This presentation will focus on effective strategies and resources for helping children and youth manage anxiety. Participants will gain a greater understanding of anxiety and anxiety problems in children & youth. The presentation will cover a range of core cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies for helping children and youth manage anxiety. The presentation will highlight the mind body connection by focusing on strategies for developing healthier self-talk and tools for reducing physical symptoms of anxiety. By changing what we think, we can change how we feel, and by changing what’s going on in our body, we can calm our mind. The presentation will also highlight key resources for children and youth including materials available on the Anxiety Canada website; My Anxiety Plan (MAP), an on-line anxiety management course; and the newest version of MindShift CBT, a comprehensive anxiety management app. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to discuss ways to engage children and youth around utilizing coping strategies, and help them learn how to set and accomplish goals related to practicing those strategies in order to maximize their effectiveness.
Dr. Kristin Buhr is a Registered Psychologist and Director at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic (www.nssac.ca). She is a lead consultant for Anxiety Canada (www.anxietycanada.com), where she has developed numerous self-help resources for adults, parents, children and teens coping with anxiety problems, including My Anxiety Plan (MAP), an on-line anxiety management course, and MindShift CBT, a comprehensive anxiety management app. Dr. Buhr specializes in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents and adults, and regularly provides educational workshops on mental health issues. She is also the co-author of The Worry Workbook: CBT Skills to Overcome Worry and Anxiety by Facing the Fear of Uncertainty.