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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Investigating social anxiety and its subtypes over early childhood along with the relationship between early social worries and later anxiety disorders can help improve assessment, treatment, and outcomes. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from The Journal of Anxiety Disorders, is to explore studies that examined subtypes of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) in youth and consider the validity and efficacy of the Social Worries Anxiety Index for Young children (SWAIY). An overview of social anxiety in children is presented as well as research efforts, study methods, a discussion of results, conclusions, and future implications.
CE Course Objectives
1. Describe the prevalence, characteristics, symptoms, and implications of social anxiety disorder (SAD) in youth.
2. Outline research findings pertaining to SAD in young people, including what’s known about diagnostic subtypes, measures for children of different ages, and parental assessments.
3. Discuss how identifying subtypes of SAD in youth and using valid, age appropriate measures can help improve assessment, treatment, and outcomes in youth.
4. Highlight age-related differences in fear and avoidance in youth with SAD.
5. Summarize the rationale, methods, and results of studies examining subtypes of social anxiety in youth and the validity of the SWAIY measure.
6. Evaluate ways in which study implications can help clinicians target and improve treatment for SAD in youth and how they can inform future research.
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