How to Break the Worry Cycle: A Workshop for Parents of Anxious Kids and Teens

Does anxiety or OCD feel like another member of your family? When you have a child with anxiety, the whole family is impacted. What started off as a little worry has grown into your child’s excessive need for reassurance, avoidance of activities, or demands to help them with rituals.

You probably find yourself telling your child “everything will be fine”, or maybe you encourage them to use relaxation skills, or say things like “you’re safe”, and even change your family activities or plans to make your child feel more comfortable. But it doesn’t seem to be making a difference.

Comforting your child’s fears is a natural response. However, this approach is actually strengthening children’s anxiety. In this 3-part workshop, you are going to learn about an alternative way to address your child’s anxiety. This workshop will provide with you concrete, actionable steps you can take to help your child.

 

Recent studies show that when parents change their response, the improvement in their child’s anxiety symptoms were as effective as 12 sessions of CBT*

 

What We’ll Cover

  • Common mistakes parents make that strengthen anxiety

  • Learn the difference between parental support and protection

  • How to make rewards work

  • How to develop tolerance for your child’s distress

  • Learn supportive statements to give your child to build confidence and give them strength to face their fears

  • Create an action plan to gradually reduce anxiety accommodations at home

Testimonials

“I love your “on the spot” suggestions for problems brought up in the group” -Shelly, mother of a 6 year old

“I learned most about the role parents play in accidentally perpetuating anxiety through accommodations.” -Naomi, mother of 9 year old

“I love that the focus is on what changes I can make in my behaviors to help theirs. So simple, but a concept many times lost. -Holly, mother of an 11 year old

“I learned the skills to be a supportive parent rather than a frustrated one.” -Ben, father of a 6 year old

“If you are thinking about taking this workshop, do it, even if it’s just so you don’t feel alone. It’s super cool to hear how others are affected and hear their wins.” -Karissa, mother of a 12 year old

 

Details

Dates: October 16th, 23rd, and 30th *All 3 sessions required*

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Cost: $200 per person or $225 with one additional family member [Payment due at time of registration]

Location: 7801 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55439

 

Interested in a PDF flyer? Download here.

 

Facilitators

Jenny Matthews, LMFT, LADC  Jenny works in private practice in Bloomington, MN and owns State of Mind Therapy. She specializes in working with children, teens, and adults who are struggling with anxiety and OCD related disorders. Jenny is passionate about helping individuals and their families find practical tools and strategies to take back control of their life. Jenny utilizes evidenced-based strategies such Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and more to assist clients in developing coping tools for anxiety.

Jenny Matthews, LMFT, LADC

Jenny works in private practice in Bloomington, MN and owns State of Mind Therapy. She specializes in working with children, teens, and adults who are struggling with anxiety and OCD related disorders. Jenny is passionate about helping individuals and their families find practical tools and strategies to take back control of their life. Jenny utilizes evidenced-based strategies such Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and more to assist clients in developing coping tools for anxiety.

Dr. Jenna Edlund, MA, PhD, LP  Dr. Jenna Edlund works in private practice at Clinical and Developmental Services in Waconia, MN. She specializes in helping children increase their emotional and behavioral regulation. Through a collaborative approach. She provides individual therapy with the child, while also involving parents in the process to provide parents with the tools to support their child. Dr. Jenna Edlund utilizes empirically supported treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavior Analysis, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and much more in order to help client’s expand their coping strategies and increase their ability to reach desired goals.

Dr. Jenna Edlund, MA, PhD, LP

Dr. Jenna Edlund works in private practice at Clinical and Developmental Services in Waconia, MN. She specializes in helping children increase their emotional and behavioral regulation. Through a collaborative approach. She provides individual therapy with the child, while also involving parents in the process to provide parents with the tools to support their child. Dr. Jenna Edlund utilizes empirically supported treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavior Analysis, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and much more in order to help client’s expand their coping strategies and increase their ability to reach desired goals.

 

References

  • Thompson-Hollands, J., Kerns, C.E., Pincus, D.B., & Comer, J.S. (2014). Parental accommodation of child anxiety and related symptoms: range, impact, and correlates. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28 (8), 765-773.

  • Benito, K.G. & Freeman, J. (2011). Pediatric anxiety: How family accommodation may hinder treatment. Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, 27 (3).

  • Lebowitz, Eli R. & Omer, Haim. (2013). Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety: A Guide for Caregivers. Wiley.

    *Parent-Based Treatment as Efficacious as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Anxiety: A Randomized Noninferiority Study of Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30851397