Integrating the Latest Research Knowledge into User-Friendly Interventions for Helping Anxious Children
Childhood Anxiety is often overlooked or misinterpreted as being a behavioural or developmental problem. While some anxiety is a normal part of childhood, around 12 per cent of children develop a diagnosable disorder, experiencing fear, nervousness, and shyness, and avoiding places and activities. Without intervention these children are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and experience physical complaints such as sleeplessness, diarrhoea, stomach aches and headaches. Fortunately, when properly recognised and managed, anxiety disorders are very treatable. Years of psychological research has shown that short cognitive behavioural interventions will help anxious children cope better both socially and scholastically as well as avoid a possible lifetime of debilitating emotional distress.
The key themes of this workshop will include
- Recognising behaviours suggestive of anxiety disorders, and differentiating anxiety from other problems with similar symptoms.
- An overview of the most common anxiety disorders in childhood and early adolescence and the common factors that contribute to their development
- The impact of anxiety on learning and development, peer relationships and family life
- Tools to assist in assessment of childhood anxiety problems
- Effective strategies for working with anxious children which have applicability across a range of professional contexts. Particular attention will be paid to strategies for enhancing interventions based on the latest research on cognitive and exposure-based strategies.
Dr Allison Waters is Professor in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University in Queensland where she runs the Childhood Anxiety Disorders Research Programme. She specialises in the cognitive-neuroscience of anxiety disorders in children and integrates this knowledge into intervention research and clinical practice.
Dr Trisha Groth is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice on the Gold Coast who specialises in working with child and youth anxiety. Trisha has unique experience specialising in the application of the latest knowledge on cognitive and exposure-based principles into clinical practice.
Based on their combined research and clinical experience, Allison and Trisha created the highly effective 'Take Action' children's anxiety programme. This workshop integrates their combined research and practice knowledge and the content contained in the programme to offer participants a suite of practical ideas for effectively intervening with children experiencing anxiety.