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APN WEBINAR: How do I get the parents onboard? Overcoming the “real-world” challenges in the treatment of child and adolescent anxiety disorders

5 November, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am AEDT



‘How do I get the parents onboard? Overcoming the “real-world” challenges in the treatment of child and adolescent anxiety disorders’

Dr Kirstin Barchia

Clinical Psychologist, Northern Beaches Psychology

About this webinar: Many established treatments for child and adolescent anxiety include parents. Yet involving parents in the treatment process can be difficult in practice. Parent views that therapy is a 1-1 interaction between the therapist and their child, sensitivity to being judged as a “bad parent”, views that they don’t need support or knowledge about how to help their child, parents not sharing or agreeing with the diagnosis and formulation of their child, and parents not having time and resources to attend therapy appointments are common barriers to engaging parents in the treatment of their child’s anxiety.

Parent responses to child and adolescent anxiety can often hinder the progress of treatment and can be a common source of concern for clinicians. For example, when parents view their child’s anxious avoidant behaviour as disobedience, negative escalation cycles can develop which further dysregulate the child impacting their ability to cope. This interactive presentation will address the challenges of engaging parents, and practical strategies clinicians can use to overcome these challenges for better treatment outcomes for child and adolescent clients.

About the presenter: Dr Kirstin Barchia (PhD, MClinPsych, BPsych(Hons)) is a Clinical Psychologist and director of Northern Beaches Psychology in Newport, Sydney. She has worked with children and teenagers for the past 20 years across multiple settings including schools, public health, and private practice. To overcome the challenges of engaging parents in their child’s treatment, Kirstin has developed an online program for parents of teenagers. She is an AHPRA registered supervisor and provides supervision to clinicians working with children and adolescents. Kirstin is also an experienced researcher and has worked at Macquarie University and UTS in research positions. She has conducted research projects with thousands of adolescents examining school bullying, peer relationships, resilience, lying, and delinquent behaviour. Kirstin is passionate about supporting families during the teenage years using scientific understanding and evidence- based practice.

Event Details

When:  Friday 5th November 2021
Time: 10am to 1130am
Where: Webinar – link to be sent to registrants (link available for two weeks afterwards)
Cost: $44 ($22 for full-time students) plus $0.30 booking fee
Registration:  https://www.trybooking.com/BUMAS

Registration closes: Wednesday 3rd November

Cancellation policy: 

Further Info:

No refunds, but attendee substitutions are allowed.

Brian O’Grady
Tel: 0412 220 145
Email: brian.ogrady@mq.edu.au


5 November, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am AEDT


Brian O’Grady
0412 220 145