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Anxiety and Disruptive Behaviors in Children: Alternative Explanations, Solutions and Treatment Techniques

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Christi Clauson Bostwick, PhD
6 Hours 24 Minutes
Dec 04, 2020
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Children’s behaviour sometimes just does not make sense. They may behave great at school and then trash the house when they get home. They may wake at night with terrors even though nothing disruptive seems to be going on during the day. Nice parents with out of control kids are difficult to figure out.

Dr. Bostwick has worked with children and their parents for over 25 years conducting research and providing cognitive-behavioural solutions to even the most puzzling behaviour. Common childhood milestones can become challenging if a child doesn't behave as we would expect. Dr. Bostwick will show you how anxiety and unexpected behaviour can be a side effect of other problems you may not have considered. Kids with baffling behaviour are often resistant to tried and true treatment options for anxiety and behaviour disorders.

Watch Dr. Bostwick, who has done the hard work for you, in this recording! She’ll share developmentally appropriate considerations and techniques on how to proceed with highly sensitive childhood behaviour:

  • Suicidal five-year-old
  • Child running the household and parents walking on eggshells
  • 3-year-old who has just been kicked out of her second daycare
  • 6-year-old tells you they hear voices or see things that are not there

Dr. Bostwick will help you create real and positive long term change that promotes healthy development from childhood into adolescence and beyond! Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from her.



This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Dr. Christi Bostwick, PhD, is a developmental and child psychologist and parenting expert with over 25 years of experience in treating children and adolescents. Dr. Bostwick specializes in co-occurring behavioral concerns in children and adolescents often produced as a result of learning differences, sensory deficits, and toileting concerns. Dr. Bostwick’s eclectic and conversational approach draws heavily from her background in developmental and family systems research and practice.

Dr. Bostwick is in private practice at The Talk Doctor in Northfield, MN. She serves as an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, St. Olaf College. Dr. Bostwick has also been an adjunct instructor at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and Rockhurst University in in Kansas City, Missouri. She has taught introductory and clinical psychology courses to a variety of undergraduates and supervised post-doctoral students. She wrote a children’s book titled, Blankie Bits, which was a 2014 finalist in the Indie Book Awards. Dr. Bostwick also provides parenting basics on her blog, and has contributed to several online news providers including the Huffington Post.

Dr. Bostick earned her BA at St. Olaf College and her Ph.D. at The University of Kansas. Dr. Bostwick completed a clinical child psychology internship and fellowship at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She has spent her entire career either working within medical practices or partnering with community medical professionals to provide integrative care.​

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Christi Bostwick maintains a private practice and is employed with Stepping Stone Clinic, LLC. She receives a speaker honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Christi Bostwick has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Apply developmental principles to aid in differentiating appropriate courses of action for assessing anxiety and difficult behaviour in children.
  2. Integrate traditional clinical interview techniques with developmentally based applications.
  3. Analyze the diagnostic benefits of creating a developmentally informed office environment when working with children.
  4. Differentiate common discipline practices used by parents from research-based behaviour management techniques.
  5. Assess overlooked diagnostic clues to help treatment-resistant anxiety and behaviour disruptions.
  6. Evaluate alternative explanations for bewildering childhood anxiety and behaviour disorders.


Considerations to Improve Your Diagnostic Accuracy When Treating Children with Anxiety

  • Role of development
  • Therapeutic setting
  • Clinical interviews with young children
  • Avoidant behaviour
  • Children 0-2
  • Helpful therapeutic aids

Strategies for Therapeutic Flexibility

  • Gain rapport, read what needs to happen
  • ”Get down on the floor”
  • When parents should and shouldn’t stay
  • Discussing sensitive information
  • When to request separate session with parents: Rookie mistakes

Behaviour Management Techniques – Foundational Principles

  • Objectives
  • Types of attention and how they help or inhibit parental control
  • Essential techniques to avoid
  • Essential techniques to include

Strategies for Differential Diagnoses in Children: Anxiety or a Symptom of Something Else?


  • Healthy developmental trajectory
  • Adult versus childhood anxiety
  • Translating research-based calming techniques to other settings
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic


  • Can be diagnosed at four years of age, but should it be?
  • Hyperactivity trajectory
  • Inattention trajectory
  • Is ADHD really an attention deficit?


  • What is it – Why you need to Know
  • Other toileting difficulties
  • Genetic predisposition to constipation/constipation in infancy
  • Toileting refusal
  • Stool withholding

Sensory Processing Deficits

  • The immature neurological system
  • World as sandpaper – sensory processing issues to consider

Learning Difficulties

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • ADHD

Advanced Cognitive Ability

  • Aggression in highly intelligent children
  • Intellectually eccentric child

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Educators
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 2


Jennifer S

"Excellent Seminar!!! Very Useful!!"

Barbara F

"presenter was very good"

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