Managing the Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies

Thursday & Friday, September 27 & 28, 2018

Judy Reaven, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Colorado

SFU Downtown Campus - Harbour Centre

Managing the Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies

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Level Intermediate/Advanced – an understanding of Cognitive Behavior Therapy is assumed.
For Psychologists, Educators and Therapists
Focus Addressing anxiety in children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism-specific? Yes but may be relevant to other conditions

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About the Event

Children and adolescents with ASD are at high risk for developing anxiety symptoms that interfere with functioning at home, school and in the community. Research has shown that children and teens with ASD and anxiety demonstrate significant reductions in anxiety following participation in modified Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) interventions. Facing Your Fears (FYF) is a group CBT intervention for managing anxiety in youth with ASD. Throughout the training, participants will learn about FYF, identify core components of the clinic based FYF program, learn how to modify FYF for teens with ASD and intellectual disabilities, as well as strategies for delivering FYF in school settings. Video examples and interactive small group activities will occur throughout the training

Facing Your Fears Facilitators Manual

Participants are advised to have access to the Facing Your Fears Facilitators Manual (2011) for this two day training. ACT has arranged a special price of $99.95 (CAD) with Odin Books who will have the manual available for sale at the start of the training on September 27th.

To ensure that you or your group get your copy,  you can order and prepay by contacting Odin Books at  604-739-8804 or email In order to get the special price please mention the ACT training when you call or email. The special price is not set up for online ordering.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. Identify core components of CBT for individuals with ASD and anxiety, including psychoeducation and graded exposure techniques.

2. Identify modifications to CBT that are necessary for working with youth with ASD, as well as youth with ASD/ID.

3. Be able to describe the FYF school- based program.

4. Learn about the evidence base for the FYF intervention program.

5. Practice identifying psychoeducation strategies and generate steps of a stimulus hierarchy (graded exposure strategy) to manage the anxious symptoms of youth with ASD.

About the Presenter

Dr. Reaven is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and is the Associate Director of JFK Partners as well as Director of Research for JFK Partners/Developmental Pediatrics. She is the primary developer of Facing Your Fears (FYF), a cognitive behavior therapy group treatment intervention for anxiety symptoms in children with ASD. Dr. Reaven has been the PI on several grants funded by private foundations dedicated to autism research, as well as PI on a NIH funded multi-site treatment trial (NIMH) exploring the implementation FYF. She is currently PI on a HRSA funded grant focused on the modification of FYF for low income and/or underrepresented racial/ethnic minority youth in school settings. She has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00am Registration
9:00 - 10:15am Session 1
10:15 - 10:45am Morning Break (refreshments and light snacks will be served)
10:45 - 12:00pm Session 2
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch (bring or buy your own)
1:00 - 2:15pm Session 3
2:15 - 2:30pm Afternoon break (refreshments and light snacks will be served)
2:30 - 3:30pm Session 4

*Note: This schedule will be used for both days. 


  Date Professionals
Early Bird ends July 26, 2018 $300
Regular Rate ends September 20, 2018 $375
Late Rate begins September 21, 2018 $450


ACT continues to offer bursaries for para-professionals and professionals, as well as parents of children with other special needs, to improve accessibility to both our live and web streamed events. Please apply early and before you register for the event. ACT provided $31,000 in bursary funding in 2017 in the form of reduced registration fees and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to ACT's bursary fund.

MCFD-funded Event Bursaries for Parents of Children with ASD

Please note that MCFD Parent Bursary funding has been exhausted. Since April 1, 2017, ACT has used MCFD Parent Bursary funding to provide $60,000 in bursaries in the form of reduced registration to families & caregivers from across B.C. to enable them to build their skills by accessing training. Regular registration rates are now in effect however parents of children with ASD are welcome to apply for an ACT Bursary if the registration cost is a barrier preventing attendance. 

For more information on ACT's Bursary programs, see our Bursary FAQ page.

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. For more information, please see Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.