The Virtual Western Canadian Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Conference: Proven, Effective and Concrete Strategies

Presented by Meghan Barlow, Ph.D., Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. & Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Live Streaming on May 25, 2022


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on May 25, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
11:45pm – 12:45pm PT, 1:45pm – 2:45pm CT, 2:45pm- 3:45pm ET
2:15pm – 2:30pm PT, 4:15pm – 4:30pm CT, 5:15pm – 5:30pm ET

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until June 27, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 24, 2022. 

We are pleased to announce the Virtual Western Canadian Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Conference: Proven, Effective and Concrete Strategies airing online Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Anxiety was at epidemic levels even before the COVID-19 pandemic and has only worsened exponentially since. Anxiety is the most common mental health concern among children and teens and is not something they outgrow. Indeed, most mental health problems in adulthood begin as anxiety in childhood and adolescence as anxiety.

Early intervention is essential to minimize later problems with depression and other social, emotional, behavioural, academic, and health difficulties. Unfortunately, most children go without effective support until they are teens, a time at which they are extremely susceptible for developing severe anxiety disorders. Without having a full understanding of anxiety and knowing what to look for, we can easily miss when anxiety shows up. Worse, many well-intentioned parents, teachers, and professionals and may even unwittingly make anxiety stronger in their attempts to make children feel better.

Join international presenters, Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. and Meghan Barlow, Ph.D., Christine Dargon, Ph.D.,  for this special event.

Don’t Worry About It: Simple & Practical Strategies for Reducing & Managing Anxiety Within the School Setting presented by Meghan Barlow, Ph.D.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common conditions diagnosed in children and adolescents and everyone feels anxious from time to time. Despite the prevalence of anxiety disorders, anxiety has been referred to as the “great masquerader” because it can present in

surprising ways in and out of the classroom. This workshop will provide educators with an understanding of anxiety as well as frequently co-occurring conditions including depression, autism, ADHD, and learning disorders. A review of specific types of anxiety disorders and how to distinguish these conditions from “healthy stress”and “anxious moments” will be presented. Participants will learn practical strategies for implementing changes within the classroom to support students with anxiety. Additionally, participants will learn tools for teaching coping skills and working with families to determine appropriate and effective school based supports.

The Anxiety Compass: The Ultimate Process to Help Children & Teens Tame Anxiety Gremlins presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D.

It is critical that all adults who may have to help children and teens with anxiety first develop a thorough understanding of what is going on for children and teens in today’s world, the pressures they face, and what happens when the demands put on them outweigh their capacity to cope. Then, they must learn what is truly effective to support this population and build their capacity to manage anxiety.

Thankfully, anxiety is highly treatable. There are essential considerations for effective interventions that are not commonly known nor practiced but are easy to learn. This webinar presentation is vital for anyone working with children and teens who experience anxiety. Clinicians and educators will develop a deep understanding of anxiety from a transdiagnostic perspective. Special considerations are also given to Generations Z and Alpha and the specific stressors they face that contribute to anxiety and emotional dysregulation. Participants will also learn effective tools and processes to help children and teens manage their anxiety successfully across all contexts while promoting their overall courage, confidence, resilience, and well-being.

When is it Generalized Anxiety and When is it Panic? Proven and Effective Treatment Strategies presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Many adolescents feel the impact of anxiety but they don’t know how to describe it. It is common for them to say that they are panicking, yet they do not meet the clinical description of panic disorder. Counsellors will serve them best if they can quickly distinguish between acute generalized  anxiety and panic because these two disorders are very different from each other and require different kinds of interventions. This session will describe the  similarities and differences between acute generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder and describe the most effective, rapid treatments for them.

Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Teens presented by Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, family breakdown, violence in society, the media, and a failing school system, has produced a “shell shocked” generation suffering from anxiety in many cases.

The challenge for educators and clinicians is to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope. Dr. Christine Dargon will teach you how and why anxiety develops in children and adolescents. She will present practical treatment strategies that can be applied immediately.

Join anxiety expert, Dr. Christine Dargon to increase your effectiveness with the various manifestations of child anxiety, Dr. Dargon will address the various anxiety disorders with case examples and clinical vignettes.

Don’t Worry About It: Simple & Practical Strategies for Reducing & Managing Anxiety Within the School Setting presented by Meghan Barlow, Ph.D.

  • Anxiety Understood
  • Anxiety and the Classroom
  • Interventions in the Classroom
  • Creating Plans

The Anxiety Compass: The Ultimate Process to Help Children & Teens Tame Anxiety Gremlins presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D.

