September 26: When Anxiety Affects Education: Helping Children and Adolescents with School-Related Anxiety

Jonathan Dalton, PhD
Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change (CABC)
Rockville, MD


Children are being raised during an unprecedented era of anxiety. The research tells us that 38% of girls and 26% of boys will be identified with an anxiety disorder prior to their 18th birthday. In addition, teens report higher level stress than their adults counterparts for the first time since data has been collected, with teens today being between 5 to 8 times more likely to show signs of an anxiety disorder than their same aged-peers did during the Great Depression, WWII, and the Vietnam war. Clearly there are large forces at play that contribute to these dramatic increases in child and teen anxiety disorders, but parents and professionals can take specific, yet counterintuitive steps to help their children either avoid these anxiety disorders or to recover effectively from them. In fact, evidence-based behavioral treatment shows success rates between 60% and 90% based on the specific anxiety disorder being treated. This talk will outline interventions that professionals and parents can implement to help reduce the suffering of children and teens living with anxiety.
Dr. Dalton is a licensed psychologist, public speaker, and author who founded the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change (CABC) in Rockville, MD, which is a private treatment center dedicated to using evidence-based treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Villanova University, a master's degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University with a specialization in child and family psychology. He completed two years of pre-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Kennedy Krieger Institute, and advanced postdoctoral training at the Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders at the University of Maryland. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with a particular focus on anxiety-based school refusal. He frequently provides training to other mental health professionals and presents to community organizations.
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