Teens, Anxiety, and Depression:

Active Strategies to Move Teens Forward

A Six Hour Online Training (to watch whenever you choose)

PLEASE NOTE: CE’s expired for this course on October 31, 2019

Both anxiety and depression are on the rise in teens, and anxiety is currently the top reason why a parent brings a child to a mental health professional. Because an untreated anxiety disorder is one of the top predictors of developing depression as an adolescent or young adult, the need for prevention and more effective treatment of anxiety has become a critical focus of those that work with children and teens in many settings.

The most frequent complaint I hear from anxious families about unsuccessful treatment is that no one “told them what to DO.” Or that after a multi-session assessment or months of appointments, they didn’t have a plan or a clear understanding of HOW to respond when anxiety shows up.

This workshop will teach attendees HOW to weaken anxiety’s grip, move teens into an active approach to their anxiety and depression, and are likely different than what they have been taught previously. This intensive training will focus on HOW to interrupt anxiety’s cognitive patterns and thus head off depression with simple, process-based strategies that challenge the use of techniques that often inadvertently support the avoidance of anxious and depressive symptoms.

You will learn how to:

  • Design active assignments for teens and their parents that correct the common cognitive traps that bolster both anxiety and depression.
  • Explain the common cognitive and behavioral overlaps between anxiety and depression.
  • Identify avoidant and safety behaviors that strengthen anxiety and depression.
  • Write effective behavioral plans and IEP goals for use in schools.
  • Describe the relationship between frontloading and the four critical concepts of anxiety/depression treatment.
  • Create a brief relaxation exercise to be used for sleep issues.
  • List at least three safety crutches that teens use in school or at home.


  1. Development of anxiety and its connection to depression in teens
  2. Frontloading and four critical concepts of anxiety/depression treatment
  3. Are you “doing the disorder”? Traps, habits, and escapes
  4. 6 patterns of the anxious/depressed teen, and how to shift them
  5. Behavioral activation: creating assignments to enhance therapy:
  6. Working together: essential collaboration with parents, schools, and outside providers
  7. Keys to behavioral plans, 504 plans and goals: are you accommodating the disorder or building essential skills?


About Lynn Lyons

Lynn Lyons, LICSW is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families.  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 two DVD 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.

Who Should Register?

This is an intermediate to advanced level training appropriate for all who work (and live) with teens: licensed mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, school counselors, school nurses, educators, parents, caregivers, foster parents, and grandparents.

How it all works:

  1. Purchase from the Gumroad button below.
  2. The online training videos are hosted by Gumroad. After you purchase the course, you will receive a link giving you access to all videos and handouts. (Look for GUMROAD and the $157 charge on your credit card. The charge will not show my name.)
  3. Your purchase of the training allows you access to all materials. You may watch each installment whenever you like, and return whenever you like  The link is yours…and NOT to be shared. This will result in cancelation. 

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