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

Where:
CAMBRIDGE, MA
When:
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, family breakdown, violence in society, the media, and 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.

Ms. Depasquale 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.

Objectives:
  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.
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

DAWN DEPASQUALE, MA, LMHC

Dawn DePasquale, MA, LMHC, is the founder, CEO and clinical director of Bell Mental Health Associates in Swansea, Massachusetts. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology through the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, a program approved by the American Psychological Association (APA). Because of her effectiveness in the area of panic cessation, Ms. DePasquale is the practitioner of choice for local emergency rooms when handling “heart attack” victims who are in fact experiencing severe panic. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including state programs, the criminal justice system, mental health hospitals and private practice in order to get a better understanding of the various populations treated as well as the barriers they face in attaining the help that they need. Her philosophy is that everyone is an individual needing specific care tailored to their current needs, wants and hopes, and she is an eclectic therapist who relies heavily on cognitive and dialectical behavioral techniques.

Ms. DePasquale is a featured mental health expert for WSAR 1480 AM radio and a weekly contributor as the divorce, parenting and mental health expert for the website, www.Examiner.com. She produces a monthly blog for her company website, www.bellmentalhealth.com, titled The Comfy Couch.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dawn DePasquale is the founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of Bell Mental Health Associates. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Dawn DePasquale is a contributor for Examiner.com and a mental health expert for WSAR 1480 AM.
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