Professional Education Programs
Treating School Based Anxiety Disorders: A Primer for Clinicians and School Social Workers
Anxiety manifests in a variety of ways in schoolchildren and adolescents. From school phobia/avoidance to simple phobias such as test anxiety or social anxiety, school social workers and clinicians are in a good position to offer immediate relief by understanding the psycho-biological issues underlying most anxiety symptoms. Certain anxiety disorders often find their onset in childhood, such as obsessive compulsive disorder or panic attacks, with school serving as a setting that can both trigger issues and provide the first access point to diagnosis and treatment. This day-long workshop will present detailed information on differential diagnoses for the most common anxiety disorders affecting children and adolescents, provide strategies for alleviating distress, and discuss relevant psycho-social factors which benefit or complicate recovery. Participants will leave equipped to understand, diagnose and treat multiple anxiety disorders and stress responses in children and adolescents.