Steps: From Anxiety to Resilience

We offer many programs at different schools throughout the city. If you or your child attends one of the schools where programs are offered, you may be able to join.

Steps: From Anxiety to Resilience

This is a group for children and youth who are experiencing varying levels of anxiety, and who are struggling in their day to day lives. Overall, the hope is that the Steps program will help facilitate positive peer to peer relationships, help students identify the symptoms of their anxiety and the coping strategies required to address them. As well as to foster better communication between students and their parents, siblings, peers, teachers, counselors, coaches or whoever is present in their lives.

The different topics discussed include:

  • The Cycle of Anxiety (Anxiety and Avoidance)
  • Anxiety and School (Peers, Test, presentations etc.)
  • Self Esteem and Anxiety
  • Social Media and Anxiety
  • Anxiety and Body Image
  • Anxiety and Creativity
  • Inner Critic (Negative Self Talk)
  • Anxiety and Boundaries

In school groups available for grades 7 to 12 throughout the city and surrounding rural areas at various Elementary and High schools. Free to attend for youth grades 7-12. For information and referrals please contact CFS Saskatoon.

Program Facilitators – Elyse Laskowski

Elyse received her Bachelor of Social Work degree with the University of Regina, and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. She has 8 years of experience working directly with children and youth in summer camps, youth groups, and non-profit organizations.

Elyse is cheerful, creative, and empathic, and strives to help bring out the best in everyone. She practices a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, which helps to promote a safe and person-centered environment. She values the use of relationship building, holistic therapies, and self-reflection to foster inner and outer connectivity and growth. Elyse is passionate about mental health education and support, social justice, and working alongside youth.

In her free time, Elyse enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting and crafting, reading, and hanging out with her cat. She also loves to learn new things and is always looking for new skills and hobbies!