News Release

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or

Seminar for Medical, Mental Health and School Professionals

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—A day-long seminar for medical, mental health and school professionals entitled “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents” will be held March 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel, 1900 Pavilion Drive, Virginia Beach.

The program will highlight the application of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety in children and adolescents. Participants will learn sound, developmentally, sensitive, appealing and practical CBT approaches. Child-friendly techniques to empower anxious children to take risks, tolerate uncertain outcomes, initiate problem solving, instill self-confidence and internalize strategies for coping will be covered. Strategies for building treatment readiness, collaborating with parents, managing anxiety in school, working with reluctant children and relapse prevention also will be discussed.

Featured presenter is Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., a clinical child psychologist and clinical associate professor of neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry and member of the scientific advisory board of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. She is widely recognized for her unique Worry Hill approach to making CBT accessible to youngsters. She is the author of several books and treatment resources for professionals.

All participants will receive a continuing education certificate for 5.5 hours.

There is a $45 registration fee, which includes lunch. Registration deadline is March 6. For information or to register, call Elliott Levin, CHKD, (757) 668-7932 or register online at

The seminar is co-presented by CHKD, the Barry Robinson Center and Eastern Virginia Medical School.