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Following Up  | April 20, 2022 In-Person Program

“Less Worry, More Joy! Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Manage Anxiety and Worry” with Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD took place at Great Valley Middle School on April 20, 2022

Dr. Dahlsgaard discussed and modeled specific, evidence-based strategies to help our children (and us!) manage chronic anxiety and stress, as well as outlining common pitfalls to avoid.

Meet Our Presenter

Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard is Founder and Director of Brave is Better LLC. She is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She focuses her efforts on the promotion of evidence-based psychotherapy via her clinical practice, speaking and writing, and consultation and training.

Dr. Dahlsgaard specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and related disorders.  She was previously the Founder and Clinical Director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic (ABC) and the Picky Eaters Clinic in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD, ABPP

Founder and Director
Brave is Better

Learn more about Dr. Dahlsgaard
Click here for a PDF of Dr. Dahlsgaard’s slides.

Follow Dr. Dahlsgaard on Instagram:  @braveisbetter

Book recommendation:  Positivity:  Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life
by Barbara Fredrickson

>> Click here to find the publication

Dr. Dahlsgaard mentioned Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

Here is her landmark paper, “What good are positive emotions?”
She also mentioned Roy F. Baumeister’s landmark “Bad is Stronger than Good” when she encouraged us to increase our Joy Quotient (JQ)
Here is the open access version of Baumeister’s paper:
Dr. Dahlsgaard said that we have reason to hope that a mental health crisis is not coming, for us or for our children, and that our distress will resolve when the stressors abate. To support that assertion:
Here is link to an adult longitudinal study of adaptation during COVID:
Here’s link to an adolescent longitudinal study of adaptation during COVID:

Here is Dr. Dahlsgaard’s list of Positive Affect Labeling

Following up on our April 27, 2021 program:

Cannabis (it’s complicated, especially for kids!)

“Cannabis (it’s complicated, especially for kids!)”

What was once a relatively simple plant, cannabis (marijuana) has inspired everything from fear to fierce loyalty. We had a conversation about the science of today’s marijuana and its impact on young people’s developing brains.
We need to learn all we can about this evolving substance, which bears little resemblance to a plant.
Our presenters addressed the effects of increased THC levels, social norms, availability, and the impact on a young, developing brain.

Meet Our Panelists

Patrick Dowling, LPC

Clinical Interventionist
Emergent Recovery

Learn more about Patrick


Person in Recovery

Learn more about Andrew

Erin Matthews, LSW

Student Assistance Program Liaison
Holcomb Behavioral Health

Learn more about Erin

View the PowerPoint slides.

“Parenting On Your Feet”

What are the challenges you are facing as parents, caregivers and educators? We’ll provide tools for talking with teens that will lay the foundation for healthy behaviors.

Our presenters address risk and protective factors, changes in behavior and other warning signs, substances frequently used by teens and emerging adults, and more.

We often begin with a tour of our “Mock Teen Bedroom,” which helps adults to identify signs of substance use, and trends in the use of cannabis, vaping and alcohol that put kids at risk.

Together, we’ll develop helpful tools to support our youth!

View the PowerPoint that was presented on February 16, 2022.
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