Anxiety Disorders are one of the most common mental health diagnoses in school-age children. We will focus our attention on grade school children ages 5 to 10 years. Diagnosing can be complicated by overlapping symptoms with other concerns including ADHD and angry outbursts. We will review several anxiety diagnoses seen in children and consider how symptoms impact day-to-day life and developmental tasks. Treatment of younger children is most successful when parents or caregivers are able to support their child in "shrinking the worry monster". We will discuss ways to align with the child and family as they create an action plan to best address the child's needs at home, in the community, and at school.
This intermediate level course is appropriate for psychologists, social workers, counselors, educators, and other human services professionals working with children and their families who are dealing with anxiety issues.
One Minute Overview
In this training you will be able to...
Describe anxiety disorders common in school-aged children and their impact on developmental tasks.
Describe treatment strategies effective in treating anxiety disorders in children.
Utilize a collaborative approach when working with children and their families to address anxiety symptoms.
Identify methods to help children creatively take charge of "shrinking the worry monster."
Develop action plans to address children's needs at home, in the community, and at school.
Laura Gaines, MSW, LISW-S
Laura has twenty years of experience as a child and adolescent mental health clinician and Crisis Text Line volunteer. Laura worked with children, their parents and their school districts to diagnose, treat and manage anxiety disorders in children at home and in the community. Her goal was to empower even the youngest child to find ways to "shrink the worry monster" so that they could focus on having fun, building relationships, and learning. Trainer and researcher regarding resilience as an individual and community skill. Laura provides clinical consultation regarding child and adolescent mental health. Her trainings focus on child development, mental health, developmental disabilities, ethics, trauma-informed care, resilience, and each person’s individual solutions to life’s challenges.