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Helping Anxious Kids - Module 1

Anxiety is a very persistent master. When it moves into families, it takes over daily routines, schoolwork, and recreation. Depression is often close on its heels.
The most frequent comment I hear from anxious families is “no one told them what to DO.” After multi-session assessment or months of appointments, they still didn’t have a clear plan or understanding of HOW to respond when anxiety shows up.

Imagine being able to offer families immediate and effective tasks to weaken anxiety’s grip!

What if, during a first session, you could give your clients the information and a road map to change the powerful patterns of anxiety disorders?

Join Lynn Lyons, LICSW, internationally recognized psychotherapist, author and speaker, in an intensive 3-day training. She will teach you HOW to interrupt anxiety’s cognitive patterns with simple, process-based strategies. You’ll focus on concrete and often counter-intuitive strategies that normalize worry for families and provide an “umbrella approach” that applies to all anxiety disorders.

Leave this 3-day workshop with new techniques to break the anxiety cycle:

Program Information


  1. Coach adults to interrupt their own patterns of anxious parenting to decrease the modeling of family anxiety.
  2. Implement active assignments for families that correct the common cognitive traps that bolster both anxiety and depression.
  3. Articulate the difference between content-based and process-based interventions as it relates to treatment.
  4. Develop a therapeutic toolbox to include playfulness, humor, games, collaboration, and active homework assignments to reduce anxiety symptoms.
  5. Create interventions that focus on interrupting the process of OCD in families rather than the content of the OCD.
  6. Incorporate role playing and active techniques in session with families to facilitate emotional expression and increase engagement in therapy.
  7. Teach families strategies to decrease the impact of and connection between anxiety, GI symptoms, headaches, and sleep issues.
  8. Implement the “7 puzzle pieces” of a skill-based treatment plan for decreasing symptoms of anxiety.
  9. Minimize the use of avoidant and safety behaviors that strengthen anxiety in families.
  10. Explain to families how to worry and anxiety process works in the brain and body to maximize effectiveness of psychoeducation.
  11. Provide psychoeducation to parents and children and the relationship to quality of sleep and symptoms of anxiety.
  12. Incorporate relaxation skills and techniques to effectively treat somatic symptoms of anxiety.
  13. Consider the differences in clinical presentation of OCD, ADHD and other anxiety diagnoses in order to best inform choice of treatment interventions.
  14. Adapt a treatment intervention strategy to meet the clinical needs of children with trauma histories.
  15. Consider the impact of anxiety disorders on attention and focus in order to more accurately diagnosis and intervene with anxious children.
  16. Adapt a process-based treatment approach to clients with ASD with the goal of increasing flexibility and social engagement.
  17. Write effective behavioral plans and IEP goals for use in schools.
  18. Create at least three homework assignments that experientially promote flexibility and an offensive approach to worry.


A Process-Based Approach to Anxiety

Four Critical Concepts: The Foundation of a Skill-Based Approach

Laying the Groundwork: What Families Need to Know Upfront

Putting It Together: Seven Puzzle Pieces

Creating Interventions and Homework: Tasks that Teach

Schools, Accommodations, and Parents

When it’s not just Anxiety …
Untangling Complicated Presentations with Three Frames for Treatment and Prevention

The Challenge of Somatic Symptoms

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The Importance of Process

Anxiety, ASD, OCD: A Tangled Web

When There’s a Trauma History


Copyright : 04/04/2018

Medications in the Treatment of Anxiety

Program Information


  1. Evaluate the clinical implications of SSRIs and SNRIs on the process of treating anxiety.
  2. Analyze the detrimental effects of benzodiazepines as they relate to anxiety treatment outcomes.
  3. Examine the mechanism of action, onset of improvement, side effects, and consequences of long term use of medications.


Medications Overview

Medications and Anxiety Treatments CBT vs. Medications: Comparing Effectiveness and Durability

Copyright : 30/06/2018

Lynn Lyons’ Working with Childhood Anxiety: In-Session Demonstrations

Program Information


  1. Teach clients to externalize anxiety as a way to recognize and respond to its patterns
  2. Design experiential assignments that support exposure and increased activity for anxious clients
  3. Evaluate the connection between anxiety and depression in adolescents and its treatment implications
  4. Create process-based interventions with anxious families to reduce symptoms of worry.
  5. Describe the pitfalls of accommodations when addressing childhood anxiety as it relates to treatment outcomes
  6. Demonstrate and utilize the 3 EX’s to families for anxiety symptom management
  7. Prescribe assignments for anxious families that promote flexibility and tolerance
  8. Develop effective goals for students to address anxiety symptoms in a school setting


Introductions – Meet Lynn’s Clients and Their Challenges

Principles, Strategies and Techniques Next Steps and Future Plans

Copyright : 12/07/2018