Part 1: Anxiety & School - Identifying Anxiety and What To Do About It

Managing Anxiety & The Return to Schools

The Managing Anxiety & Return to School webinar series is part of The Back-to-School Series - Supports for Staff, Students & Families During COVID-19. Click here to learn more about our series of webinars on concrete strategies to strengthen connections, promote mental wellness and resilience, and support everyone in the return to schools during a global pandemic.

About this Resource:

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns youth face. While it is a normal emotional experience, it can grow to become incredibly distressing and interfering, particularly as it comes to school. When anxiety is present in the school setting (whether in-person or remote), educators have an important role in encouraging and reinforcing brave vs. anxious behavior. Research supports the importance of youth moving from a cycle of avoiding to a cycle of approaching anxiety-provoking situations in order to overcome problematic anxiety. In this webinar, we will discuss how to identify, understand, and intervene for problematic anxiety for youth in your classroom.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify common ways in which anxiety presents in school settings including in-person and online formats.
  • Learn empirically supported strategies to reduce problematic anxiety.
  • Describe school-based approaches for anxiety that encourage and reinforce empirically supported strategies (approach to anxious situations vs. avoidance).


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This recording is about the 4-part Managing Anxiety & the Return to School webinar series. Learn more and register for upcoming Anxiety & Return to School Webinars here

About the Presenters:

BlossomJennifer Blossom, PhD is a Clinical Child Psychologist with expertise in assessment and intervention for youth with anxiety, depression, and suicidality. Dr. Blossom has worked in some capacity in the field of clinical child psychology for over 10 years. Currently, Dr. Blossom is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychology and Human Development at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Before joining UMF, Dr. Blossom completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Seattle Children’s/University of Washington where she conducted research and provided clinical services within the Mood and Anxiety Program and Crisis Care Clinic. Dr. Blossom maintains an active research program related to service delivery, efficiency, and access for youth with internalizing problems, with particular emphasis on expanding behavioral interventions within integrated healthcare settings.


ReadKendra Read, PhD is a clinical psychologist, the Director of the Mood & Anxiety Program and Director of Anxiety Programs at Seattle Children’s. She is also the Director of Psychotherapy Training through the University of Washington School of Medicine Child Psychiatry Fellowship. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA under the mentorship of Philip Kendall, Ph.D., completed her internship in pediatric psychology at Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. Dr. Read specializes in the treatment of youth with anxiety disorders and OCD from a cognitive behavioral therapy perspective. Her research interests include understanding factors that contribute to treatment outcome, and the dissemination and implementation of CBT for anxiety disorders.



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