Popular conference and keynote topics on Anxiety Disorders:
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle
Anxiety in many children has a generational link, with patterns of worry and anxiety being passed from parents to children. But what parents (and other adults) often intuitively do to help anxious children actually serves to strengthen these patterns. Lynn addresses these patterns head on, and equips families with an alternative approach that focuses on active engagement over avoidant behavior.
Preventing Anxiety and Depression: Skills We Can (and Should!) Be Teaching Our Children
Untreated anxiety in a child is one of the top predictors of depression in young adults. For those that work with anxious families, this comes as no surprise. In this presentation, Lynn focuses on how interrupt the most common anxiety and depression enhancing patterns–including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and three cognitive habits—and adopt instead a process-based “umbrella approach” that changes both the child and adults’ engrained patterns of thinking and behaving.
Concrete Strategies for Treating Anxious Adults: Action over Avoidance
Anxiety in adults often has a long history, with symptoms present since childhood or adolescence and often combined in adulthood with other diagnoses and complications. Can we offer adults updated strategies and approaches to understand and manage their anxiety? With a concrete approach and three important principles, the answer is yes.
Professional Development for Treating Anxiety Disorders:
Half, Full, or Multi-Day Professional Development for mental health professionals, organizations, schools, and health care providers
What we teach children about risk, danger, uncertainty, and problem-solving makes a huge difference in whether they go on to become anxious or depressed teens and adults.
In these workshops, Lynn explores concrete and often counter-intuitive strategies that normalize worry for families and provide an “umbrella approach” that is applicable to all of the anxiety disorders.
These workshops will demonstrate HOW to interrupt anxiety and OCD’s cognitive patterns with simple, process-based strategies that challenge the use of strategies that inadvertently support avoidance of anxious symptoms.
Beyond Calming Down: Process-Based Tools to Help Anxious Kids and Parents
Research that connects worried, anxious parents to the development of anxiety in children is robust, and the effectiveness of a family-based approach is also well-documented. Schools, mental health professionals, and healthcare providers should offer family-focused care to their anxious clients. This workshop describes in detail an approach that does just that.
Managing Anxiety in a School Setting: A Plan for Schools and Parents
Lynn describes how to support collaboration between parents and school staff, including education for classroom teachers on how anxiety shows up and hijacks learning.
When OCD Runs (in the) Family: How Children and Parents Can Work Together to Manage this Generational Disorder
When obsessive-compulsive disorder shows up in a child, it’s very likely that other family members have it, too. OCD is the ultimate cult leader, often ruling families for generations. But how skilled are mental health professionals at recognizing the many iterations of this disorder and then engaging the family in treatment? This workshop will describe how to recognize OCD, the common pitfalls of treating OCD in kids, and active strategies to get families unstuck.
Bringing the Changes Home: Therapeutic Assignments for Anxious Families
Effective anxiety treatment is about doing. Lynn has an ever growing list of homework assignments for families and schools that support the need for experiential learning, and she shares them in this presentation.
The Keys to Effective 504 & Behavioral Plans for Anxious Students: Action over Avoidance
What happens when schools, parents and students rely on avoidance rather than skill-building? Anxiety gets stronger. Lynn lays out the necessary components of skill-based plans that do the opposite of what worry demands, focusing on how to equip kids, parents, and schools with strategies that move them out of the worry cycle.
Incorporating Hypnosis into Your Clinical Work with Children
Clinical hypnosis is a powerful and clinically endorsed approach that improves outcomes with children and families. Full day and multiday trainings on the use of hypnosis are offered for both the beginner and the advanced student. Lynn focuses on how to incorporate concrete methods of “being hypnotic” with children (formally and informally) in order to improve focus, emotional management, sleep, and tolerance of medical procedures.
Individual or small group consultation:
Lynn offers small group and individual consultation for mental health professionals and school districts (including school counselors, psychologists, nurses, and special education staff.)
Most often these are done through video conferencing. Consultation can be ongoing or single meeting.
Please contact me for rates and scheduling.