For many years I worked as a school psychologist for the Board of Education in New York City. Our chief psychologist, the late Dr. Rachel Lauer, immediately began to teach new psychologists the positive effects of group work in almost any environment and encouraged us to form groups with teachers, students, and parents. This chapter describes one of many workshops I conducted. It was specifically created for elementary school teachers and ran for five years. The first step toward creating the workshop was the request made by the principal to form such a group. She also agreed to respect the group's confidentiality.

Some of the conditions creating anxiety for teachers are: differences in behavior, attitude, and beliefs of the students and their families; exposure to problems for which they can offer little or no assistance; classroom management to balance discipline and academics; internal emotional pressures related to their own physical and mental well-being; unresolved conflicts with important persons both in and out of school; and others.

However, despite the challenges, members of all types of groups (therapy, classroom, outpatient, and others) have a need to bond with one another, seek common purposes, and create a safe haven where they can be open and honest without fear of reprisal (Winnicott, 1965; Yalom, 1995).

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.

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