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Anxiety & Stress Management Specialist
"I’ve taken nearly all the ASCA U Specialist trainings. I'm a huge fan of these courses; they are so relevant and informative for our day to day work!"
​– Jennifer Luecke

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
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. 

Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 
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. 
  3. Take your exams to indicate mastery of the subject matter. To access your exams, log in to the ASCA website and click on "My ASCA."  Then click on My Profile. From your My Profile page, click on the “Purchases” tab at the top, then click on “Exams” on the left. Your ASCA U Specialist Course and its affiliated exams will be listed in the center of your screen. Click on “Details” then “Take Quiz” to begin taking and passing your exams.
  4. Once you successfully pass all course exams by correctly answering every question, you can view and download a record of your education credits by going to your “Account” tab at the top of your profile and clicking on the “Education Credits” on the left. A certificate suitable for framing with arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks.
(Numerous resources used with permission, Anxiety and Depression Association of America)