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Anxiety & Stress Management Specialist
Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children and teens and more than a quarter of teens report experiencing extreme stress during the school year.  Research shows that anxiety, if left untreated, can drastically impact a student’s ability to succeed in school. Whether it’s the perfectionist who fears receiving less than an A+ on an assignment, or the adolescent who’s overly self-conscious and feels judged by her peers, or the first grader who panics when his mother drops him off for school, anxiety can take many shapes and forms. School counselors play a critical role in promoting calmness and encouragement to their anxious students. Learn proven strategies for both individual and group counseling with students affected by anxiety.

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:
  • Identify the different types of anxiety, and the difference between anxiety and stress, and good vs. bad anxiety
  • Explain how anxiety can impact students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development and college and career readiness. 
  • List relaxation techniques and strategies that reframe tests as opportunities for students
  • Determine whether their student is in low stress, medium stress or at the red zone/crisis level
  • Teach students how to assess their stress level quickly and effectively
  • Describe various interventions to use with students
  • Recognize when to collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators or involve outside help
Earn the Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist designation to be best prepared to support students in your school suffering from anxiety and/or stress. The Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours. Graduate credit is now available for individuals who purchase the Anxiety & Stress Management Training after Feb. 23, 2018. Click here for more information. 

To earn the Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take a short quiz online about each to indicate mastery of the subject matter. Once you have passed all the quizzes, the CEUs will be posted to your CEU records online, and you’ll receive a certificate suitable for framing in the mail. It can take up to three weeks for your certificate to arrive. The Specialist designation is good for five years. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 
Materials: If you purchased this training prior to Feb. 23, 2018, please click here for your course materials.  

Additional resource: 

Magazine article: Silicon Valley Suicides
Magazine article: It Takes a Suburb: A Town Struggles to Ease Student Stress

How to Get Started
1. Register here to sign up for the Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist Training. 

2, Read/view the above assignments. For the webinars and presentations some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings.

3. Take the quizzes. Once you've registered for the training, log into the ASCA website, click on "My ASCA" and then click on "ASCA Quizzes." You must score 100 percent on each quiz to pass. You may take each quiz as many times as necessary. Please note, if you're working on a Mac, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Safari for best interface with the quiz software. And if you're working on a PC and the quizzes aren't showing up properly, make sure your Internet browser is the most up-to-date version.

(Numerous resources used with permission, Anxiety and Depression Association of America)