Seminar Detail

An Intensive 2-Day Workshop on: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents
An Intensive 2-Day Workshop on: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents

Where:   STERLING HEIGHTS, MI

When:  Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Friday, May 17, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

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

Join anxiety expert, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, 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 gain confidence, gratification and success in helping their most anxious kids.

To increase your effectiveness with the various manifestations of child anxiety, Dr. Sarkis 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 disorder
Emphasis will be on creative psychotherapy involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, and family systems interventions.
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
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
Wrap Up
  • Therapy progress measures
  • Case consultations
  • 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
Target Audience

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

STEPHANIE M SARKIS, PHD, NCC, LMHC

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC, is the best-selling author of five books: Natural Relief for Adult ADHD: Complementary Strategies for Increasing Focus, Attention, and Motivation With or Without Medication (2015); 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction & Accomplish Your Goals (2nd edition, 2011); Adult ADD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (2011); ADD and Your Money: A Guide to Personal Finance for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (2009); and Making the Grade with ADD: A Student’s Guide to Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorder (2008).

Dr. Sarkis is an American Mental Health Counseling Association Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling. She is a blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, where she writes about pediatric anxiety, depression and ADHD. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), with private practices in Boca Raton and Tampa, Florida. She is also the founder of the Sarkis Institute, which specializes in anxiety related to chronic pain issues. In 2001, she received an American Psychological Association Outstanding Dissertation Award for her research on executive functions and their impact on pediatric comorbid ADHD, including anxiety disorders.

Dr. Sarkis has been published numerous times, including in the Journal of Attention Disorders, the National Psychologist, and The ADHD Report. She has presented numerous venues, including ACA, CHADD, ICP, and PESI. She has made several medial appearances, including CNN “Health Minute”, ABC News, Fox News, Sirius Satellite Radio, Woman’s Day and First Business Television. Dr. Sarkis is featured in the book, The Gift of Adult ADD by Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D. Dr. Sarkis, in conjunction with the American Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), created the Moulton-Farnsworth Scholarship for college students with ADHD. Dr. Sarkis’ website is www.stephaniesarkis.com.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stephanie Sarkis has books published by New Harbinger Publications and receives royalties. She writes blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Stephanie Sarkis is on the Professional Advisory Board of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
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