This program has been approved for 6 Category A Continuing Education Credits by the National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter, Auth. #3588
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common psychological disorders affecting children, and can interfere with learning, relationships, and important developmental activities. Child anxiety can manifest in many different ways, making it difficult for educators to accurately identify and address. The good news is that anxiety disorders can be treated effectively with cognitive-behavioral therapy, a well-established, evidence-based psychotherapy that focuses on development of coping skills. This program will provide information on anxiety symptoms and disorders, as well as how these manifest in the school setting and can have an effect on the academic experience. Information will be geared toward children ages 6 to 12, the typical age of onset for anxiety disorders. Educators will practice identifying “red flags” indicating anxiety symptoms and what factors might be contributing to them. They will also develop a theoretical framework for how to think about anxiety, drawing from cognitive-behavioral theory. Finally, educators will learn strategies to help anxious children develop coping skills and practice them in the school setting.
Nick Mian, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Massachusetts and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester campus. Nick completed his doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. At UNH, Nick teaches classes in child development, mental health, counseling, and child clinical psychology. His research focuses on the early identification, assessment, and treatment of anxiety disorders in children. His scholarly work is featured in peer-reviewed journals and several books. In his private practice, Nick specializes in emotional disorders in children, as well parent guidance.