Temple University, USA

​The presentation will provide an initial description of the theory that guides intervention for treating anxiety in youth and an overview of the nature, symptoms, and experience of anxiety in children and adolescents. We will consider when anxiety is developmentally reasonable and when it is disordered, as well as the cognitive, behavioral, family (parenting) and emotional factors involved. The bulk of the presentation will overview the intervention strategies that comprise CBT for anxiety in youth. Each strategy (e.g., coping modeling, changing self-talk, affect education, exposure tasks) will be described and illustrated with examples from clinical applications. A flexible implementation of the manual-based approach will be described and encouraged. Illustrations from the computer-assisted program for youth (Camp Cope-A-Lot) and the on-line parent training program (ChildAnxietyTales) will be presented and research outcomes that inform the provision of clinical services for anxious youth will be considered.​ 

Dr. Kendall is a Distinguished University Professor and Laura H Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University, where he is also the Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kendall is active as a researcher, scholar, and clinician.  His CV lists over 450 publications, including over 30 books and over 20 treatment manuals and workbooks.  His treatment programs have been translated into dozens of languages, and he has had over 25 years of uninterrupted grant support from various agencies.  His work has received many thousands of citations, placing him among an elite handful of the most “Highly-Cited” individuals in all of the social and medical sciences. In a recent quantitative analysis of the publications by and citations to all members of the faculty in the 157 American Psychological Association approved programs in clinical psychology, Dr. Kendall ranked 5th. Dr. Kendall has garnered prestigious awards: Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, inaugural Research Recognition Award from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, “Great Teacher” award from Temple University, identified as a “top therapist” in the tristate area by Philadelphia Magazine, and Distinguished Scientific Contribution award from Divison 12 and 53 of the American Psychological Association. He has been president of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) of APA as well as President of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT, now ABCT). Recently, ABCT recognized and awarded him for his “Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Educational / Training Activities.”


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