Active Therapy with Anxious Families: How to Use Process, Parents, and Homework to Get Families Moving

Because anxiety is the most common mental health issue in both adults and children, it’s virtually impossible to be in clinical practice and not have anxious families show up, desperate for help. The demand for skilled specialists is high, and clinicians should be using the most effective, active, and creative strategies. Families need a clear plan for HOW to respond when anxiety shows up, and parents must be a key part of treatment. This advanced workshop will focus on identifying the important targets for treatment, creating homework assignments for families, working directly with parents, a...Read morend, above all, ACTIVELY engaging families as quickly as possible. We’ll dig deep into the process and skill-based approach that helps sidestep the common traps: getting stuck in the content, the use of reassurance and avoidance, and an emphasis on elimination strategies.

This workshop is for licensed mental health professionals in clinical practice. Less...

Learning Objectives

  • Describe patterns of anxious parenting and how to decrease the modeling of family anxiety.
  • Identify the difference between content-based and process-based interventions as it relates to treatment.
  • Explain how the worry and anxiety process works in the brain and body to maximize effectiveness of psychoeducation.
  • Use targeted relaxation skills and techniques to effectively treat somatic symptoms of anxiety.
  • Describe the four critical concepts for creating skill-based interventions for anxious families.
  • Create interventions that focus on interrupting the process of OCD in families rather than the content of the OCD.
  • Develop active assignments for families that correct the common cognitive traps that bolster both anxiety and depression.

Friday, June 04, 2021


09:00 AM EDT - 04:30 PM EDT

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9:00-10:30 A process-based approach: what do we do with the content?

  • Teaching the difference to families, knowing it ourselves
  • The importance of frontloading
  • Active engagement from the first session

10:45-12:15 Parental involvement as a key to treatment

  • Targeting common family patterns
  • Staying out of the weeds, avoiding common errors

1:15-2:45 Knowing the skills we need to teach: where’s the gap?

  • Identifying the targets
  • Creating homework and engaging families in the work

3:00-4:30 Putting the process-based approach into practice

  • Case examples, questions, putting together a plan

CE Information - Earn 6 CE Hours

CE Approvals

American Psychological Association
CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
CE Learning Systems SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0060.
New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
CE Learning Systems, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0072.

CE Process Info

Each professional is responsible for the individual requirements as stipulated by his/her licensing agency. Please contact your individual licensing board/regulatory agency to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

A continuing education certificate for the event will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Before the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).

Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation form for the event
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format