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Digital Seminar

Anti-Anxiety Medication in Children and Adolescents


Faculty:
Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC
Duration:
1 Hour 07 Minutes
Copyright:
Jun 16, 2021
Product Code:
POS058385
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

Approximately 60% of children and adolescents in treatment will be prescribed medication for anxiety, so it is essential that clinicians know what anti-anxiety medications are available and the medications’ benefits and side effects.   

Join Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, as she shares the types of anti-anxiety medications, black box warnings, and the importance of clinicians keeping open lines of communication with prescribers — helping the client and his or her parents, get the best treatment possible for their child. 

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Author, Psychotherapist


Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC, is a psychotherapist specializing in narcissistic abuse, gaslighting, anxiety, and ADHD. She is the author of seven books and one workbook, including Healing from Toxic Relationships: 10 Essential Steps to Recover from Gaslighting, Narcissism, and Emotional Abuse and Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally and Emotionally Abusive People – and Break Free. Her latest book, Healing from Toxic Relationships, was released in July 2022. Dr. Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, American Mental Health Counselors Association Diplomate (Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling), and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Mediator. She has been in private practice for 20 years. She is a senior contributor for Forbes and is also a contributor to Psychology Today. She is the host of the Talking Brains podcast. She is based in Tampa, Florida. You can visit her website at www.stephaniesarkis.com.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis maintains a private practice. She serves as a contributor to Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today and is an advisory panel member for Evergreen Certifications. Dr. Sarkis is a facilitator for Collaborative Divorce. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis is a professional expert for Understood.org, part of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She is a member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.


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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

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Objectives

  1. Determine how black box warnings on antidepressants have impacted pediatric anxiety treatment. 
  2. Manage open communication with prescribers for best client outcomes. 
  3. Differentiate benefits versus side effects of anti-anxiety medication.

Outline

  • Types of anti-anxiety medications 
    • Antidepressants 
      • Mechanism of action 
      • Side effects 
      • Why prescribed 
      • Serotonin withdrawal syndrome 
    • Benzodiazepines 
      • Mechanism of action 
      • Side effects 
      • Why prescribed  
      • Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome  
  • Black box warning on antidepressants  
    • Reasoning 
    • How it has impacted pediatric treatment of anxiety and depression 
  • How clinicians can help prescribers 
    • Keep open dialogue 
    • Encourage client and parents to contact the prescriber with any questions 
    • Ask about client sleep difficulties  
    • Ask specific questions about anxiety, as it is an internalized disorder 
    • Have general knowledge of anti-anxiety medications 
    • Check for any bias against psychotropic medication  
    • Know your scope of practice 
      • Can educate, but not recommend 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel

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