Anxiety is the most common developmental challenge of childhood- but it is also the best understood and the most manageable. In this video course, Dr. Dan discusses the many causes of anxiety and what to do about it. His approach goes beyond child-centered cognitive behavioral therapy to include the whole family, school, and others.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Part 1: Understanding Anxiety

    • Introduction to anxiety

    • The myth of Daedalus and Icarus

    • Anxiety in childhood and adolescence

    • What causes anxiety?

    • Primary Anxiety Disorders

    • Anxiety causing other stuff

    • Other stuff causing anxiety

  • 2

    Part 2: Beyond the Individual

    • The relationship between child and parent anxiety

    • Family systems views of childhood anxiety

    • Family/environmental stresses

    • Beyond the family: Broader social systems

    • The complexity of anxiety

    • Jordanna's Story, Part 1: The complexity of anxiety systems

  • 3

    Part 3: Managing Anxiety

    • Individual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    • Parallel Exposure Therapy

    • How will WE change it?

    • Realistic thinking

    • What needs to change?

    • From ladders to mountains

    • Jordanna's Story, Part 2: Each hiker’s view from the top

    • Choosing targets for exposure therapy

    • Jordanna's Story, Part 3: Marking the trail

    • Duration of exposure, habituation, and SUDS reduction

    • The SPACE Program: Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions

    • Strategies backpack

    • Backpack back-fire

    • What if it's too hard? Getting expert help

    • Jordanna's Story, Part 4: Strategies

    • Medication options

    • Conclusion: Other applications of Parallel Exposure Therapy

    • References

  • 4

    Bonus Content: Parallel Exposure Therapy for Anxiety (Ebook Chapter)

    • Parallel Exposure Therapy for Anxiety (from the Parent Child Excursions Book)