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), the pandemic, terrorism and school shootings, 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 engage 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. Challenges and strategies in treating anxiety in children and adolescents impacted by divorce 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 and Related Disorders (including skin picking and hair pulling)
Social Anxiety Disorder (including Selective Mutism)
Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
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
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Sudden Onset Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (PANDAS)
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
Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
4 types of traumas
Goals of trauma treatment
Strategies for trauma recovery
What Alumni are Saying...
"Masterful at managing participants." - 2022 Participant
"This course was wonderful. Clearly presented for the clinician." - 2022 Participant
"Paul Foxman presents as a caring, knowledgeable, and competent therapist which he role modeled in the course." - 2022 Participant
"Dr. Foxman did an excellent job presenting the material-watching on a live webinar was easy and engaging due to his teaching approach." - 2022 Participant
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