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2-Day Certification Training: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents

Steve O'Brien, PsyD
Two Full Days
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Imagine a childhood full of worry, fear, panic, and suffering...

This is the reality for many of your young clients.

Perfectionism, anxious grief, and anxiety disorders are at an all-time high!

The good news is, YOU can be the source of comfort and support that changes all that... this anxiety certification training gives you the latest evidence-based interventions unique to your young clients’ individual needs.

Join kid’s anxiety expert and author Dr. Steve O’Brien as he shares interventions grounded in client-centered cognitive behavioral and family systems therapies equipping kids and their parents to:

  • Develop effective panic-management plans for reducing agoraphobic potential
  • Release the grip of social anxiety to promote interpersonal competence
  • Reframe debilitating worry and negativistic self-talk to foster optimism

Not only will you leave these two days equipped with interventions for treating your young client’s spectrum of anxiety, you’re also eligible to become a Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP-CA). Visit for details.

This training takes your skill set from generalized to specialized and your young clients from surviving to thriving.



  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this live event and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Clinical Child & Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP-CA) through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CCATP-CA certification from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit for professional requirements.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - *

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate. For the in-person event, after attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will need to log into their online account to complete the online evaluation (and, if applicable for your profession, the online post-test with 80% passing score). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others. After completion of the evaluation (and post-test, if applicable), participants can download/print their certificate of completion. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance will be available in the attendee online account after completion of the evaluation and online post-test (if the test is required for your profession). An adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be sent within 30 days (if your board allows).

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, in-person event only. Please note, your state licensing board determines which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography. Evergreen Certifications is owned by PESI, Inc.

Counselors - Counselors

This educational offering consists of 12.5 clock hour(s) of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this offering and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Social Workers - Social Workers - National ASWB ACE

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2023 - January 27, 2026. Social workers completing this course receive 12.75 Clinical continuing education credits.


Course Level: Intermediate Format: In-Person.  Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.

Social Workers - Michigan Social Workers

CE credit is available for 12.75 continuing education hours for Michigan Social Workers. Please see national social work approvals for this program.

Psychologists - Psychologists & Physicians

Physicians: PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists: The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Marriage & Family Therapists - Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the activity advertisement, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.5 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists - Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc.  is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider # 3322. This Distance Learning - Interactive activity is offered at 1.25  CEUs Intermediate, OT Service Delivery . The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. 


Educators, Teachers & School Professionals - Educators/Teachers

This course is designed to qualify towards your professional development requirement. The course is 12.5 clock hours in length.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

Intermediate Level

1.25 ASHA CEUs


** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 760 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Steve O'Brien, PsyD's Profile

Steve O'Brien, PsyD Related seminars and products

Dr. Steve O’Brien is a clinical psychologist with close to 30 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and families in his Clearwater, Florida practice. His specialty areas include treatment for childhood anxiety and depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and divorced/blended family adjustment. Dr. O’Brien utilizes an integrative model which tailors treatment to the developmental level of both children and parents. His approach integrates individual child therapy with intensive parental and familial interventions. Dr. O’Brien has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and medical clinics. He earned his PsyD at Nova Southeastern University and received specialized training in applied developmental psychology. Pediatric, child psychiatric, and school consultation is a significant part of his clinical work, and he is a frequent guest speaker in the Tampa Bay area. Dr. O’Brien previously worked as a continuing education provider for the Juvenile Welfare Board, and is a well-received speaker for PESI, training professionals primarily in the areas of child/adolescent mental health treatment and complex family issues.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Steven O'Brien maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Steven O’Brien is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Florida Psychological Association.

Additional Info

Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a 70-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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Timeline for Completion

Please complete the CE quiz and/or evaluation within one week after the event.


  1. Integrate developmentally appropriate rapport-building strategies to improve engagement of anxious children and parents in treatment.
  2. Utilize semi-structured clinical interviewing strategies to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning.
  3. Use a developmental-systems model for evaluating multiple factors which contribute to the development of anxiety in children and families.
  4. Assess the role social technologies play in the development and maintenance of adolescent anxiety disorders.
  5. Identify effective approaches for providing anxiety psychoeducation to youth and families.
  6. Utilize a protocol for teaching anxiety management skills through mindfulness, self-monitoring, relaxation, and redirection techniques to improve participation in the classroom.
  7. Develop family-based treatment plans for treating separation anxiety.
  8. Integrate developmentally tailored desensitization procedures into treatment of children and adolescents experiencing panic and phobias.
  9. Use developmentally modified CBT for treating generalized anxiety and social anxiety in youth.
  10. Evaluate the dynamics, contributions, and treatment implications of disorders such as ADHD and autism which can co-occur with child anxiety.
  11. Identify guidelines for managing school-based anxiety and for effective consultation with school staff.
  12. Utilize exposure therapy in a developmentally appropriate manner for treating OCD and related disorders.



