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Event Name:2018 Webinar Series: #Adulting: Overcoming Anxiety and Transition into Independent Adulthood in Emerging Adults
Event Type(s):CE Events
#Adulting: Overcoming Anxiety and Transition into Independent Adulthood in Emerging Adults
Presented by Heather M. Chik, PhD, HSPP - Anxiety & OCD Behavioral Health Center
Live Webinar - Friday, May 18, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern Time

1 Category I CE will be awarded for full attendance and completion of a CE evaluation.

Registration is limited to 100 participants and closes on May 16th.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is a two-step process!
  1. Register for the webinar with IPA by clicking the “register” button at the bottom of this page. Registrants will receive an email confirmation from IPA that contains a link to register with GoToWebinar.
  2. YOU MUST REGISTER with GoToWebinar to receive an active link to the webinar and instructions for joining the webinar on May 18th. This email confirmation will be sent directly from GoToWebinar.
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#Adulting: Overcoming Anxiety and Transition into Independent Adulthood in Emerging Adults 
Presented by Heather M. Chik, PhD, HSPP – Anxiety & OCD Behavioral Health Center
“#Adulting” is a popular way emerging adults (ages 18-34) joke on social media to indicate ways they are carrying out responsibilities towards becoming an independent adult. However, many of today’s millennials are having a difficult time transitioning into adulthood, demonstrating inadequate functional life skills, social skills, and/or coping mechanisms in order to gain stable employment, maintain a successful academic record, foster friendships, or live independently. It can result in young adults not leaving the home or returning home after living independently. Complicating this transition is when anxiety and depression are part of the clinical picture. This webinar will provide an overview and case examples of a developmentally sensitive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), adapted to address both anxiety and mood disorders and the successful transition into adulthood. Involvement of significant others (e.g., romantic partners, parents, siblings, etc.) in treatment is important as pre-existing contingencies in the home environment as well as accommodating and/or controlling behaviors by significant others must be reduced. They can also learn to make effective requests, foster positive reinforcement of skills learned, manage their own distress, and develop effective communication and problem solving skills with the emerging adult. Main interventions with the emerging adult include functional analysis, exploring the impact of transitions and tasks into adulthood, setting goals, problem-solving skills training, cognitive restructuring, exposure and response prevention (ERP) and/or behavioral activation, distress tolerance and emotional regulation skills training, executive functioning skills training (e.g., time management, schedule maintenance), and social skills training.

By attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify and assess factors that perpetuate and maintain difficulties in transitioning into adulthood for emerging adults with anxiety and mood disorders.
  2. Select appropriate cognitive behavioral interventions to address deficits in problem solving, cognitive restructuring, social skills, executive functioning, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, contingency management, and communication between caregivers and the emerging adult that prevents successful transitioning into adulthood.
This intermediate presentation has a target audience of clinicians, residents, students, and interns.
Heather M. Chik, PhD, HSPP
Dr. Heather Chik is a licensed clinical psychologist in Indiana and Illinois and is the owner and director of the Anxiety & OCD Behavioral Health Center in Munster, Indiana. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and other empirically-supported treatments, to treat adults, adolescents, and children with anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), OCD spectrum disorders, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. She supervises clinical psychology postdoctoral residents and guest lectures on CBT for psychology and social work graduate students and interns at several universities in Chicago. She was a member of the communications committee for the Indiana Psychological Association. Dr. Chik received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (formerly the Chicago Medical School). She received specialized research and clinical training from several leading providers of anxiety disorders and OCD treatment in Canada and the United States, including the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, the Vancouver CBT Centre, and the Anxiety Disorder Center at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute. She also served as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University Northwest. Dr. Chik has published in professional journals, co-written book chapters, and enjoys speaking at conferences and various community events.
Dr. Chik has no financial relationships to report.
Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological
Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.
Please note that APA rules require that credit be given only to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving early will not receive CE credits.  Partial credit cannot be given.
Licensees who attend the entire webinar and complete the evaluation form will receive a CE certificate via email.
Registration Fees
IPA Members - $20
Non-Members - $30
Students - $10
Cancellation/Refund Policy: IPA will provide refunds for registration cancellations made at least 10 days before the event minus a $25 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations fewer than 10 days before an event.  Contact the IPA office to confirm receipt of cancellation request.

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Event Date:05-18-18
Event Time:12:00pm Eastern Time
Contact Person:Indiana Psychology Association
(phone: 317-257-7449)
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