Full Course Description


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

Divorce, family breakdown, violence in society and the media, has produced a “shell shocked” generation of kids suffering from anxiety!

Watch anxiety expert and author, Dr. Paul Foxman, who will demonstrate how you can “connect” with anxious children and inspire them to practice new self-regulation skills. You will learn how to help parents (“bulldozers”, “helicopters” and “snowplows”) and schools to gain confidence, gratification and success in helping their most anxious kids.

To increase your effectiveness with the various manifestations of child anxiety, Dr. Foxman will address each of the following disorders with case examples and clinical vignettes:

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders (including skin picking and hair pulling)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder/Selective Mutism
  • Specific phobias
  • Trauma- and Stressor-related disorders

Emphasis will be on creative psychotherapy involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, and family systems interventions.


CERTIFICATION MADE SIMPLE!

  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99.99 value)!
  • Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Child & Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive electronic documentation of CCATP-CA certification from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program. Professional standards apply. Visit evergreencertifications.com for answers to frequently asked questions.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Incorporate motivational therapeutic activities into your practice to improve client engagement in treatment.
  2. Implement structured clinical interviewing strategies to aid in developing comprehensive treatment plans.
  3. Summarize the “3 ingredient framework” of how anxiety develops in children to assist with assessment and treatment planning.
  4. Analyze the efficacy of prescription drugs for treatment of anxiety symptoms in children.
  5. Implement a three-step skill building model for stress management among young clients.
  6. Evaluate exposure therapy interventions for effective treatment of OCD, separation anxiety, social anxiety and phobias.
  7. Design effective strategies to decrease the stress response in kids with learning disabilities to improve information processing, listening skills, and comprehension.
  8. Implement calming techniques to reduce overall anxiety, such as mindfulness and yoga, to reduce fight or flight response and simultaneously engage the relaxation response.
  9. Evaluate the impact deep breathing exercises have on anxiety to enable task completion in children with ADHD.
  10. Utilize specific anxiety techniques to minimize the ruminative nature of obsessive thoughts that often precede dysfunctional compulsive behaviors.
  11. Teach clients to engage the parasympathetic nervous system to create new neuropathways to reduce hyper arousal and decrease maladaptive behaviors.
  12. Implement clinical strategies to decrease symptoms of pervasive separation anxiety in children and adolescents.

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
  • 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 rate
  • 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 reality 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 : 03/17/2022

Art Therapy: Creative Interventions for Kids with Trauma, Anxiety, ADHD and More!

Do you work with challenging children and teens who seem absolutely resistant to every intervention you offer? Clients who are stuck, repeating the same patterns over and over and you feel like you’re powerless to help them? You know the ones that repeatedly refuse to listen and don’t stop to think before they act. Or those who refuse to take responsibility for their behaviors and constantly pass blame onto others? Do they leave you feeling stagnant and burnt out in your practice?

Watch this seminar and learn innovative interventions that will help even your most resistant clients become unstuck. Your day will consist of creative, interactive, hands-on training that will re-energize your work. You will leave with fresh new art strategies and approaches that you can use immediately to engage even your most difficult and challenging clients. These tools are fun and playful. They will offer you an opportunity to refresh yourself as well!

No art experience is necessary, just an openness to try something creative.

Art therapy materials recommended: Crayons, markers or colored pencils, 2 sheets of white and colored paper, glue or glue stick.

* Participants will learn how to implement therapeutic art interventions. They will not be certified as an art therapist.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Evaluate art therapy directives to immediately implement into clinical practice with fidelity to help children regulate their emotions and behavior.
  2. Appraise the ethical implications and clinical limitations of using selected art therapy approaches within your scope of practice.
  3. Determine the stages of a child's normative development, and identify the indicators suggesting a need for additional clinical support.
  4. Analyze the benefits of utilizing therapeutic artmaking approaches in assessment, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of mental health disorders.
  5. Develop a plan for introducing art into clinical practice for treatment resistant and challenging children and families.
  6. Determine the neurobiological implications of using therapeutic art interventions among clients with various diagnoses.

Outline

Art Therapy

  • Which clients benefit from art therapy?
  • Ethical implications and limitations of using art therapy in your practice
  • Creating products vs creative process
  • Go with the flow
Clinical Application of Art Therapy
  • What materials to use and when
  • Normative development in art making and developmental stages
  • Indicators in the artwork that suggest a child needs more support
  • Seeing it differently (client perspective)
  • Art talk, they made it now what?

