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An Intensive 2-Day Workshop on Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Describe how to use the “Three Ingredients” framework to explain how anxiety develops in children and adolescents.
  2. Recognize the role of family, schools, media, and global events in contributing to anxiety.
  3. Apply fun, engaging therapy activities to motivate your clients to change for each anxiety disorder.
  4. Apply a semi-structured child interview tips to develop targeted treatment plans.
  5. Describe four behavioral health recommendations to help all clients.
  6. Identify the pros and cons of prescription drugs and complimentary medicine for anxiety.
  7. Identify how to manage ethical risks with families of divorce.
  8. Describe a three-step process for teaching stress management skills to young clients.
  9. Apply group therapy activities to reduce social anxiety.
  10. Identify the “Floating Technique” for panic anxiety.
  11. Demonstrate exposure interventions to treat OCD, separation anxiety, social anxiety and phobias.
  12. Apply anxiety reduction techniques to yourself to be a motivating role model.

Outline

DAY ONE
Sources of Anxiety and Treatment Overview

  • What research tells us about therapy effectiveness applied to children
  • How anxiety develops in children: the “Three Ingredients Framework”
  • Biological sensitivity
  • Anxiety personality style
  • Stress overload
  • Treatment goals, strategies and recommendations
  • The baseball analogy for behavior change and symptom reduction
  • Behavioral health recommendations

Interventions: Stress Management and Anxiety-Regulation Skills

  • The 1st intervention: “3-S” process for stress management
  • Symptoms
  • Sources
  • Solutions
  • The 2nd intervention: anxiety regulation skills
  • “Relaxation Response”
  • Breathing practices
  • Mindfulness practices for children
  • Flow activities
  • Yoga games
  • Martial arts
  • “Baby Buddhas” meditation for preschoolers
  • Other approaches to self-regulation

School Recommendations, Medication, DSM-5® Classification, and Interventions for Separation Anxiety Disorder

  • Recommendations for schools
  • Pros and cons of medication
  • Nature’s remedies
  • Herbal treatments
  • Homeopathy
  • DSM-5® anxiety disorders: current updates
  • Separation anxiety
  • Normal separation process
  • Therapeutic exposure
  • “Helicopter,” “bulldozer” and “snowplow” parenting
  • Strategies to help parents let go

Interventions for Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorder

  • Generalized anxiety
  • Why we worry
  • Introducing language for new thought patterns
  • 9 strategies for replacing worry with alternative cognitive habits
  • Panic disorder
  • Diagnosis and treatment success rates
  • Agoraphobia component
  • Treatment metaphors
  • “Floating Technique”
  • “LifeSkills” Self-Help Program

DAY TWO
Interventions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders: expanded classification
  • Relationship between obsessions and compulsions
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
  • Excoriation (skin picking)
  • Body dysmorphia
  • PANDAS (medically induced OCD: Pediatric Autoimmune Disorder Associated with Streptococcus Infection)

Interventions for Social Anxiety Disorder and Selective Mutism

  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Selective mutism
  • Self-esteem issues and treatment
  • Social communication skills
  • Group therapy

Interventions for Phobias and Stressor- and Trauma-Related Disorders

  • Specific Phobias
  • Diagnosis and examples
  • Virtual realty exposure
  • Stressor and Trauma-related disorders
  • Expanded diagnostic classification
  • Attachment disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Acute stress disorders
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • New frontiers in trauma treatment

Wrap Up

  • Therapy progress measures
  • Case consultations

Copyright : 02/11/2016

OCD: Ten Best Treatment Strategies for Children & Adolescents

Objectives

  1. Discover assessment tools to appropriately diagnose children with OCD.
  2. Utilize exposure and response prevention skills to successfully treat kids with OCD.
  3. Identify how to help kids and parents change the way they think about OCD.
  4. Tell how working with the family and school system will help children through ERP treatment.

Outline

  • Diagnosing OCD
    • Obsessions - Intrusive thoughts
    • Compulsions - Excessive ritualistic behaviors
  • Assessment tools for OCD
  • How to ask questions kids will answer
    • CYBOCS to assess and develop treatment plan
  • Explanation of the brain using kids language
    • The overactive amygdala
    • Using age - appropriate metaphors
  • Treatment of OCD using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
    • Developing fear hierarchies
    • Creative ways to get kids to do exposures
  • Changing how kids and parents think about OCD
    • Anxiety as a paradox
    • Talking back to OCD
  • Teaching parents how to coach their child through ERP
    • Talking back to OCD
    • Using play techniques to face fears
  • Working with schools
    • Accommodations
    • Tips for teachers and guidance counselors
    • What strategies work
  • Termination
    • Relapse prevention
    • Goals for a final session
  • Resources

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Discover assessment tools to appropriately diagnose children with OCD.
  2. Utilize exposure and response prevention skills to successfully treat kids with OCD.
  3. Identify how to help kids and parents change the way they think about OCD.
  4. Tell how working with the family and school system will help children through ERP treatment.

Outline

  • Diagnosing OCD
    • Obsessions - Intrusive thoughts
    • Compulsions - Excessive ritualistic behaviors
  • Assessment tools for OCD
  • How to ask questions kids will answer
    • CYBOCS to assess and develop treatment plan
  • Explanation of the brain using kids language
    • The overactive amygdala
    • Using age - appropriate metaphors
  • Treatment of OCD using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
    • Developing fear hierarchies
    • Creative ways to get kids to do exposures
  • Changing how kids and parents think about OCD
    • Anxiety as a paradox
    • Talking back to OCD
  • Teaching parents how to coach their child through ERP
    • Talking back to OCD
    • Using play techniques to face fears
  • Working with schools
    • Accommodations
    • Tips for teachers and guidance counselors
    • What strategies work
  • Termination
    • Relapse prevention
    • Goals for a final session
  • Resources

Copyright : 01/08/2016