Lynn Lyons, Christopher Willard, Martha Straus, Signe Whitson, Dafna Lender, Phyllis Booth, Tara Delaney – Treating Children & Adolescents Essential Strategies for Anxiety, OCD, Trauma, Bullying & More
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Your child and adolescent clients are growing up in a culture of anxiety, fear, and depression like never before!
The social and academic pressures that youth face every day—which are elevated by a constant bombardment of technology—leave your young clients in dire need of help.
While the support they receive from schools and their families is often focused on medicating or getting rid of symptoms, what these young clients need are skills they can carry with them throughout their lives.
That’s why we’ve developed this new online course filled with practical exercises and powerful techniques you can tailor to your young clients’ needs to help them finding last relief from anxiety, OCD, trauma, depression, attachment wounds and other challenging clinical issues they face every day.
Join leading child and adolescent development experts Lynn Lyons, Chris Willard, Martha Straus, Tara Delaney, Signe Whitson, Dafna Lender, and Phyllis Booth to discover effective CBT and mindfulness techniques that have helped hundreds of children thrive in school, at home, and in their social interactions.
Become the therapist who makes a positive difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and their families!
Learn Powerful Methods from Leading Innovators
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Changing the Family Dance
Lynn Lyons, L.I.C.S.W.
Anxiety can be a persistent master. When it moves into families, it takes over daily routines, schoolwork, and recreation. To make matters worse, the things adults (including many therapists and school staff) do to help anxious children often makes the anxiety stronger. Fortunately, research shows that what we teach children about risk, danger, uncertainty, and problem-solving impacts whether they go on to become anxious or depressed teens and adults. In this session, you’ll explore concrete, cognitive strategies that normalize worry for families, so you can help children, teens, and their families.
Mindfulness for Children and Teens
Christopher Willard, Psy. D.
For many children or teens, therapy feels unhelpful at best, and stigmatizing at worst. But when we can effectively introduce mindfulness into our sessions, we empower kids to transform themselves, allowing them to identify and regulate their emotions and attention with fun and effective exercises. In this interactive module, you’ll discover ways to share engaging and immediately powerful mindfulness practices with kids who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. Explore how to present mindfulness in creative ways to maximize engagement in and out of the clinical hour, and access specific strategies to tailor mindfulness to a child’s diagnosis and developmental stage.
OCD and Children: It’s a Family Affair
Lynn Lyons, L.I.C.S.W.
When obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) shows up in a child, it’s likely that other family members have it, too. OCD is the ultimate cult leader, demanding acceptance of a skewed view of reality and often ruling families for generations. This session demonstrates how to recognize OCD, the common pitfalls of treating OCD in kids, and active strategies to help children and families improve.
Who’s Afraid of Children in Family Therapy?: How Therapists Can Help
Dafna Lender, LCSW and Phyllis Booth, MA
Unlike teens, young children can’t readily talk about feelings, don’t sit in one place, and often can’t follow rules and directions, even when you’re playing a game. So how can you engage children in creative ways that are manageable, productive and time-efficient? This session will demonstrate how to apply the principles of Theraplay, a model based on affective neuroscience and attachment theory, to increase a sense of caring and trust between family members.
Children Who Bully: Strategies for Recognizing and Responding to Them
Signe Whitson, LSW, C-SSWS
Young people who bully often master the art of blending in with the crowd, flying under an adult’s radar and wreaking havoc in subtle ways. Many socially aggressive kids actually top an adult’s “good child” list and make their way into their victims’ inner circle before revealing their true intentions. This session will provide information, activity ideas, and clear-cut strategies for what adults can do to understand and change relational bullying in schools, treatment programs, communities, and families.
Working with Traumatized Adolescents: How to Get Unhooked
Martha Straus, Ph.D.
To work with troubled and traumatized adolescents, it’s crucial for therapists to foster the capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation. It’s not easy, especially when our young clients’ extreme reactions—ranging from angry arousal to frozen shutting down—can trigger a sense of helplessness, failure, dissociation, and rejection. In this session, you’ll discover how to get unhooked from this nonfunctional cycle to lead adolescent clients to happier and healthier lifestyles.
