Helping Youth with Back-to-School Anxiety: A webinar for parents and caregivers presented by Columbia Psychiatry

Date(s) - Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced children and teens to deal with many stresses: health concerns, adjustment to remote learning, disruptions to their daily schedule and home environment, personal loss, and social isolation.

Now, after more than a year of managing restrictions and safety precautions at school, it’s only natural for them to be hesitant about returning.

During the webinar, child anxiety experts and school administrators will address how to recognize re-entry anxiety and share strategies that caregivers can use to help their children – and themselves – effectively navigate the new school year, including:
• Discussing back-to-school anxiety with your child
• Modeling effective anxiety management
• Rebuilding a connection to school and to classmates in the weeks before school
• Helping your child to face feared school-based situations
• Partnering with your child’s school to be best prepared for the school year


Panelists include:

Anne Marie Albano, Founder, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders; Clinical Director, Youth Anxiety Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital

Jayne Demsky, Founder, The School Avoidance Alliance

Elizabeth Stranzl, Director of Policy, Division of School Policy and Wellness, New York City Department of Education

Moderator: Anthony Puliafico, Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders – Westchester