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Advanced Strategies For Treating Anxious Families

September 26 and 27, 2019

Advanced Strategies for Anxious Families:
Taking Your Practice to the Next Level

Presented by
Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

Saint Anslem College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo courtesy of Saint Anslem.


With current estimates that over 30% of children struggle with anxiety, it’s virtually impossible to be in clinical practice and not have anxious families show up, desperate for help. The demand for skilled specialists is high, and clinicians should be using the most effective, creative, and active strategies.

The key to success, ever more apparent to me after working with thousands of families, is providing a clear plan for HOW to respond when anxiety shows up. Anxiety runs strongly in families and that parent coaching is instrumental to successful treatment.

The biggest complaint I hear from parents who have tried to find help? “No one told us what to DO!”

It’s time to take your practice to the next level by offering the skills families are looking for and need. 

This unique two-day intensive will give you experiential opportunities to spark your own creativity, feel reinvigorated, and connect with other clinicians. There will be ample opportunity for questions, practice, and support.

This training will give mental health professionals the skills needed to:

• Master the use of a process-based strategy in the treatment of anxious families

• Create experiential homework assignments for families that focus on skill-building

• Target your use of relaxation, metaphor, and visualization for greater impact

• Untangle complicated presentations that include depression, self-harm, social and family complications

• Reinvigorate your practice and establish yourself as a specialist with up-to-date and active interventions

Who May Attend?

This is an intermediate to advanced level training appropriate for licensed mental health and health care providers including:  Social Workers, Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Family Therapists, School Counselors/Psychologists, Nurses, Physicians, Psychiatrists

CEs will be available to social workers, psychologists, licensed marriage & family therapists, licensed professional counselors/licensed mental health counselors and nurses through Commonwealth Seminars. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state and profession.


Lynn Lyons, LICSW is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about HOW anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort.

Lynn is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.

She is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions and has multiple online programs for parents and children.

She maintains a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching. 

Learning Objectives

Mental health and health care providers will learn how to:

Attendees will learn how to:

1.  Explain to adults how to interrupt their own patterns of anxious parenting to decrease the modeling of family anxiety.

2. Discuss the difference between content-based and process-based interventions as it relates to treatment.

3. Explain to families how the worry and anxiety process works in the brain and body to maximize effectiveness of psychoeducation.

4. Utilize relaxation skills and techniques to effectively treat somatic symptoms of anxiety.

5. Describe the four critical concepts for creating skill-based interventions for anxious families. 

6. Design interventions that focus on interrupting the process of OCD in families rather than the content of the OCD.

7. Apply active assignments for families that correct the common cognitive traps that bolster both anxiety and depression.

8. Use role playing and active techniques in session with families to facilitate emotional expression and increase engagement in therapy.

9. Demonstrate to families strategies that decrease the impact of and connection between anxiety, GI symptoms, headaches, and sleep issues.

10. Explain the differences in clinical presentation of OCD, ADHD and other anxiety diagnoses in order to best inform choice of treatment interventions.

$450.00 includes 12 CEs and handouts, snacks, coffee and beverages. Lunch will be available for attendees at Saint Anselm’s campus dining locations.


No cancelations after August 30, 2019.

Two Day Workshop Schedule


8:00 am – 8:30 am 
Registration and Coffee

8:30 am – 10:15 am
Mastering a Process-Based Approach to Anxiety
Understanding the content trap
The Four Critical Concepts
The common traps of worried families:
Are you “doing the disorder” with your clients?

10:15 am – 10:30 am            
Break & Refreshments

10:30 am – 12:00 pm    
The Keys to Success: Active Interventions and Tasks that TEACH
Creating homework using 6 Cog-beh pattern and 7 puzzle pieces
Role playing and experiential learning
Using rewards successfully

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm           

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm  
Group Practice: Creating homework for families
Sleep, morning routines, school issues, and freak outs!

2:30pm- 2:45pm                  
Break & Refreshments

2:45 pm – 4:00                      
Group practice (continued)
Practice Tips: become the anxiety expert
Case consultation time


8:00 am – 8:30 am

8:30 am – 10:15 am               
Untangling Complicated Presentations
Depression, self-harm, social and family issues
Three frameworks to target
The concept of differentiation

10:15 am – 10:30 am  
Break & Refreshments

10:30 am – 12:00 pm             
The Power of Suggestion, Relaxation and Visualization
The keys to targeted relaxation sessions
Are you exacerbating physical symptoms?
The mind-body connection: a super power!
Creating sessions: demos, tips, practice

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm              

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm               
Group Practice: Creating relaxation sessions (cont)

2:30pm- 2:45pm
Break & Refreshments

2:45 pm – 4:00
OCD: Process over Content
Myths and current research
Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis (SCHOOLS!)

Travel Information

Manchester’s airport is the closest option and a 12 minute drive to Saint Anslem College. Boston Logan’s airport is just over one hour (assuming no traffic, which one can’t assume.)

The Doubletree Hotel, Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

For those visiting from further distances and would like to book a hotel room, there are two hotels located within a ten-minute drive from the workshop.

DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown

Both of these hotels are near Manchester’s restaurant row, Elm Street. Here is a list of award-winning places to try. Manchester has long been a foodie destination that surprises visitors.

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Lynn Lyons at [email protected]. Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

The Saint Anselm facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Lynn Lyons at [email protected] or 603 225-4147.




Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 12.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 12.0 hours of continuing education credit.

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 12.0 clinical hours of clinical continuing education credit.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 12.0 hours of continuing education credit.


As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.