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2019-Paul Foxman

The Anxiety Epidemic in Kids and Teens: A Workshop for Clinicians, a 2019 Cape Cod Institute workshop led by Paul Foxman, July 29th- August 2nd, 2019.

Paul Foxman

The Anxiety Epidemic in Kids and Teens: A Workshop for Clinicians 
July 29 - August 2, 2019

Anxiety disorders are now recognized as the most common, chronic and costly emotional conditions in the United States, as well as globally. The soaring trend towards anxiety has been accelerated by world events, violence in the media (including video games and even television programming directed at children), a high divorce rate and family breakdown, economic stress, a challenged school system and other stresses. These sources have produced a generation of young people susceptible to all the anxiety disorders seen in adults. Our challenge is to recognize anxiety in kids and teens, and to help them cope.

In this workshop, you will learn ways to “connect” with anxious children and teens, and inspire them to learn how to manage and even prevent anxiety. Based on adolescent brain research, the nuances of working with teens will be included. You will also acquire strategies to help anxious parents (“bulldozers,” “helicopters” and “snowplows”) be more effective in supporting their anxious children. The pros and cons of medication will be addressed. Pitfalls and strategies for high-conflict divorce cases will also be considered. In addition, you will learn what recommendations to make to schools and teachers to help manage anxiety in students.

To increase your effectiveness with the various manifestations of anxiety in children, we will address each of the following disorders with case examples and clinical vignettes:

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Panic Disorder (with Agoraphobia)

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (including skin picking and hair pulling)

  • Social Anxiety Disorder (including Selective Mutism)

  • Specific Phobias

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Emphasis will be on creative psychotherapy using insight, cognitive-behavioral therapy, somatic focus (yoga, movement, breathing games, flow activities), mindfulness practices, medication, and family system interventions.

Workshop format will include multimedia presentations, lecture, discussion, and live demonstrations of the therapy process.


  • The Peter Pan story and research about therapy effectiveness applied to children and teens

  • How anxiety begins in children: the positive “3 Ingredients Framework”

  • 4 behavioral health recommendations for all children and teens

  •  “3-S Process” for teaching stress management skills

  • Games, strategies and practices for regulating anxiety (e.g. “Magic Word,” mindfulness, flow activities, yoga, “Baby Buddhas” meditation for preschoolers)


  • Recommendations for teachers and schools for managing student anxiety

  • Pros and cons of medication

  • Separation anxiety: treatment strategies including helping parents let go



  • Generalized Anxiety: why we worry and strategies for what to do instead

  • Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: treatment metaphors and interventions


  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP}

  • Strategies for Excoriation (skin picking) and Trichotillomania (hair pulling)

  • Social Anxiety Disorder: self-esteem, group therapy, selective mutism


  • Specific Phobias: virtual reality exposure

  • Crisis Intervention for Acute Stress Disorder

  • Strategies for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Paul Foxman

Paul Foxman

Paul Foxman, PhD, has led hundreds of top rated workshops internationally, and has appeared on television and radio as an expert on the topic of anxiety.

His books include Dancing with Fear (2007), The Worried Child (2004) and The Clinicians Guide to Anxiety Disorders in Kids and Teens (2018). He also co-authored a casebook, Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders. He is known for his knowledge and clarity, sense of humor, compassion, and engaging speaking style.

Dr. Foxman is a clinical psychologist as well as Founder and Director of the Vermont Center for Anxiety Care. In 1985 he co-founded the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, VT, now flourishing from kindergarten through high school. He has 40 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, and private practice. His education includes Yale University (B.A. in Psychology), Peabody College of Vanderbilt University (PhD in Clinical Psychology), and training at the Department of Psychiatry of Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, the Kennedy Child Study Center in Nashville, and the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute.

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What our alumni are saying:

"Dr. Foxman is clearly passionate about his work and that is wonderful to witness and be part of."

"Paul Foxman was so knowledgeable and entertaining, and he included multi-modal learning throughout this wonderful experience."

"The presenter was well organized, well-prepared, and stuck to the syllabus. Paul is very knowledgeable and authentic, has a lot of heart and passion for the work. It was a real joy to spend the week learning from him!”

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NJ Social Workers:

Social workers completing this course will receive 15 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. ASWB ACE individual course approval statements can be found here.

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