Teens, Anxiety and Depression: Active Strategies to Move Teens Forward *

Presented by Lynn Lyons, MSW, RSW

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |  Pre-approval period for CEUs has expired


This On Demand course and will be available immediately after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

Both anxiety and depression are on the rise in teens, and anxiety is currently the top reason why a parent brings a child to a mental health professional. Because an untreated anxiety disorder is one of the top predictors of developing depression as an adolescent or young adult, the need for prevention and more effective treatment of anxiety has become a critical focus of those that work with children and teens in many settings.

The most frequent complaint I hear from anxious families about unsuccessful treatment is that no one “told them what to DO.” Or that after a multi-session assessment or months of appointments, they didn’t have a plan or a clear understanding of HOW to respond when anxiety shows up.

This workshop will teach attendees HOW to give families immediate and effective tasks that weaken anxiety’s grip, move teens into an active approach to their anxiety and depression, and are likely different than what they have been taught previously. This intensive training will focus on HOW to interrupt anxiety’s cognitive patterns and thus head off depression with simple, process-based strategies that challenge the use of techniques that often inadvertently support the avoidance of anxious and depressive symptoms.

Online Course Format

  • Online Training –Presented by Lynn Lyons, MSW, RSW
  • 2 hours per session, 3 sessions
  • Each session will consist of 2 hours of teaching content
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.


Attendees will learn how to:

  1. Develop active assignments for teens and their parents that correct the common cognitive traps that bolster both anxiety and depression.
  2. Explain the common cognitive and behavioural overlaps between anxiety and depression.
  3. Recognize avoidant and safety behaviors that strengthen anxiety and depression.
  4. Write effective behavioural plans and IEP goals for use in schools.


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, Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, Extended Family raising a child, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Lynn Lyons, MSW, RSW is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about HOW anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. Lynn’s approach uses humour, playful connection, and a constant focus on DOING, an umbrella strategy she has taught to thousands of professionals and families.

Lynn is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions and has two DVD programs for parents and children.

She maintains a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$199.00N/A
Full-Time Student$149.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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The pre-approval period for accreditation of this course has expired. Participants seeking accreditation must contact their associations directly. Please check with your association prior to registration if you require continuing education credits/units (CEU’s). We do not guarantee approval and fees may apply. As this course is no longer pre-approved for CEU’s it is being offered at a discounted rate.