Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD
Leading Edge Seminars, Inc
Koffler House/Multi-Faith Centre, University of Toronto, 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in children and teenagers. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) can help as many as 80 percent of these youngsters successfully overcome anxiety.
In this practical workshop, top-rated presenter Aureen Pinto Wagner combines highly effective strategies with clinical pearls that can quickly be put to use in clinical, school, and group settings. You will learn about the innovative and child-friendly Worry Hill® CBT approach, which is designed to optimize motivation and compliance in youngsters struggling with separation, social and performance/test anxiety, worry, perfectionism, school refusal, phobias, panic, obsessions, compulsions, sleep problems, and tics.
Known for her clarity, compassion, and engaging style, Dr. Wagner will present the seven steps of child-friendly CBT that can empower youngsters with tools to conquer anxiety. She will discuss the nuts and bolts of cultivating treatment readiness, collaborating with parents, managing anxiety at school, and dealing with complex presentations, treatment reluctance, and relapse prevention. The richness and depth of real-life case examples and video clips will illustrate nuances and provide new insights that will enhance and fine-tune your skills in working with anxious youngsters and their parents.
You will learn —
Why treatment readiness is crucial, and four steps to cultivate it
Seven steps in child-friendly CBT for addressing anxiety in youngsters
About the Worry Hill® approach for hard-to-treat bad thoughts and just-right OCD
About practical, ready-to-use child management and parenting tools
What fuels anxiety — the Anxiety Triad, the Vicious Cycle of Avoidance, and parenting traps
How to spot the red flags for anxiety and OCD at school and home
About the Presenter:
Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD, a clinical psychologist, anxiety treatment expert, and sought-after international speaker, developed the Worry Hill® approach to making CBT accessible to children and adolescents. Dr. Wagner’s highly acclaimed books include Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, Up and Down the Worry Hill, What to Do When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: Professional’s Kit. For more information, please visit www.anxietywellness.com.