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Seminar Detail

Anxiety in the Classroom
Where:
BELLEVUE, WA
When:
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is no longer available for purchase.

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

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, global terrorism and violence, extensive technology use, media overload, bullying and diversity issues, has produced a “shell shocked” generation of students struggling to manage their anxiety. The challenge for those working in schools is to recognize the increasing anxiety level in students and help them cope.

Dr. Steve O’Brien will teach you how, why and when anxiety develops in young people. The various manifestations for anxiety will be described, so that anxious students can be recognized and supported. Dr. O’Brien will help you distinguish between normal activity and anxiety disorders, and give you a principle for making this distinction in school settings. Most importantly, you will learn practical strategies that can be applied immediately in the classroom setting and schools to reduce anxiety, enhance teaching effectiveness, and promote maximum learning.
Objectives:

  1. Design effective strategies to decrease the stress response in kids with learning disabilities to improve information processing, listening skills, and comprehension.
  2. Summarize the different ways anxiety manifests in the classroom (worry, social isolation, attention deficits, etc.) and determine the appropriate strategy for reducing symptoms.
  3. Implement a three-step skill building model for stress management among young clients.
  4. Utilize classroom friendly calming and relaxation activities to keep students engaged.
  5. Determine the signs of normal anxiety vs anxiety disorders to enhance teaching effectiveness.
  6. Evaluate the impact deep breathing exercises have on anxiety to enable task completion in the classroom.
OUTLINE

Nature and Causes of Anxiety
  • How, when and why anxiety develops in children
  • The anxiety temperament (biological sensitivity)
  • The “anxiety personality” – assets and liabilities
  • The role of stress in anxiety
How Anxiety Manifests in the Classroom
  • Perfectionism
  • Worry
  • Task avoidance
  • Restlessness and hyperactivity
  • Attention deficits
  • School avoidance
  • Social isolation
  • Depression and withdrawal
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Low motivation
  • Disorganization and poor time management
  • Academic inconstancy or decline
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavior problems
Seven Key Anxiety Disorders: Symptoms and Case Examples
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder (including selective mutism)
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
Classroom Interventions
  • Assessing stress level in students
  • 3-S approaches to stress management (signs, sources and skillful solutions)
  • Focusing the mind for learning
  • Classroom friendly calming and relaxation activities
  • Encouraging “flow”
  • Mindfulness strategies
  • Relationship building with anxious students
  • Tips for reducing test anxiety
  • Creating calm in the classroom
  • 3 questions: intervention for anxious parents
  • ”Responsive Classroom”: applications and research findings
  • Risk management with high-conflict divorce families
  • Managing technology use in and out of school
  • Best approach to bullying
  • Anxiety curriculums for schools (friends for life, lifeskills)
  • Special considerations for preschoolers
  • Behavioral health recommendations
  • How to be a role model for low stress and anxiety
Target Audience

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

STEVE P. O'BRIEN, PSYD, PA

Dr. Steve O’Brien, is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience treating children with a variety of anxiety disorders, including Separation Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He specializes in treating children with co-occurring disorders, especially those who struggle with both anxiety and ADHD or Autism.

Dr. O’Brien utilizes an eclectic approach which tailors treatment to the developmental level of both children and parents. His approach integrates individual child therapy with intensive parental and familial interventions. Dr. O’Brien has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals and medical clinics. He earned his Psy.D. at Nova Southeastern University and received specialized training in applied developmental psychology. Dr. O’Brien incorporates pediatric and child psychiatric consultation into his therapeutic work. He served as associate professor at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University from 2000 to 2016. While at the University, Dr. O’Brien developed a unique doctoral level course, ‘Parent Consultation’, designed for graduate students specializing in child/family therapy. In 2015, he developed Life@home, an innovative clinical tool/app for obtaining a child’s perception of family life. Dr. O’Brien also serves as a media consultant for Bay News 9, Tampa Bay’s 24-hour news source.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Steven O’Brien is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Steven O'Brien is a member of the American Psychological Association; and the Florida Psychological Association.
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Washington Counselors:
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CE credit is available. This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.


Educators/Teachers
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Washington Educators & Administrators: 6.0 Clock Hours have been made available through Puget Sound ESD for the seminar on March 26, 2020 in Bellevue, WA. Clock Hours are only awarded to participants who follow the sign-in and reporting procedures provided at the seminar. Clock Hour Number SEJ0437.


Marriage & Family Therapists
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Washington Marriage & Family Therapists:
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This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.


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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

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Washington Social Workers:
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This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.


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