Seminar Detail

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

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Anxiety disorders are now recognized as the most common emotional problem in 10 out of 17 countries surveyed by the World Health Organization, including the United States. 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. Paul Foxman will present a template for how and why anxiety develops in children and adolescents. He 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.

  1. Apply the “Three Ingredients” template for understanding how, why and when anxiety develops in children.
  2. Recognize and modify the sources of stress in children and adolescents.
  3. Explain the anxiety management skills to use with young clients.
  4. Identify effective treatment strategies for each of the seven key anxiety disorders.
  5. Identify steps that schools can take to reduce student anxiety.
  6. Apply self-regulation skills and strategies to children.


Carryl P. Navalta, Ph.D., is a core faculty member of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program at Boston University School of Medicine where he has the great fortune of imparting his clinical wisdom to the ‘next generation’ of clinicians in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. He has held appointments at Harvard Medical School, New York University School of Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also a clinical research supervisor at Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center. Dr. Navalta is an expert in several of the evidence-based practices for treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, including behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and exposure therapies. Trained as a child clinical psychologist and licensed in Massachusetts, he maintains a part-time private practice working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families.

Dr. Navalta is an exceptional educator, clinician, and researcher. He has contributed numerous writings to major works in the field of developmental psychopathology, including a recent chapter in the Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology (2011, Springer Publishing). He also serves as associate editor of the online journal, BioMed Central (BMC) Psychiatry.

As an adept speaker and trainer, Dr. Navalta presents his work and provides training/consultation across local, regional, national and international venues.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Dr. Carryl P. Navalta is a faculty member at Boston University School of Medicine. He is a compensated research investigator for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Carryl P. Navalta is on the Editorial Board for the journal BioMed Central (BMC) Psychiatry. He is a contributing author on numerous books/resources on the topics of childhood trauma and developmental psychopathology.
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