Anxiety and School Avoidance in Youth: Solution Focused Interventions That Produce Results



Friday, January 26, 2018
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Anne Lutz, M.D.

Educators, school counselors, and mental health professionals have ever increasing demands, limited time and tremendous responsibility. Adding to these challenges are the needs of youth who are coping with anxiety and school avoidance. School avoidance will affect up to 28% of youth at some point. 25% of teens and 30% of girls will experience significant anxiety. If left unaddressed, these youths may experience academic decline, alienation from peers, family conflict and worsening clinical conditions. Despite these numerous difficulties, there are many opportunities for solutions.  Solution-focused approaches are brief, pragmatic and highly effective interventions that are ideal for outpatient counseling and the school setting.   This workshop will provide you with an understanding of solution focused techniques, practical methods that can be implemented immediately in the counseling session, in the classroom and with parents.

There will be opportunities to practice solution focused skills through role plays, lively discussions and video case examples. Leave with practical “how to” skills that you can immediately use with the clients you serve. Come, get inspired, get energized!

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Describe solution-focused therapy and how this differs from a problem-focused perspective.
  • Demonstrate solution-focused skills that assist in engaging with children and families
  • List and demonstrate specific Solution-focused interventions that address anxiety in youth
  • List and demonstrate specific Solution-focused interventions that address school avoidance in youth
  • Describe several types of solution-focused scaling questions
  • Describe how to remain solution-focused in follow-up sessions

Anne Lutz, M.D. is the Director of Training for the Institute for Solution Focused Therapy. Anne is a board certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist, and was a nurse prior to becoming a physician. She was trained by the founders of Solution focused therapy, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve DeShazer. Anne is the author of Learning Solution-Focused Therapy: An Illustrated Guide, published by the American Psychiatric Association Press.

Dr. Lutz is an assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester MA, and adjunct professor at Framingham State University. She provides direct clinical supervision, teaching and training to psychiatric residents and workshops for community based treatment organizations. Anne worked for 9 years as a consulting psychiatrist for a residential treatment center for adolescent girls suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders integrating solution-focused approaches within their treatment setting.

Dr. Lutz has worked in community mental health agencies integrating solution focused approaches within these treatment settings. She currently has a private practice in West Boylston where she sees children and families, providing solution focused psychiatric treatment and teaches an on-line solution focused certification courses through Framingham State University.

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