Sources of Anxiety and Beginning Treatment

  • DSM-5™ disorders and child anxiety research findings
  • Welcome to Gen Z and Gen Alpha
  • Anxiety development in children: Risk and resilience
  • The role of temperament and “goodness-of-fit”
  • Differential diagnoses and co-occurrence
  • Initial interviews with anxious kids and their parents
  • Developing a parent-management system
  • Rapport-building with anxious-avoidant and anxious-resistant kids
  • Child-focused family therapy

First Line Intervention Every Therapist Must Know

  • Tailor anxiety information to distressed and frustrated parents
  • Child-friendly anxiety education
  • Give children a “brain tour”
  • Reframe the meaning of anxiety
  • Individualized relaxation strategies

Integrative Interventions for Enhancing Anxiety Management

  • Healthy habits to strengthen the body and calm the mind
  • Strategies for lowering the household “temperature”
  • Re-setting the pace of family life
  • Effective transition techniques for anxious kids
  • Mindfulness in an overstimulating world
  • The 3 R’s of anxiety management

Neutralize Panic & Phobias through Empowered Exposure

  • Identify physical, cognitive, & behavioral symptoms
  • Do’s and don’ts of panic management
  • Develop Individualized soothing strategies
  • Implement daily relaxation rituals
  • Reduce avoidant behavior to promote memory reconsolidation
  • Challenge ladders: desensitization for phobic kids
  • Treat “conceptual phobias”

Parent-Child Interventions for Separation Anxiety Disorder

  • Address avoidance, reassurance, and parental accommodation distinguishing between “distress” and “trauma”
  • Self-regulation strategies for parents
  • Ease into treatment for separation distress
  • Form a “separation management team”
  • Manage the separation process in real time


Child-friendly CBT for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Re-define the meaning and purpose of worry
  • Developmentally-informed cognitive skill-building
  • Cognitive restructuring to combat catastrophizing, rumination, and negativity
  • Equip parents to respond to worry productively
  • Tips for empowering worried kids to obtain support

Interventions for Obsessive-Compulsive Anxiety and Related Disorders

  • OCD education for kids and parents
  • Common and unique OCD themes
  • Guidelines for using exposure and response prevention (ERP)
  • ERP alternatives: Brain challenges and response modification
  • Cognitive restructuring for the “thought-action fusion” process
  • Potential therapeutic pitfalls of OCD treatment
  • Considerations for hair-pulling, skin-picking, and non-suicidal self-injury

Treating Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Factors contributing to selective mutism
  • Promote nonverbal communication as the initial goal
  • Whole-family treatment for changing reinforcing dynamics
  • Modern influences on social anxiety development
  • Treatment considerations with socially anxious youth
  • Dialogue development strategies

Anxiety-Management in the Classroom

  • Relationship building with anxiety-ridden students
  • Create a calm and responsive classroom
  • Respond to anxiety-fueled misbehavior
  • Reduce procrastination, test anxiety and homework stress

Help Children with Stressor-Related Disorders

  • Determine different stressor types and their impact
  • Interventions for children facing separation and divorce
  • Strategies for anxiety related to blended families
  • Considerations for loss-related anxiety
  • Beyond stressors: Trauma-informed treatment guidelines

Outcome Measures and Prevention Tactics

  • Consider research limitations and treatment risks
  • Measure treatment progress: Strategies for both parents, caregivers and clinicians
  • When to consider additional evaluations and collateral treatments
  • Anxiety prevention: Rethink expectations and goals

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children

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Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 4


Thomas C

"Excellent use of video for case studies"

Lynne B

"Of the many online courses I have taken, this was one of the best. I have found PESI materials to be well organized, easy to access, Dr Steve was a professional and his presentation was fabulous! I even like the way you did the breaks...with music and a screen saver that assured us we were still in touch with the presentation!"

Stacy O

"This was extremely informative, maintained a high level of interest and was beneficial to my profession as well as my family. I will remember the videos of the presenter's clients for their genuine honesty and touching stories."


"Very useful course taught by an articulate, experienced, and nuanced clinician.Videos of Dr. O'Brien's clinical work were also clinically very useful and engaging."


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