Dates: February 18 - March 8, 2019
Have you ever wanted to engage with an author while reading her book? Well… here is your chance with beloved author and educator Lisa Damour.
Join Lisa, New York Times Well Family columnist and executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, on a journey through her brand new book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, which publishes on February 12, 2019 and is available now for pre-order. This new book details the many facets of girls’ lives where tension takes hold and offers critical coping strategies that will help educators to reduce their girls’ anxiety and address the toxic pressures to which our culture subjects girls and young women.
Though anxiety has risen among teens and young adults overall, studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls. Research finds that the number of girls who said that they often felt nervous, worried, or fearful jumped 55 percent from 2009 to 2014 while the comparable number for adolescent boys has remained unchanged. As a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with girls, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., has witnessed this rising tide of stress and anxiety in her own research, in private practice, and in the all-girls’ school where she consults. She knew this had to be the topic of her new book.
In the engaging, anecdotal style and reassuring tone that won over thousands of readers of her first book, Untangled, Damour starts by addressing the facts about psychological pressure. She explains the surprising and underappreciated value of stress and anxiety: that stress can helpfully stretch us beyond our comfort zones, and anxiety can play a key role in keeping girls safe. When we emphasize the benefits of stress and anxiety, we can help girls take them in stride. But educators don't want their students to suffer from emotional overload, so Damour offers solutions to the tensions that take hold in the many facets of girls’ lives: their interactions at home, pressures at school, social anxiety when among other girls and among boys, and social media.
As readers move through the layers of girls’ lives, they’ll learn about critical strategies that will help girls alleviate or prevent anxiety attacks, alongside tips on how to shield them from perfectionism and the toxic pressures to which our culture— including we, as educators—subjects girls.
Course Format: Participants in the course will be guided in a three-week long, asynchronous online journey through Lisa Damour’s new book Under Pressure, by the author herself. In each week of this course, Lisa: frames the lessons of Under Pressure through an educator’s lens; offers her thoughts and questions for educators to consider while reading the text; provides resources specific to educators that help them go beyond the book through research, articles, videos, and columns that are specific to the role of educators in girls’ lives; presents a case study for participants to explore with others in the class; and engages in discussion with participants around a central question or theme in the reading. Participants should expect to spend five to six hours each week engaged in the course if they have yet to read Under Pressure. Please note, participants are responsible for purchasing the book prior to the start of the course. We will cover two chapters of the book per week.
Registration: Participation in this course is limited to thirty, to allow for a high level of engagement between participants and Lisa.
Course Facilitators: Lisa Damour is the course facilitator. Lisa Damour, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker, and consultant. She is the executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes the monthly Adolescence column for the Well Family section of the New York Times, is a regular contributor at CBS News, and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Her New York Times best selling book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, is currently being produced as a docuseries. Her forthcoming book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, publishes on February 12, 2019 and is now available for pre-order. Her co-facilitator for the course is Brad Rathgeber, Head of School of One Schoolhouse, and a veteran teacher and administrator in independent schools.
Advanced Praise for Under Pressure
"Under Pressure is Lisa at her best, addressing issues that are challenging to girls that range from sexuality to academics to the ways girls speak and present themselves. Don't be misled by the title - even if you believe that your daughter isn't unduly anxious, this is a book that will help you to help her navigate."
- K.J. Dell'Antonia, author of How to be a Happier Parent
What Participants Have Said About the Online Course About Untangled
“It's simple. If you work closely with today's middle and upper school girls and their parents--or simply care about these girls and supporting their parents--the information shared in reading Untangled and participating in this course is invaluable.” – Todd Love, Memphis, Tennessee
“I would have read the book anyway, but taking the course made for a more engaging process.” – Jim Holland, Pasadena, California
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