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Digital Seminar

Anti-Anxiety Medication in Children and Adolescents



Approximately 60% of children and adolescents in treatment will be prescribed medication for anxiety, so it is essential that clinicians know what anti-anxiety medications are available and the medications’ benefits and side effects.   

Join Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, as she shares the types of anti-anxiety medications, black box warnings, and the importance of clinicians keeping open lines of communication with prescribers — helping the client and his or her parents, get the best treatment possible for their child. 


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Faculty:
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., NCC, DCMHS, LMHC
Duration:
1 Hour 07 Minutes
Copyright:
Jun 16, 2021
Product Code:
POS058385
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - 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 online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.

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Author, Psychotherapist


Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC, is a bestselling author and psychotherapist specializing in anxiety, gaslighting, narcissistic abuse, and ADHD. She is the author of several books, including the best-selling Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People - and Break Free and 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction and Accomplish Your Goals.  She was named a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, one of only 20 professionals in the United States with this dual designation. ​

Dr. Sarkis is also a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Mediator. Dr. Sarkis is the founder of the Sarkis Institute, specializing in the treatment of comorbid anxiety and ADHD. She is a contributor to Forbes, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post.  Her Psychology Today posts have been viewed over 26 million times. She has a PhD, EdS, and MEd in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida, named by US News and World Report as the top counselor education program in the country. Dr. Sarkis has appeared on CNN, 10% Happier with Dan Harris, Sirius XM Doctor Radio, ABC (U.S.), ABC (Australia),and many more media outlets. Her research is published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. She is based in Tampa, Florida, where she provides evaluations and psychotherapy. You can visit her website at www.stephaniesarkis.com.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stephanie Sarkis is the founder of the Sarkis Institute. She has received monetary awards for her research and has worked as a sub-investigator for major pharmaceutical companies, such as Abbott Laboratories, Glaxo/SmithKline, and Lexicor. Stephanie has books published by New Harbinger Publications and receives royalties. She writes blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Stephanie Sarkis is on the Professional Advisory Board of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). She has received an American Psychological Association Outstanding Dissertation Award. 


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Objectives

  1. Determine how black box warnings on antidepressants have impacted pediatric anxiety treatment. 
  2. Manage open communication with prescribers for best client outcomes. 
  3. Differentiate benefits versus side effects of anti-anxiety medication.

Outline

  • Types of anti-anxiety medications 
    • Antidepressants 
      • Mechanism of action 
      • Side effects 
      • Why prescribed 
      • Serotonin withdrawal syndrome 
    • Benzodiazepines 
      • Mechanism of action 
      • Side effects 
      • Why prescribed  
      • Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome  
  • Black box warning on antidepressants  
    • Reasoning 
    • How it has impacted pediatric treatment of anxiety and depression 
  • How clinicians can help prescribers 
    • Keep open dialogue 
    • Encourage client and parents to contact the prescriber with any questions 
    • Ask about client sleep difficulties  
    • Ask specific questions about anxiety, as it is an internalized disorder 
    • Have general knowledge of anti-anxiety medications 
    • Check for any bias against psychotropic medication  
    • Know your scope of practice 
      • Can educate, but not recommend 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel

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