218 Up and Down The Worry Hill

Aureen Wagner • Friday Morning

Aureen WagnerAnxiety is the most commonly diagnosed mental health problem in children and teens. Yet, although cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to help as many as 80 percent of these patients, it often goes unused with this population. This workshop will present a CBT-based approach that’s child-friendly, nonintimidating, and developmentally tailored for anxious children and teens.


Using this approach, you’ll:

  • Explore four steps for cultivating treatment readiness in different age groups: stabilization, communication, persuasion, and collaboration
  • Become familiar with child-friendly applications of realistic thinking and gradual exposure techniques through case histories and role-playing exercises
  • Discuss how to help parents contain their own anxiety and keep it from exacerbating their child’s condition

Aureen Wagner, PhD, who specializes in CBT for anxiety, has developed the Worry Hill approach to making CBT accessible to kids. She’s authored several books, including Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Manual and Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children.

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