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Dealing With Anxiety Disorders In School Age Children

Worries and Woes

Presented by Lynn Miller, Ph. D., R.Psych

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Thursday, November 16, 2017  |  Webinar

Date & Location

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Thursday, November 16, 2017


Each session will be available at 11:00am PST on the scheduled air dates.

  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017

Recordings are available from the air date until November 30, 2017. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience

Access expires on November 30, 2017.

Extensions will not be granted.

Workshop Description

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychological distress reported by children and adolescents, and can interfere significantly in the lives of children. An anxiety disorder is a level of anxiety or worry that interferes with daily functioning, either with peer relationships, academic performance, or in family routines. Interference can range from reluctance to go to school, to withdrawing from sports and extra curricular activities, to being completely home bound. Youth with anxiety disorders are shy, inhibited, and avoidant; helping personnel are typically very good at identifying anxiety in children but may not use the most effective interventions to support children and youth. Anxiety disorders are highly responsive to psychological intervention, allowing children and youth to learn skills to manage their lives. Unfortunately, the most effective therapeutic intervention skills are not used or taught, leading to more distress. The stresses in children’s lives continue to mount, including bullying, excessive homework, violent gaming, premature sexuality, family financial stress, and competition of all sorts, leading to more anxiety.

This webinar provides the most current, evidence informed model for how anxiety develops in children and adolescents, and how therapists, health care providers and education professionals can engage kids and families in learning to mange anxiety. Practical diagnostic and treatment strategies can be applied immediately, using DSM-5 classification of anxiety. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosis and effective interventions for each anxiety disorder subtype. The following anxiety disorders will be addressed from a developmental approach: separation anxiety disorder (with school refusal), panic disorder with agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (with perfectionism), obsessive-compulsive disorders including trichotillomania (hair pulling) and excoriation (skin picking), social anxiety disorder (including selective mutism), specific phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Participants will have opportunities to present their own cases for feedback and treatment suggestions.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of CBT in fun and effective ways, leaving with practical skills to use with children, teens and families. Learn how to discriminate anxiety disorders from other mental health problems, and apply useful tools and techniques in a variety of settings.


Online Course Format

  • 6 Week Online Training – 2 hours per session, 6 sessions
  • 12 CEUs
  • Each session will consist of 2 hours of teaching content
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.
  • Recordings Available – Sessions will be pre-recorded and available for participants to access after the live date. All recordings will be available until two weeks after the online course is complete.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Week 1: Nature and Causes of Anxiety

  • Introduction to workshop and handouts
  • The silent epidemic: Anxiety Disorders (Subtypes)
  • How anxiety develops in children and teens: Aetiology
  • Treatment: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and its application to anxiety
  • Initial interview: Tips for success
  • Sleep issues

Week 2: Anxiety Disorder (AD) Subtypes and Skill Building

  • AD: Specific Phobia
  • AD: Separation / School Refusal
  • Skill development: Developing Fear Hierarchies

Week 3: Anxiety Disorder (AD) Subtypes and Skill Building

  • AD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Skill Development: Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Week 4: Anxiety Disorder (AD) Subtypes and Skill Building

  • AD: Social Phobia
  • Skill: Social phobia interventions and Treatment Planning
  • AD: Panic Disorder and Interoceptive exposure

Week 5: Anxiety Disorder  (AD) Subtypes, Assessment and Medication

  • AD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Skill: PTSD Tx Strategies: In-vivo, Virtual and Prolonged exposure
  • AD: Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Skill: PD/GAD: Tx Planning

Week 6: Comorbidity and Assessment

  • Assessment
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Medications and Research
  • Engaging Parents
  • Summary
  • Final Q &A

Learning Objectives

  • Learn components of cognitive behavioural interventions (CBT) and how to use immediately with children and youth
  • Understand how to support children and youth with various anxiety concerns in several environments including home, school and community
  • Practice techniques that are useful to implement immediately with an individual, small group, or large groups of children/youth
  • Become aware of resources in the community

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† 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)

Lynn Miller, Ph.D., R.Psych

Lynn D. Miller, Ph.D., Lic..Psych started her career as a classroom teacher, and then worked as a school counselor K-12 in the US and Canada. As the Myrne Nevison Prevention Research Professor at the University of British Columbia, she investigated anxiety at the entry to school in grades kindergarten and one. A noted leader in mental health issues of school aged children, she recently completed her term as President of the Anxiety Disorders Assoc. of Canada, 2010-2014, and served as the President of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (2004-2006).  Dr. Miller is known for her knowledge and clarity, sense of humor, compassion, and engaging speaking style.

Dr. Miller is a Licensed Psychologist,  Certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, and an Associate Professor Emeritus (retired) in the Education and Counseling Psychology and Special Education department at the University of British Columbia.  She has over 30 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, and private practice. She was a representative to Expert Round Table of BC Ministry of Child and Family Development on Mental Health, and helped plan how mental health services were offered in BC, with anxiety identification and service delivery to children and youth as the lead program. Her research team modified the evidence-based anxiety prevention curriculum (FRIENDS program) from its Australian form. This modified protocol is now in use across Canada, and endorsed by the World Health Organization.

She has trained hundreds of community mental health clinicians on anxiety identification and evidence-based interventions. She has given more than 400  presentations in North America, Scotland and Thailand, presenting research findings. She has written extensively about anxiety in youth from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals to local mental health newsletters. She has held several research grants, examining the effects of empirically supported approaches to child anxiety in the public school system. She has conducted research on other models of anxiety prevention programs in schools, including Taming Worry Dragons, Skills for Social and Academic Success, Cool Little Kids, as well as an enhanced program for Aboriginal children. In 2015, she received the Mid-level career awarded by the American Psychological Association for contributions to children’s and adolescents’ mental health.



“Thanks, Lynn. I feel like I can go back to my school with a lot of strategies/tools/confidence to deal with the numerous students who are struggling with anxiety!”
– Abbotsford, BC | April 22, 2016

“Lynn was phenomenal. I truly appreciate her applied approach to research based CBT techniques. They will be very useful in a school setting.
– Stephanie Leithead | Kelowna, BC | April 21, 2016


“Outstanding!!! The material was very practical and useful as a clinician. Lynn was an excellent presenter – very engaging, authentic, and enjoyable!
– Patti Fedar | Edmonton, AB | May 9, 2016


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.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $399 $419

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

For group rates contact: registration@jackhirose.com

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

Early bird cutoff date: September 28, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, September 28, 2017.

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