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Anxiety in Youth

Identification of childhood anxiety, with guidance for preventing anxiety, applications for building coping skills, and evidence-based treatments.

Courtyard Long Island MacArthur Airport
5000 Express Dr S, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
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Oct 25, 2024 09:00am - Oct 25, 2024 03:00pm

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$0.00 - $90.00

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Anyone that is working in the mental health field, in the school setting, or with youth. Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists will be able to receive Continuing Education credits.


Morning Session: The Anxiety Epidemic in Kids and Teens

Presenter: Paul Foxman, PhD, Founder and Director, Vermont Center for Anxiety Care

Anxiety disorders are now recognized as the most common emotional problem in the majority of countries surveyed by the World Health Organization, including the United States. The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes violence in society, social media, divorce, family breakdown, and a failing school system, has produced a "shell shocked" generation suffering from anxiety in many cases. The challenge for clinicians and behavioral health professionals is to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope.


In this presentation, you will learn ways to connect with anxious children and teens, and inspire them to learn how to manage and even prevent anxiety. You will also acquire strategies to help anxious parents ("bulldozers," "helicopters," and "snowplows") be more effective in supporting their anxious children. The pros and cons of medication will be addressed. Pitfalls and strategies for high-conflict divorce cases will also be considered. In addition, you will learn what recommendations to make to schools and teachers to help manage anxiety in students.


To increase your effectiveness with the various manifestations of anxiety in children, the following disorders will be addressed with case examples and clinical vignettes:

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder (with Agoraphobia)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (including skin picking and hair pulling)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (including Selective Mutism)
  • Specific Phobias
  • Trauma- and Stressor- Related Disorders


Emphasis will be on creative psychotherapy using insight, cognitive-behavioral therapy, somatic focus (yoga, movement, breathing games, flow activities), mindfulness practices, medication, and family system interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to summarize the biological, environmental, and psychological mechanisms of anxiety in children to assist with assessment and treatment planning
  • Participants will be able to identify the types of anxiety disorders in children and teens to improve treatment outcomes
  • Participants will create games, strategies, and practices to inspire the anxious child to practice self-regulation skills
  • Participants will discuss the impact of divorce on anxiety in children and teens and how to avoid legal involvement in high conflict divorce cases
  • Participants will be able to describe the use of family system interventions for treating anxious children
  • Participants will discuss recommendations for schools and teachers to help manage anxiety in students


Afternoon Session: Teaching Kids Healthy Coping Skills to Manage Anxiety

Presenter: Janine Halloran, LMHC, Founder and CEO, Coping Skills for Kids | Encourage Play

Anxiety was on the rise before COVID-19, and has only increased since the beginning of the pandemic. Our kids and teens need to learn healthy and safe coping skills to manage their anxiety. Working on these coping skills is incredibly beneficial in the long run. It can make it easier to help them deal with big feelings and challenging situations as they continue to grow. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify current levels of anxiety with youth, how the pandemic has impacted students socially and emotionally and how we can help support them 
  • Participants will learn to use the coping skills checklist to explore the coping skills kids already have, and identify new ones to try and add to their coping skills repertoire
  • Participants will learn to identify coping skills for kids to try and home or school to implement safe and healthy ways to manage anxiety

FEE STRUCTURE

Early Registration **Early Registration available until 8/25/24**


EARLY Continuing Education (CE) Registration


$75.00

Choose this option if you DO require LMSW/LCSW/LMHC/LMFT/LCAT CE Hours (Certificate of Completion, including CE hours, will be provided)


EARLY General Registration


$55.00

Choose this option if you DO NOT require CE Hours (Certificate of Attendance will be provided)



EARLY Student Registration



$35.00

For Current students (Certificate of Attendance will be provided)


Please email [email protected] from your ‘.edu’ email address to obtain the discount code

Regular Registration


Continuing Education (CE) Registration


$90.00

Choose this option if you DO require LMSW/LCSW/LMHC/LMFT/LCAT CE Hours (Certificate of Completion, including CE hours, will be provided)


General Registration


$70.00

Choose this option if you DO NOT require CE Hours (Certificate of Attendance will be provided)



Student Registration



$50.00

For Current students (Certificate of Attendance will be provided)


Please email [email protected] from your ‘.edu’ email address to obtain the discount code

GROUP DISCOUNT AVAILABLE!

Every 5th registration (of equal or lesser value) is FREE

Please email [email protected] for registration instructions before completing payment.

Please note:

  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations
  • If you are registering for Continuing Education credits, you must be present for both sessions (9am-3pm) to receive credit

CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION

APPROVED FOR 5 CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOURS(LMSW/LCSW/LMHC/LCAT/LMFT)


Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. (Provider#0156)

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. (Provider #MHC-0014)

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider #MFT-0010)

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. (Provider #CAT-0004)


*New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants attend the entire approved educational activity in order to receive continuing education credits, from 9:00am-3:00pm*

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

PAUL FOXMAN, PHD


As a frequent presenter as well as expert on radio and television shows, Dr. Foxman is recognized as an authority on the topic of anxiety and stress. He has provided over 600 presentations in all 50 U.S. states, the Canadian provinces, Cuba, and other locations. Dr. Foxman is known for his knowledge and clarity of thought, sense of humor, and engaging speaking style.


Dr. Paul Foxman is Founder and Director of the Vermont Center for Anxiety Care, a private outpatient practice and therapist training center in Burlington, Vermont. He has over 40 years of professional experience in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health centers, graduate schools in psychology, and private practice.


Dr. Foxman is the author of Dancing with Fear (2007), The Worried Child (2004), Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders (2003, with Glatzer, J), The Clinicians Guide to Anxiety Disorders in Kids and Teens (2017), and Traumas and Triumphs (2021).


In 1985, Dr. Foxman co-founded the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, Vermont, now flourishing from kindergarten through high school.


Dr. Foxman's training includes Yale University (BA in Psychology), Peabody College of Vanderbilt University (PhD in Clinical Psychology), pre-doctoral internships at the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and the Kennedy CHild Study Center in Nashville, and training seminars at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute.

JANINE HALLORAN, LMHC


Janine Halloran is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working with children, teens, and their families for over 20 years. She has been helping children and teens build their coping skills throughout her career in a variety of settings, including schools, mental health clinics and in her private practice. She founded Coping Skills for Kids to help children and teens learn healthy and safe ways to manage big feelings. She has written several books, including the bestselling Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, the Coping Skills for Teens Workbook and the Social Skills for Kids Workbook. She is also the host of the Calm & Connected Podcast and the founder of the Coping Skills Community Hub. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, CNN, Huffington Post, and The Skimm® Newsletter. Janine lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children. 

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