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Helping Anxious Families: Active Tips That Work and Common Traps to Avoid

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Lynn Lyons, LICSW
1 Hour 31 Minutes
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Aug 04, 2021
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Anxiety and OCD will show up, and after the past year, anxious cracks have become chasms for many anxious families.  

It’s common for clinicians to get caught up in content (what kids worry about) instead of focusing on the how and why of anxiety --all the more detrimental with a missed OCD issue!   

In this recording, Lynn will show you how (and why!) to sidestep this content trap and move away from all-too-common elimination strategies. 



This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is an internationally-recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families.

She is the author of several books and articles, including (with Reid Wilson) Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey's Guide for Teens and Kids. She is the co-host of the popular podcast Flusterclux and has several online programs for professionals, parents, and children.

She maintains a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire where she sees families whenever she's not on the road teaching.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lynn Lyons maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. She receives compensation as an international presenter. Lynn Lyons receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lynn Lyons is a contributing author for Psychotherapy Networker.


  1. Determine the differences between content-based and process-based interventions for anxiety and OCD.
  2. Develop treatment plans that focus on parental involvement.
  3. Utilize interventions to disrupt the process of OCD in the family's behaviours.
  4. Assign homework to address cognitions that bolster anxiety and depression.


  • Active Engagement and Skill-Building from the First Session 
    • Setting a tone of active engagement  
    • Interrupting common family patterns 
    • Talking process instead of content 
  • Don’t Do the Disorder! Staying Free of Common Errors  
    • What doesn’t work: content, reassurance, distraction 
    • Teaching families how to handle worry using process-based interventions 
    • Creating homework and increasing follow up

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel


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