What a great workshop. On the “Edutainment Scale” (Edutainment = Educational Information presented in an Entertaining format), Dr. Kendall’s presentation scored 10 of 10 points! His workshop managed to cram 400+ publications and 24 years of experience running an anxiety clinic into a 3 hour presentation. I was getting anxious when I noticed that we were on page 9 of a 13 page handout with only 30 minutes left. Despite numerous questions from the participants, somehow Dr. Kendall managed to bring us across the finish line on time, without the feeling of emptiness that I sometimes experience with hurried workshops. I still would have enjoyed a full day for this workshop.
A few thoughts.
1. My question was answered. He addressed the importance of “facilitative” anxiety as appropriate for children and adolescents and provided treatment suggestions.
2. Dr. Kendall highlighted the need for the child to be “exposed” to the “fear” over many practice sessions, and the importance of preparation before, and debriefing after each session. Unfortunately, parents, teachers, and therapists often believe that one or two exposures are enough, and simple dialogue with the patient/parent is sufficient.
3. He gave permission for the therapist to feel afraid that the intervention may not work, despite the preparation. His encouragement suggested that the planned intervention may fail, but it’s okay. Just keep trying! His workshop encouraged reward for effort, not just outcome for the patients and the therapists.
What are your thoughts?
Change of topic. During the break, a school counselor requested increased opportunity for teachers, school counselors, private therapists, nurses, or others working in schools, hospitals or institutions etc, and other participants to discuss topics of interest at these workshops in more detail. Please let FCP know if you would be interested in “Break-Out” sessions or some other venue for this opportunity.