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2-Day Certification Training: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents
Digital Seminar
$439.99 USD
Product Details
Digital Seminar
Downloadable/Streaming MP4 Video and MP3 Audio with electronic manual and instructions.
CE Available:
No, CE credit is not available
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  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 as compared to complementary medicine 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.
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
• Nature’s remedies
• Herbal treatments
• Homeopathy
• 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 rates
• Agoraphobia component
• Treatment metaphors
• “Floating Technique”
• “LifeSkills” Self Help Program
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 TraumaRelated 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


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.
Continuing Education Credits
CE Credit is not available for this product.
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