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Anxiety in the Classroom
Foxman, Paul, PhD
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / 2017-07-01 / X52180
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• Practical techniques you can use with your students immediately
• Effective treatment strategies for each of the seven key anxiety disorders
• Video examples in a school setting

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, global terrorism and violence, extensive technology use, media overload, bullying and diversity issues, has produced a “shell shocked” generation of students struggling to manage their anxiety. The challenge for those working in schools is to recognize the increasing anxiety level in students and help them cope.

Dr. Paul Foxman will teach you how, why and when anxiety develops in young people. The various manifestations for anxiety will be described, so that anxious students can be recognized and supported. Dr. Foxman will help you distinguish between normal anxiety and anxiety disorders, and give you a principle for making this distinction in school settings. Most importantly, you will learn practical strategies that can be applied immediately in the classroom setting and schools to reduce anxiety, enhance teaching effectiveness, and promote maximum learning.


1. Apply the “3 ingredients” framework to understand student anxiety.
2 .Incorporate a psychological perspective to increase teaching effectiveness.
3. Recognize the role of stress in student anxiety.
4. Distinguish between normal anxiety and anxiety disorders.
5. Recognize behavior as a form of communication.
6. Implement anxiety reduction activities to use with students in the classroom.
7. Identify seven key anxiety disorders.
8. Manage your own stress and anxiety.


Nature and Causes of Anxiety

How, when and why anxiety develops in children
The anxiety temperament (biological sensitivity)
The “anxiety personality” – assets and liabilities
The role of stress in anxiety
How Anxiety Manifests in the Classroom

Task avoidance
Restlessness and hyperactivity
Attention deficits
School avoidance
Social isolation
Depression and withdrawal
Fatigue and low energy
Low motivation
Disorganization and poor time management
Academic inconsistency or decline
Learning disabilities
Behavior problems
Seven Key Anxiety Disorders: Symptoms and Case Examples

Separation anxiety disorder
Panic disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Social anxiety disorder (including selective mutism)
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Classroom Interventions

Assessing stress level in students
3-S approach to stress management (signs, sources and skillful solutions)
Focusing the mind for learning
Classroom friendly calming and relaxation activities
Encouraging “flow”
Mindfulness strategies
Relationship building with anxious students
Tips for reducing test anxiety
Creating calm in the classroom
3 questions: intervention for anxious parents
“Responsive Classroom”: applications and research findings
Risk management with high-conflict divorce families
Managing technology use in and out of school
Best approach to bullying
Anxiety curriculums for schools (friends for life, lifeskills)
Special considerations for preschoolers
Behavioral health recommendations
How to be a role model for low stress and anxiety

About the Author

Paul Foxman, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Center for Anxiety Disorders, a private practice and therapist training center in Burlington, Vermont. He has over 30 years of professional experience in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health centers, graduate schools in psychology and private practice.

Dr. Foxman is the author of Dancing with Fear (2007) and The Worried Child (2004), as well as other publications on the topic of anxiety, including a co-authored casebook, Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders (2003).

He received his B.A. degree in psychology from Yale University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Foxman served his predoctoral internships in the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, the Kennedy Child Study Center in Nashville and training seminars at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. In 1985 Dr. Foxman co-founded the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, Vermont, now flourishing from kindergarten through high school.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Dr. Paul Foxman is the founder/director of the Center for Anxiety Disorders. He is an author for Hunter House and receives royalties. He is an author for Jason Aronson, Inc. and receives royalties. He is an author for Da Capo Press and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Paul Foxman co-founded the Lake Champlain Waldorf School.

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