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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. Explain 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. Analyze age-related differences in fear and avoidance in youth with SAD.
5. List the rationale, methods, and results of studies examining subtypes of social anxiety in youth and the validity of the SWAIY measure.
6. Assess ways in which study implications can help clinicians target and improve treatment for SAD in youth and how they can inform future research.
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.
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