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Michelle Srdanovic, M.A., R.C.C.

Adult, Child, and Relationship Therapy

Presentations

In addition to her counselling services, Michelle regularly delivers presentations to schools, parents and community agencies. The following are a list of currently developed presentations which can be tailored to suit the needs of your particular audience.

Making Sense of a New Diagnosis

While this presentation was designed for the MS Society of Canada, it can be tailored to any audience who is grappling with the process of illness adjustment. Traditional models of illness adjustment tend to focus on ways to cope with loss and manage a decline in functioning. Instead, this presentation attempts to re-frame this adjustment an ongoing transition to a new normal, and encourages participants to find ways to live along side their diagnosis instead of giving it permission to hijack their identity. Related issues such as self-care, impact on relationships and support for care-givers are also addressed.

Managing Anxiety: The Teenage Years

This presentation will help parents understand the workings of the teenage brain and how developmental milestones in the adolescent years may give rise to anxiety. Michelle introduces the T.E.A.M. approach which equips parents with concrete strategies to help support their teen in managing anxiety. In particular, the importance of overcoming avoidance is discussed. Relevant issues, such as self-harming, social media and social anxiety are also addressed in terms of their relationship to anxiety.

Managing Big Feelings: Supporting our Child, Keeping our Cool

Emotion regulation has become a recent focus in field of psychology, as evidenced by social-emotional learning curriculum addressed in our schools. What is emotion regulation? And how do we instill this important skill in our children? This presentation will introduce the concept of emotion regulation as well as offer strategies for parents who wish to more easily support their child's transition from "melt-down" to "cool-down". In a nutshell, we will discuss ways we can support our children to better manage their big feelings while at the very same time, we try to manage our own feelings in response.

Anxiety in Children

This presentation assists parents in gaining a deeper understanding of their child’s experience of anxiety. We address such questions as: What is anxiety? Why my child, and why now? Is my child’s anxiety normal or is this an anxiety disorder? When should I seek professional help? And most importantly, what can I do as a parent? The goal of this presentation is to equip parents with concrete strategies, written materials and resources that assist them in supporting their anxious child. We also discuss ways that parents who worry about their child’s worrying can take care of themselves in the process.

Understanding and Treating Self-Injury

This presentation focuses in differentiating between suicidal behaviour and self-injury. Both parents and service providers are introduced to significant factors to consider in the assessment of self-injurious behaviours, as well as ways to respond to self-injury in a crisis situation and longer term. In addition, treatment considerations are discussed, including strategies for parents who are struggling to support their children who are dealing with self-harming behaviours.

Presentations Delivered

Michelle has delivered presentations to parents, students and service providers in variety of settings, including the following groups: BCCEC (BC Council for Exceptional Children) University Highlands Elementary School MS Society of Canada Holy Cross Elementary School St. Francis of Assisi School Our Lady of Sorrows School Langley Parents as Partners in Learning Burnaby School District Parent Advisory Council Brentwood Preschool Program University Highlands Elementary School Special Education Parent Network New Westminster Senior Secondary School BCCPAC Fall Conference 2010 Franklin Preschool Society Michelle is able to tailor her current presentation materials to your specific group, as well as prepare a presentation on a therapeutic topic according to your needs. Please contact Michelle to discuss your presentation needs.