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 – Kendall Thomas-McEachern and Amanda Knutson

Kendall is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Regina.

Before moving to Saskatoon, Kendall grew up in rural Saskatchewan where she lived with her parents and younger brother. Kendall pays homage to her small-town living as a reflection of the values she places on the community, collaboration, and maintaining strong connections.

Kendall has a special love for supporting at-risk children and youth, which she explains began during her work at the Haven Kids’ House (Formally the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery). Kendall values the provision of both trauma-informed and strengths-based perspectives in practice, which she demonstrates in her role as a Community Program Coordinator.

Kendall is passionate about providing psychoeducational and holistic arts-based methods to the demographics that she serves. She believes these methods of intervention can help build resilience, self-esteem, mindfulness, self-awareness, healthy coping strategies, and social skills.

When she isn’t out in the community supporting children and youth, Kendall can be found cuddling with her dog Wrigley, baking, crafting, and sharing her love for all things Harry Potter.

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from University of Regina, and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Work.  She was born and raised on the prairies, where she currently lives with her son.

Amanda is an authentic, down to earth, engaging and adaptable group facilitator.  She believes in collaborative care and strives to meet clients where they are at. She has worked with diverse populations and practices from a trauma informed, anti-oppressive, strengths based perspective.  Amanda is progressive and modern in her approach to community care and is passionate about social justice, feminism and mental health support