Saturday October 14, 2017 
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

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Universities at Shady Grove
University of Maryland 
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20850 

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Center For Communication & Learning 


Innovators In Education

 Anxiety: Essential Strategies of Effective Treatment



Dr. Catherine McCarthy is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry with a private practice in McLean, Virginia. She specializes in the treatment pediatric anxiety disorders, as well as ADHD and developmental disorders. Dr. McCarthy has served on the Executive Council of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society of Greater Washington and provides adjunct teaching of medical students and residents at the University of Virginia. She has been named as a “Top Doctor” by every Washingtonian Magazine “Top Doctors” issue since 2008. In her keynote address, Dr. McCarthy will focus on the neuroscience of anxiety disorders and evidence-based treatment approaches

Dr. Tamar Chansky is a psychologist and author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, Freeing Your Child from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, and Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: The 4-Step Plan to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want. She is also the creator of the educational website: worrywisekids.org. Dr. Chansky will provide an all-day workshop focusing on the science and theory of childhood anxiety and practical solutions to support children and teens at home, in school and with peers. The afternoon will provide more detailed discussion of clinical interventions.

Jessica Minahan,M.Ed.,BCBA is a board-certified behavior analyst, special educator and author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students and The Behavior Code Companion:Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors. She is also the Director of Behavioral Services at Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children and Adolescents (NESCA), adjunct professor at Boston University, and a featured blogger at The Huffington Post. Jessica will provide a half-day afternoon workshop for educators, clinicians, and parents detailing specific school and home-based interventions

Who Should Attend

Pediatricians | Clinical Psychologists | Social Workers | Occupational and Physical Therapists |Speech Language Pathologists | Developmental Optometrists | School Psychologists | Inclusion Specialists | Educators Special Educators | Para-professionals | Behavioral Specialists |  Psychiatrists | Tutors/Coach | School Administrators|  Parents | Caregivers | Licensed Mental Health Counselors  |Family and Marriage Therapists and more…..


Learning Objectives 

Participants in this workshop will:

Identify unique features of stress, anxiety and negative thinking in childrenDescribe CBT techniques for treating anxiety, worry and negative thinking in children

Understand the impact of anxiety on a child’s learning and behavior

Participants will describe common antecedents for anxiety-related behavior in students

Describe why common teacher practices and interventions may not always work for students with anxiety-related behavior

Learn effective preventative tools, strategies, and interventions that will promote self-regulation, initiation, and anxiety management in students.


Continuing Education Information

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 6.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors outside of Maryland: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LCPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LCPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 6.5 continuing education hours of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 6.5 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 6.5 CE hours of credit.

Speech Language PathologistsASHA credits pending.This course is offerred for .6.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level,Professional area) )interested in receiving and maintaining their continuing education hours through ASHA 

Maryland Speech Pathologists CEU's- pending

DC Early Childhood Educators will receive 6.5 PLUs  and can be used to meet training requirements set by DC Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) for Early Childhood Educators

BCBAs, BCBA-Ds, and BCaBAsContinuum Behavioral Health  will  provide  3.5 hours of CEUs  for presentation by Dr jessica Minahan.

Attendees will be provided a certificate of attendance that may qualify for  3 additional hours under Type 3- non approved  events.



Dr. Tamar Chansky & Jessica Minahan

8:00 – 8:30  Registration

8:30 – 9:00  Mind Matters: Neuroscience of Child Anxiety

                Opening Remarks by Dr. Catherine McCarthy

How to Help Pressure Cooker Kids Who Worry Too Much

Dr. Tamar Chansky

9:00 - 10:00  Changing Our Implicit Mindset of Fear and Befriending Uncertainty

10:00 - 11:00  How to Outsmart Fear and Worry: Preventing the Downward Spiral

11:00 - 11:15  Break

11:15 - 12:15 Tools for School and Beyond: Managing Perfectionism, Procrastination, Social Fears, Test Anxiety and….Success!

12:15 - 1:15  Lunch

1:15 – 2:45  When Anxiety is Running the Show: Partnering with Families & Schools in the Treatment Process

2:45 -  3:00  Break

3:00 - 4:30  Key CBT Interventions for Specific Anxiety Disorders in Treatment: Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Attendees will select  to hear Dr. Tamar Chansky or Jessica Minahan in the afternoon session


Financial Disclosures

 Financial Disclosure:

Dr. Chansky receives royalties from the publisher of her books and honoraria from speaking engagements as a self-employed author and speaker, and receives fees as a self-employed consultant.

Non-­financial: No relevant non-­financial relationships exist. 

Dr. McCarthy receives honoraria from speaking engagements as a self-employed speaker and receives fees as a self-employed psychiatrist.

Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships exist. 

Jessica Minahan receives royalties from the publisher of her books and honoraria from speaking engagements as a self-employed author and speaker, and receives fees as a self-employed consultant.

Non-­financial: No relevant non-­financial relationships exist.