Anxiety and the Gift of the Imagination



Event Details

Facilitators: Robin Alter, PhD

This training is suitable for: Persons who work in the field of mental health, who work with children or who are interested in working with children in the future. It is also for professionals who are looking for a positive approach to anxiety which is accessible to children, which helps them find a way to understand their emotions while enhancing their self-esteem and also gives them tools to gain control and mastery over their troublesome emotions.

Dates:  December 14, 2018


According to statistics from Canada and the United States, anxiety disorders in children are on the rise.  In spite of anxiety being a debilitating condition, many children are not motivated to receive psychotherapeutic help, preferring instead to use avoidance as their defence  against states of anxiety.  This workshop will teach a therapeutic formulation of anxiety that has worked extremely well for hundreds of children in Dr. Alter's private practice.  She will explain how the link between imagination and anxiety can be used effectively in treatment.

This approach starts and ends with an enhancement of self-esteem and actually motivates children to use therapeutic tools and strategies.  You will learn how children's anxiety and thinking are different from adults and how to be more effective with children in creating fundamental change.

You will learn to:

  • Differentiate between children's and adult's anxieties
  • Teach children how to control their minds
  • Manage children's anxiety and increase their motivation for change
  • Work with children around anxiety to enhance their self-esteem, empower them and challenge them to face their problems and fears


  • When

  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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