Full Course Description
Helping Anxious Kids
- Coach adults to interrupt their own patterns of anxious parenting to decrease the modeling of family anxiety.
- Implement active assignments for families that correct the common cognitive traps that bolster both anxiety and depression.
- Articulate the difference between content-based and process-based interventions as it relates to treatment.
- Develop a therapeutic toolbox to include playfulness, humor, games, collaboration, and active homework assignments to reduce anxiety symptoms.
- Create interventions that focus on interrupting the process of OCD in families rather than the content of the OCD.
- Incorporate role playing and active techniques in session with families to facilitate emotional expression and increase engagement in therapy.
- Teach families strategies to decrease the impact of and connection between anxiety, GI symptoms, headaches, and sleep issues.
- Implement the “7 puzzle pieces” of a skill-based treatment plan for decreasing symptoms of anxiety.
- Minimize the use of avoidant and safety behaviors that strengthen anxiety in families.
- Explain to families how to worry and anxiety process works in the brain and body to maximize effectiveness of psychoeducation.
- Provide psychoeducation to parents and children and the relationship to quality of sleep and symptoms of anxiety.
- Incorporate relaxation skills and techniques to effectively treat somatic symptoms of anxiety.
- Consider the differences in clinical presentation of OCD, ADHD and other anxiety diagnoses in order to best inform choice of treatment interventions.
- Adapt a treatment intervention strategy to meet the clinical needs of children with trauma histories.
- Consider the impact of anxiety disorders on attention and focus in order to more accurately diagnosis and intervene with anxious children.
- Adapt a process-based treatment approach to clients with ASD with the goal of increasing flexibility and social engagement.
- Write effective behavioral plans and IEP goals for use in schools.
- Create at least three homework assignments that experientially promote flexibility and an offensive approach to worry.
Helping Anxious Kids - Module 3
Helping Anxious Kids - Module 5
Medications in the Treatment of Anxiety
- Relate the clinical implications of how SSRIs and SNRIs promote the process of treating anxiety.
- Identify detrimental effects of benzodiazepines as it relates to anxiety treatment outcomes.
- Examine the mechanism of action, onset of improvement, side effects, and consequences of long term use of medications.
Lynn Lyons’ Working with Childhood Anxiety In-Session Demonstrations
- Teach clients to externalize anxiety as a way to recognize and respond to its patterns
- Design experiential assignments that support exposure and increased activity for anxious clients
- Relate the connection between anxiety and depression in adolescents and its treatment implications
- Create process-based interventions with anxious families to reduce symptoms of worry.
- Describe the pitfalls of accommodations when addressing childhood anxiety as it relates to treatment outcomes
- Explain and utilize the 3 EX’s to families for anxiety symptom management
- Prescribe assignments for anxious families that promote flexibility and tolerance
- Develop effective goals for students to address anxiety symptoms in a school setting
Lynn Lyons’ Working with Childhood Anxiety: In-Session Demonstrations 2
Lynn Lyons’ Working with Childhood Anxiety: In-Session Demonstrations 3