The Anxiety Compass: Helping Children and Teens Tame Anxiety Gremlins

New! Filmed Spring 2021

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

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


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

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until February 18, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on February 7, 2022

Anxiety is at epidemic levels and is the most common mental health concern among children and teens. Anxiety is not something you outgrow, and early intervention is important to minimize later problems with depression and other social, emotional, behavioural, and health difficulties. Unfortunately, most kids go without effective support until they are teens, a time at which they are extremely susceptible for developing severe anxiety disorders. Since 70% of all mental health problems begin in childhood and adolescence, there is a clear need to support this population. Without knowing what to look for, many parents, teachers, and even professionals can easily miss when anxiety shows up and may even unwittingly make anxiety stronger.

It is essential that all adults 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 can learn what is truly effective to support these kids and teens to 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 transdiagnosis perspective. Special considerations are also given to our 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 these populations manage their anxiety across contexts to promote their overall courage, confidence, resilience, and well-being.

Session 1 

  • Gen Z, Generation Alpha, pressures, and technostress
  • Normal vs. Problematic worry
  • How anxiety shows up
  • 4 key routes to anxiety
  • What maintains anxiety (so you know what to target)
  • Anxiety traps to avoid


Session 2 

  • Identifying fear cues and consequences, anxiety reducing behaviours, and their functions to inform intervention
  • How to effectively teach kids and teens about anxiety
  • How to become a valuable anxiety coach
  • In-depth exploration of the ultimate anxiety protocol: The Anxiety Compass
    • Environmental considerations
    • Healthy anxiety busting habits
    • Building the problem-solving brain (vs. strengthening the anxious one)
    • Importance of relationships


Session 3 

  • The Anxiety Compass continued: Stress inoculation and exposure
    • Developing a strong rationale for buy-in
    • Promoting an anxiety busting attitude
    • Implementing exposure effectively
    • Why habituation can be a problem and how to maximize fear extinction
    • Overcoming fear obstacles
    • What to do in the heat of an anxiety meltdown
  • Understand Gen Z and the unique stress they face
  • Differentiate normal and problematic worries
  • Identify how anxiety can manifest
  • Explain the key pathways to anxiety and what maintains it
  • Discuss the shortcomings of traditional approaches
  • Learn how to become an effective anxiety coach
  • Implement effective exposure practices to maximize fear extinction
  • Understand the Anxiety Compass and how to individualize it to use immediately with kids 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, 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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