As children develop, they encounter an array of challenges and stressors that can result in different kinds of mental health problems, including anxiety and depressive disorders. An important set of skills for psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders involves helping youth learn about and manage their emotional experiences. This workshop provides participants with specific tools, a set of treatment modules, and the research verifying those tools used to individually tailor a treatment plan for children suffering from various kinds of anxiety and depression. The workshop offers ideas and strategies for helping willing faith-based youth clients understand “why” God created people with emotions, how emotions work, and what they mean. Additional modules focus on assisting children to recognize emotions, identify emotional triggers, and develop skills for modifying how they respond to emotional cues in themselves and others.
1. Develop strategies and skills for helping youth understand emotions, such as why people were created with emotions, how they work, recognizing triggers, and identifying problematic responses.
2. Describe methods for helping children learn skills for preventing strong emotional reactions through antecedent management skills and learn techniques for managing anxiety and depression using graduated exposure, behavior activation, and pleasant event scheduling.
3. Explain methods and strategies for helping children learn effective ways to express emotions effectively, setting the stage for collaborative problem solving for integrating parent-focused emotion coaching strategies into treatment to reinforce and extend what is being learned in individual therapy into the home.