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Sensory Processing and Autism: Understanding Sensory Processing and Sensory Strategies in Treatment
Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L
More than 90 percent of children diagnosed with autism suffer from sensory processing difficulties that underlie their extreme, reactive behaviors. But typically, even in therapy, there’s not enough attention paid to the role these difficulties play in the academic struggles, behavioral problems, and coordination challenges that these children experience. This session provides the latest findings on ways to address the fundamental roots of autistic clients’ neurological challenges to you can better support them.
Meet the Topic Experts:
Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about HOW anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. Lynn’s approach uses humor, playful connection, and a constant focus on DOING, an umbrella strategy she has taught to thousands of professionals and families.
Financial: Lynn Lyons is in private practice. She receives royalties as an author for HCI; and Norton. Ms. Lyons receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lynn Lyons has no non-financial relationship to disclose.
Christopher Willard, Psy.D., is a psychologist and educational consultant in the Boston area specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents and young adults. He holds an appointment at Cambridge Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching site, and leads workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Willard has been practicing meditation for over 15 years. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times, cnn.com, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), The Mindfulness For Teen Anxiety Workbook (2014), and Co-Editor of Mindfulness with Youth, From the Classroom to the Clinic (2015).
Financial: Christopher Willard maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger Publishing, Guilford Press, and Parallax Press. Dr. Willard receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Christopher Willard has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Martha Straus, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and an adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She’s the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescent and the forthcoming All the Rage: Helping Adolescent Girls in Crisis.
Financial: Martha Straus is in private practice. She is a professor at Antioch University; and an adjunct instructor at Dartmouth Medical School.
Non-financial: Martha Straus has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Signe Whitson, LSW, C-SSWS, is a certified school social work specialist, international educator on bullying prevention, and author of four books on the topic of bringing an end to bullying, including the just released 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Book and Companion Guide and Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Cope with Bullying.
Financial: Signe Whitson is Chief Operating Officer of the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute. She is an author for Jessica Kingsley Publishers and W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., and received royalties.
Non-financial: Signe Whitson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Dafna Lender, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of child welfare and child mental health for 20+ years. Dafna serves as the program director at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL and is certified as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna trains psychotherapists internationally in these methods and trains in three languages.
Dafna’s focus is children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Early in her career, Dafna worked in treatment foster care and witnessed child after child “fail” out of foster placements due to difficult behavior. Children were disruptive, unsettled and unhappy, and their caregivers felt defeated. Dafna’s sense of discouragement went way after taking the Theraplay training and learning direct, concrete ideas and interactions that she could apply in home with her treatment families to promote healthier, stable relationships. Dafna has successfully treated children with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness.Financial: Dafna Lender has an employment relationship with The Theraplay Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Phyllis Booth, Clinical Director Emerita of The Theraplay Institute in Chicago. Along with Ann Jernberg , she created the Theraplay method for helping children and families with attachment and relationship problems. Primary author 3rd edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play (Jossey-Bass, 2010).
Financial: Phyllis Booth is the Clinical Director Emerita of the Theraplay Insitute. She is an author for Jossey-Bass and receives royalties
Non-financial: Phyllis Booth has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Tara Delaney, M.S., O.T.R./L, is a pediatric occupational therapist who has worked with children for more than a decade and a half. She founded BabySteps in 1998 to provide consultative, evaluative, and direct treatment services in schools and private settings. BabySteps recently expanded its charter and was renamed Steps Therapy to reflect the expanded populations now being served. Tara is the Executive Director of Steps Therapy Inc. and specializes in sensory integration, autism, ADHD and learning disabilities. She is commissioned regularly by school systems to work closely with early education teachers on ideas to promote a more integrated learning environment within the classroom. Tara developed the Making Senseory® series to highlight how the nervous system’s processing of sensory information is a crucial foundation for academic and social success. Tara regularly conducts seminars nationally and internationally on sensory integration, child development, Autism and behavioral issues. Her book, The Sensory Processing Answer Book, is currently available in bookstores.
Financial: Tara Delaney is in a leadership position with School Steps, Inc. and Baby Steps Therapy. She is an author for Sourcebook, McGraw-Hill, and PESI Publishing & Media. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Tara Delaney has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.