March 29, 2021 (9am - 4pm EST)
Anxiety disorders represent one of the most prevalent forms of psychopathology among children, and this is dramatically on the rise given the current pandemic. As such, many children are referred to therapy to help them cope with anxiety symptoms. The most efficacious treatment for childhood anxiety in the research is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This approach's effectiveness is enhanced by integrating playful, developmentally appropriate interventions so that children will engage in treatment and learn key skills to manage anxiety. Children who might otherwise be resistant to therapy are more likely to participate in playful activities designed to cover the CBT components.
In this webinar, a brief overview of CBT will be presented, along with innovative therapy techniques to assess and treat children with anxiety. Interventions will address the core treatment components: psychoeducation, somatic management, affective expression, cognitive restructuring, exposure, and relapse prevention. Therapeutic games, art, stories, and other engaging activities will be presented for use with children aged 4 -12.
This training's clinical focus is on treating children with anxiety, but many of the interventions can be adapted for use with other treatment populations. Participants will come away with many new and innovative interventions that they can use immediately in their clinical practice, including online sessions.
Describe the special challenges of utilizing CBT with children
Express the benefits of integrating playful interventions in CBT with children
Apply at least two interventions to assess anxiety in children
Describe methods for fostering treatment readiness in anxious children
Implement at least 5 playful CBT interventions to treat anxiety in children
List the steps for implementing an exposure plan to help children manage anxiety
About Liana Lowenstein: Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families since 1988. She has authored numerous best-selling books including Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized; Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce; Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children; Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse; and Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety.
Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. The Center for Child Development is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3605.