The Anxiety Compass: The Ultimate Process to Helping Children and Teens Tame Anxiety Gremlins

Presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course is on-demand.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until June 7, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on June 5, 2023. 

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.

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 is vital for anyone working with children and teens who experience anxiety. In this advanced workshop, clinicians, educators, and families 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.

  • Gen Z, Generation Alpha, pressures, and technostress
  • Normal vs. Problematic worry
  • How anxiety shows up
  • What maintains anxiety (so you know what to target)
  • Anxiety traps to avoid
  • Identifying fear cues and consequences, anxiety reducing behaviours, and their functions to inform intervention
  • Teaching children and teens about anxiety the right way
  • Becoming an effective emotion regulation coach
  • In-depth exploration of the ultimate anxiety protocol: The Anxiety Compass
    • Understanding anxiety
    • Importance of connection
    • Ensuring buy-in
    • Exposing anxiety for what it is
    • Disentangling from anxiety
    • Building the problem-solving brain (vs. strengthening the anxious one)
    • Developing the brave response to anxiety
    • Promoting a “Bring it!” (anxiety busting) attitude and overcoming fear obstacles
    • What to do in the heat of an anxiety meltdown
    • Environmental considerations
    • Healthy anxiety busting habits
    • Relapse prevention
  • Understand and explain the unique stress Gen Z faces
  • Differentiate normal and problematic worries
  • Identify how anxiety can manifest and what maintains it
  • Identify and avoid the shortcomings of traditional approaches
  • Learn how to become an effective anxiety coach
  • Implement an effective process-oriented treatment plan to maximize fear extinction and anxiety management
  • Understand the Anxiety Compass and how to individualize it to use immediately with children and teens across contexts

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, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

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.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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