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No-Cost Help for Parents and Children with Separation Anxiety
Free Child and Parent Coping Skills Workshops Accepting Applications Now
Teaneck, NJ (November 9, 2003) — If the common signs of separation anxiety are exhibited by children in your household or you’re aware of a child that is experiencing this problem, a free child and parent coping skills workshops are available at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The most common signs of separation anxiety include a fear of being alone during the day or night; worries about bad things happening to a parent (a car accident) or self (being kidnapped); refusing to let parents go out at night; afraid of being separated from a parent to go to school, a friend’s house, or a social activity; nightmares involving themes of separation; refusal to sleep alone; or headaches or stomachaches when leaving parents.
The workshops, which are free, consist of either 10 individualized child treatment sessions or 10 individualized parent training session (to be determined randomly). Both workshops emphasize the teaching of specific coping skills to help manage a child’s separation anxiety. In order to qualify for the program, parents must have a child seven to twelve years of age that has been experiencing separation anxiety for at least two weeks.
Andrew R. Eisen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and the Director of the University’s Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic, will supervise the workshops led by advanced doctoral students in Fairleigh Dickinson’s Clinical Psychology Program. The workshops are part of an ongoing research project. A free evaluation is part of the program to help ensure that participants meet required criteria.
Following the evaluation process, a refundable deposit is required for participation. Interested parents are encouraged to call Dr. Eisen at (201) 692-2593 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss specific requirements regarding participation.
To apply for participation in this program, calls are being accepted now through March 1, 2004. The number of places is limited, so interested parents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This program is part of the Center for Psychological Services at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus. The Center is located at 131 Temple Avenue, off Hackensack Avenue, in Hackensack.