A Multi-Tiered Approach to Help
Your Anxious Students
Your Anxious Students
April 20, 2018 - Avon, Indiana
Anxiety disorders represent the most common form of psychological challenges in school-aged children and youth. Anxiety disorders can significantly interfere with a student’s functioning in their school, peer group, and family yet anxiety often goes unrecognized or misidentified. Anxious students also face increased risk of subsequent depression, substance abuse, and suicide.
This workshop will present participants with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the common symptoms of anxiety in school-aged children and youth. Participants will learn of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for helping anxious students with a major emphasis on the cognitive-behavioral approach and cognitive behavioral strategies. These practices will be organized within a multi-tiered framework that indicates the types of practices to be used in a universal, preventative way for all students (Tier 1), targeted practices for students at heightened risk for significant anxiety (Tier 2), and intensive practices for those students who are already experiencing significant anxiety and are in need of the most individualized support (Tier 3). Although not considered an anxiety disorder per se, school refusal behaviors will be described and a function-based approach to address school refusal behaviors will be covered.
Patricia A. Graczyk, PhD is a seasoned educator, having worked in public schools for over 35 years. In those years she has worked at the preschool, elementary, middle school/ junior high school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She also is a clinical child psychologist who specializes in pediatric anxiety disorders. Her current work focuses on school-based mental health services, and includes an emphasis on helping children and youth with anxiety, promoting school attendance and social and emotional learning, and the systemic implementation of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to address the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.
Dr. Graczyk has written journal articles and book chapters on child and adolescent anxiety disorders as well as other topics. In 2014 she co-authored an article in Child and Youth Care Forum titled, “A Response to Intervention Model to Promote School Attendance and Decrease School Absenteeism.” The framework described in this paper was adopted by the Irish as their approach to promote school attendance and address problematic absenteeism in their country. Dr. Graczyk has presented at local, national, and international conferences. Her recent presentations included such topics as supporting children and youth with anxiety, school-community collaborations to help traumatized children and youth, and a multi-tiered system of supports to promote school attendance and address chronic absenteeism. Dr. Graczyk is a licensed clinical psychologist and school psychologist in Illinois and a certified What Works Clearinghouse reviewer for group designs.
Date & Location
Date: April 20, 2018
Location: Avon Middle School North, 1251 North Dan Jones Road, Avon, IN 46123
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The registration fee for this workshop is $115. All registrations are processed online by Indiana University (IU) Conferences. You may pay with a credit card or purchase order. Space is limited to 300 participants.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for behavior consultants, special and general education teachers, early childhood educators, psychologists, speech language pathologists, administrators, counselors, social workers, family members, and others for whom this topic is relevant.
Details of Workshop Day
Registration is from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.; Presentation begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.; ending at 3:30 p.m.
By attending this workshop participants will:
Know the common anxiety disorders experienced by school-aged children and youth;
Recognize the “fight or flight” response in school;
Identify broad-band and narrow-band assessments for anxiety and learn how to match assessments to student needs;
Discuss evidence-based practices for anxiety organized within a tiered framework, with a major emphasis on the cognitive-behavioral approach and cognitive-behavioral strategies;
Define school refusal behaviors, learn how to use a screening tool to identify the function(s) of school refusal behavior, and implement function-based interventions for school refusal;
Discuss how to plan for students returning from psychiatric hospitalization and review a checklist to guide them in their planning for those students; and
Share additional resources for clinicians, school personnel, students, and parents .
Consumer Investment Funds
For information on Consumer Investment Funds for family members or individuals with disabilities in Indiana, contact the Indiana Governor’s Planning Council for Person with Disabilities at (317) 232-7770.
Certificates of Attendance
Certificates of Attendance for 6 instructional hours will be available at no charge and can be used for:
- Professional Growth Points.
- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Continuing Education credits for occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants licensing requirements.
- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Category I Continuing Education credits for social workers, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, addictions counselors and clinical addictions counselors for licensing requirements.
How to Register and links
All registrations are processed online by Indiana University (IU) Conferences. You will receive an email acknowledgement of payment. This is your confirmation and receipt. Please keep this for your records and reimbursement purposes. All registration payment questions should be directed to IU Conferences at 800-933-9330 or email@example.com.
All questions about the workshop should be directed to Julia Hillenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (812) 855-6508.
The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you have questions about accessibility, or have a request for alternative formats or other accommodations, please contact Julia Hillenburg (email@example.com) at 812-855-6508 with your request at least three weeks in advance of the event. Deadline for accommodations request for this workshop is 3/30/18.
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