Professional training workshop and client 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 
For all workshops contact Lynne Siqueland at for more info
Coaching Compassionate Coping
Responding to Unwanted Physical and Mental Symptoms of  Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders
Christine Molnar, PhD and Lynne Siqueland, PhD
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
March 2, 2018,  9am to 4pm
In many types of anxiety and stress-related disorders, child and adult clients can become preoccupied with the meaning of intrusive and unwanted physical sensations and mental reactions to them.  Some clients have actual medical conditions they 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.
Case examples from both children and adult clients will be used to describe how to provide psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions to address 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 will be observed. The importance of a sense of controllability and predictability will be illustrated with specific case examples. Essential coordination of care with medical professionals and other caregivers, including parents, family members, and school officials will be described. For the childhood and teen cases, we will demonstrate how to educate and coach parents to support their children.
1. Describe interventions that instill hope and motivation in people resistant to traditional cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) through introducing controllability and predictability in response to extreme states of anxiety that occur in mind, body, and both covert and overt behavior.
2. Observe demonstration of delivery of treatment rationales that address the cognitive and stress-related physiological processes that can either exacerbate or diminish physical symptoms.
3. Describe how to adapt traditional CBT and mindfulness-based training to meet the challenging needs of children and adults with the intrusive and unwanted states of mind and body that can interfere with response to treatment using case examples
4. Observe demonstration of how to collaborate with medical providers and other caregivers, including parents, in interacting with patients around physical symptoms.
Cost:  $199 professional,  $50 student fee with valid ID
CE: 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.  Participants will earn 6 CE hours for completing this workshop
Contact Lynne Siqueland at to express interest in attending or with additional questions
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