This workshop is accredited for 6 hours of continuing education by the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (#RA03150-19).
Anxiety has many benefits, motivating us to put in maximum effort and helping us know what matters to us most. When anxiety persists however, it can interfere with functioning and lead to diagnosable mental health problems in children and adolescents. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common issues found in pediatric clinics today. In addition to long-term anxiety related disorders, untreated anxiety can lead to other problems such as depression and substance abuse. Fortunately, there are good treatments available. Supported by more than 75 studies, CBT is considered the go-to talk therapy for child and adolescent anxiety.
Exposure is a key ingredient of CBT. The principle is simple, have the child or adolescent engage with situations or objects that they fear many times to reduce the fear. The simplicity of the idea is deceptive. The intervention is complex and requires training to learn how to do it well. In this workshop, Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow provides an engaging and practical look at how to do exposure therapy for anxious children and adolescent. Using clinical examples, an interactive format, and ample opportunities for practice during the workshop, participants will learn well-validated strategies to do exposure well. The workshop will include a focus on: (a) how a strong initial assessment leads to fear ladders that promote treatment success; (b) foundational psychoeducational principles needed for exposure; (c) the basic exposure approach; and (d) variations across diagnostic categories.
The speaker: Dr. Soutahm-Gerow
Dr. Southam-Gerow is the author two important books about child and adolescent treatment: Emotion regulation in children and adolescents: A practitioner’s guide, published in 2013 and Exposure therapy with children and adolescents, published in 2019. Dr. Southam Gerow has given workshops and invited talks across the US and in Australia on many of the key aspects of child therapy. He is a professor and chair of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he teaches courses in child therapy and abnormal psychology. As co-founder and co-director of the Anxiety Clinic at VCU - a clinic that provides low-cost services for children and adolescents with anxiety and related problems - he has trained and supervised scores of doctoral students in the nuances of using CBT for anxiety. As a national trainer for PracticeWise, he has led dozens of multi-day trainings and consulted hundreds of therapists with various levels of experience across his more than 20-year career. Dr. Southam-Gerow is an active researcher, who focuses on the dissemination and implementation of psychological treatments, emotion regulation, and treatment integrity. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the author of dozens of scholarly papers, and the recipient of several NIH research grants.
This workshop was given live, online in May 2020.
This workshop is accredited for 6 hours of continuing education by the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (RA03150-19).
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