101134: Separation Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

An Individualized Approach to Assessment and Treatment

About the Course:

This unique book presents a research-based approach to understanding the challenges of separation anxiety and helping children, adolescents, and their parents build the skills they need to overcome it. The authors provide step-by-step guidelines for implementing the entire process of therapy—from intake and assessment through coping skills training, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and relapse prevention. Featuring in-depth case examples, the book is written for maximum accessibility for all clinicians, including those with limited cognitive-behavioral therapy experience, who treat separation anxiety and other childhood anxiety disorders. Useful reproducibles include the Separation Anxiety Assessment Scales, which facilitate individualized case formulation and treatment planning.

Journal/Publisher:

Guilford Publications

Publication Date:

2005

Authors

Schaefer, Charles E. Ph.D.; Eisen, Andrew R., Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is also Director Emeritus of the International Association of Play Therapy and has coauthored or coedited more than 50 books on child therapy, play therapy, and effective parenting, including Short-Term Play Therapy for Children. In addition, Dr. Schaefer maintains a private practice in child psychology in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Andrew R. Eisen, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Director of the Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His research and clinical interests include childhood anxiety and related problems, learning disorders, and sensory integration issues, with an emphasis on developing individualized treatments for these populations. Dr. Eisen has published numerous articles and chapters, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He has coauthored or coedited seven books, including Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents. Dr. Eisen maintains a private practice with children and their families at the Center for Neurofeedback and Integrative Health in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about helping children with separation anxiety problems. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the conceptual framework regarding separation anxiety and related disorders as developed by the authors.

  2. Identify the elements of the prescribed approach to assessment and treatment of separation anxiety.

  3. Apply guidelines for teaching and practicing child coping skills to clients/patients in need of treatment for separation anxiety disorders.

  4. Become familiar with guidelines for teaching parent coping skills.

  5. Cite examples of how to use the process of behavioral exposure as developed by the authors.

  6. Explain how to deal with pitfalls and relapse using suggestions offered by the authors.

  7. Evaluate assessment instruments and handouts presented, and be able to utilize them when deemed appropriate.

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