Recorded webinar I: Addressing Perfectionism Across Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Learning to Live by Values Instead of by Rules
Recorded on May 23, 2017 | 12 noon – 1:30 pm ET
Featuring: Lynne Siqueland, PhD
Lynne Siqueland, Ph.D. is a psychologist at the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety and has been specializing in treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents for over 20 years. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages beginning in the preschool years with a special interest in transition into adolescence and young adulthood. She also treats adults.
Perfectionism is typically exhibited by youth with anxiety disorders, especially those diagnosed with GAD, OCD, and social anxiety disorder. Although having high standards can be advantageous, extreme perfectionism causes significant academic impairment, impacts life outside of school, and also interferes in social functioning. Fortunately, CBT has much to offer perfectionistic youth.
The goal of CBT with perfectionistic youth is to reduce reliance on “have tos” and rules, in favor of living a life guided by values and meaning. Dr. Siqueland reviews cognitive interventions including weighing the costs and benefits of maintaining the status quo versus adopting more relaxed standards; exploring feared consequences of lowering standards; and examining reluctance to enjoy leisure time. She also discusses how to use exposures to challenge beliefs associated with lowering standards and possible differences across the anxiety disorders. Importantly, Dr. Siqueland outlines how it can involve schools and family members in treatment.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Engage children and adolescents in motivation for treatment by understanding personal and societal pros and cons of perfectionism.
2. Apply cognitive interventions, exposure exercises, and behavioral experiments to challenge beliefs about the value of perfectionistic standards with youth across a broad age-range.
3. Identify the ways in which families and schools can become collaborators in addressing perfectionism
Recorded webinar II: Clinical Kung Fu: Managing Anger in Children and Teens with Anxiety Disorders
Recorded on July 20, 2017 noon to 1pm EST
Featuring: Dr. Alison Alden, PhD and Dr. Julianne Pojas, PsyD
Dr. Alison Alden earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she focused on researching and treating anxiety. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has extensive training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders, and integrates mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) into her practice.
Dr. Julieanne Pojas received her doctorate and masters’ degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related conditions. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure response prevention. Dr. Pojas has received specialized training and certification from the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) at the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.
Children and adolescents with anxiety disorders often act out or react with anger to treatment. In particular, the prospect of doing exposure and resisting compulsions or safety behaviors can engender not only fear but also anger, resistance, and defiance. This can take the form of tantrums, threats of harm to self or others when parents insist on treatment, overt treatment refusal, and refusal to participate in other activities of daily living such as school. It can be difficult for clinicians and families to manage, and can lead to both treatment dropout and conflict at home. This webinar presents practical strategies that clinicians can use to deal with children’s anger, and suggestions for how to present these strategies to parents. Topics covered include managing tantrums, what to do when a child refuses to participate in treatment or school, and managing verbal and physical aggression toward others.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Manage patient tantrums and threats and effectively coach families on managing these types of behaviors at home.
2. Utilize rewards, consequences, and parent training to help families overcome treatment refusal.
3. Work with parents and the school system to deal to treat school refusal.
Recorded webinar III: Emotional Regulation Difficulties in Children and Adolescents: What the Heck Do I Do About It?
Recorded on September 16, 2015 noon to 1:00 PM EST
Featuring: Lynne Siqueland, PhD, and Stephanie Eken, MD
D Lynne Siqueland, Ph.D. is a psychologist at the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety and has been specializing in treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents for over 20 years. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages beginning in the preschool years with a special interest in transition into adolescence and young adulthood.
Stephanie C. Eken, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist and pediatrician. Dr. Eken serves as a regional medical director for Rogers Behavioral Health System’s partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs. In addition, she provides medical leadership for Rogers’ pediatric OCD and anxiety disorder services.
This webinar addresses how to help children and teens whose core difficulty appears to be emotion regulation difficulties with or without a primary anxiety or depression diagnosis. These individuals frequently demonstrate problems of rigidity, reactivity, low-frustration tolerance, and difficulty tolerating distress (both emotional and physical), creating problems for themselves and their families.
The presenters describe this overarching clinical target and discuss useful clinical behavioral and medication strategies, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of CBT, DBT, and ACT approaches. They demonstrate how to coach parents to help their children learn these skills and limit the maintenance of problematic behaviors.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the core difficulties in emotion regulation in children and adolescents with anxiety and depressive disorders.
2. Apply two medication decision rules to help make appropriate choices.
3. Utilize two clinical interventions for emotion regulation difficulties.
These three webinars are not eligible for CE.