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2 Day Skills Practice Intensive: Working with Anxious Minds at School and at Home

Presented by Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – Thursday, April 20, 2023  |  Richmond, bc

Date & Location

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – Thursday, April 20, 2023

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

This vitally important workshop is necessary for anyone working with anxious children and adolescents. Dr. Dargon will provide an interactive, skill-building and hands-on workshop that is different from her previous courses.  The primary focus of the workshop will be to give participants the opportunity to practice an array of practical interventions that can be incorporated into the classroom or into clinical practice.
This two-day workshop will focus on experiential exercises, case examples, learning activities, worksheets and opportunities to practice key skills to help children and teens manage their anxiety and improve their overall mental health.

Divorce, family breakdown, and violence in society and the media, has produced a “shell-shocked” generation of kids suffering from anxiety! Join anxiety expert, Dr. Christine Dargon, 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. Dargon 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 disorders

Emphasis will be on creative psychotherapy involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, and family systems interventions.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

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
  • 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

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

Learning Objectives

  • Simulate the “Three Ingredients” framework to explain how anxiety develops in children and adolescents.
  • Critique the role of family, schools, media, and global events in contributing to anxiety.
  • Apply fun, engaging therapy activities to motivate your clients to change for each anxiety disorder.
  • Apply a semi-structured child interview tips to develop targeted treatment plans.
  • Verify four behavioral health recommendations to help all clients.
  • Rate the pros and cons of prescription drugs and complementary medicine for anxiety.
  • Assess how to manage ethical risks with families of divorce.
  • Implement a three-step process for teaching stress management skills to young clients.
  • Apply group therapy activities to reduce social anxiety.
  • Detect the “Floating Technique” for panic anxiety.
  • Produce exposure interventions to treat OCD, separation anxiety, social anxiety and phobias.
  • Design anxiety reduction techniques to yourself to be a motivating role model.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Christine Dargon, Ph.D., having worked in clinical practice for over 20 years, now focusses her time on speaking and education. Dr. Dargon did graduate research and her dissertation on rape-related PTSD and began working with rape survivors over 25 years ago. Currently, Dr. Dargon is an international speaker traveling throughout North America presenting seminars of numerous topics. Dr. Dargon has also been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 20 years and is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University serving students in the Masters’ of Counseling Psychology Program and Ashford University teaching undergraduate courses. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She recently opened a alternative health and wellness center in North Arizona.



“Dr. Dargon was superb! She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Thanks for a rewarding, educational day.”
– Heather Guillou | Langley, BC | November 20-22, 2017

“All three days were wonderfully informative. Your energy and enthusiasm was so welcoming. Your passion and depth of knowledge on all topics explored was clearly evident. I love all the practical take-away pieces, scripts and resource links + tools provided. Thanks so much.”
– Erica Mackinnon | Halifax, NS | June 7-8, 2017


Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Please state you would like to book under the “Jack Hirose & Associates” block when booking your room to receive our group room rate.

Plaza/Courtyard room: $239.00 per night plus tax
One bedroom condo suite: $289.00 per night plus tax
Two bedroom condo suite: $339.00 per night plus tax


When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $469 $489
Group 3-7 $449 $469
Group 8-14 $429 $449
Group 15+ $409 $429
Full-Time Student $409 $429

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 5, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

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