Professional training workshop

The Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety is pleased to announce a professional training workshop for psychologists, educators and social workers
Using Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies to Treat Perfectionism Across the Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents:
Learning to Live by Values Instead of by Rules
Deborah Ledley, PhD and Lynne Siqueland, PhD
Friday October 27, 2017
  1. Identify the ways in which perfectionism presents in youth with various anxiety disorders and to develop an understanding of the ways in which perfectionism impacts quality of life.
  2. Engaging children and adolescents in motivation for treatment by understanding personal and societal pros and cons of perfectionism and addressing clinical dilemmas
  3. Apply cognitive interventions, exposure exercises, and behavioral experiments to challenge beliefs about the value of perfectionistic standards with youth across a broad age-range.
  4. Summarize family based interventions strategies to address parental perfectionism if present or how parents can support focus on health and values
Location: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine,  City Line Ave, Philadelphia
Fee:  $125 for professionals, $30 students.  Discount for 3 or more coming from a group or agency
Continuing education:  The Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists The Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety maintains responsibility for this program and its content.   This worskhop equals 4 CE credits.   
Please feel free to email Lynne Siqueland, Training cooordinator at to indicate interest or for questions and to receive brochure and regisration form
Upcoming winter 2017
Coaching Compassionate Coping for Responding to Extreme and Unwanted Physical and Mental Symptoms 
of Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders
Christine Molnar, PhD and Lynne Siqueland, PhD
Jan- Feb 2018 (date to be determined)
PCOM, Philadelphia, PA
In many types of anxiety and stress-related disorders, clients can become preoccupied with the meaning of physical sensations that are experienced as uncontrollable, unpredictable, and threatening. Some clients have actual medical conditions that both they and their caregivers are having difficulty managing. For others, anxiety becomes focused on health itself and whether they have a disease without any evidence of a medical condition. Such preoccupation leads to avoidance and hypervigilance that interferes with functioning in many domains. A downward spiral occurs whereby coping strategies aimed at eliminating unwanted experiences actually magnify symptoms. In its most extreme form, this concern can manifest as panic disorder and agoraphobia and increase the very stress physiology centrally and peripherally that further exacerbates symptoms.
Case examples from emerging adult clients will be used to describe how to provide psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and relational interventions to coach clients in compassionately relating with and managing symptoms that can minimize these concerns. Role plays will be used to demonstrate how presenters communicate a therapeutic framework that instills hope, results in a credible treatment rationale, and effective treatment plan. The importance of a sense of controllability, predictability, compassionate relating with symptoms intra- and interpersonally will be illustrated with specific case examples. Essential coordination of care with healthcare professionals and other caregivers, including parents, other family members, and school officials will be described.

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