Creative Techniques and Strategies to…
Build Relationships & Connection

  • For ASD, Trauma & ODD
    • Draw your fears
    • Magical thinking
    • Safe place drawing
    • Playing with the materials
    • Building rituals
    • Destroy the OCD monster
    • Paint the silence
Build Safety
  • For Trauma, Anxiety & Mood Disorders
  • Connect the dots
  • Create a safe place
  • Draw a person
  • Draw a house
  • Draw your feelings
  • Play therapy
  • Animal family & other family art activities
  • Trauma feelings
  • Magical thinking
  • Wishes
Build Self-Esteem
  • For ADHD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
    • Inside out
    • Mask making
    • Body outline
    • Safe place
    • Fear and empowerment
    • Self portraits
    • Beading
Increase Responsibility
  • For ADHD, Trauma, ASD, ODD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
    • Miracle question
    • Feeling heart
    • Kinetic family drawing
    • Bridges
    • Cartooning problems & solutions
Increase Control
  • For ADHD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
    • Paper weaving
    • Abstracting painting and collage
    • Destroying fears
    • Mindful mandalas
    • Scribble scrabble
    • Gratitude Namaste figure

Copyright : 11/11/2021

Helping Anxious Families: Active Tips That Work and Common Traps to Avoid

Anxiety and OCD will show up, and after the past year, anxious cracks have become chasms for many anxious families.  

It’s common for clinicians to get caught up in content (what kids worry about) instead of focusing on the how and why of anxiety --all the more detrimental with a missed OCD issue!   

In this recording, Lynn will show you how (and why!) to sidestep this content trap and move away from all-too-common elimination strategies. 

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Determine the differences between content-based and process-based interventions for anxiety and OCD.
  2. Develop treatment plans that focus on parental involvement.
  3. Utilize interventions to disrupt the process of OCD in the family's behaviors.
  4. Assign homework to address cognitions that bolster anxiety and depression.

Outline

  • Active Engagement and Skill-Building from the First Session 
    • Setting a tone of active engagement  
    • Interrupting common family patterns 
    • Talking process instead of content 
  • Don’t Do the Disorder! Staying Free of Common Errors  
    • What doesn’t work: content, reassurance, distraction 
    • Teaching families how to handle worry using process-based interventions 
    • Creating homework and increasing follow up

Copyright : 08/04/2021

Anti-Anxiety Medication in Children and Adolescents

Approximately 60% of children and adolescents in treatment will be prescribed medication for anxiety, so it is essential that clinicians know what anti-anxiety medications are available and the medications’ benefits and side effects.   

Join Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, as she shares the types of anti-anxiety medications, black box warnings, and the importance of clinicians keeping open lines of communication with prescribers — helping the client and his or her parents, get the best treatment possible for their child. 

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Determine how black box warnings on antidepressants have impacted pediatric anxiety treatment. 
  2. Manage open communication with prescribers for best client outcomes. 
  3. Differentiate benefits versus side effects of anti-anxiety medication.

Outline

  • Types of anti-anxiety medications 
    • Antidepressants 
      • Mechanism of action 
      • Side effects 
      • Why prescribed 
      • Serotonin withdrawal syndrome 
    • Benzodiazepines 
      • Mechanism of action 
      • Side effects 
      • Why prescribed  
      • Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome  
  • Black box warning on antidepressants  
    • Reasoning 
    • How it has impacted pediatric treatment of anxiety and depression 
  • How clinicians can help prescribers 
    • Keep open dialogue 
    • Encourage client and parents to contact the prescriber with any questions 
    • Ask about client sleep difficulties  
    • Ask specific questions about anxiety, as it is an internalized disorder 
    • Have general knowledge of anti-anxiety medications 
    • Check for any bias against psychotropic medication  
    • Know your scope of practice 
      • Can educate, but not recommend 

Copyright : 06/16/2021

The Clinician's Guide to Anxiety Disorders in Kids & Teens

International anxiety expert and bestselling author Paul Foxman, PhD, utilizes his four decades of clinical experience to make the most comprehensive, hands-on guidebook available. This resource provides all the tools needed to assess and treat even the most severe cases of anxiety in today's generation.

  • Downloadable assessments, worksheets & activities
  • Three step approach for stress management
  • Yoga poses, meditations, breathing games & mindfulness activities
  • Working with co-occurring disorders and anxiety
  • Medication, natural remedies and homeopathic tools
  • Therapy scripts
  • Tools to manage media exposure and technology

Melt Anxiety and Relax Card Deck for Kids

The Melt Anxiety & Relax Card Deck for Kids provides 44 fun, easy, and effective practices to help anxious and worried young minds. Using the best strategies from CBT, Mindfulness and Art Therapy, kids can learn how to regulate their thoughts and emotions, and find ways to express themselves in a healthy way. Best for ages 4-12.

BONUS! 12 tips and strategies for caregivers to help relieve anxiety and worry.