BNYSN - Youth Practitioner Workshop

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Young people: The intersection between anxiety and autism.

The Banyule Nillumbik Youth Services Network invites practitioners who work with young people to a free workshop that explores the intersection between anxiety and autism. 

When: Thursday 20th June, 9am-11am

Where: Council Chambers, Nillumbik Shire Council, Civic Drive Greensborough

For more information, please contact Hanna on 9433 3156 or via email

Please note: This workshop is for practitioners or workers who work with young people e.g teachers, youth workers etc. 

About the workshop

Part one of this workshop will provide some broad information about the symptoms and screening tools that may indicate a young person is struggling with anxiety. The session will include strategies and tools that can be used to identify and manage some of the impact and symptoms of their anxiety using evidence based best practice.   

Part two of this work shop will allow participants to work in groups to to explore, with some specific examples, when specialised mental health services may be required due to the severity of symptoms and continued difficulties over an extended period of time.

What you will gain

  • Information about symptoms of anxiety as they present in young people
  • Strategies and tools to utilise with young people experiencing anxiety
  • How to support young people experiencing anxiety to improve their self regulation
  • When to refer to specialist mental health service
  • An understanding of key programs and treatment options for young people with Autism

About the presenter - Kirsty Jungwirth

Kirsty is a Social Worker with a Masters in Family Therapy and is the Manager of headspace Greensborough and its Satellite Site at South Morang.

Kirsty has extensive experience working across  government, health and community organisations both in Australia and abroad.  Her roles have included counselling, contract management, community development, service and workforce development and operational management. 

Her experience managing an Autism Assessment Program and her experience at headspace has informed her practice when working with young people with anxiety, particularly when presenting with autistic traits.