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Breaking the Generational Cycle of Worry: Treating Anxiety Disorders

11.50 CE Hours Available

This workshop will provide concrete and often counter-intuitive strategies that normalize worry for families. It will provide an “umbrella approach” that is applicable to all of the anxiety disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Lyons will also describe simple, process-based strategies for interrupting patterns of thinking that inadvertently support the avoidance of anxious symptoms.

All orders include the entire presentation with handouts and a CE test.
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Participants will be able to describe:

  • How to coach adults to interrupt their own patterns of anxious parenting
  • How to develop active assignments for families to correct the common cognitive traps that bolster anxiety and depression
  • The difference between content-based and process-based interventions
  • How to use playfulness, humor, games, collaboration, and active homework assignments
  • How to create interventions that interrupt the process rather than the content of OCD in families


A Process-Based Approach to Anxiety

  • Three Critical Concepts
  • Patterns of Worried Families
  • Don’t do the Disorder

The Seven Puzzle Pieces

  • Getting out of the Anxiety Cult
  • The Importance of Frontloading
  • Cognitive Patterns: The GCPs
  • Creating Interventions and Homework

Schools, Accommodations, and Parents

  • Creating Effective Behavioral Plans
  • Case Studies and Common Issues

The Three Frames for Treatment and Prevention

  • Experience is Variable
  • The Value of Parts
  • Action Counts

The Challenge of Somatic Symptoms

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The Importance of Process

  • Myths and Current Research
  • Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis
  • Creating a Family Plan
  • Ideas and Interventions: Ways to Teach the Skills
  • Current Research on Medications