference

WESTMINSTER — Teachers, administrators, counselors, family therapists, and nurses from throughout New England came to Kurn Hattin Homes for Children for the 26th Annual Fall Conference.

The auditorium was full of attendees to hear social worker Lynn Lyons address anxiety disorders and techniques to help interrupt anxiety's cognitive patterns.

Lyons, whose presentation was titled "Beyond Calming Down," was recently featured in The New York Times and interviewed on NPR. Her presentation focused on helping caregivers of children use effective strategies to educate children about their anxieties and how to minimize anxious symptoms that have persistent negative impacts on their lives.

The participants left with knowledge about how to develop assignments and behavioral plans for anxious children, as well as how to collaborate with parents to interrupt cycles of anxious parenting.

"Lynn Lyons provides common sense and humor, as well as tried-and- true practical experience in therapy with children to make this presentation relevant," said Kurn Hattin Homes' Executive Director Stephen Harrison.

Kurn Hattin Homes' Annual Fall Conference provides the opportunity for everyone who works with children and families to gain skills to help them better serve the individuals in their care.

"It was great to have this opportunity so close to home," said Doug Kussius, the principal of Westminster Center School.

In addition to participating in this high-caliber conference, the attendees received educational credits and a delicious lunch. To receive information about future conferences, email tandrews@kurnhattin.org.


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