Next up in our Spring Parenting Series:
May 5: Parenting Your Anxious Child
All children experience worry and anxiety as they grow up and up to 20% have a diagnosable anxiety disorder.
Parents often cope with their children’s worry and fear by providing constant reassurance (“There is nothing to worry about, you will do fine on the test” ) and facilitating avoidance of feared situations (“If you are too scared to take the bus, I will drive you to school”) because nothing else seems to work. Yet these comforting responses don’t solve the problem and ultimately impair the development of skills for handling worry and anxiety.
This workshop will teach parents what anxiety is and how it works. It will outline a practical approach for parents to help their children to “move through” their anxiety so that they can become more independent and courageous and ultimately engaged more fully in life.
Dr. Elizabeth Kubik will present and lead a discussion for about 1 hour, followed by ample time for questions and answers.
Dr. Kubik has been working in her private psychology practice with adults and adolescents for 10 years. In that practice, she specializes in treating anxiety and related disorders using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Elizabeth earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine. She continued her graduate training at Boston University’s Boston Medical Center and Harvard University’s Boston VA Medical Center, where she completed a pre-doctoral fellowship, working with anxiety and trauma in children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. She continued her work with anxiety and trauma during her post-doctoral fellowship, after which she opened up her private practice in Portland.
May 12: Beyond “Just Say No”-
Teaching your child the social, neurological and global implications of recreational, illegal drug use. Will include ideas about what parental behaviors can aid in drug prevention.
Panel: Adelaida Gaviria, educator and native of Medellin, Colombia
Eric Haram, LADC, Director of Mid Coast Hospital’s Addiction Resource Center
Melissa Fochesato, Director, Access Health & Substance Abuse Prevention
(Additional Panel Member to be announced)