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Worries and Woes: Dealing with Anxiety Disorders in School Age Children
For: General public, Professionals
Provided by: Jack Hirose & Associates

Date and Time

Thu Apr 21, 2016 (This event is over)
9:00 - 4:00pm


2170 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6G8

Event Description

Speaker: Lynn Miller, Ph.D.

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychological distress reported by children and adolescents, and can interfere significantly in the lives of children. An anxiety disorder is a level of anxiety or worry that interferes with daily functioning, either with peer relationships, academic performance, or in family routines. Interference can range from reluctance to go to school, to withdrawing from sports and extra curricular activities, to being completely home bound. Youth with anxiety disorders are shy, inhibited, and avoidant; helping personnel are typically very good at identifying anxiety in children but may not use the most effective interventions to support children and youth. Anxiety disorders are highly responsive to psychological intervention, allowing children and youth to learn skills to manage their lives. Unfortunately, the most effective therapeutic intervention skills are not used or taught, leading to more distress. The stresses in children’s lives continue to mount, including bullying, excessive homework, premature sexuality, family financial stress, and competition of all sorts, leading to more anxiety.

The workshop provides the most current, evidence informed model for how anxiety develops in children and adolescents, and how therapists, health care providers and education professionals can engage kids and families in learning to mange anxiety. Practical diagnostic and treatment strategies can be applied immediately, using DSM-5 classification of anxiety. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosis and effective interventions for each anxiety disorder subtype. The following anxiety disorders will be addressed from a developmental approach: separation anxiety disorder (with school refusal), panic disorder with agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (with perfectionism), obsessive-compulsive disorders including trichotillomania (hair pulling) and excoriation (skin picking), social anxiety disorder (including selective mutism), specific phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Participants will have opportunities to present their own cases for feedback and treatment suggestions.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of CBT in fun and effective ways, leaving with practical skills to use with children, teens and families. Learn how to discriminate anxiety disorders from other mental health problems, and apply useful tools and techniques in a variety of settings. A workshop packet will include handouts for clients, parents and teachers, recommended further reading, internet resources and reminders of all therapeutic techniques demonstrated in the workshop.

Learning activities will consist of lecture, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, experiential exercises, and discussion.

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This event is listed under these topics

Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)
Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Developmental, Intellectual Delay and Disabilities
Eating Disorders including Anorexia and Bulimia
Fetal Alcohol and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Learning Disorders
Separation and Divorce
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