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Supporting Your Teen Child Through Stress and Anxiety


Parenting a teen child is challenging at the best of times, let alone trying to support them through a pandemic.

Join Leisha Zamecnik, MSW, RSW, for a session jam-packed full of practical, evidence-informed strategies you can begin using at home today to support your teen through stress and anxiety.

  • Understand the difference between a temporary feeling of stress or anxiety, and when additional support is needed
  • Understand how parents can be a mediating factor by being supportive or how they can increase the child’s risk of experiencing anxiety
  • Realize the impact of language, and learn suggestions on how to phrase things to best connect with your teen
  • How to incorporate healthy coping strategies

Leisha Zamecnik is an experienced facilitator, program designer and clinician who has been engaging young people and youth-serving professionals in the areas of social-emotional well-being mental health and leadership development, for the past 15 years. Before founding Common Compass, she worked within the children’s mental health field both as a clinician and manager, lead numerous multi-agency partnerships and region-wide youth prevention programs. Over the last 7 years, her leadership of Common Compass has yielded collaborations across 8 school boards, with more than 6000 students, parents and educators. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work (University of Toronto), specializing in Children and Their Families, a Bachelor of Art & Science, and Certificate in Leadership (Psychology & Biology, University of Guelph), and has earned several awards for her work.


“I am writing to recommend Leisha Zamecnik as an outstanding resource and facilitator. She succeeded in bringing a diverse group together, engaging them in common activities and reflection and motivating them”

“The facilitator was confident and knew what she was doing. She was collaborative and listened”

“Leisha was AMAZING! She was bubbly, kind and I can tell she really enjoys and is dedicated to what she does”

“It was great! Lots of energy and we learned without realizing it”