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Children and Anxiety

Exploring Effective CBT Tools

5 CE Credits

Let's explore and work together!

During these challenging times, children may be overwhelmed by stress, pressure, uncertainty, and anxiety. Together, we will explore fun, effective, and engaging CBT tools for helping children alleviate anxiety and cope with stress. We will examine the brain science behind anxiety and explore CBT interventions that you can playfully teach children with ease and confidence. Whether you provide telehealth or in-person therapy, we have got you covered with innovative interventions designed to support your work with preschool and elementary school-aged children.  

We will discuss playful and Practical Ways to teach kids...

Brain Science 

​  kid-friendly explanations of

  • the physiology and neuropsychology behind anxiety

  • the impact of stress and the pandemic

  • the fight-flight-freeze response 

  • how the brain learns and grows


  • ways to playfully identify and express feelings

  • how to practice accepting emotions

  • ways to effectively express needs


  • thinking traps

  • more helpful and accurate thoughts

  • thought stopping

  • compassionate self-talk

  • a growth mindset


  • the avoidance trap

  • the power of practice

  • creative calming 

  • a gratitude practice

  • relaxation and mindfulness

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Meet the Instructor:

Karrie Lager, Psy.D. is a California Licensed Psychologist (PSY20588) and the founder of the group practice Healthy Focus Psychological Center, Inc. Dr. Karrie is recognized by UC Davis as a PC-CARE provider and trainer and a PCIT therapist and trainer of trainers. She is passionate about training and presenting on the art and science of parent-child coaching and child psychology. In addition to parent-child coaching, Dr. Karrie provides individual and family therapy incorporating CBT, mindfulness, and trauma-informed practices. As a way to make a larger impact, Dr. Karrie provides consultation and training for therapists to grow a thriving private practice so that they may best serve the community.


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Learning objectives:

  • Explain the neuropsychology of anxiety in a kid-friendly way. 

  • Describe the key components and benefits of CBT. 

  • Practice effective cognitive and behavioral coping strategies to help alleviate children’s anxiety.

  • Summarize ways parents can support children’s CBT skill building.   

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5 CE Credits

Healthy Focus Psychological Center, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Healthy Focus Psychological Center, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) recognizes APA sponsored continuing education programs for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs.


Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors, please check with your state board if they accept continuing education programs from APA approved sponsors.

Attendance Policy:  Participants must attend the program in its entirety. Participants that arrive late, leave early, or return late from breaks will not receive any offered continued education. For multiple day events, you must attend all days to earn credit. There is no partial CE credit. This is a live event only.  Please log on 5 minutes prior to the event.  

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