Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents - ACAP Alumni Workshop Series

Posted by ACAP Alumni Team on 14 July 2014

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The ACAP Alumni Team is delighted to have partnered with the Black Dog Institute to offer training in Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents at our Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Campuses for ACAP Alumni. The cost of this training will be covered by ACAP.

Please note that registrations for all three workshops have now closed.

This page will be updated regularly should there be any changes. For enquiries about these workshops, please contact the ACAP Alumni Team via


BDI vert logo 100mm cmyk About the workshop

This workshop aims to introduce clinicians working with children and adolescents to the range of common anxiety disorders and their impact on psychosocial development. The workshop examines differences in rates of anxiety and other emotional problems between the genders with a view to understanding possible aetiologies. Early warning signs of anxiety disorders as well as presentations of phobic disorders, separation anxiety disorder, social phobia, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorders in children and adolescents are discussed during the workshop. The final topic in the workshop deals with the management of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with a special focus on the impact of the school environment on anxiety disorders. Participants are instructed in strategies to help young people deal with their anxiety problems at school.

Target audience

Psychologists, counsellors, social workers and other clinicians who work with children and / or adolescents


Registrations have now closed for these events. [Please note that these events are open to ACAP Alumni only. As each workshop has limited numbers for an optimal learning experience and size of the room, the workshops, including waiting list, were booked out prior to the closing date, on a first in, best dressed basis.]


Workshop and registration closing dates

  Sydney Melbourne Brisbane
Date Tuesday 19 August 2014 Thursday 21 August 2014 Thursday 21 August 2014
Time 6pm-9pm  6pm-9pm  6:15pm-9:15pm
Location Level 5, 11 York St, Sydney  Level 9, 123 Lonsdale St, Melbourne  Ground Floor, East Tower,  410 Ann St, Brisbane
Cost Covered by ACAP Covered by ACAP Covered by ACAP
Registration closing date Closed Closed Closed
Maximum capacity 60 Alumni  60 Alumni  30 Alumni 
Facilitator Jodie Wassner Elizabeth Sheppard Dr Simone Shaw


About the Facilitators

Jodie Wassner (Sydney Facilitator)
Jodie has worked as a school psychologist for fifteen years across schools in Melbourne and Sydney. Jodie also ran a Melbourne-based private practice specialising in young people and their families. She is especially familiar with the issues that are likely to emerge across the developmental period and has extensive experience in managing issues including anxiety, depression, Asperger’s syndrome, grief, anger, family conflict, bullying, sleep disturbance, stress management, social skills, school refusal and eating disturbance. Jodie also assesses and treats young people with behaviour and learning difficulties, liaising as required with families, schools and health professionals with discretion.

Liz Sheppard (Melbourne Facilitator)
Elizabeth Sheppard is a Clinical Psychologist in a busy private practice in Sydney’s CBD and has previously worked in the Depression and Bipolar Clinics at the Black Dog Institute. She has experience working with adolescents and adults and has particular interests in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and self-esteem issues as well as extensive clinical experience in assessment, intervention and management of chronic pain. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including mental health and hospital settings. She has also spent many years as a consultant psychologist for insurance companies, Government and private sectors (including the emergency services) providing assessment and intervention in relation to workplace psychological injury and development of early intervention programs for the workplace.

Dr Simone Shaw (Brisbane Facilitator)
Dr Simone Shaw is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist who has a decade of experience working in both government and private sectors. She has extensive experience in assessing and treating clients with a range of psychological and neurological conditions. Her therapeutic approaches for mood disorders include the provision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. Simone also has experience in conducting executive and leadership coaching, team building and wellness programs. Simone currently works in a busy and dynamic private practice in Brisbane’s CBD.