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Live Webinar

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Recognizing & Treating the Emerging Epidemic


Faculty:
Steve O'Brien, Psy.D., PA
Duration:
Full Day
Format:
Audio and Video
Product Code:
LWC053585
Brochure Code:
IHW86100
Media Type:
Live Webinar

Dates


Description

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, family breakdown, violence in society, the media, and a failing school system, has produced a “shell shocked” generation suffering from anxiety in many cases. The challenge for clinicians is to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope.

Dr. Steve O'Brien will teach you how and why anxiety develops in children and adolescents. She will present practical treatment strategies that can be applied immediately. The seven key anxiety disorders along with case examples to be addressed include:

  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Overanxious disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Other co-occurring disorders (e.g. behavior problems, medical conditions, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, selective mutism) will also be discussed. Emphasis will be on creative interventions involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, expressive arts and family systems approaches.

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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

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Virginia Psychologists

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Faculty

Steve O'Brien, Psy.D., PA Related seminars and products

Dr.


Steve O'Brien, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with nearly 30 years of experience treating children, adolescents, families and young adults in his Clearwater, Florida practice. His specialty areas include child-adolescent anxiety/depression, ADHD Autism Spectrum Disorders, and divorced/blended family adjustment. Dr. O'Brien utilizes an integrative-systems model which tailors treatment to the developmental needs of youth and families. Intensive parent consultation and youth-focused family interventions are critical components of his therapeutic approach.

Dr. O'Brien has worked in numerous healthcare environments, including community mental health, psychiatric, inpatient/residential, substance abuse, and medical facilities. He also served as associate professor of child-adolescent studies at the Florida School of Professional Psychology. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. O'Brien is an app developer (Life@Home by Psychtouch.com) and a media consultant for both Tampa Bay and national news outlets. Visit obrienpsychology.com for more information.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Steve O’Brien is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Steve O’Brien is a member of the American Psychological Association; and the Florida Psychological Association.


Outline

Nature and Causes of Anxiety
  • How anxiety develops in children
  • Three ingredients in all anxiety disorders
  • The “anxiety personality” – assets and liabilities
Seven Key Anxiety Disorders
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Overanxious disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Learning disabilities
  • Selective mutism
Therapeutic Approaches
  • Cognitive-behavioral
  • Biological
  • Mindfulness
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family Systems Approaches
Interventions and Self-Regulation Strategies
  • The Floating Technique for panic anxiety
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD
  • Mindfulness for worry
  • Solution Focused Intervention for worry
  • Group therapy guidelines for social anxiety
  • Visualization Desensitization for separation anxiety
  • Three Question Technique for parents struggling with child separation anxiety
  • Three Step Technique for managing children’s stress
  • Yoga games and breathing techniques for relaxation training
  • LifeSkills Program for generalized anxiety
  • Virtual Reality approach for phobias
  • Baby Buddhas meditations for anxious preschoolers
Limitations of Research and Potential Risks
  • Consider scope of practice
  • Empirical and anecdotal evidence
  • No “one size fits all” for any modality of anxiety treatment

Objectives

  • Apply the “Three Ingredients” framework for understanding how, why and when anxiety occurs in children.
  • Draw from 10 specific stress-management strategies to target the "when" factor in child and adolescent anxiety.
  • Recommend 8 steps teachers can take to reduce anxiety in the classroom for more focused attention.
  • Implement at least one effective treatment strategy for each of the 7 key anxiety disorders to modify sources of stress.
  • Designate 3 steps that schools can take to create a safe, calm environment for meeting the needs of anxious students.
  • Create a therapeutic alliance with parents to improve the effectiveness of clinical treatment with anxious kids.

Target Audience

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

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