The Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety is pleased to announce a professional training workshop for psychologists, educators and social workers
Coaching Compassionate Coping
Responding to Unwanted Physical and Mental Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders
Christine Molnar, PhD and Lynne Siqueland, PhD
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
February 2018 - date to be announced shortly
In many types of anxiety and stress-related disorders, child and adult clients can become preoccupied with the meaning of intrusive and unwanted physical sensations and mental reactions to them. Some clients have actual medical conditions they are having difficulty managing. For others, anxiety becomes focused on health itself and whether they have a disease without any evidence of a medical condition. Such preoccupation leads to avoidance and hypervigilance that interferes with functioning in many domains. A downward spiral occurs whereby coping strategies aimed at eliminating unwanted experiences actually magnify symptoms. In its most extreme form, this concern can manifest as panic disorder and agoraphobia.
Case examples from both children and adult clients will be used to describe how to provide psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions to address these concerns. Role plays will be used to demonstrate how presenters communicate a therapeutic framework that instills hope, results in a credible treatment rationale, and effective treatment plan will be observed. The importance of a sense of controllability and predictability will be illustrated with specific case examples. Essential coordination of care with medical professionals and other caregivers, including parents, family members, and school officials will be described. For the childhood and teen cases, we will demonstrate how to educate and coach parents to support their children.
Continuing education: The Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists The Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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Lynne Siqueland, PhD
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