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The Childhood Anxiety Treatment Roadmap: A CBT Treatment Plan to Break Kids Free from Worry and Fear in 12 Weeks or Less

Jeffrey Olrick, MEd, PhD
6 Hours 10 Minutes
Feb 21, 2024
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In a child’s heart anxiety can weave a tangled web, casting shadows on their innocence and stealing moments of joy. And when they come into your care you want so badly to illuminate their path with hope and restore happiness.

But providing anxiety treatment that’s effective, engaging and time limited can be daunting. The search for “the best way” can leave you feeling like you need to be an anxiety expert to make a difference.

But here’s the truth: you don’t have to be.

That’s why I created this simple, yet comprehensive, training designed to address generalized anxiety symptoms in children in and adolescents.

I’m Dr. Jeffrey Olrick, clinical psychologist and author of The 6 Needs of Every Child: Empowering Parents and Kids through the Science of Connection. I’ve specialized in working with children and families for over 20 years. And now in this training I’ll share a scripted program that combines the evidence-based power of CBT with the easy-to-understand language and engaging psychoeducation tools you need to improve outcomes with anxious kids and teens.

Perfect for new therapists, experienced therapists looking to complement your existing toolset or those just wanting a clear and straightforward structure to support your clients, this accessible and adaptable program will add value to your work whether you’re based in residential treatment, the public school system, community mental health or private practice.

Watch me as I show you how you can provide the anxiety treatment kids need with:

  • Simple but effective strategies to help kids control their anxiety alarms
  • Tools to identify and defuse the core sources of their worry and fears
  • Techniques that help kids take control of anxious and intrusive thoughts
  • Easy-to-understand language and engaging psychoeducation materials
  • Guidance on how to target anxiety across different contexts
  • And much more

This is your chance to confidently guide young people towards a path of healing and empowerment – even if you don’t consider yourself an anxiety expert.

I can’t wait to see you there.

Purchase now.

Jeffrey Olrick, MEd, PhD


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Jeffrey Olrick, MEd, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in working with children and families for over twenty years. Dr. Olrick has experience working in a variety of settings including residential treatment, the public school system, community mental health, and private practice. An expert in child attachment, Dr. Olrick completed his PhD at the University of Virginia and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at UVA’s Mary D. Ainsworth Parent-Child Attachment Clinic. Together with his wife Amy Olrick, he is author of the book The Six Needs of Every Child: Empowering Parents and Children Through the Science of Connection.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Jeffrey Olrick has and employment relationship with TE WHATU ORA. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Jeffrey Olrick has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  1. Distinguish between anxiety disorders and age-appropriate worries and fears.
  2. Use scripts and handouts to provide psychoeducation to clients.
  3. Use CBT to structure a time limited treatment program for childhood anxiety disorders.
  4. Evaluate the impact of both breathwork and mindfulness meditation on emotional well-being.
  5. Utilize problem solving as a therapeutic approach to help young clients resolve specific stressors.
  6. Use information about risks for nonadherence to inform treatment and increase clients’ participation in therapy activities.


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: Expert Guidance to Get Treatment Off on the Right Foot

  • Current trends, theories, and why anxiety rates are on the rise
  • Diagnostic decision-making skills and keys to make accurate diagnoses
  • A proven CBT framework for anxiety treatment
  • An easy-to-understand formula to guide treatment planning
  • Research, risks and limitations of anxiety treatments

Decode Anxiety’s Inner Workings: How Kids Can Take Control of Anxiety by Understanding How it Works

  • Why educating kids about anxiety is the key to treatment success
  • Easy to understand explanations about the mechanisms of anxiety
  • How to teach kids about the body’s response to anxiety
  • Scripts, tools, and illustrations that make psychoeducation simple

Turning Off the Anxiety Alarm: Body-Based Strategies Kids Can Use Anywhere and Anytime

  • The latest research on somatic treatment for anxiety
  • Harness the power of physical exercise to reduce anxiety
  • Guided exercises for calm breathing
  • Sensory-based techniques to anchor attention and reduce anxiety
  • Handouts and scripted instructions for sessions
  • How to use a breathing rate record chart
  • Make techniques adaptable for different settings (home, school, etc.)

Calm the “Anxious Brain” in Children and Teens: 3 Smart (and Fun) Cognitive Strategies That Change Anxious Thinking Patterns

  • The role of the mind in turning off and on the anxiety alarm
  • Teach kids and teens to recognize and label their anxious thoughts
  • How to break young clients free from the negativity bias trap
  • Guided mindfulness-based activities to interrupt anxious thought patterns
  • CBT exercises that challenge anxious thoughts
  • Role-playing and practicing problem-solving
  • Incorporate fun and soothing self-care practices into daily routines
  • Handouts and scripted instructions

Worry Stoppers and Intrusive Thoughts

  • Blockers: Create a coping skills toolbox
  • Differentiate between worry and intrusive thoughts
  • Teach kids how to separate themselves from their troublesome thoughts
  • Incorporating distraction techniques and engaging in positive activities
  • Cognitive techniques to challenge and reframe worrisome thoughts
  • Interactive role-play exercises for practising and reinforcing tool usage
  • Handouts and scripted instructions

Empowering Wellness: Tailored Support for Optimal Progress

  • Explore different dimensions of wellness, such as physical, emotional, and social
  • Create a personalized wellness plan tracking progress and identifying areas that require additional support
  • Provide clients with a self-assessment tool to measure their progress

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • School Counsellors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers

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