Detecting and Serving the Needs of Worried and Anxious Youth

$59 Members, $89 Nonmembers



Anxiety problems are best understood as a dimensional construct where children and adolescents vary from “normative” worry and stress to mental health conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety, and Panic Disorder. Still other youth have problems in the middle of the continuum with mild symptoms of anxiety problems that can nevertheless cause significant impairment in daily functioning and increased risk for developing a diagnosable condition later in development. The placement of a child’s problems on this continuum has implications for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Anxiety, however, is also challenging to detect, sometimes presenting as anger, irritability, and somatic complaints. As such, differential diagnosis and rule out of alternative causes and comorbidities are also important for prevention and treatment planning. Fortunately, well understood interventions, such as exposure, have a good track record of efficacy.


Professor Kamphaus is the Acting Executive Director of the Ballmer Institute and outgoing Dean of the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He previously served as Dean of the College of Education at Georgia State University and distinguished research professor at the University of Georgia.

Professor Kamphaus’ research program has been devoted to clinical test development, behavioral health assessment and diagnostic practice, primarily in the Americas and in Spain. He has authored or co-authored 11 books, 90 journal articles, and 56 book chapters on these topics, created 13 psychological and educational tests and technology applications and holds one patent. His best-known test development effort is the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC; now in its third edition, with Emeritus Professor Cecil Reynolds of Texas A & M University), which is the most widely used children’s behavioral health assessment system in the United States, and increasingly, internationally. The BASC has been translated and adapted for use in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Romania, and Korea, among other countries.

His current work employs universal screening measures in schools to identify children with early indications of behavioral and emotional risk, provide surveillance information for deploying social-emotional learning and targeted interventions, and monitoring children’s behavioral health status. His research has been funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences.

Professor Kamphaus has conducted training and delivered invited addresses for numerous professional societies and organizations, including the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine, the National Psychological Association of Mexico and Canada, the Universities of Complutense and Barcelona, and the Division of Pediatrics of Children’s National Hospital. He has received career research awards from the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the University of Georgia, and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima, Peru, among others.

An elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Professor Kamphaus is a licensed psychologist who has served in numerous professional psychology leadership roles, including editor of School Psychology, member of the APA Council of Representatives and Board of Professional Affairs, and President of the Division of School Psychology.


LMFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPs: The course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of Continuing Professional Development for Nationally Certified School Psychologists, under Provider Number 1025, licensed by the National Association of School Psychologists. CASP is responsible for the content of this workshop.

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