  • Gen Z, Generation Alpha, pressures, and technostress
  • Identifying fear cues and consequences, anxiety reducing behaviours, and their functions to inform intervention
  • In-depth exploration of the ultimate anxiety protocol: The Anxiety Compass

The 10 Best-Ever Proven & Effective Interventions for Reducing Anxiety in Children & Adolescents presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

  1. How the brain generates anxiety and identifies threat
  2. The purpose of worry
  3. Cognitive tools to stop worry
  4. Social Anxiety management

Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Teens presented by Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

  • Nature and Causes of Anxiety
  • Seven Key Anxiety Disorders
  • Therapeutic Approaches
  • Interventions and Self-Regulation Strategies

Don’t Worry About It: Simple & Practical Strategies for Reducing & Managing Anxiety Within the School Setting presented by Meghan Barlow, Ph.D.

  1. Assess, screen, and diagnose anxiety disorders
  2. Differentiate among different anxiety disorders
  3. Create a comprehensive treatment plan that targets symptoms of anxiety based on your client or student

The Anxiety Compass: The Ultimate Process to Help Children & Teens Tame Anxiety Gremlins presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D.

  • Understand and explain the unique stress Gen Z faces
  • Understand the Anxiety Compass and how to individualize it to use immediately with children and teens across contexts

The 10 Best-Ever Proven & Effective Interventions for Reducing Anxiety in Children & Adolescents presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

  1. Apply 3 strategies to minimize worry over feared and reality-based life situations
  2. Control panic and change the catastrophic thinking that fuels it

Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Teens presented by Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

  • Demonstrate how to apply the “Three Ingredients” template for understanding how, why and when anxiety develops in children
  • Explain the anxiety management skills to use with young clients and students
  • Identify steps that schools can take to reduce student anxiety

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Meghan Barlow, Ph.D., is a licensed paediatric psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. She also has a wide range of experience working with children who have a variety of anxiety disorders, developmental disorders, attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, behavioural concerns, genetic and metabolic syndromes and acute or chronic medical conditions. Dr. Barlow is the owner of a private practice, Meghan Barlow and Associates, where she provides assessment, treatment and group therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Barlow has developed trainings and workshops for parents, school professionals, and mental health providers on topics related to social skills, autism spectrum disorder, depression and anxiety. She speaks in a variety of settings offering education and practical strategies for managing children’s behaviour, facilitating social skills and navigating developmental transitions. Dr. Barlow earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University

Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych. is a licensed psychologist and clinical director of Koru Family Psychology. She has worked with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families for over 20 years, with a focus on maximizing connection, confidence, learning success, and resilience. In her clinical work, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, ASD, learning difficulties, anxiety, and behavioural disorders. Through her specialized assessments, she helps parents and teachers understand kids’ strengths, areas of challenge, what makes learning easy, and how to best support them. She also offers therapeutic interventions to support children, teens, and their families.

Dr. Buzanko is a sought-out speaker who has been featured in various media platforms as an expert on child and teen development. She has developed training programs and workshops for parents, medical doctors, allied mental health professionals, and school professionals on topics related to ADHD, behaviour management, anxiety, autism, and learning difficulties. Her research interests focus on positive child and youth development and resiliency, as well as parent-child relationships, disruptive disorders of childhood, treatment of childhood disorders. All of her research to date has directed informed clinical practice, including the development of the Amazing Sibs! support program for siblings of children with autism and informing clinical practice as it relates to the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD.

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, an author, and an international trainer and speaker. She is a practicing psychotherapist and coaches professionals for anxiety management. Margaret has been a trainer of therapists for over 25 years, and she is a sought-after speaker for continuing education seminars, consistently getting the highest ratings from participants for her dynamic style and high-quality content.

Dr. Wehrenberg contributes articles to the award-winning Psychotherapy Networker magazine and she blogs on depression for Psychology Today. Audio and DVD versions of her trainings are available for obtaining CEU’s. She has written 7 books on topics of anxiety and depression published by W.W. Norton, and a workbook, Stress Solutions, published by PESI. The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and its accompanying workbook, consistent best-sellers, were released in revised editions in 2018. Her newest book, Pandemic Anxiety: Surviving Stress, Fear and Grief in turbulent Times will be released in early 2021 by W.W. Norton. Visit Margaret on Facebook @DrMargaretW or through her website

Christine Dargon, Ph.D., having worked in clinical practice for over 20 years, now focusses her time on speaking and education. Dr. Dargon did graduate research and her dissertation on rape-related PTSD and began working with rape survivors over 25 years ago. Currently, Dr. Dargon is an international speaker traveling throughout North America presenting seminars of numerous topics. Dr. Dargon has also been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 20 years and is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University serving students in the Masters’ of Counselling Psychology Program and Ashford University teaching undergraduate courses. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counselling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She recently opened an alternative health and wellness centre in North Arizona.

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Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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