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 managing anxiety, which include helping children and youth develop healthier self-talk, learn how to “dial down” physical symptoms of anxiety, and face feared situations. Participants will learn ways to support students dealing with trauma and struggling with excessive worry, panic, perfectionism, test anxiety, social or performance anxiety. Tips for engaging students and appropriate accommodations will be explored. 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.
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, 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.